Bachmann Beat: Debate Recap
A daily roundup of news and commentary about U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Sixth-district congresswoman and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann participated in a joint Fox News-Google presidential debate last night.
During the debate, Bachmann addressed more than a half-dozen issues, from education to the economy. Below is a sampling of what she said.
"You should get to keep every dollar that you earn. That's your money; that's not the government's money ... Obviously, we have to give money back to the government so that we can run the government, but we have to have a completely different mindset."
"I would take the entire federal education law, repeal it. Then I would go over to the Department of Education, I'd turn off the lights, I would lock the door and I would send all the money back to the states and localities."
"I would build a fence on America's southern border on every mile, on every yard, on every foot, on every inch of the southern border."
"Of course we should be able to exercise our faith. And whether that expression occurs in a public school or occurs in a public building, we should be able to allow — to have freedom for all people to express our belief in God."
Finally, there was the vaccine question. Bachmann and Rick Perry were asked to clarify their respective positions on Perry's never-implemented requirement that school-aged girls in Texas receive a Gardasil injection. Politico says both of them struggled with their answers.
So how did she do last night? Politico says Bachmann was "something of a non-factor" in the debate. The Washington Post places her in the "losers" category, and says she "continues to search for a second act in the race but without much luck."
Meanwhile, CNN's "Truth Squad" fact-checks Bachmann's claim that President Obama wrecked the U.S. economy and finds it "false."
Other Bachmann news:
- Bachmann promised to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education if elected president.
- She told a conservative gathering that social conservatives "don't have to settle" in 2012.
- In an open letter, she accused the White House of pressuring a U.S. Air Force general to soften his testimony to a congressional committee.
Finally, the New York Times says Bachmann's campaign is struggling financially, and suggests her money problems are largely of her own making.