Sixth-district congresswoman Michele Bachmann is in Florida today, where she will continue a series of presidential campaign stops.
While in Florida, Bachmann has been busy talking economics. She told visitors to a Jacksonville Beach sandwich shop that she wants to reduce corporate taxes and wouldn't rule out changing the federal minimum wage too. At a separate event on Saturday, she promised that a package of tax cuts could turn the economy around within a single economic quarter after she becomes president.
Bachmann also blasted "radical environmentalists" for blocking an expansion of domestic oil and gas energy. She said she would consider opening up the Everglades for oil drilling and once again promised to eliminate the "job-killing" U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
At a rally in Sarasota, Bachmann suggested the recent earthquake and hurricane on the country's east coast were a message from God to politicians in Washington, D.C.:
"I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending."
The Hill says Bachmann's support for the beleaguered Stillwater bridge replacement project is a prime target for both liberal and conservative critics alike.
Other Bachmann news:
- A Republican organizer in Iowa said Bachmann's "rock star" behavior at a rally earlier this month angered some of her would-be supporters.
- The Atlantic says Bachmann has softened her position on the issue of federal farm subsidies.
- The St. Cloud Times says Bachmann has been using false "scare tactics" in regard to President Obama's plans for Medicare.
Finally, since comparisons of Bachmann with rival Rick Perry have become inevitable in the wake of the latest poll numbers, MPR breaks down the differences and similarities between the two candidates.