Republican Presidential Candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann addressed the National Press Club. She talked about federal government spending, the national debt and her ideas for a fundamental restructuring on the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars as well as ideas for turning around the economy and putting Americans back to work.
She again stated her opposition to raise the debt ceiling and voted against House Speaker John Boehner’s “Cap, Cut and Balance” bill.
She also spoke on the subject of the health care reform plan, foreign policy, the housing crisis, and job creation. Bachmann's Tea Party leanings were also a subject of reporter's questions.
She announced her candidacy for President last month (on June 27) in her birthplace of Waterloo, Iowa. The latest Gallup poll of announced Republican presidential candidates, released this week showed Rep. Michele Bachmann with 18 percent of Republican votes, second to Mitt Romney with 27 percent. In June prior to her campaign announcement, she was supported by only 7 percent of Republican voters.
Bachmann, the state's first Republican woman elected to Congress, represents Minnesota's 6th Congressional district and is a founder of the House Tea Party Caucus.