Minnesota GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann says constituents have been calling to praise her Thursday no vote on the 2011 budget, adding the overwhelming majority indicated they expected deeper spending cuts and the defunding of Obamacare. Bachmann also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren she was moving “in the direction” of a presidential run.
“The people that I've heard from on the phone today are very happy that I voted no — against the budget — they expected more,” Bachmann said. “We had a mandate from the electorate in November, and they said, ‘Get serious about cutting the deficit; get serious about cutting spending — and please defund Obamacare.’ And unfortunately, that didn't happen. I couldn't vote for the budget — it didn't do what I had hoped it would.
“That's an issue that we could win on; Gallup had a poll that came out two days ago and Obamacare is down to an all-time low of 35 percent approval,” she said. “That means two-thirds of the American people don't want to have this bill — they want it defunded; we could have won this issue — I'm fully convinced.”
Van Susteren asked why defunding President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform law was not included in the budget compromise that averted a government shutdown on April 18.
“Well, I think there's a difference of opinion and a difference of strategy. One camp felt that this was probably a battle that couldn't be won — I felt that it was,” Bachmann said. “We have the people on our side — they understood what was in that bill, they wanted us to get rid of it, they wanted us to fight.
“Senior citizens got it — they knew that Barack Obama took $500 billion out of Medicare and shifted it to Obamacare,” she continued. “We had senior citizens on that vote — every age span, every gender, every economic sector is with us on this issue. I know that we could have won this fight.”
Holding up an Iowa newspaper, Van Susteren noted Bachmann’s picture was all over the copy and she has been all over her state of birth. The Fox host asked whether that meant she was moving any closer to declaring a presidential run.
“I'm moving in that direction, but I haven't made an announcement yet, and I don't really expect to until early June,” Bachmann said. “As you can imagine, it's a momentous decision. There's a lot of pieces and moving parts that have to be put together.
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