Bachmann Says Wall St. Protesters Are Nothing Like Tea Party

Thursday, 13 Oct 2011 05:26 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann says her plan to repeal Obamacare is unconditional and significantly different from rival-candidates’ proposals to thwart the healthcare law. The Minnesota congresswoman also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity the Occupy Wall Street movement is nothing like the grass-roots tea party, but a well-funded attempt by elements seeking to draw attention away from the nation’s true economic problems and President Barack Obama’s agenda.
Hannity asked Bachmann how her plan to repeal Obamacare differs from those outlined by Republican presidential rivals during GOP debates, and what are the true distinctions between candidates on other issues — such as tax reform, reduced federal regulation, and energy independence.

“Well, there is a real distinction, I think — especially, when it comes to Obamacare. I’ve got the commitment to do . . . the actual repeal of Obamacare,” Bachmann said. “Because remember: two governors on the stage: One governor, Mitt Romney, put a plan out that was very similar to Obamacare — he said that he would issue waivers. That’s very different than Congress actually repealing Obamacare.

“Governor Perry said he would issue an executive order — you can’t issue an executive order and get rid of a bill that takes over one-sixth of the American economy. I understand and would understand as commander in chief from day one that what we have to do is, we have to repeal this at the congressional level,” she said. “And this is going to be tough — this is going to be very, very tough — it’s going to require leadership from someone who understands this plan. I understand it from the inside out.”

Hannity asked Bachmann — whose poll numbers have been slipping since the summer — what she thinks about the constant shift in candidates’ rankings.

“Well, I think that the media is intent on doing what they try to do every four years, which is choose the candidate. But the debates are wonderful vehicles for the viewer to be able to vet the candidates and see who we are,” Bachmann said. “I am very pleased with these debates: I think they have gone very well and we get a glimpse into the soul of each candidate — and that’s why I’m encouraging all of the people who are watching your show tonight, go to my website, I have my 11-point economic plan for recovery and job creation — we can’t wait 14 more months — we need millions of jobs created now.”

The Fox News host then asked Bachmann what she thought of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and whether the movement is representative of “Barack Obama’s Democratic Party.”

“Well, it looks like it does and I’ve been reading reports that George Soros has been one of the funders behind this again, who funded and all of these protests organizations — so, this clearly has nothing at all in common with the tea party, which was truly a grass-roots movement,” Bachmann said. “I think the president has to do anything [to] distract from his terrible program, and agenda, and job-creation record.

“He’s doing disastrously in the polls, but what is worst — he’s been a disaster for the viewers that are watching your show tonight,” she said. “Because all across America, people’s houses are underwater; all across America they can't find jobs right now — he has no solutions.”

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