Rep. Michele Bachmann says she went on the offensive against former Minnesota Gov.Tim Pawlenty in Thursday’s Iowa GOP presidential debate, in response to several of his attacks on her. Bachmann also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity she is ready to fight back any criticism that comes her way.
“The governor had lodged maybe six or seven attacks against me — we felt that we needed to make a response,” Bachmann told Hannity after the debate. “And our response was: Extremely proud of my record, and what I’ve done — plus the fact that Governor Pawlenty, when he was a governor, he did implement cap and trade in Minnesota.
“The businesses are still suffering because of it,” she said. “And he was behind the individual mandate in healthcare — which is unconstitutional. He wanted to require it for Minnesota and he praised it. Just a fact — and also, he says the era of small government is over — I don’t think that is what people are looking for right now.”
Hannity brought up the debt-ceiling deal and echoed former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s contention that, without compromise, nothing gets done in Washington.
“Well, my standard for raising the debt ceiling was yes, cut, cap, and balance, but also we had to have a full repeal of Obamacare,” Bachmann said. “My opinion has been, I would not raise the debt ceiling right now because we’re almost up to $17 trillion [in debt].
“When I came into office, Sean, we were at $8.67 trillion [in debt] in a little over four years, we’ve almost doubled the debt,” she said. “Standard and Poor's essentially proved me right what I was saying — we are not in a position to be able to repay our debt when we continue to spend this money.
“But then, we’re not going to kick the can down the road either — we’re going to cut spending now and prioritize,” Bachmann continued. “That is not an extremist view — that’s a reality view that we have to take because right now the piper is asking to be paid. It’s hit the fan — we’ve got to deal with it now.”
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