Presidential hopeful speaks to area RepublicansWritten by Kathryn Milstein | | firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann spoke of Republican compassion May 20 at the 2011 Lincoln Day Dinner, hosted by U.S. Congressman Bob Latta at the Sauder Farm & Craft Village in Archbold.
“It’s conservatives here that are the first ones to pull out a checkbook and write a check,” she said in her speech. “It’s the conservatives who are first ones to pull over and give someone a ride.”
Bachmann, who is set to announce her position in the 2012 presidential campaign in June, said that President Barack Obama has made three strikes against the American people by misdiagnosing the problems of job creation, health care and energy sources.
If a Republican majority were to take the United States Senate, she said, the next 18 months would be extremely important toward the party’s goals, which are a focus on Obama’s health care plan, nicknamed “Obamacare” throughout the speech.
“I am committed to repealing that legislation, and I firmly believe that we will repeal,” she said to a standing ovation.
“Risk”, Bachmann said, used to be a word that meant a gamble for achieving dreams, but the Obama administration has made the word about the future.
To demonstrate her point, Bachmann repeated a question that Latta asked during his introduction of her.
“How many people in this room,” he said, “think your kids will be better off than you?”
There were no raised hands either time the question was asked.
Using a PowerPoint presentation, Bachmann provided statistics to emphasize her stance that the president doesn’t care for the American people the way she said the Republican Party would. These statistics included the number $1.38, which she said was the national average price of gas per gallon the day before Obama took office.
She went on to quote Thomas Jefferson and the Constitution, calling for a government of “We, the people.” She referenced her family, consisting of a husband, five biological children and 23 foster children, to say a strong family makes a strong America.
She ended her speech by encouraging the audience to follow her example to “not just curse the darkness, but light a candle” and preserve the liberty of the United States.
Bachmann said in a press conference after the speech that her decision to run for president will depend not on the other Republican candidates but on Barack Obama, saying “we can do so much better,” and that he is a “one-time president.” Her campaign focus would be creating jobs for the American people.
In 2006, Bachmann was the first Republican woman from Minnesota elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and she is in her third term serving the 6th District of Minnesota. She sits on the Financial Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.