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After Michele Bachmann’s crucial win in the straw poll in Iowa on Saturday, she made the rounds on the Sunday morning shows answering some difficult questions with her well rehearsed sound bites.
Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman, defended her hypocrisy on federal stimulus money on Fox News. She also stated that even though she was adamantly against raising the debt ceiling, she never advocated default. Really?
On “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace noted the recent rating downgrade by credit rating agency Standard & Poor. Bachmann continued to defend her position, stating that she put forth her own plan that would have denied an increase in the debt ceiling and instead required the Treasury Department to prioritize payments to U.S. creditors, Social Security recipients, Medicare beneficiaries and the U.S. military.
Wallace pointed out that doing that would have required defunding a majority of government programs, but Bachmann was undeterred. “Doesn’t that tell you how bad off the U.S. is — the fact that we’re overspending to that amount?” Bachmann said.
Wallace asked Bachmann how she would work with Democrats to increase the credit rating. Bachmann provided an interesting answer, saying she would “work tirelessly” to ensure that the Republican Party picked up 13 seats in the Senate, giving Republicans a filibuster-proof majority to enact her agenda.
“That would send a very strong signal to the market,” Bachmann said.
Bachmann later appeared on “This Week” on ABC News. Jake Tapper, guest anchor this week, asked Bachmann what specific programs she would cut to reduce the federal budget deficit. Bachmann suggested that Medicare and Social Security would be on the chopping block.
“Right now, we’re gonna reform entitlements,” Bachmann said. “Medicare, Medicaid, they have to be changed. Why should we continue to run these program the way we did 45 years ago? Systems have changed.
We can — we can make these far more efficient than what they are. Social Security is another program, 80 years old. Why would we continue to run it in the same way we did 80 years ago? Let’s modernize it so it’s there for people who depend on it.”
Bachmann wrapped up the talk show circuit with an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Host David Gregory pressed Bachmann for follow up on a question she received during the debate on Thursday night about the roles wives play.
In a 2006 speech, Bachmann had said that wives had to be submissive to their husbands. “My husband said, now you need to go and get a post-doctorate degree in tax law. Tax law, I hate taxes. Why should I go and do something like that? The Lord says, ‘Be submissive.’ Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands.”
Gregory played the sound bite and asked, “Is that your view for women in America? Is that your vision for them?”
“Submission — that word means respect,” Bachmann replied.
Gregory said that in his discussions with his own wife, the two words are not equivalent.
“In our house, it is,” Bachmann said.
Gregory asked: “His word goes?”
“Well, both of our words go,” Bachmann said. “We respect each other. We’re a good team together.”
And this is who the GOP wants for president. A woman that believes submissive means the same as respect and a woman who will follow her husband’s orders. Who exactly is running? Bachmann or her husband?
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