Republican Presidential Michele Bachmann has said repeatedly that she is a serious person running for the presidency. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr
In a jab at President Obama, his administration, and the nation’s poor employment and economic situation, Michele Bachmann suggests that she could help him find a job once she’s elected president. Literally it sounded like that: “I want you to know, as president of the United States, I look forward to creating real jobs for both the Treasury secretary and the president of the United States.” Last week, in South Carolina she had said “And we think that there is a certain Hawaiian president who should go back to Hawaii!” Bachmann is drawing quite a lot of attention stating such bold statements.
CNN reports that Bachmann also blasted “Obamacare”, saying it would cost American jobs and questioning if Obama “was in his right mind” for championing it.
The provocative line touches on what many see as the central theme of the 2012 presidential race – jobs and the economy. With the unemployment rate at 9.1 percent (13.9 million individuals) and projections that forecast similar numbers through 2012. Although the Obama administration has been optimistic in presenting proof that the economy has climbed out of the deep recession it fell into in the latter half of the Bush administration’s tenure, the economic indicators haven’t been enough to alleviate the sense that the economy is not improving. Primary among the factors that are worrisome is the continued high unemployment rate.
The provocative comments were made by Bachmann while addressing an enthusiastic yet thinly populated Tea Party rally at the state capitol in Des Moines, Iowa.
Earlier Saturday Bachmann launched a bus tour across the countryside. She stops off to meet the people and even to admire a man’s tattoo. The Republican Presidential candidate spent this day shaking hands in Iowa diners and strolling through a bustling farmers’ market as she tried to capitalize on her early popularity in the state that kicks off the campaign season. An Iowa native, the tea party favourite ranked nearly even with GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney in a recent poll of Republicans likely to participate in the state’s lead off caucuses next year. But just six weeks before the state’s closely watched straw poll, the Minnesota congresswoman has done little to campaign or set up an organization here.
Beginning her first campaign trip to Iowa as an announced candidate, Ms Bachmann introduced herself to audiences from Iowa City to Des Moines in a new campaign bus emblazoned with her name. She spent much of Saturday posing for pictures and signing autographs.
Bachmann stated: “I have every confidence our team is going to deliver. I am going to be here in Iowa campaigning all through July.” In Iowa City, Bachmann met about 100 weekend breakfast regulars and Republican activists at the Bluebird Diner near the University of Iowa.
Local resident Sheila Reiland told Ms Bachmann’s campaign chairman in the crowded diner that she signed up last week on Bachmann’s website to volunteer but had heard nothing from any campaign staff. Reiland, a registered nurse who went to Washington, D.C., this year to attend a health care rally Bachmann headlined, said: ‘She is my candidate, and I want to do what I can to help her. But I haven’t heard anything back’. Ms Bachmann’s Iowa campaign chairman, Kent Sorenson, acknowledged having a lot to do in a short time since the Iowa Legislature was in session until Thursday. But he told Ms Reiland: ‘You will be hearing from us’.
Michele Bachmann met privately aboard her campaign bus with activists en route from Cedar Rapids, where she strolled through the city’s crowded downtown farmers’ market, to Marshalltown about 70 miles west.
Her trip, which continued Sunday in western Iowa, was more about raising her name identification around the state.Ms Bachmann had been weighing a presidential bid since January but only began raising money toward a campaign in June. On Saturday, she dismissed claims that she was scrambling to get organized in Iowa. Ms Bachmann said she had been laying the groundwork for her Iowa campaign since last month, before she officially announced her White House bid last week in her childhood home of Waterloo, Iowa. [via Daily Mail, Huliq, International Business Times]