GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann held a news conference in Ankeny early this afternoon. “I wanted to be able to have just a word with you in response to President Obama’s statement last night regarding raising the debt ceiling,” she began.
AUDIO: Full news conference. 14 min
According to Bachmann, both parties have flawed approaches to this debate. “The premise is wrong…because what we need is a fundamental restructuring of our economy,” Bachmann said.
She said the Boehner plan is “wrong” because it would raise the debt ceiling, but when pressed on two different occasions, she would not call upon her Republican colleagues in the House to vote against it. “My colleagues will have to come to their own conclusion,” Bachmann said.
A bit later, she said: “The problem is spending…so let’s get spending under control once and for all…I encourage all of my colleagues in both the House and Senate as well as the president the to listen to what the American people are saying…’Don’t raise the debt ceiling,’ I hear that at every stop I’m at.”