Bachmann & the Tea Party Express

By 4:45 p.m. a small crowd gathered in a grassy area in Water Works Park in Des Moines. The Tea Party Express bus is idling nearby, with the Bachmann campaign bus (we are led to believe) due here soon.  At one point there were more tents and tables than people, but the # of people at 5:11 p.m. edged ahead in the count.

By 5:30 p.m. Michele Bachmann was speaking to the crowd.  The Tea Party Express folks didn’t have a working sound system for the media, so I stood like Lady Liberty, with one arm in the air, holding a recorder in the air to get sound coming from a loud speaker.

“We had an interesting little dialogue today with the president. He decided that he wanted to give this jobs speech at the exact same time when the Republican candidates for president are going to be doing a debate at the Reagan Library. Now does this show maybe a little insecurity on the part of the president? Either a.) he wants to distract the American people so they don’t watch it or b.) he doesn’t want the American people to hear what the next president of the United States is going to say about the president’s (she may have said ‘jobs program” but at this point the recording is unintelligible) because he hasn’t exactly delivered on his promises for jobs.  Is that an understatement? I think so.”

A little later Bachmann advocated for the flat tax. “My opinion is everyone should pay something in taxes, even if it is a dollar,” Bachmann said.

She concluded with her “change of address” line about Obama. “We won the Straw Poll. We’re going to win the Caucus,” Bachmann said to conclude.

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About O.Kay Henderson

O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.