Facts About the 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates #6

Once labeled a Tea Party favorite and one of the top-tier candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, Michele Bachmann has seen her popularity slip in recent weeks.

A graduate of Anoka High School and Winona State University, Minnesota, Michele Bachmann currently serves in the US House of Representatives – a position she was elected to in 2006.
Before serving in Congress, she spent five years as a federal tax litigation attorney. She was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 2000 where, according to her website, she championed the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and led the charge on Minnesota education issues, calling for the abolishment of Goals 2000 and Profiles of Learning.

As a Congresswoman, Bachmann is a member of the Financial Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In July, 2010, she hosted the first Tea Party Caucus meeting.

Bachman and her husband, Marcus, operate a mental health business in Stillwater, Minnesota. They have five children and have provided a home for 23 foster children over the years.

“As a constitutional conservative, I believe in the Founders’ vision of a limited government that trusts in and preserves the unlimited potential of the American people,” Bachmann states. “I don’t believe that the solutions to our problems come from Washington: more than ever, Washington IS the problem, and the real solutions will come from your businesses, your communities, your schools and the most basic and powerful unit of all, your families.”

Bachman lists her top priorities as restoring the economy and creating “millions of new jobs,” repealing ObamaCare, deep cuts in government spending, defending marriage and rebuilding respect for America.

“I will lead the way in cutting spending, reducing taxes and deep-sixing our 3.8 million-word Internal Revenue Code so companies can invest again,” Bachmann says. “As a first order of business, I will direct the elimination of counterproductive regulations, repeal Obamacare and stop cap-and-trade in its tracks so companies can operate again. And a Bachmann Administration will create the climate of sound currency and certainty employers needed to start hiring again.”

Bachmann states that, as Commander in Chief, she will devote the resources necessary to maintain the military as “second-to-none” and will ensure that the borders are fully secured.

Supportive of offshore oil drilling and affordable coal energy, Bachmann states, “I will work to lift the restraints that keep America from energy security. I will fight to increase access to the billions of barrels of oil and trillions of feet of natural gas on the Outer Continental Shelf and reverse the Administration’s “permatorium” in the Gulf of Mexico. I will stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s cap-and-trade rules in their tracks, and end this “Job Killing Agency’s” threats against our rapidly growing domestic shale gas industry and the energy and manufacturing bonanza it is offering. And I will put a halt to the threat of higher taxes against the explorers and producers whose investments and innovations offer the best hope of bringing down prices and ensuring our energy independence.”

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