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11:42 pm - 08/05/2011

Bachmann: Improving economy won't take that long



NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Michele Bachmann declared Friday "it won't take that long" for her to start turning the ailing economy around as president as she competed against other GOP presidential rivals to build support ahead of a key GOP straw poll in Iowa next week.

Four of Bachmann's opponents in the Aug. 13 straw poll in Ames — Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Thad McCotter — later took turns bashing President Barack Obama's record at a Republican Party dinner at a high school in Tiffin and pitching themselves as best suited to defeat him.

Earlier in the day in Newton, Bachmann told reporters the economy would start to improve almost immediately after she becomes president because she would implement conservative economic policies to slash the nation's debt, stop tax increases and cut regulations.

"It won't take that long if we send signals to the marketplace," she said, standing by an earlier comment that the improvement would begin within the first quarter.

Reflecting the stakes of the straw poll, Santorum told the Friday night dinner crowd of about 400 activists the event would narrow the field and he urged them to give his struggling campaign a boost. He accused the media of ignoring him because he would be the strongest GOP candidate.

Pawlenty said Republicans were poised to take back the White House because of Obama's increasing unpopularity and "Iowa has to get it right" in nominating the best GOP candidate. He said voters should consider his conservative economic and social record as governor of Minnesota and be wary of candidates who can give great speeches but aren't strong leaders — which he said described Obama in 2008.

"Barack Obama is ripe for the picking. In fact, I would say politically you could stick a fork in him," Pawlenty said. "The main way we're going to goof this up as Republicans is to nominate the wrong candidate."

Of the straw poll, Pawlenty said: "It's going to have a big impact on this race, so I hope that you will help us."

The dinner at Clear Creek Amana High School capped a day of hectic campaigning across Iowa that was expected to continue until the straw poll, the first test of candidate support in the state with the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

Speaking to supporters earlier in the day, Bachmann said the event would be historic.

"That is the day we will make a down payment on taking our country back and making Barack Obama a one-term president," she said.

Speaking in the parking lot of a Pizza Ranch in Newton, Bachmann said Friday's report that 117,000 jobs were created in July showed Obama had created far more campaign donors than jobs. She also said this week's plunge of the stock market was proof that an agreement to raise the nation's debt ceiling and cut spending that she voted against was "a stinky deal."

Bachmann told reporters the economy would start to improve almost immediately after she becomes president because she would implement conservative economic policies to slash the nation's debt, stop tax increases and cut regulations.

"It won't take that long if we send signals to the marketplace," she said, standing by an earlier comment that the improvement would begin within the first quarter.

After the stock market plunged more than 500 points on Thursday, Jon Huntsman said in New Hampshire that President Obama has had enough time to fix the economy.

"We deserve a whole lot better in this country. The president's had two-and-a-half years to get it right. He has not infused enough confidence in this economy," he said, adding that the economy will remain stalled without tax and regulatory reform.

In Iowa, Bachmann said Friday she wanted to do well at the straw poll but also played down expectations, telling reporters she saw herself at a "distinct disadvantage from an organizational standpoint" because she'd only been in the race for two months, less than some rivals such as Pawlenty.

The Minnesota congresswoman played up her Iowa roots — she grew up in Waterloo — and posed for pictures with Michael McDowell, a NASCAR driver who was signing autographs in the parking lot before a race at a local track on Saturday. Pawlenty made a stop at the northeastern Iowa farm where the movie "Field of Dreams" was shot.

Pawlenty also dangled out more enticements to supporters to attend the straw poll, promising saucy barbecue and ice cream treats from two well-known restaurant chains. Bachmann promised her fans that her tent would feature live music from country star Randy Travis.

The candidates were fighting to win over Republicans such as Terry Bradley, a 56-year-old Newton man who showed up at Bachmann's event. Bradley said he and his wife had been leaning toward supporting Pawlenty until they heard Bachmann.

"When someone asks Pawlenty a question, he's kind of long-winded. You almost get a mini-speech," Bradley said. "When someone asks her a question, with Michelle you get a clear answer. You may not always agree, but you get an answer."

Other candidates were expected to blitz through the state in the next week. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who drew nice crowds in stops this week, will campaign with his son, Sen. Rand Paul, as he tries to fire up his loyal supporters in hopes of scoring a surprisingly strong finish at the straw poll.

Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, who is also hoping to prove his viability in Ames, kicks off a weeklong bus tour across Iowa on Monday.

Other politicians who could have an impact on the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses next year aren't competing in the straw poll — but were represented at Friday night's dinner. Supporters of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who won the event in 2008 and is skipping it this year, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin were in attendance.

Late Friday, credit rating agency Standard & Poor's on Friday downgraded the United States' credit rating for the first time in the history of the ratings, from the top AAA rating by one notch to AA-plus.

Bachmann said in a statement: "The United States has had a AAA credit rating since 1917. That rating has endured the great depression, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

"This president has destroyed the credit rating of the United States through his failed economic policies and his inability to control government spending by raising the debt ceiling."

In a statement, Romney said: "America's creditworthiness just became the latest casualty in President Obama's failed record of leadership on the economy."

Santorum, said: "It's an absolute failure of leadership of this president."

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Yes, because NOBODY has yet attempted to end the recession using deficit reduction, tax cuts, and deregulation. And certainly those three things had nothing to do with bringing on a recession.

If she ends up in the Oval Office, I am mailing myself to New Zealand.
piratesswoop 6th-Aug-2011 06:12 am (UTC)
ughhh sorry to hijack your post, i wonder why that healthy food options post was deleted, i typed out this long comment about school lunches and then when i hit submit, it told me No Such Entry. crying rn :'(
freebacon 6th-Aug-2011 06:26 am (UTC)
there's already the exact same story in the comm rn i think
fauxdistressed 6th-Aug-2011 06:59 am (UTC)
it was poast'd
youngavenger 6th-Aug-2011 06:17 am (UTC)
....Another thing to add to 'Bachmann is crazy' list. This country...I am just permanently facepalming.
kyra_neko_rei 6th-Aug-2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
She's not crazy. She's willfully ignorant, malicious, and rarely on speaking terms with facts, understanding, or logic, but she isn't crazy.
free_spoons 6th-Aug-2011 06:20 am (UTC)
"The United States has had a AAA credit rating since 1917. That rating has endured the great depression, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

"This president has destroyed the credit rating of the United States through his failed economic policies and his inability to control government spending by raising the debt ceiling."


When you said "This President" I hope you were pointing at a picture of Dubya, Bachmann.
sophiaserpentia 6th-Aug-2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
Does she even know what a credit rating is?
evildevil would start to improve almost immediately after she becomes president6th-Aug-2011 06:23 am (UTC)
Her secret? "Magic"
crossfire Re: would start to improve almost immediately after she becomes president6th-Aug-2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
No no, she's not a witch, she's a real person--just like us!

Oh wait, that was the other crazy. NVM
executivehpfan 6th-Aug-2011 06:31 am (UTC)
Speaking in the parking lot of a Pizza Ranch in Newton

I laughed way too hard at that. Between this and the leak of Rick Perry's college transcript, today is officially Laugh-At-The-Right-Wing-Wack-Jobs-Day.
beoweasel 6th-Aug-2011 10:46 am (UTC)
Oh? Do tell about Perry's transcript.
layweed 6th-Aug-2011 12:12 pm (UTC)
'course, doesn't matter as long as Obama hasn't released his transcript y/y. 'cos being a poor student at TAMU totally doesn't matter if Obama's a poor student at Columbia. Or something. Idk. W/e.
evilgmbethy 6th-Aug-2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
lmao

except it's not really that funny that it seems like most politicians out there are the type to get a D in Economics
stormqueen280 7th-Aug-2011 04:31 am (UTC)
Only A was in World Military Systems? Jesus. If that's not a bad omen...

P.S.: I saw he had an A in “Improv. of Learning”, but what in the world is that?
fauxdistressed 6th-Aug-2011 06:59 am (UTC)
I would not like to see her try
sankaku_atama 6th-Aug-2011 10:56 am (UTC)
Agreed; let's hope this country wakes up enough to not even give her the chance.
masakochan 6th-Aug-2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, I think it would take a massive screw-up from her or any of the current Republican candidates to get parts of America to wake up. But even then- I can still easily see people then saying it's all Obama's fault.
liret 6th-Aug-2011 07:12 am (UTC)
Bachmann said in a statement: "The United States has had a AAA credit rating since 1917. That rating has endured the great depression, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the terrorist attacks on 9/11. "This president has destroyed the credit rating of the United States through his failed economic policies and his inability to control government spending by raising the debt ceiling."

Except the main reason S&P gave for downgrading the credit rating was that Republican's recent actions show they'll block any plans to raise revenue. Basically, the if the US is a bad investment, it's because people are listening to people like her.
emofordino 6th-Aug-2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
mte! good grief, is it that difficult to understand? although these people wouldn't want to believe anything that gets in the way of blaming obama for every single thing that goes wrong, including things like stubbing their toes or their flat tire on the way to work or whatever.
fenris_lorsrai 6th-Aug-2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
Of course the bond rating is a bit of a crock too. A lot of the things that caused the great financial meltdown still had a AAA credit rating up until the day they melted down. Meanwhile some things that didn't have AAA ratings were just fine and went through meltdown without issue.

Bond ratings are rather like horse racing odds. sure, the favorite is probably safe bet... but there are still lots of people that bet on the second or third down. and some that bet the longshot.

it does have some impact on costs and markets, but the downgrade won't actually dry up credit entirely or melt down the market itself. The downgrade might actually spur some higher risk investors into the market.
kerrence 6th-Aug-2011 08:35 am (UTC)
Republicans keep saying this is all Obama's fault.
Obama's policies! Obama's inability to [anything]! Arglebargle Obama!
Do Republicans not have to take history classes or do they just selectively forget EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED EVER?
ceruleanst 6th-Aug-2011 09:55 am (UTC)
History isn't even the subject; they openly and deliberately did this themselves only a few days ago. Soon I expect to see Republican campaign commercials in which the candidate personally, on camera, kicks a baby in the head and says "Did you see that?! Look at what Obama's policies just did to this baby."
palsmarties 6th-Aug-2011 09:59 am (UTC)
Within minutes I would see people complaining on Facebook about how Obama hasn't already made a policy to help prevent babies from getting kicked in the head.
sixdemonhag 6th-Aug-2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
And if he did, they'd be complaining about his "nanny state" commie shoshulist nazi government infringing on the rights of Americans to kick babies in the head.
door 6th-Aug-2011 08:42 am (UTC)
Mail me to a different planet, pls.
palsmarties I see...6th-Aug-2011 09:06 am (UTC)
abee 6th-Aug-2011 09:53 am (UTC)
Oh? Won't take tha tlong? *takes in a chair* Ok, what are you waiting for?
sankaku_atama 6th-Aug-2011 10:55 am (UTC)
"The main way we're going to goof this up as Republicans is to nominate the wrong candidate."

Like any one of you four clowns?

"The United States has had a AAA credit rating since 1917. This president has destroyed the credit rating of the United States through...his inability to control government spending by raising the debt ceiling."

Ahm...no. It was the idiots like Cantor refusing to play ball that caused the downgrade. Obama may have had some small part in it, but by no means does he deserve the lions' share of blame. Moron.

Santorum, said: "It's an absolute failure of leadership of this president my fellow racists in congress." FTFY, Rickie.
jiaren_shadow 6th-Aug-2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
Wow, there's so much WHARRGARBL in the Republican Party that I'm starting to think they're all secretly Murlocs.
shoujokakumei 6th-Aug-2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
This is exactly what the Teapublicans wanted - something to blame on Obama. And a large portion of the American public is stupid enough to believe anything these foot-stomping, tantrum-throwing children say.
tsaraven 6th-Aug-2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
My spouse said last night that he could already hear the commercial voice overs for the election commercials next year: "The credit rating lowered for the first time EVAR (ominous music...black and white head shot of Obama)!!!" Ugh.
shoujokakumei 6th-Aug-2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's exactly what they'll do.

My mother gets a bunch of right-wing propaganda email because my father signed her up for all kinds of bullshit, and she tells me that 99% of it says that nothing matters except getting Obama out of the White House in 2012. Not jobs, not social issues, not the economy - because the Teapublicans don't care about any of that shit except when it can buy them votes from the gullible idiots who think they might eventually be rich enough for a tax increase to affect them (except they never will because BOOTSTRAPS is bullshit and the top 2% will always own the rest of us).

Edited at 2011-08-06 02:35 pm (UTC)
masakochan 6th-Aug-2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
That just reminds of how Rush Limbaugh stated, back in 2009 (I think right around when Obama was going through inaugeration), that he hoped that Obama would fail.
elobelia 6th-Aug-2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
My mom still says this, all the time. She has straight-out said that she doesn't care if the country is destroyed and has to completely rebuild itself as long as the Democrats lose.
volatiletimes 6th-Aug-2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
agreed!
flyingwild 6th-Aug-2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, FFS. Fuck the GOP. Fuck their refusal to accept that this mess is largely their fault. And fuck their lalaland ideas on how to fix it.
be_themoon 6th-Aug-2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
"When someone asks Pawlenty a question, he's kind of long-winded. You almost get a mini-speech," Bradley said. "When someone asks her a question, with Michelle you get a clear answer. You may not always agree, but you get an answer."

No, you really don't. She circles around it and gets facts wrong all the time. (I don't know much about Pawlenty, but I hear he has a brain that he occasionally uses.)
fenris_lorsrai 6th-Aug-2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
Speaking in the parking lot of a Pizza Ranch in Newton,

I always take the advice of weirdoes standing in parking lots!
salienne 6th-Aug-2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
I wonder if she actually is so ignorant and deluded that she believes herself when she says these things, or if she's just lying.
stormqueen280 7th-Aug-2011 04:25 am (UTC)
I wonder which option is worse.
celtic_thistle 6th-Aug-2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
Speaking in the parking lot of a Pizza Ranch in Newton lol seriously now

It's almost adorable how completely deluded she is about economics.
10lbmustache 6th-Aug-2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
lmao that was the first thing I picked out and it explained the whole article tbh
10lbmustache 6th-Aug-2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
Speaking in the parking lot of a Pizza Ranch in Newton

go figure, pizza ranch is where all the hicks eat and they have misogynistic signs up all over the restaurant about how women belong in the kitchen
cecilia_weasley 6th-Aug-2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
lolol @ title, but I just have to know: What is wrong with this woman?
stormqueen280 7th-Aug-2011 04:24 am (UTC)
It won't take that long if we send signals to the marketplace

The only thing the U.S. government is signaling these days is SOS.
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