Asked by a reporter how wealthy politicians can relate to the plight of everyday Americans, Michele somehow thought it would make sense to suggest that President Obama's wealth makes it hard for him to understand "the common man." Of course, she forgot to mention that the presidential candidate her own party endorsed, Mitt Romney, is "by a long shot one of the wealthiest self-made men to ever run for president" in the words of New York Magazine.
Here's a transcript of Bachmann's USA Today interview, followed by the raw footage:
Reporter: You've outlined all the problems in the US, in the economy, and then there are those who say, 'How can someone with that kind of vast wealth really connect with the American public, really understand what the plight of the American public is?'
Bachmann: Well, President Obama is extremely wealthy. He and his wife have been wealthy for a number of years, and so I think that's really the issue. President Obama is wealthy, what do, or -- what does he understand about the common man right now?
And I think what people care about is not hating someone for what their assets are -- the American people don't hate President Obama because he's a very wealthy individual. What they care about is how their lives are, would their lives be better? And I think it's very clear under the Romney-Ryan ticket the average Americans' lives [sic] will be much better, they'll have a lot more money to spend in the way that they want, and they'll also have a much more secure future for their children. That's what the American people want, and that's what we'll offer with this new Romney-Ryan ticket.
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