GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann was on WCCO this morning and addressed her recent comments on MSNBC’s Hardball. Esme Murphy asked Bachmann what she means when she said Barack Obama has anti-American views.
“It’s the associations that Barack Obama has. It’s interesting because the national media has had an incredible lack of curiosity about Senator Obama’s views, about his relationships and associations and what real change will mean for the average American in terms of dramatic tax increases, in terms of enacting socialized medicine, in terms of enacting a tremendous climate change tax that will cost us $40 trillion. There are tremendous changes that are on the horizon especially one that a lot of people aren’t aware of yet which is taking the right of the secret ballot away from the common worker. That’s very concerning to a lot of people,” Bachmann said.
“So you do feel that his views are Anti-American?” Murphy asked.
“I feel his views are concerning. I’m calling on the media to investigate them. I’m not saying that his views are anti-American. That was a misreading of what I said and so I don’t believe that that’s my position. I’m calling on the media to take a look at what his views are. I’m calling on the media to take a look at what his views are because I think they show an appalling lack of curiosity,” Bachmann said.
You can see what Bachmann said on MSNBC’s Hardball here.
Bachmann’s DFL challenger Elwyn Tinklenberg’s is reporting that he’s raised $488 thousand since Bachmann made her comments on Friday. The DCCC also sent out a fundraising e-mail this morning saying they will get into the race if they raise an extra $100 thousand.
I’ll post the video once it’s on WCCO’s site. Here’s the video.
UPDATE: AP has a story on Bachmann here.