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Michele Bachmann: Obama Needs To 'Apologize' (VIDEO)

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) addressed several questionable claims she's made in recent years about President Barack Obama during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning.

"I don't take back my statements on gangster government," she said, referring to a charge she made during the health care reform debate last year. "I think that there have been actions taken by the government that are corrupt."

Bachmann also touched on comments she made in 2008 suggesting the president maintains "anti-American views."

"I said I have very serious concerns about the president's views," she said when asked about her position. "And I think the president's actions in the last two years speak for themselves."

During the appearance, Bachmann reiterated a statement she made last week claiming to have exposed $105 billion in advanced appropriations contained in the health care reform package signed into law last last year.

"We discovered that secretly, unbeknownst to members of Congress, over $105 billion was hidden in the Obamacare legislation to fund the implementation of Obamacare," she said. "This is something that wasn't known. This money was broken up, hidden in various parts of the bill."

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on what Bachmann had to say last week and one potential glitch in her argument:

Such "advance appropriations," Bachmann said, make it difficult for current and future Congresses to defund the bill, the GOP's fallback position in light of the long odds against repeal.

Democrats argue that the main provisions of the multi-year health care bill, which passed a year ago in March after more than a year of debate, are not exactly secret.

Roll Call relays background on the origin of the figure cited by the congresswoman:

The number stems from an October Congressional Research Service report that cites $5 billion in mandatory spending under health care reform this year and an additional $100 billion over the next eight years, minus any appropriating actions by Congress.

In an interview with Newsmax published online on Saturday, Bachmann called on the president "to apologize to the American people" over the issue. She also requested apologies from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"This is a stunning revelation," she said. "It's shocking. ... This is unbelievable. I don't think anyone has ever heard of anything like this before. That's why the president needs to answer to the American people."

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