Michele Bachmann: Let's 'Get The Primary Over With Now'
MINNEAPOLIS -- Fresh off of the June 13 GOP debate, presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann said she was confident in her chances of winning the White House, telling a crowd Saturday at the conservative Right Online conference that "maybe we could just take a vote right here and get the primary over with now."
"Who is that leader?" the Minnesota congresswoman asked the crowd, as some yelled "You!"
"Oh, you have a suggestion," she said.
"All we want to do is see this country work again, and it is going to happen," Bachmann said. "Make no mistake about it, Barack Obama will be a one-term president."
The Tea Party favorite drew huge applause from the crowd at Right Online, the right's counterpart to the progressive Netroots Nation conference. After a standing ovation when she entered the room to Katy Perry's "Firework," Bachmann said she plans to continue to fight to repeal Obama's health care law, the Affordable Care Act.
"It basically says 'Let's repeal this sucker,'" she said of her repeal bill. "As president of the United States, I will not rest until we repeal Obamacare."
More immediately, Bachmann said she plans to vote against raising the debt ceiling, which Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said must be done by Aug. 2 to avoid forcing the U.S. government to default on its loans.
Bachmann took out a dollar bill, folded it nearly in half, and reminded the crowd the government has $0.42 "in borrowed money" for every dollar it spends. The government cannot and should not go further into debt, she said.
If the congresswoman were elected president, she promised to "finally get our budget to balance, so we never have to raise the debt ceiling again."
Bachmann went on to hit a number of conservative talking points, including her support for a bill that would allow choice to use inefficient light bulbs. She said environmental regulations are unnecessary, calling the Environmental Protection Agency the "job-killing agency."
"I'm not convinced of the science that human activity is the cause of global warming," she said to thunderous applause.
Bachmann later touched on Israel, rebuking Obama for saying the country should return to its 1967 borders. "I stand with Israel."
Bachmann also talked up her 2012 campaign, saying the Tea Party will help decide the presidential election and must be allowed in the conservative "tent," along with social and fiscal conservatives.
"This group is just getting steamed," she said. "They're going to be present in 2012."
View this Storify coverage of the speech by HuffPost's Mandy Jenkins.