Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) warned an audience of supporters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Monday that Hezbollah could build "missile sites" in Cuba. "Why would you normalize trade with a country that sponsors terror?" said Bachmann, in response to a supporter's question asking her to explain her position on trading with Cuba.
"There are reports that have come out that Cuba has been working with another terrorist organization called Hezbollah. And Hezbollah is looking at wanting to be part of missile sites in Iran and, of course, when you are 90 miles offshore from Florida, you don't want to entertain the prospect of hosting bases or sites where Hezbollah could have training camps or perhaps have missile sites or weapons sites in Cuba. This would be foolish."
Bachmann was apparently referring to an unsourced report in the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera, which was picked up by conservative blogs like Glenn Beck's The Blaze and Andrew Breitbart's Big Peace.
Bachmann later opined how the United States would soon be paying for China's military through debt spending. "We're told by 2020, nine years from now, we'll be paying for all of their army," she said. "We'll be paying for their military weaponry."
China's military spending is thought to be less than $100 billion, while the Pentagon budget for Fiscal Year 2011 was $549 billion.
She later warned the GOP not to pick a "compromise candidate," emphasizing her appeal to the base. However, she has been sinking in the polls since her win at the Iowa Straw Poll and the entrance of Texas Gov. Rick Perry into the GOP primary race.