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Michele Bachmann Met With Opposition While Speaking To Students At Drake University

11/17/2011 05:48 pm ET | Updated Nov 18, 2011

After speaking about her conservative views, Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was drilled by students at Drake University during a campaign stop on Thursday.

Bachmann -- who typically receives a warmer reception in Iowa -- hoped to convince the packed room of students that the government has no choice but to make dramatic spending cuts, according to Minnesota Public Radio. Bachmann was met by a crowd littered with Obama supporters ready to quiz the Minnesota representative on her conservative beliefs.

After speaking to students about entitlement programs and touting her desire to tap into energy resources currently limited by the Department of Energy, Bachmann entered a heated exchange over her opposition to health care reform.

When a student asked if Bachmann wanted to "screw the sick and homeless," she fired back at the student, telling him he "could not be further from the truth."

"You're looking at someone who lived below poverty. Have you ever lived at that?" Bachmann said. "I have. I know what it's like, and I know what I had to do. I got a job. That's what you need to do. You need to figure out how to get a job and make your way."

After the event, Bachmann posed for photos with students, including several who wore shirts protesting Bachmann's views on gay marriage and showing support for her GOP rival Ron Paul.

CORRECTION: This story has been edited to remove a quote incorrectly attributed to Bachmann.

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