Rep. Michele Bachmann is trying to cash in on remarks attributed to Vice President Joe Biden linking "tea party" conservatives with terrorists, the latest example of how the heated rhetoric of the debt-ceiling debate quickly becomes fodder for fundraising appeals.
According to Politico, Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania was the one who introduced the attack, saying at a meeting of House Democrats that a "small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money." Biden, trying to sell the group on the debt-ceiling compromise, reportedly responded: "They have acted like terrorists."
Biden later denied saying that.
"I did not use the terrorism word," he said in an interview for the "CBS Evening News." "There were some people who said they felt like they were being held hostage by terrorists. I never said that they were terrorists or weren't terrorists, I just let them vent."
The denial apparently didn't convince Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman and presidential hopeful.
"Only in the bizarro world of Washington is fiscal responsibility sometimes defined as terrorism," Bachmann wrote in an email to the faithful. "This is yet another example of how the liberal establishment and Obama White House will say and do anything necessary to get their way."