Rep.Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) took a day off the campaign trail Thursday to swing through Washington to vote against raising the nation’s debt ceiling, declaring that she refused “to be a party to deceiving the American people yet again.”
The Republican presidential contender, appearing at the National Press Club, was at ease swiping at President Obama, calling him “out of touch,” accusing him of using “scare tactics” and saying the debacle over the debt limit was a “failure of leadership.”
“As we debate the debt ceiling, the players seem to have lost all sense of proportion,” she declared.
She was less comfortable, however, navigating questions about House Speaker John A. Boehner, whose debt-limit proposal she vowed to oppose in a floor vote later Thursday. While she praised the speaker’s “faithful effort” in talks, she side-stepped when asked if he should be ousted if the debt ceiling is raised
“I am running for president of the United States,” she said, after a pause. “I am not running for speaker of the House.”