Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann just completed her keynote address at CPAC this morning. Like you would expect Bachmann fired-up the crowd. She provided plenty of red meat on issues like the national debt, cap and trade, and the need to repeal Obamacare.
Her speech was entertaining and a great way to kick-off the conference, but it wasn’t the type of speech that a potential presidential candidate would give. In many ways, Bachmann served as a cheerleader for what Republicans were able to accomplish last fall. When reading through all of the new Republican Senators who were elected in November, it almost sounded like the announcer at the Miss America pageant.
Bachmann also invited the thousands of college students in attendance to come to her party this afternoon, which has an open bar. She later joked that she had to limit it to one drink per person. The students loved it, so did the crowd, but with a number of underage kids in attendance, it was an irresponsible thing to say.
If Bachmann runs for president, she will be a major factor in Iowa, but there was little in her speech at CPAC that made me think she is a serious candidate. At least at CPAC, she chose to play the role of the cheerleader, instead of a potential presidential candidate.
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