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Bachmann warns CPAC that America faces ‘decline’ from excessive spending

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep.

Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) during their annual meeting on Friday.
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Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) during their annual meeting on Friday.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a speech laced with frequent references to the American Revolution, Rep. Michele Bachmann today warned conservative activists that America faces “decline” because of what she called the “stunning” growth of federal spending and influence.

President Obama’s spending priorities, like the stimulus law that Bachmann opposed, “sound to me like somebody is choosing decline.”

“Decline can happen quickly, even to a great nation,” Bachmann warned, cautioning about the nation’s increasing deficit and national debt. “This is intending to fail, that’s what this is, intending to fail.”

Bachmann’s remarks came in a speech to the American Conservative Union Foundation’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). She was introduced by Hot Air blogger (and Minnesotan) Ed Morrissey, who called her a “Tea Party activist since before the tea arrived.”

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And that’s exactly how she was received by a room of friendly faces — especially when she referred to the crowd as the “majority-in-waiting”.

Bachmann drew some laughs from the crowd when she flashed a picture of what was meant to be the now-famous George W. Bush “Miss me yet?” billboard (though it wasn’t the exact version that stands alongside Interstate 35).

Video of her speech can be seen by clicking on this link.