DES MOINES, Iowa — In her first public appearance in Iowa since word of her possible interest in the presidency was made public, Rep. Michele Bachmann will tell Iowans this evening that “the promise of America is under threat as never before.”
She’ll also warn the standing room only crowd that is expected to turn out for her speech here Friday (and the dozens of credentialed media) that if the United States doesn’t change course, “this great experiment in human liberty called America” could end.
Excerpts of Bachmann’s speech were obtained Thursday evening by MinnPost, and are reprinted below.
“That is why I have come to speak to you tonight — because the promise of America is under threat as never before. For twenty-one generations, the torch of liberty has been successfully passed from one generation to the next. And the question we need to ask ourselves tonight is: Will it end with us? Will we be the first generation to fail when it is our turn to pass the torch of liberty? Will we allow this great experiment in human liberty called America to end on our watch?”
“It is not too late to change course and save this great nation. I believe we can save America. I believe we can preserve this exceptional nation — this land of promise — for our children and grandchildren. Because I believe that what makes America an exceptional nation is our exceptional people — people like those gathered in this room tonight.”