WASHINGTON — Michele Bachman would be a “pro-growth president,” according to the conservative Club for Growth.
The group, known for its insistence on tax and spending cuts, released its white paper summary of the presidential candidate on Tuesday, offering a favorable overall assessment of the Minnesota Congresswoman. The report detailed Bachmann’s voting record on tax and spending legislation, offering critiques for only a handful of her votes during her time in the Minnesota Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.
The paper outlined many Bachmann votes that align with Club for Growth’s mission, including her staunch opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law and several tax increases while in office. The report is especially supportive of her policies relating to school choice, noting that she is the first major presidential candidate to found a charter school.
The paper does question some of Bachmann’s votes, including one against a spending amendment to the stimulus bill and a couple of supportive votes on tax increases during her time in the Minnesota Senate (one of which, a $400 million dollar cigarette tax, was proposed by then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty). But the group’s complaints are few, and overall, “Congresswoman Bachmann has supported pro-growth policies throughout her career,” the report concludes.
Club for Growth has now released seven assessments of the records of Republican presidential candidates. Pawlenty received a mixed assessment from the group in May.
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