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Bachmann Literally Phones It In For Iowa Campaign Event

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"I can't see it, but if your raise of hands is like anything else across the country, it is a very strong 'No, stop the insane, out-of-control spending.' And so this afternoon, that's exactly what I'm going to do," Bachmann said.

She also added: "Why? Because what we're doing is giving President Obama a blank check to raise spending another 2.4 trillion dollars, potentially. The issue isn't even about spending and what we're going to cut and what we should prioritize. The issue is about giving him one more blank check."

Bachmann's "raise your hands" routine is usually a big hit with Republican audiences, in response to her rhetorical questions sure to rev up the base. On the other hand, on past occasions she has been able to see the hands go up.