Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) says Speaker John Boehner’s latest plan to raise the debt ceiling days before the nation defaults on its debts doesn’t have what it takes to get her support. Bachmann has said unequivocally that she won’t vote to raise the nation’s borrowing limit, despite the looming threat of default, and it seems that Boehner’s plan to unite his caucus and get the crisis ended hasn’t moved her to change her mind.
“This Republican will not vote to raise the debt ceiling,” Bachmann told reporters at an Iowa presidential campaign stop, according to ABC News. “My colleagues will have to come to their own conclusion.”It’s not a huge surprise that Bachmann would opposed Boehner’s plan. She’s made refusing to vote for an increase in the debt ceiling a key tenet of her campaign so far, and polls have shown GOP primary voters like what she’s selling.
For Boehner, Bachmann’s opposition to his plan is another sign of the difficulty he faces uniting his party over any plan to keep the nation from default. Bachmann is the leader of the House Tea Party Caucus and a vocal member of the purist conservative wing Boehner’s having trouble wrangling.