Bachmann Hits The Campaign Trail In Iowa — Says National Debt Is ‘Slavery’

January 24, 2011 5:33 a.m.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who has been eyeing a run for president — or might just be appearing to do so in order to stay in the limelight — paid a high profile visit over the weekend to the key caucus state of Iowa.

As MinnPost reports:

“With pride in my heart, I am proud to announce,” and she paused and the crowd murmured and she paused some more and then finally…”that it’s good to be home!”

Bachmann was born in Iowa, and her family moved to MInnesota when she was young. So is her return to the state a sign that she’s running for president?

“I know it is shocking that when a girl goes to Iowa that that speculation might come along,” Bachmann also added. “But I’m here to be a part of that conversation for 2012. I certainly am a part of the conversation — there’s been no decision about a candidacy but I certainly want to be a part of that conversation, most definitely.”And as the Iowa Independent reports, Bachmann has some very fiery statements about the national debt:

“Fortunately today we don’t face the prospect of an armed violent civil war, but instead we face the question of whether our nation will live to the latest generation is equally great. It’s an underlying issue in the struggle of our time is a slavery of a different kind,” Bachmann said to the crowd, before predicting her slavery comments would be misconstrued by the media.

“Because it is a slavery. It is a slavery that is a bondage to debt and a bondage to decline,” Bachmann went on. “That’s what that slavery entails. It’s the subservience of a sovereign people — we are a sovereign people — to a failed self selected elite. That would be our fate.”

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