Rep. Michele Bachmann Touts Iowa Straw Poll Win


"There is no requirement in the Constitution that one be a governor in order to go into public service," Bachmann said. "Being a governor and having governor-level experience isn't the number one requirement."

Bachmann defended her recent opposition to raising the debt ceiling, after a critique Saturday from presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum, who called her opposition "outrageous" because it would have led to cutting more than 40 percent of government funding in a matter of months.

"What's outrageous is turning us into the biggest debtor in the history of the world," Bachmann said. "No nation has ever been in debt to the level that we are. ... We have to get our house in order."

To control spending, Bachmann said that fundamental reforms to major entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare have to happen right away.

"Medicare, Medicaid, they have to be changed. Why should we continue to run these program the way we did 45 years ago?" Bachmann said. "Systems have changed. We can make these far more efficient than what they are."

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