ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., laid out the stakes for the 2012 election cycle for thousands of conservatives who gathered for the opening day of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on Thursday.
“The window of opportunity for repealing Obamacare may slam shut,” Bachmann said, if Republicans fail to take back the White House two years from now.
Bachmann, a Tea Party favorite who has indicated she is considering a presidential bid, rallied the conservative troops here by saying that the GOP needs to win what she called “the triple crown of 2012.”
“Holding on to the House of Representatives, winning a conservative Senate, and oh yeah, baby winning the White House,” she said to cheers. (Bachmann did not address her own potential presidential ambitions in her speech on Thursday.)
She praised CPAC attendees as “the problem solvers of America” who helped bring about the GOP’s sweeping victories last November, but she said that hard work was still ahead.
“Repealing Obamacare is the driving motivation of my life,” she said.
“Your future is personally tied into the results of the next election,” Bachmann warned the crowd. “No generation has been more selfish than the current generation that’s been running Washington, DC.”
Bachmann fit in a few jokes too, including one poking fun at herself. “Someone told me I need to find the right camera,” she said, noting the “Saturday Night Live” skit that parodied her Tea Party response to the president’s State of the Union address last month.
She also found a humorous way to poke fun at the debt the U.S. owes to China: "I think we might correctly say, Hu's your daddy.”