Bachmann: ‘My Joy Would Be to Debate President Obama’

By MichaelJames

May 31, 2011 8:50pm

ABC News' Russell Goldman reports:

Rep. Michele Bachmann will make repealing President Obama’s health care legislation the principle platform of her presidential campaign if she decides to run, she told supporters this evening.

“If I choose to run for president, it will be my signature issue to repeal Obamacare,” Bachmann, R- Minn., said in a conference call organized by GOPAC, a political organization that supports Republican candidates.

Bachmann called the Obama plan, which seeks universal coverage by requiring all citizens to purchase health insurance, the first step towards “socialism.”

“I believe Obamacare is a down payment on socialized medicine,” she said, “and socialized medicine is the crown jewel of socialism.”

Still coy about whether she will ultimately decide to run for president, Bachmann hinted at the direction in which she was leaning: “My joy would be take him on in a debate,” she told the conservative activists.

“My commitment is to undo Obamacare; my commitment is to undo the damage this president has done in one way or another,” she said.

Bachmann has yet to announce whether she will race for the While House, but plans to make her intentions known next month in her birthplace, Waterloo, Iowa.

“Stay tuned," she said. "You’ll hear something soon.”

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