Bachmann Likens US to Titanic in Visit to Iowa Plant

Aug 10, 2011 3:38pm

ABC News' Matthew Jaffe (@matthewbjaffe) reports:

CLIVE, Iowa – As Sharyn Alfonsi reported on World News earlier this month, four of the Republican presidential candidates are selling campaign swag made overseas, but Michele Bachmann is not one of them – and today Bachmann visited an Iowa business to tout the need to get the country's economy back on its feet.

"It's like that movie 'Titanic' – have any of you seen that movie 'Titanic'?" Bachmann asked a roundtable crowd at Competitive Edge Advertising Specialty Manufacturing in Clive, just outside of Des Moines. "Remember what happened to the ship? It ran into an iceberg. Right now in America there's a big iceberg out there and it's money that we don't have and we're running the ship into the iceberg. So the smart thing to do is to turn the ship, don't go down, turn the ship. That's what I want to do as president of the United States: turn the ship so we have more jobs, the country grows, and we all have better lives in the future."

Even though Competitive Edge printed out blue Bachmann campaign t-shirts for the Minnesota congresswoman's visit today, company President David Greenspon said it was just done as a gesture for the candidate. In fact, he said, he only received the campaign's logo via email at 1 a.m. last night. Moreover, in the past Greenspon's plant has printed shirts for one of Bachmann's top rivals, Tim Pawlenty.

Bachmann's 'Titanic' metaphor today came as part of an hour-long question-and-answer session with the plant's employees and others. Before the event, Bachmann toured the plant, holding up one of her blue t-shirts and chatting with various employees. The visit to Clive was Bachmann's only campaign stop today.

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