ABC News’ Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) reports:
DES MOINES, Iowa — Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann left no doubt about her disapproval of President Obama’s decision to ask Tim Geithner to stay on as Treasury Secretary, calling his retention a “tremendous disservice to the American people.”
She told a gathering of the Polk County Republican Party in Des Moines that keeping Geithner at the helm of the department was a “bad move” and accused President Obama of failing to “inspire confidence in our markets”
“For the sake of the media that are here, please indulge me,” Bachmann said before reading a statement from a sheet of paper.
“The president's refusal to remove Treasury Secretary Geithner shows the president has no plan to restore the triple-A credit rating to the United States of America,” she said. “The president is not listening to the people of this country, nor is he providing the leadership that is necessary to bring about economic recovery. I once again, today, in Polk County, Iowa, renew my call for Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to resign immediately for the sake of our country and to return our economy to full status.”
Bachmann spent the weekend crisscrossing Iowa ahead of this Thursday’s Republican presidential debate and Saturday’s straw poll in Ames.
At her last stop of the day, she also criticized President Obama for spending his weekend at Camp David after Standard & Poor’s on Friday downgraded the country’s credit rating.
“We didn’t hear from the president of the United States for almost 24 hours,” Bachmann said. “The president was gone. He was missing in action for almost 24 hours.”
She focused her speech to a crowd that included former Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray and Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, largely on fiscal issues, but she threw in some of her trademarks lines, swiveling around at one point to show the audience her “titanium spine.”
She also offered up her full-throated support of the Second Amendment: “It’s not just a militia, it’s our right, baby!”
During her remarks, she polled the crowd, asking who could tell her how high the national debt was. One audience member shouted a response: $14.3 trillion.
“That’s why I like Iowans,” Bachmann said, “they are just whip smart."