An analysis of Michele Bachmann’s record on economic policy, courtesy of the Club for Growth.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was first elected to Congress in 2006 after serving in the Minnesota State Senate from 2001 to 2006. If elected President, she would be the first woman President and the second person elected directly from the U.S. House of Representatives since James Garfield. Congresswoman Bachmann received a 100% score in the Club for Growth’s 2010 scorecard and has a lifetime score of 94%. The average house Republican score from 2007-2010 was 78%. Congresswoman Bachmann also has a lifetime score of 94% from the Minnesota Taxpayers League during the time she served in the State Senate. The average score for Republican State Senators during that time was 76%.
These guys do the most thorough job of anyone vetting the candidates – they go over every bill, every speech, every vote, every editorial – even campaign advertisements.
The report covers the following areas:
- ENTITLEMENT REFORM
- FREE TRADE
- SCHOOL CHOICE
- TORT REFORM
- POLITICAL FREE SPEECH
- POLITICAL ACTIVITY & ENDORSEMENTS
With very few exceptions, Congresswoman Bachmann has supported pro-growth policies throughout her career. She especially deserves praise for her consistent defense of school choice. After reviewing her record, we are confident that Congresswoman Bachmann would be a pro-growth President.
For my social conservative friends: please print out the paper and read it. These guys are not indifferent to your concerns at all.
Pat Toomey and the Club for Growth
The past director of the Club for Growth is current Pennsylvania senator Pat Toomey.
Here’s a blurb from his web site:
Pat is pro-life and believes that children should be welcomed into the world and protected by its laws.
While reasonable people may differ on the question of abortion rights, we should all be able to agree on policies that encourage adoption over abortion, that avoid taxpayer funding of abortions, and that allow parental involvement in decisions that involve minors. As a senator, Pat will support policies that further these important goals.
Pat also believes the tradition of marriage is sacred and is best defined as between a man and a woman. As a congressman, Pat voted to protect the institution of marriage in many ways. For example, Pat voted to reduce the tax penalty on married couples and will support similar policies as a U.S. senator. Throughout his time in Congress, Pat voted for legislation to protect innocent life, strengthen marriage, and protect the traditional values upon which this country was founded.
- Voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
- Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
- Voted YES on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
- Voted YES on funding for health providers who don’t provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
- Voted YES on banning human cloning, including medical research. (Jul 2001)
- Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
- Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
- Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
- Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
- Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
- Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
- Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
- Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
This is the record of the former leader of the most fiscally conservative PAC. The most pro-business group. The most anti-spending group.
Fiscal conservatives are more socially conservative than you think. If you are a social conservative, but not a fiscal conservative, then you should print out the paper on Michele Bachmann, a radical social conservative, and see how these fiscal conservatives at the Club for Growth judge what counts as fiscally conservative. It might be the case that fiscally conservative positions actually dovetail nicely with socially conservative positions. I think they do.
Campaign speeches, interviews and debates
- Michele Bachmann’s Republican Leadership Conference speech
- Michele Bachmann’s speech at the Right Online Conference
Reactions from her recent debate performance:
Profiles of Michele Bachmann:
Michele Bachmann on television news
Let Americans spend their own money
Time to prioritize spending
Obama’s plan is to raise your taxes
Michele Bachmann in the legislature
For economic growth:
Against ACORN funding: