Bachmann says she will vote no on any debt ceiling increase
Presidential contender and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann said today that she plans to vote against any proposal to raise the debt ceiling.
“I haven’t had one person come up to me yet and say, ‘Michele, we need a balanced approach, we have to increase taxes because we have to keep this level of spending going,’” Bachmann said on CNN’s American Morning.
Despite her opposition, Bachmann said she thinks House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama will find a compromise.
“Washington has their fingers in their ears right now. They’re not listening to the American people,” Bachmann said. “That’s why I am adamant, I will vote no on increasing the debt ceiling. We need sanity back in Washington.”
Bachmann’s spokesman told the Star Tribune that even Republican legislation didn’t go far enough.
“She continues to oppose an increase in the debt ceiling,” spokeswoman Becky Rogness said, “because there needs to be a fundamental restructuring in how Washington spends taxpayer dollars.”
Bachmann also said that Obama would be like a “dictator” if he invokes the 14th Amendment to unilaterally raise the ceiling, as The Hill reported.
Bachmann has accused Obama of using “scare tactics” in the debt ceiling debate, and previously insisted that failing to raise the ceiling won’t cause default, although some [experts have said that isn’t true](http://minnesotaindependent.com/Stan Collender, a partner at Qorvis Communications and a former House and Senate budget staffer).