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Bachmann blasts Clinton as GOP summit ends

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 8, 2014 at 1:28 p.m.

OXON HILL, Md. — Hillary Rodham Clinton "has a lot to explain" should she run for president, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann told the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists on Saturday, the final day of its annual meeting.

The Republican firebrand, one of the few women featured at the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference, raised pointed questions about the former secretary of state's work in Russia and Libya. And she challenged the Republican Party's struggle with women voters, who have supported Democrats in every presidential election since 1988.

"Don't forget, we are the party, the only party, that had a woman on the presidential ticket this century," Bachmann, a 2012 presidential candidate herself, said of the GOP's 2008 ticket and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich headline the final day of the gathering, which has brought thousands of conservative activists, opinion leaders and Republican officials to suburban Washington. Other participants Saturday include Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint and a host of up-and-coming conservatives from across the country.

Saturday also features the results of the conference's annual symbolic presidential preference straw poll. The gathering is an early audition of sorts for most of the GOP's prospective 2016 presidential field.

Some of the GOP's most prominent conservatives insisted Friday that Republicans should emphasize hot-button social issues like abortion and gay marriage in this year's midterm elections, exposing an ideological divide within a party trying to capture the Senate this year and the White House two years from now.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist pastor, set the tone early Friday, the second day of the conference.

"If this nation forgets our God, then God will have every right to forget us," Huckabee said to cheers. "It's time for government to scale back, not for people of faith to scale back."

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djigoo says... March 8, 2014 at 1:34 p.m.

I live in Minnesota. Trust me; the only people around here who care what Crazy-Eyes Bachmann has to say are stand-up comics, morning DJs, and the odd Psychobagger.

I doubt even her, uh..."husband" (for lack of a better word) Marquessa listens to Shelly's insane ratings anymore.

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FreeSpiritMan says... March 8, 2014 at 6:52 p.m.

Just a big gathering of the nuts that have fallen from the trees. There a re gona be looking at a do over of 2008 and 2012

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Packman says... March 8, 2014 at 8:40 p.m.

@Surfergoo - "I live in Minnesota". Happy, Happy, Happy.

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Dontsufferfools says... March 8, 2014 at 9:08 p.m.

My favorite Bachmann moment
"But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States. ... I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our forbearers who worked tirelessly -- men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country." -Rep. Michele Bachmann, botching American history while speaking at an Iowan's for Tax Relief event in January 2011. The Founding Fathers did not work to end slavery, and John Quincy Adams was not one of the Founding Fathers.

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djigoo says... March 8, 2014 at 9:25 p.m.

She truly is Queen of the Psychobaggers.

Oh, wait...she may share that title with Marcus...

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T6 says... March 8, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.

If you idiots should be making fun of the Idiot-in-Chief that spells respect RSPECT.

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Dontsufferfools says... March 8, 2014 at 10:12 p.m.

"What I want them to know is just like John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa, that's the spirit that I have too. It's really about not being ashamed of America. It's embracing America."
Bachmann, confusing the serial killer from Waterloo, Iowa, John Wayne Gacy, with the actor.

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Dontsufferfools says... March 8, 2014 at 10:15 p.m.

More Bachmann
"To my former staffer who said I don't “use the most credible sources and who said I “tend to listen to the last person who talks to [me],” let me just remind you I am also a member of the House Intelligence Committee."

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 9, 2014 at 8:28 a.m.

Yawn, ... The dems were the first to have a woman on the presidential ticket the last century. This Century is young still.

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