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-- -- -- you're our guy is the president's pledge to weed out earmarks and impossible promised to keep.
Let's welcome representative Michelle Bachmann she is a Republican from Minnesota good to see you -- represented them.
Live -- -- it's great to be with you thank you -- wonder is that even realistic to say no pork and I'm not sure that's what the president was saying he said that he will look at projects that seem outrageous but.
-- -- no pork bill would that ever be a reality.
I think it is possible I took a pledge in my own district.
I have not taken earmarks in the last three years that I've been in congress because the system is so corrupt it's possible to make that pledge as a matter fact.
Senator -- -- Barack Obama made that pledge that he was going to be against earmarks we applauded him for that pledge and unfortunately.
He's just prove that he's.
Going back on his word he's not doing that and here is sign this bill with almost nine.
Thousand earmarks Major Garrett -- Seven point seven billion this is a horrendous bill and I think it is disingenuous to say that you're against earmarks and then sign a bill.
That we'll have that will -- -- -- -- what what do you think about the fact that 45% of the air remarks are from your party the Republican Party.
And maybe he's just doing a little politics here giving some air marks to at least nearly half.
To the Republicans there and then going forward it'll be a clean slate.
I think the -- politics that the president could have done with haven't offered to just wipe the slate clean and have no earmarks that would be the better way to golf.
I'm not defending earmarks I'm not defending Republicans -- are asking for earmarks because I didn't do that.
I do think it would have been a very strong message.
If Republicans would have said no where where -- -- not going to take earmarks what would happen then is that money would have been spent but it would have been a 100%.
Democrat earmarks I think we need to have a moratorium we need to sit down together figure out what is the right way to fund local projects in a meritorious manner.
And then let's get in her room do it right in an open transparent process.
And then we can really do the people's business this is not the right way to fund those cracked it must be so frustrating for you who for three years you say that you you have not floated in the earmarks -- and we've certainly applaud you for that.
But that you.
Nobody's following are very few people are following your lead that's got to be frustrating and do here I'm interested about this do you hear their constituents -- say wait a minute.
Other states are putting forth this stuff we're not getting any.
Well there are people that have a divergent opinion in my district that we did a poll and 65% of the people thank me for not doing air marks we just -- -- phone call back in my district today spoke to people again about this.
They thanked me for not doing the earmarks.
They hear about these wasteful projects they know I'm on their side they know I'm fighting for them.
But what they're more worried about than anything list right now.
Is where's our economy going to call will we be losing jobs they're they're terribly worried about this out of control spending that -- seen under Barack Obama.
They feel that it's very fiscally irresponsible they're nervous.
And so they appreciate the fact that I want to be fiscally responsible for them.
And and looking forward let's talk about what a new spending plan would look like -- do you believe do you give President Obama.
-- sort of the the benefit of the doubt that he will start going line by line through these things and and jettisoning the ones that are absolutely outrageous.
Well I think right now unfortunately President Obama has a bit of a credibility gap because his word.
Was that he was not going to take -- that he was not quite accept your marks and here was his first opportunity.
To make good on that promise he broke that promise.
He also said we would have five days the public would have five days to this and read it bill.
Before we have to sign -- vote on it.
And we were given the stimulus bill over a trillion dollars in spending.
And not one member of congress had the opportunity to read the bill we couldn't even read it.
So he's been breaking promises that he made to the American public and that has me troubled while still pretty high in the polls will be watching at all representative thank you very much for coming back on Fox Business.
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