Returning to the town of her birth the day after an Iowa poll shows her neck-and-neck with that Romney fellow, Michele Bachmann announced, "I stand here in the midst of many friends and many family members to announce formally my candidacy for president of the United States.”
Invoking our rich history, our trust in God, our families and our neighbors, not government, Bachmann went on to address our biggest obstacles we face as a nation.
“We simply cannot kick the can of our problems down the road, because our problem are quite frankly today, our problems are not tomorrow. We can’t continue to rack up debt and put it on the backs of the next generation. We can’t afford the unconstitutional healthcare law that will cost us too much and deliver so little. We can’t afford four more years of failed leadership here at home and abroad. We can’t afford four more years of millions of Americans who are out of work and who aren’t making enough in wages to support a family. We can't afford four more years of a housing crisis, where we continually watch the value of our home devalued in front of our eyes, and we literally see it become impossible for people to purchase a home. We can’t afford four more years of foreign policy with a president who leads from behind and who doesn’t stand up for our friends like Israel and who too often fails to stand against our enemy. We cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama.”
Bachmann said she came to Waterloo today to announce that "We can win in 2012 and we will win" as her appeal grows with people from all walks of life, who find agreement in part, if not wholly, with the pillars of conservatism, which Bachmann confesses her devotion to all: peace-through-strength conservatives, fiscal conservatives and social conservatives, and yes, even the media-vilified tea party movement, to which she described as "a very powerful coalition that the Left fears. And they should, because make no mistake about it: Barack Obama will be a one-term president."
Concluding with a poignant message, Bachmann proclaimed, "Together we can do this. Together we can reign in the corruption and the waste that has become Washington, and instead, we can leave behind a better future for the next generation of Americans. Together we can make a better America, if we stick together. Together we can bring the promise of the future. Together we can; together we will."