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Published On: Sun, Aug 14th, 2011

Bachmann wins Iowa Straw Poll by less than one percent: what are some differences between Bachmann and Paul

After all the events, media predictions and other hoopla over today’s Iowa Straw Poll, Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann went home the winner with 28.5% of the votes. Texas Congressman Ron Paul garnered 27.6% of the vote- no statistical difference. Fmr. Gov. Tim Pawlenty placed a distant third and some are questioning the viability of his campaign, even after the media types have been pumping him up for months as the great contender.

Not to sound like “sour grapes”, but one interesting nugget discovered was Mrs. Bachmann apparently gave out at least 1,250 more tickets at the straw poll than the good doctor and only won by 152 votes.

According to a Daily Caller report:

Paul’s campaign gave out 4,750 tickets to straw poll voters, his campaign chairman, Jesse Benton, told The Daily Caller.

Alice Stewart, a spokeswoman for Bachmann, wouldn’t disclose the number of tickets her campaign distributed. But Ben Smith of Politico reported that Bachmann’s campaign gave away 6,000 tickets.

However, more importantly to me are the differences in records between the so-called spokesperson for the Tea Party Bachmann and Ron Paul—because that’s what really matters.

After examining Mrs. Bachmann’s record, as a Constitutionalist and true believer in liberty and small government, it didn’t take long to find chinks in Bachmann’s self-proclaimed “small government” armor.

First concern is Michelle Bachmann’s utter disregard for the Fourth Amendment and issues of citizen privacy.

Congresswoman Bachmann supports the PATRIOT Act, supported the Protect America Act, and supports FISA legislation to allow the federal government to more easily effect surveillance on electronic devices. In 2007, Congresswoman Bachmann voted in favor of the Protect America Act, and in 2008 she asserted that the expiration of the Protect America Act placed American families into a perilous situation.

Although she was not in Congress when the PATRIOT Act was passed, Congresswoman Bachmann voted in 2011 to temporarily extend certain provisions of the PATRIOT act dealing with electronic surveillance and cell phones. Later that year, she argued for the extension of provisions dealing with the “lone wolf.”

In addition, Michelle Bachmann shows her neoconservative ways with supporting our unconstitutional overseas wars and interventions- unless it involves Barack Obama’s war, the war in Libya. Moreover, she also loves to threaten Iran.

Congresswoman Bachmann came into office in 2007 and has not been vocal on Iraq. In February of 2007, Congresswoman Bachmann spoke against a resolution condemning the surge in Iraq by stating that Iraq was then the central front in the war on terror. She stated that victory in the war on terror should transcend politics. In May of that year, Congresswoman Bachmann called for a vote on funding for the war without attachments to deadlines by stating that the US must not, as a nation, be invested in defeat.

While in office, Congresswoman Bachmann has voted against resolutions attempting to establish timetables for withdrawal and against resolutions to withdraw the troops.

In June of 2010 the House voted on the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act. The Act passed 408-8. Michele Bachmann voted in favor of the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act.

In addition, she cosponsored the following legislation: The Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2009 and the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act of 2007.

In 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann partially opposed President Obama’s surge in 2009, stating that the President’s reasons were incoherent and it appeared we were sending 30,000 troops to Afghanistan to train people on jobs programs and not to win wars.

In June of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann spoke against the drawdown of those surge troops by urging the President to stay the course.

Congressman Paul would not support any of the above. Though Bachmann says she wants small government one truth stands in the way- you can’t have less government and less taxes and still be the world’s policeman.

Just go back to Thursday night’s debate for another difference- their understanding of the Tenth Amendment.

As Conner Boyack so eloquently pointed out in a piece Friday concerning Michelle Bachmann’s response to Mitt Romney’s argument that Romneycare was his state’s choice under the tenth amendment:

Congresswoman Bachmann, for example, has positioned herself repeatedly as a leader in the tea party, state’s rights, and Tenth Amendment movements. Asked last night whether there was a difference between the state or federal government mandating that an individual buy a product (referring primarily to health care insurance), Bachmann responded that there was no difference. It is “unconstitutional,” she maintained, regardless of whether it is imposed by the state or federal government. She did not cite which part of the Constitution denies states this authority.

Of course, that’s because no clause in the Constitution prevents states from doing it, as Congressman Paul rightly noted in response to Bachmann’s doublethink. Paul stated that the federal government is not empowered to go in and stop states that do bad things.

This is just a snippet of the differences between the two candidates, regardless of how much the media and left-wingers like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz will try to lump them together. By reading Mrs. Bachmann’s record above, she is much closer to President Obama than Ron Paul on these issues.

Ron Paul was correct in saying of his competition, they all represent the status quo.

Michelle Bachmann: ‘I have decided next year I will not seek a fifth Congressional term’

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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