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Bachmann to speak at CPAC

  • Blog Post by: Corey Mitchell
  • March 6, 2014 - 6:07 AM

Republican congresswoman Rep. Michele Bachmann will speak at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in suburban Washington, D.C., this weekend.

She’ll share the stage Saturday morning with Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin.

Bachmann’s speech at the 2013 conference drew national headlines and scrutiny from fact checkers.

In the days after her remarks, The Washington Post’s Fact Checker column awarded her eight “Pinocchios” – four for her claims about the federal food stamp programs and four more for claims about President Obama’s White House budget, which she said was filled with “perks and excess.”

Hosted by the American Conservative Union, the three-day conference showcases tea party activists, conservative opinion leaders and prospective GOP presidential candidates.

Bachmann has addressed CPAC events every year since 2010, often using the platform to criticize the Obama administration. Last year, she claimed that Obama went “AWOL” after a deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya on September11, 2012.

Bachmann was one of just 15 House lawmakers to earn a 100 percent on the American Conservative Union’s recently released 2013 scorecard, a tool used to inform conservative voters about members of Congress.

Bachmann won’t be the only Minnesota lawmaker addressing the conference.

State Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley, has a midday Friday speaking slot, according to the event schedule.

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