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Michele Bachmann debuts first televised campaign ad

by Adam Russett on July 7, 2011

Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, a Republican firebrand and Tea Party darling, has launched her campaign in full with a new TV advertisement that airs in Iowa today. In the video, she decries wasteful spending and identifies herself as a "job creator" who understands that the United States can't spend money that it doesn't have. 

The video also debuts Bachmann's new slogan – that she's the "unifying choice" for President. This may come as a surprise to many, as the congresswoman is opposed to civil unions and believes that Obama's healthcare reform is unconstitutional. However, she says that her policies will help her attract independents, Tea Partiers, Republicans, conservatives and even some disaffected Democrats, according to The Des Moines Register.

"I fought against the wasteful bailout, against the stimulus," Bachmann says in her advertisement. "I will not vote to increase the debt ceiling."

The last comment could prove to be divisive, as many economists such as Ben Bernanke, have claimed that not raising the debt ceiling could cause catastrophic economic consequences. While the House rejected the bid to raise the limit, Democrats and Republicans are now fiercely negotiating to reach an agreement by August 2.

Some have speculated that there may not be a chance for Republicans to compromise without losing some of their core voters. The New York Times claims that this may be due to the fact that moderate Republicans are becoming harder and harder to find.

Citing Pew research data, the publication points out that 79 percent of Republicans who turned out in the 2010 elections identify themselves as "very conservative," while "moderate/liberal" Republicans made up only 50 percent of the turnout. In contrast, Democrats who labeled themselves as "very liberal," "moderate" or "conservative" all hovered around the 50 percent mark.  

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