After her gaffe in Spartanburg about it being Elvis’s birthday (it was actually the day he died), which in turn ignited headlines, Bachmann, undaunted, strode out to Elvis’s “Promised Land” in her Greenville appearance. She mentioned “memorializing Elvis” and then got down to business. She explained that she represents a movement:
“We are social conservatives and we are unashamed of being social conservatives. We are also in this movement made up of the Tea Party movement and the Tea Party movement is something that the left deathly fears–and they should because the Tea Party movement stands for the fact that we are taxed enough already,” Bachmann said.
She offered an example of a recent victory:
“I am the first Republican woman ever to be elected out of the state of Minnesota, but when I was there I introduced a bill to define marriage as one man and one woman. And I stayed with that bill and I tried to continue to shepherd that bill even after I left the Senate. And I am pleased to announce to you that at the end of the legislative session this year at the beginning of summer, we finally after seven years got it through, it will be on the ballot in Minnesota for the 2012 election–and it will pass.”
To an audience of about 200 from the Greenville GOP and Tea Party, the Minnesota Congresswoman told her life story and laid out her agenda, including:
“I will pledge to you that as the nominee of the party, my goal is not only be to win the presidency. My goal is also to elect 13 more like-minded new senators in the Republican Senate. How’s this, how about 13 more Jim DeMints in the United States Senate?”
AUDIO: Excerpt of Bachmann speech in Greenville (31:00)