Michele Bachmann’s Signature is Absent from the Debt Ceiling PledgeSubmitted by DeMolay on Fri, 07/08/2011 - 15:08
The State Column | Staff | Friday, July 08, 2011
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) hasn’t signed the “Cut, Cap, Balance” pledge that outlines several preconditions for raising the debt ceiling. As of Friday, eight presidential candidates have signed the debt ceiling pledge, including frontrunner Mitt Romney. The signatories to the debt ceiling pledge include Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Gary Johnson, That McCotter, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Romney and Rick Santorum. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) was the first presidential candidate to sign the debt ceiling pledge.
Bachmann said in a TV ad, released in Iowa on Thursday, that she would “not vote to increase the debt ceiling.” Bachmann also said that “I know we can’t keep spending money that we don’t have.” Bachmann is not the first presidential candidate to express his or her discontent with the debt ceiling increase. Paul has also indicated that he wouldn’t vote for the debt ceiling increase, but that he’d try to limit federal spending to government services that are constitutionally mandated. However, Paul’s refusal to vote for raising the debt ceiling didn’t stop him from signing the debt ceiling pledge, because the pledge describes preconditions that, if followed, will eventually make it no longer necessary to increase the debt ceiling.
The “Cut, Cap, Balance” pledge has also been signed by four governors, twelve senators, thirty-three House members and thirty-four candidates for political office. If she were to sign the debt ceiling pledge, Bachmann would agree “to oppose any debt limit increase unless” spending cuts have been made, a spending cap has been set and the federal budget has been balanced. Bachmann would also join more than 100,000 U.S. citizens who have signed the pledge.