Much of America was introduced to Bachmann during the 2008 presidential campaign when she shared her apprehensions about then-candidate Obama's "anti-American views." This obscures the fact that she'd been elected to office two years earlier and has held her seat in Congress for the past four years. Of the GOP frontrunners, only Bachmann is in office. Amid the GOP field, only she, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter are still elected officials.
Bachmann isn't railing against Obama's health care plan and Congress' financial regulations from the sidelines. She launches her criticism as a former tax attorney who now sits on the House financial services committee's subcommittees on international monetary policy and trade and on oversight and intelligence. It's given Bachmann a bully pulpit for her stance against the minimum wage that she's held since serving in the Minnesota State Senate. Bachmann has since proposed dropping the federal minimum wage altogether in an effort to "virtually wipe out unemployment." Bachmann has wanted to phase out Social Security and Medicare since before Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan made that idea cool in GOP circles. It also made her unpopular for holding the line on public programs before that strategy came into vogue. Bachmann opposed increases in higher education spending during the past Bush administration and voted against an increase in Pell grant limits and loan limits and a decrease in loan interest. Those changes passed through the House in spite of her efforts, but the message was sent.