Bachmann opens door to raising debt limit — if it repeals healthcare bill

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) opened the door to voting to raise the debt ceiling on Monday — in the extraordinarily unlikely instance that it's tied to a repeal of President Obama's healthcare law.

Bachmann, the Republican presidential candidate who's been a dogged opponent of raising the debt limit, had a caveat that could conceivably win her support.

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"They'd have to cut an enormous amount, including they would have to defund Obamacare," she said on Fox News in response to a question about the circumstances under which she'd vote to raise the debt ceiling. "Because that's the largest entitlement in the history of the country."

Of course, that's an incredibly unlikely proposition, and Bachmann acknowledged as much.

She's made her opposition to the president's healthcare law a centerpiece of her campaign, though. Bachmann even refused to sign the "Cut, Cap and Balance" pledge backed by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), reasoning that it would have to include an extra vow to repeal the healthcare law to gain her signature.

Bachmann has otherwise refused to support an increase in the debt limit in any circumstance, putting her at odds with some members of the GOP leadership, who've negotiated with Obama on a deal that looks to exchange deep spending cuts for an increase in the debt ceiling.


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