By Andrew Restuccia - 06/17/11 09:20 PM EDT
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) took aim Friday at a law mandating more energy efficient light bulbs, vowing to overturn the requirement if elected president.
"President Bachmann will allow you to buy any light bulb you want,” Bachmann said at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La.
Republicans have cast the provision as a “light bulb ban,” arguing that it will disadvantage incandescent bulbs in favor of more expensive LED (light-emitting diode) and CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs.
LEDs and CFLs are much more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs.
Bachmann’s comments come just days after President Obama touted energy-efficient light bulbs during a speech at an LED lighting manufacturer in Durham, N.C.
LED lighting is “going to make a huge difference, not just for businesses who use the technology, but also for a country that needs to figure out how do we operate in a more energy-efficient way,” Obama said.