Bachmann Britain-bound for Thatcher funeral


U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann will be part of the congressional delegation attending the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The Star Tribune reports that House Speaker John Boehner selected Bachmann for the trip. MinnPost reports that Boehner said the delegation will fly commercial because of sequestration cuts that suspend the use of military flights for House members.

The 6th District Republican compared herself to the "Iron Lady" during her 2012 presidential campaign. Bachmann drew the comparison because she said that she, too, stuck to strict conservative positions despite public opposition.

MinnPost reprinted Bachmann's statement:

"I am humbled and honored to be one of three members of the U.S. House of Representatives to be selected by Speaker John Boehner to attend Baroness Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. Americans must never forget her friendship with former President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II and their work together to promote freedom, which changed the course of history.

"Not only was Margaret Thatcher a role model for conservative women across the globe, but she was also one of the most consequential political leaders of our time. She was a life-long champion of free markets, freedom and individual liberty and had the courage to fight for her convictions even in the face of undeserved ridicule. Though she was misunderstood by her critics, she proved them wrong by the results of her policies, which brought prosperity and increased happiness to the people of Great Britain. While we mourn her loss, we also remember the extraordinary legacy she left behind. May the great Lady rest in peace."

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