Bachmann calls Obama's 'phony scandals' remark 'insulting'


U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is back in the national spotlight after criticizing President Barack Obama over a remark he made Wednesday during a speech about the state of the economy, the Huffington Post reports.

Bachmann's remarks came after the House Ethics Committee's confirmation Friday that it was continuing to conduct an investigation into the Minnesota congresswoman's unsuccessful 2012 presidential campaign.

In an interview with Fox News Friday, Bachmann called out the president for his reference to "phony scandals" during his economics speech Wednesday at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.

"With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball," Obama said. "And I am here to say this needs to stop. Short-term thinking and stale debates are not what this moment requires."

In the her interview with Fox, Bachmann responding to Obama's remarks, saying, "It's dismissive. It is insulting. It is minimizing. It's not validating the concerns that people have."

See the president's full speech at Knox College and a transcript of the speech, via the New York Times, here.

Bachmann was one of the politicians who criticized the Obama administration in May after the IRS admitted that it unfairly targeted conservative groups. When the IRS scandal broke, Bachmann suggested that it undermined the 2012 presidential campaign.

At the time she also accused the Obama administration of "blatantly lying to the American people."

Also in her new interview with Fox, Bachmann slammed the Obama administration for not taking "personal responsibility."

"I think clearly what we've seen for the past five years now (with) this administration, they have a complete inability to take personal responsibility for their actions and their policy decision," Bachmann said.

Bachmann said in May that should would not be seeking a fourth term in office.

KSTP-TV reported that the ethics committee will announce its course of action in September and notes that an extension does not in itself indicate an ethics violation.

Meanwhile, WCCO reported, Bachmann has cooperated with the investigation thus far.

See Bachmann's interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren below.

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