ROCK HILL, S.C. - GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann staked out some of her stands on foreign policy during a national town hall at Winthrop University.
Many in the audience stood and cheered as she declared, “I stand with Israel.” If elected, she would send a message that countries threatening Israel would have to deal with the United States.
The June 29 visit to Winthrop’s DiGiorgio Campus Center capped a four-city tour of South Carolina for the third-term Minnesota Republican. More than 800 people from the Carolinas turned out to see the conservative firebrand and hero of the tea party movement.
Other town hall highlights:
• She is tired of “the United States jumping to China’s tune” and with OPEC’s stranglehold on the U.S.
• She said the United States needs to stop “pulling NATO’s weight for them.”
• Bachmann said she voted against Wall Street bailouts and they would end with her presidency: “You don’t privatize your profits and socialize your losses.”
• She supports U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s bill auditing the Federal Reserve.
• She took frequent jabs at President Barack Obama but rarely mentioned other GOP candidates.
The first female contender to enter the 2012 race, Bachmann started her presidential campaign on Monday in Iowa where she was born.
South Carolina is one of the first states in the nation to hold a primary every four years. Presidential candidates frequently visit the Palmettto State to test their support in the South.
See photos of the event on Facebook.