Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann went on the offense against President Barack Obama during a Republican primary debate in Florida Monday.
The congresswoman suggested that the president “stole” money to enact his Affordable Care Act.
“We also need to know that for those who are not yet on the system, the system simply has to be reformed in order for it to work,” Bachmann said, referring to Social Security.
“The same goes with Medicare. We know that President Obama stole over $500 billion out of Medicare to switch it over to Obamacare.”
The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein noted that the word “stole” was not the standard Republican attack on Obama, “which holds that Obama simply cut Medicare by $500 billion over the course of 10 years.”
Political satirist Lizz Winstead took away a different message.
“SHORTER BACHMANN President Obama is a black man who broke into your house and stole your money,” she tweeted.
Watch this video from CNN’s Tea Party Debate, broadcast Sept. 12, 2011.