Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota on Tuesday refused to answer questions about a recent speech she gave at a conservative conference.


Bachmann claimed at the Conservative Political Action Committee on Saturday that Obama was living in opulence at the White House. She alleged the President was enjoying an excess of tax-payer funded luxuries.

But when confronted by CNN reporter Dana Bash, the Republican congresswoman refused to elaborate on her remarks. Bash was forced to keep pace as Bachmann briskly walked away, insisting her speech was about the attack in Benghazi. Bachmann even turned the questions against the CNN reporter, chiding her for talking about Obama's White House budget rather than Benghazi.

"But you're the one who brought it up," Bash responded as Bachmann raced off.

CNN's Anderson Cooper reported that several of Bachmann's claims of excess were untrue. He noted that by her own estimates Obama was actually spending $2 million less than Bush and the allegation that the President hired a designated dog walker was simply false.

"But the notion that this is a uniquely extravagant president dies hard with Ms. Bachmann," Cooper said. "And remember, this is not the first time she has made detailed claims about presidential spending without real facts to back them up."

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