In her remarks to the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told the assembled crowd that the Tea Party and conservative movements will triumph over progressivism because of the right's unstoppable intellectual firepower.

"You see our movement at its core is an intellectual movement," she said from the CPAC podium. "We are based on the greatest ideas ever conceived in the mind of man. And I would put those magnificent ideas up against any other idea for freedom in the world."

Right Wing Watch reported that she continued by saying, "Because the Constitution, limited government and free enterprise and strong families, these are the principles that have passed the test of time."

She went on to say that "nothing in our Constitution says that government is supposed to be a charity. Government is not the family, it is not the church and certainly it should never be our doctor's office."

Bachmann briefly led the pack of 2012 Republican presidential contenders. She won the Iowa Straw Poll before a series of gaffes and poor campaign decisions cost her the top position. She announced in 2013 that she will not seek re-election at the end of her current congressional term.

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