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Bachmann to BP: Don't 'be chumps'

Speaking at a Heritage Foundation luncheon today, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) lit into President Obama, accusing him of "voting present" on the Gulf Coast disaster and serving up an "infantile" political response instead of focusing on plugging BP's broken well.

Afterward, I asked Bachmann if she supported the effort within Congress to lift a cap on BP's liability and ensure that the oil company pays for all claims once the disaster is over.

"They have to lift the liability cap," said Bachmann. "But if I was the head of BP, I would let the signal get out there -- 'We're not going to be chumps, and we're not going to be fleeced.' And they shouldn't be. They shouldn't have to be fleeced and make chumps to have to pay for perpetual unemployment and all the rest -- they've got to be legitimate claims.

"The other thing we have to remember is that Obama loves to make evil whatever company it is that he wants to get more power from. He makes them evil, and what we've got to ask ourselves is: Do we really want to be paying $9 for a gallon of gas? Because that could be the final result of this."

By David Weigel  |  June 15, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  Energy  
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