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Speech Excerpts Suggest Bachmann May Play It Safe

Fans of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s flair for the controversial may be disappointed with her rebuttal to the State of the Union address Tuesday night, judging from excerpts that hew closely to mainstream GOP talking points.

The Minnesota Republican’s decision to address the Tea Party Express after President Barack Obama’s address to Congress raised eyebrows, particularly among Republicans who feared she might upstage the official GOP rebuttal by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (Wis.).

But in the excerpts released by her office Tuesday afternoon, Bachmann appears to be keeping her remarks largely muted.

For instance, she plans to criticize Obama’s economic policies by saying, “We saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt at President Obama’s direction, unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country.”

She also lays out a series of largely mainstream GOP proposals, including barring the Environmental Protection Agency from creating a carbon trading system, passing a balanced budget amendment and adopting the party’s all-of-the-above energy platform, which includes developing alternative energy sources, “clean” coal, and American oil and natural gas resources.

She also calls on the White House to support widespread regulatory reform.

Bachmann praises the new crop of Republican lawmakers in the House. “Last November many of you went to the polls and voted out big-spending politicians, and you put in their place men and women who have come to Washington with a commitment to follow the Constitution and cut the size of government,” she plans to say, according to the excerpts.

“And I believe that we are in the early days of a history-making turn here in the House of Representatives,” Bachmann will add.

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