Bachmann makes Minnesota homecoming days into 2012 bid

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Days into her 2012 White House bid, Republican Michele Bachmann got a rousing homecoming reception from conservative bloggers who heard her blast President Barack Obama’s “morbid obesity” on federal spending.

Bachmann brought a packed ballroom at the RightOnline Conference to its feet several times during a half-hour speech in which she sold herself as “a very different kind of leader.”

It caps a week that saw Bachmann enter the presidential race. She drew cheers for saying she would repeal the Democratic president’s health care law, oppose raising the federal debt limit and stand in the way of plans to limit carbon emissions through a cap-and-trade system.

Bachmann wasn’t the only 2012 candidate to court the bloggers. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and businessman Herman Cain were also on Saturday’s agenda.