Michele Bachmann: We need to ‘spank the president’

Republicans are in danger of losing the House if they pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) warned Monday. Instead of passing "amnesty," she said, the GOP should focus on how to "spank" President Obama.

“Contrary to popular opinion, Republicans won’t get patted on the back or get new votes because of passing amnesty — they’re going to get blamed," said Bachmann, who is retiring in 2014. Moreover, she suggested, a path to citizenship provision would empower the president.

“He has a perpetual magic wand and nobody’s given him a spanking yet and taken it out of his hand,” she told WorldNetDaily, a reference to Obama's use of executive orders. "That's what Congress needs to do, give the president a major wake-up call. And the way we spank the president, we do it through the checkbook."

Bachmann predicted that Obama would use an executive order to give voting rights to undocumented immigrants in 2014, and claimed that he had already done so for "anyone who was here as a Latino under age 30." That appears to be a reference to Obama's executive order deferring deportation action for some undocumented students. The right to vote was not actually involved in that order; only U.S. citizens can vote in federal elections.

However, she noted that her office was not hearing as many complaints about the legislation as she had in 2007, when an immigration reform deal was last close to fruition.

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