Bachmann signs spending limit pledge with addition

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Posted: Jul 18, 2011 10:17 PM
Bachmann signs spending limit pledge with addition

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has signed a pledge opposing any increase in the U.S. debt limit without major changes to government spending.

But she says even with changes outlined in the pledge from U.S. Sen Jim DeMint of South Carolina, she wouldn't vote to raise the debt ceiling.

Bachmann signed the pledge Monday in Columbia after avoiding it for several weeks because it didn't go far enough to cut funding and repeal last year's health care overhaul. Eight other presidential candidates have signed it.

It says the government should not borrow more without immediate spending cuts, enforceable spending caps and a constitutional amendment to balance the budget.

Bachmann says she ultimately signed the pledge because she agrees there needs to be a "fundamental restructuring" of government spending.