Michele Bachmann appeared in Iowa over the weekend in preparation for Thursday’s nationally televised debate, speaking out against Tim Geithner and President Barack Obama.
Bachmann is up in arms about Obama’s decision to keep Geithner as the active Treasury Secretary in his administration. She has said by Obama keeping Geithner on board, the president was not making the improvement of the U.S. credit rating a priority.
“The president's refusal to remove Treasury Secretary Geithner shows the president has no plan to restore the triple-A credit rating to the United States of America,” Bachmann said, according to ABC.
“The president is not listening to the people of this country, nor is he providing the leadership that is necessary to bring about economic recovery.”
In front of a group of Polk County, Iowa supporters Bachmann called for Geithner to retire from his position on Sunday.
“I once again, today, in Polk County, Iowa, renew my call for Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to resign immediately for the sake of our country and to return our economy to full status,” Bachmann told supporters at the rally.
This is not the first time the congresswoman has used Obama and Geithner as topics of conversation on her campaign trail. In an interview with FOX networks last week, Bachmann said Geithner is directly linked to the country’s economic decline.
“He has been the architect of the economic -- of the so-called economic recovery. The decisions that he has made as treasury secretary have not -- and again, they are at the direction of the president -- they are not ones that have clearly turned the economy in order or led to job creation,” Bachmann told FOX’s Greta Van Susteren.
“We got the numbers today that the unemployment rate is 9.1 percent. We are by every metric -- are manufacturing is at a two-year low. We can go through all these metrics. Our economy is in a very poor place right now.”