Michele Bachmann gushed bunk about Obama oil drilling permits

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The former federal tax attorney strings together some fuzzy math.
"One. That's the number of new drilling permits under the Obama administration since they came into office," Rep. Michele Bachmann told the Conservative Principles PAC on March 26.

It was a great red meat line. It helped her steal the show from other Republicans preening for the attention of voters.

Alas, it was not true, as PolitiFact discovered when it checked in with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.

According to the report, 39 shallow-water permits for new wells have been issued since June 8, 2010, when new rules and information requirements were put into effect. Shallow water drilling operations were not affected by the deepwater drilling moratorium following the gulf oil spill. And there were lots more shallow-water well permits issued by the Obama administration prior to June 8, 2010. Remember, Bachmann's statement referred to permits issued "under the Obama administration since they came into office."

Her nonsense earned her a a full-on "pants on fire" award.

Here's Bachmann in Des Moines.

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Zorromcgee
Zorromcgee

Well lets see what shelly has done-sued taxpayers for the IRS(gov job) raised foster kids(paid by the gov),got gov farm subsidies, tried to use taxpayer money to spread her religion in schools, and now again works for the government-when has she ever worked in the private sector? She wants smaller gov and yet all she has ever done is live off the goverment!

amadcow.org
amadcow.org

Uhm, who cares. Democrats want to burn corn as an excuse to slide subsidies to their Conagra and ADM fat cats, that is why they won't drill. Pure corruption on both sides, except for Bachmann. Run Michelle, lets throw these corrupt Republicans and Democrats, including John Boehner and Carl Rove, onto the ash heap of history and return our county to prosperity with you as president !!!!

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