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Michele Bachmann on Drugs

Republican Representative (MN-6)


High school: didn't drink; didn't smoke; didn't do drugs

I went on a few dates in high school, maybe to the movies or to a school event, but not many. In addition to the fact that I was always studying, working, or rehearsing, I wasn't fun in the way that so many high-school boys defined "fun." I didn't drink, didn't smoke, didn't do drugs--and didn't fool around. Despite serving as prom chair. I didn't get asked to the junior prom. I felt bad when I didn't get asked my junior year, but I was really embarrassed and sad that I wasn't asked my senior year. I was working as a grocery cashier at Country Club Market and was scheduled to work prom night. Because girls couldn't ask boys, and because I had no idea how to flirt, I found myself literally minding the store rather than primping for the prom.
Source: Core of Conviction, by Michele Bachmann, p. 40 , Nov 21, 2011

Voted NO on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs.

Congressional Summary:Merida Initiative to Combat Illicit Narcotics and Reduce Organized Crime Authorization Act:
    Provide assistance for Mexico for:
  1. counternarcotics and countertrafficking;
  2. port & airport security to assist in controlling the Mexico-US and Mexico-Central America borders;
  3. intelligence gathering operational technology; and
  4. public security and law enforcement, including assistance to the National Council Against Addiction (CONADIC).

Proponent's argument to vote Yes:Rep. HOWARD BERMAN (D, CA-28): The drug crisis facing the US remains a top national security threat. This bill represents a new partnership with Mexico and Central American countries to face the immediate security threat of drug gangs, and help these neighbors build the capacity of their law enforcement agencies.

Opponent's argument to vote No:Rep. MICHAEL McCAUL (R, TX-10): We need a strategy on this side of the border: a two-pronged Approach; a comprehensive strategy that deals not only with the Mexican side but with the US side. And for too long, our border sheriffs and our Border Patrol agents have been outmanned and outgunned. And if we are going to provide assistance to Mexico, it seems to me we ought to be providing assistance to our men and women on our side fighting this war every day.

Rep. TED POE (R, TX-2): I am concerned about drugs and violence on the border, but I am also concerned about corruption. In order to gain control of access corridors in the US, drug cartels are hiring hit men from an elite force in Mexico's military. This group is known as the "Zetas." Some of the Zetas are military deserters that may have been trained in the US. $1 billion in this bill would go to Mexico. And Mexico in its arrogance objects to any conditions we want to put on this money. The administration can offer us no assurance that our equipment and training won't be used against us and neither can Mexico.

Reference: Merida Initiative; Bill HR.6028 ; vote number 2008-H393 on Jun 10, 2008

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