In addition to the official Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address, Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., gave her own high profile speech.
Bachman's response was originally aimed at Tea Party activists, but it was broadcast live on CNN, taped by Fox News and telecast by the Tea Party Express.
Bachman focused on the signature Tea Party theme -- cutting the deficit.
"After the $700 billion bailout, the trillion-dollar stimulus, and the massive budget bill with over 9,000 earmarks, many of you implored Washington to please stop spending money we don't have," Bachmann said. "But, instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt, unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country."
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"Thanks to you, there's reason to hope that real spending cuts are coming," Bachmann added. "Last November you went to the polls and voted out big-spending politicians and you put in their place men and women with a commitment to follow the Constitution and cut the size of government."
Bachmann has acknowledged she is considering seeking the Republican party presidential nomination for 2012.