Bachmann Emphasizes Jobs and Poverty in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC - Michele Bachmann continued her rigorous campaign in South Carolina on Tuesday when she spoke to a crowd of about 150 members of the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce at Christ Central Ministries. The congresswoman spoke about the need for job creation and issues related to poverty stricken children without an education.

"It would be very easy to say ‘Let's have government do it.' It would be very easy to say ‘Let's just increase taxes and let's just spend more money, and that's how we are going to solve that problem.' Well, we've tried that," said Congresswoman Bachmann. "Apparently spending more money isn't lifting our fellow man out of misery."

Bachmann spoke about her childhood, during which her family struggled financially after her parent's divorce, leaving her mother and 3 other siblings living below the poverty line.

"We did not go to public programs to bail us out," said Bachmann.

Bachmann transitioned into the need to create jobs for small businesses.

"Almost two-thirds of all jobs that were created in 2006 came from businesses that had less than 50 employees...and over 61 percent of small businesses said they had zero plans of creating any jobs for next year," said Bachmann.

Bachmann then continued to Aiken, South Carolina where she spoke to about 200 supporters. "You are the first in the south to hold the primary. You hold the light and you show the rest of the nation what South Carolina is going to do," she said to the crowd.

Bachmann heads back to Iowa on Wednesday for more campaigning there.