Rep. Michele Bachmann Leads Capitol Hill Health Care Protest

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," November 4, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.


REP. MICHELE BACHMANN, R-MINN.: Mr. Secretary, what provision in the Constitution could you point to, to give authority for the actions that have been taken the Treasury since March of '08?

TREASURY SECRETARY TIMOTHY GEITHNER: Oh well, the Congress legislated in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act a range of very important new authorities.

BACHMANN: Here in the Constitution — what in the Constitution could you point to, to give authority to the Treasury for the extraordinary actions that have been taken?


JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO, GUEST HOST: That was Congresswoman Michele Bachmann back in March grilling Sec. Geithner on the constitutionality of bailouts. Now, she is fighting Democrats on the constitutionality of a national takeover of health care and she wants your help in the fight.

Here is Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. She is organizing a House call — this will be some House call — a House call protest of the Democrats' health care reform tomorrow on Capitol Hill.

Congresswoman Bachmann, welcome to the "Glenn Beck Program."

Tell us what is going on outside the Capitol Building tomorrow to try and bring some sense to these big government types that want to regulate health care from Washington, D.C.

BACHMANN: Judge, we're going to have a meet-up. And it's spontaneous. It's organic. Just last Thursday afternoon, I had the idea to really kill this bill, we need to have members of Congress see real freedom-loving Americans.

It seems like the lessons of the town halls and the tea parties are lost on these people because they have been two months here in Washington, D.C. Speaker Pelosi is bringing the hammer down on her members. So we need to bring the town hall here.

So what we've done and we began this on the Sean Hannity's show, is just — the only thing I know what to do at this point to kill this bill is to ask and plead for real freedom-loving Americans to come to the steps of the U.S. Capitol tomorrow on the west side, the side that faces the monument, and just meet up — meet up at noon.

And what we're going to do is hear from some speakers: Jon Voight, Mark Levine will be there and other speakers. And then, after that, they will be pointed toward the office buildings and as well as the Capitol and asked to find members of Congress, track them down.

Don't bring a pitchfork. Bring your cell phone camera and use your camera to get members of Congress on record. What are you going to do with this health care? Are you going to vote for it? Don't take away my health care.

That's our very clear message, because this will be a disaster. It is unconstitutional. But we need the help of the American people.

NAPOLITANO: All right. You and I have been at these tea parties. We have each spoken at them. And you know what the fire in the belly is like when freedom-loving Americans hear the words that they want to hear.

Would I be fair in saying that you and other members of the Republican leadership are calling for an enormous tea party at noon tomorrow, local time, in Washington, D.C. on the west side of the Capitol Building to send Mrs. Pelosi and her colleagues a message that apparently they didn't hear during the summer.

BACHMANN: That's exactly what we're trying to do. You're exactly right. And some of your listeners have an appointment or for whatever reason can't make it — maybe they're in Hawaii right now and they can't make it by noon tomorrow. If that's the case, go to your local member of Congress. Go to their district office. Visit there tomorrow. And be sure you make phone calls and e-mails.

But do something. Do something, because this is it. The clock is hitting 11:59 and this health care bill is the crown jewel of socialism. Socialized medicine is the crown jewel. But tomorrow is our Super Bowl of freedom.

A huge message was sent last night in the elections in Virginia and New Jersey. This is the wave that we're catching now. We want these members, especially Blue Dog Democrats, to hear from real Americans.

We're watching you. Don't forget what we told you. Come to the Capitol. It will be an historic day. This will be the time.

NAPOLITANO: Has that wave from Virginia and New Jersey — particularly my home state of New Jersey, which is the most Democratic of Democratic states, which elected a conservative Republican as governor — has that wave reached the Blue Dog Democrats yet to make them realize that the American people are really saying stop?

BACHMANN: Well, judge, I was just voting with a number of Democrats just a few moments ago and it's hard to say how that message has impacted them. They're not talking a lot to us about that.

But undoubtedly, that message has had to penetrate. And now, I believe that there is nothing more convincing or more powerful than the voice and the appearance of a freedom-loving American. Personal visits — do it.

NAPOLITANO: I have to give you a little bit of a warning: I have a friend in the American intelligence community who lives and works around Washington, D.C., who told me, "Watch out for Mrs. Pelosi making the security requirements almost impossible to get to this rally."

You guys have to watch out for that, that she doesn't do something to make it very difficult for the folks to come to this gathering at noon tomorrow.

BACHMANN: Well, she controls the Capitol. She is a very powerful individual. And she controls ingress and egress. And so I think it would be a big mistake for Speaker Pelosi to prevent the American people from coming to their House.

This is their House after all. That's why we need to make this emergency house call on Congress tomorrow. This is it. We don't have any more time. We're expected to vote on this bill either Friday or Saturday.

It may be Saturday. So, if people can't come tomorrow, could you come Friday and find members of Congress for Saturday? But we need you.

NAPOLITANO: We will be watching you at noon tomorrow. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, thanks very much. We will be right back.

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