Bachmann Will Rebut Obama's Speech She appears to be only Republican planning to do so By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Sep 8, 2011 11:10 AM CDT 56 comments Comments Michelle Bachmann speaks during the Republican Presidential Candidates debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library September 7, 2011 in Simi Valley, California. (Getty Images) (Newser) – As she struggles to stay relevant in the 2012 presidential race, Michele Bachmann has figured out at least one more way to keep her name in the news. She’ll offer a rebuttal to President Obama’s jobs speech tonight at 8:30pm, The Hill reports. No formal Republican response to the speech had previously been planned, but John Boehner “has encouraged every Republican member to talk to their constituents about the policies the president will outline tonight—and about our own jobs plan,” says his spokesperson. Bachmann pulled a similar move after Obama’s State of the Union speech in January.