Bachmann Health Care Rally Draws Thousands

Protesters will roam Capitol hallways to confront lawmakers
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2009 12:58 PM CST
Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, talks with crowd on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Thousands of health care reform protesters gathered in Washington today as part of Michele Bachmann’s “Super Bowl of Freedom.” Participants wielding signs like “Waterboard Congress” and chanting "kill the bill" congregated outside the Capitol to hear Bachmann, other GOP lawmakers, and even Jon Voight assail the reform legislation as too costly and too partisan. “Are they going to listen?” Bachmann asked the crowd. “Oh, yeah, they’re going to listen.”

Protesters also planned to visit the corridors of the Capitol, part of Bachmann’s plan to confront recalcitrant legislators, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. Says the Democratic National Committee: "If the Republican party wants to make Michele Bachmann the voice of the party, that's more than fine with us."