Bachmann: Unlike Occupy, Tea Party 'Picks Up Its Trash'

GOP candidate sees no parallels between two groups
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2011 8:17 AM CDT
Bachmann: Unlike Occupy, Tea Party 'Picks Up Its Trash'
Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

See any parallels between the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Tea Party? Well Michele Bachmann—the founder of the Tea Party Caucus—doesn’t. “The Tea Party picks up its trash after it has a demonstration, there’s a difference,” Bachmann said at an appearance in San Francisco yesterday. She blasted the movement as "tremendously counterproductive," potentially violent, and unsanitary, PolitickerNY reports.

“The Occupy Wall Street is asking for more spending and more government,” she went on. “The Tea Party movement, in high contrast, is calling for less government and less spending, so that individuals can solve their own problems. There’s a 180-degree difference between the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street.” (Read more Occupy Wall Street stories.)

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