Michele Bachmann, a butcher's knife and some beef carcasses. No, really.
September 20th, 2011
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Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Armed with a sharp knife, a protective smock and with 400-pound beef carcasses hanging around her, Michele Bachmann visited an Iowa meat plant on Tuesday and sliced through a slab while going for the kill over government regulations.

"One thing we learned today is that, in a company that has five or six employees, one employee is dedicated just to deal with government rules and government regulations," the Republican presidential candidate told employees and assembled media at the Amend Packing Co. in Des Moines.

Bachmann began the tour with a visual that, even her campaign acknowledged, would make for visually arresting images: the Republican presidential candidate walking through rows of hanging cattle – dead and skinned – then grabbing a knife to cut a long slab into manageable slices of beef.

"My grandfather owned a meat market here in Iowa," she said while measuring the size of her cuts.

"How many times do you have to re-sharpen?" she asked as her host – one of the plant's owners – sharpened her blade. "Is it the fat that dulls it or is it the muscle?"

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  1. Jerome

    She is a total joke. She is campaigning to bring back 2 dollar a gallon gasoline. And the hordes of teabaggers that believe this crap is totally scarry.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  2. Tennessee3501

    She is thinking: "If this was Governor Perry, I could win back the "Tea Party Vote!"

    September 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  3. Tennessee3501

    She is filming a campaign ad that will say: "Michele Bachmann, the one candidate who promises to put beef on every plate."

    September 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Conan the Barbarian

      Eh, you're just a little off. Her campaign ad will say: "Michele Bachmann, the one candidate who promises to beef on every plate."

      September 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  4. Jim

    Right. We wouldn't want to have those nasty little old rules and regulations in a plant that processes raw meat for human consumption. That just kills jobs.

    Republicans make me wretch more than e. coli....

    September 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  5. ChefZ

    What is she doing with her left hand? If that was one of my cooks holding a knife like that, they would be walked off the line.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  6. AleeD

    That explains why the chick in the photo is wearing gloves. I guess it was easier to give her gloves than to explain to her which side of the blade is the sharp side.

    September 21, 2011 at 7:20 am |
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