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Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks in Cha

Bachmann touts fiscal, social conservatism in SC

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LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The country cannot afford four more years of the Obama administration's costly policies, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said during a stop Wednesday in South Carolina, home to the nation's first-in-the-South GOP primary.

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"We can't be raising our debt ceiling, which means letting the Congress have even more authority to borrow even more money that we don't have, that these beautiful, next generation of children will have to pay back," Bachmann told voters in Lexington, a conservative stronghold once represented by Gov. Nikki Haley in the state Legislature. "Those days are done. We are getting our financial house in order."

Barnstorming South Carolina two days after officially launching her campaign in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, the Minnesota congresswoman was met with cheers from several hundred supporters when she said she stands "for the cause of the unborn, unashamedly so" and that the country could not afford President Barack Obama's costly health care overhaul.

"We cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama," said Bachmann, a mother of five.

Bachmann has not officially filed for candidacy in South Carolina's first-in-the-South primary, the winner of which has gone on to serve as the party's GOP presidential nominee in every election since 1980.

Last week, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman became the sixth candidate to file, joining former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and pizza magnate Herman Cain.

Also in South Carolina Wednesday, Cain told supporters in Greenville that his tax-cutting, pro-business philosophy will power the U.S. economy and put unemployed people back to work.

Bachmann's stop in the GOP stronghold came at the midpoint of her South Carolina bus tour. The Republican began the day by greeting voters in Charleston and was slated later to visit with voters in Greenville — home to tea party kingmaker U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint — before holding a town hall meeting in Rock Hill.

On Tuesday, Bachmann argued in New Hampshire that Washington is full of wasteful spending ideas. She ended the day with an appearance in Myrtle Beach.

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Kinnard can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/MegKinnardAP .

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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