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Des Moines Register - Michele Bachmann calls for firing of Energy Secretary Steven Chu

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Location: Johnston, IA

By Jason Noble

During an appearance at Pioneer Hi-Bred here this afternoon, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann weighed in on hearings that occurred in Washington today concerning government loans given to Solyndra, a solar-power company that went bankrupt earlier this year.

Bachmann, who has been a fierce critic of the Obama administration's handling of the scandal, said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu should be fired, and that Obama himself should face questions in the matter.

"Certainly I think that Secretary Chu, it wouldn't be a bad idea to see him fired," she said. "But also I think this goes higher than that. This goes to the president of the United States. So I think the president of the United States has to answer questions."

Bachmann frequently calls the Solyndra situation an example of "crony capitalism," in which political allies of Obama's were favored with undeserved government support.

The company received a half-billion dollars in loan guarentees before going bankrupt.


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