Bachmann (Charlie Neibergall:AP)
"Unfortunately for too many Republicans, they also aspire to be frugal socialists," Bachmann, a representative from Minnesota, said during a speech at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. "We cannot preserve liberty if the choice is between a frugal socialist and an out-of-control socialist."
For months, Bachmann has worked to position herself as the candidate Republican voters should trust not to compromise on conservative principles. She has also become one of the leading attack dogs on the campaign trail.
When asked to specify who she was referring to with her "frugal socialist," line, Bachmann dodged.
"Well you see, that's part of the puzzle that you figure out," Bachmann told reporters. "Nice try."
During her talk Monday, Bachmann also took a jab at businessman Herman Cain, who recently faced scrutiny for holding what many saw as a confusing position on abortion.
"Some Republican candidates seem to be confused at what it means to be 100 percent pro-life," Bachmann said. "I am both personally and publicly pro-life, and our candidate has to do more than just check the box on the issue of life. They need to have a proven record when it comes to standing up for the unborn and not be confused about what that means."
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