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Bachmann: The World’s Better Off Without Gadhafi

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Republican presidential primary contender Michele Bachmann says the world is better off without Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. But she stands by her position that the U.S. military shouldn’t have gotten involved.

The Minnesota congresswoman offered a brief comment on Gadhafi’s death Thursday before a speech on government regulation and innovation at a San Francisco campaign event.

Bachmann said she believes too much government involvement in the private sector has hampered U.S. competitiveness and hindered entrepreneurship.

Her appearance at the famously liberal city’s historic Commonwealth Club occurred without incident except for some hisses when Bachmann criticized the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Bachmann said Occupy protesters want more government involvement in the economy while tea party members want less. She joked that tea partyers picked up their trash after their demonstrations.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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