U.S Rep. Michele Bachmann says the Ron Paul delegates from Minnesota should "take a victory lap."
Even though their candidate will not be the Republican nominee, the Republican National Convention in nearby Tampa this week will adopt a platform that embraces their fundamental principles, she told the Minnesota delegation during a breakfast meeting Monday.
"On serious values, you have succeeded more wildly than you can even imagine," Bachmann told the delegation.
Bachmann supports presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney for president, while 32 of Minnesota's 40 delegates back Paul, the libertarian Texas congressman.
But the 6th District congresswoman and former presidential candidate from West Lakeland Township is the chair of the House Tea Party Caucus, and she said the tea party and the Paul movement share the same three basic principles.
"We believe we're taxed enough already," she said. "The government needs to stop spending more money than what it takes in. (And) government needs to start acting within the limits of the (U.S.) Constitution."
Those principles are now included in the GOP platform, she said. "It never would have happened without your involvement.
"We're not there yet, where we want to be, but we're so much farther than we were before."
Bachmann didn't mention Romney in her speech, but she made a pitch for his running mate, fellow U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, as a guy who "gets
it" on the issue of the national debt.
The congresswoman has a full schedule this week. In addition sitting with the Minnesota delegation during convention floor sessions, she spoke at tea party and prayer rallies Sunday night, was scheduled to spend Monday doing radio and television interviews and had appearances scheduled at other events through Thursday.
Convention events were canceled Monday because of a major storm in the Gulf of Mexico.
For the other delegates, that meant they were free to do whatever they wished for a day, but they would have to brave strong winds and occasional rain storms if they left their hotel.
"I think I'm just going to hang out here and talk to my fellow delegates," said Greg O'Connor, a delegate from Inver Grove Heights.
Republican National Committeewoman Pat Anderson and her husband, Doug, handed out survival bags filled with packaged snacks and bottles of water in case the power went out.
The delegates will meet for dinner. A postconvention reception at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club was moved up to 5 p.m. with a dinner menu added.
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