Occupy Wall Street crowd disrupts Bachmann speech

By Bruce Smith

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Nov. 10 2011 12:20 p.m. MST

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks during a Republican presidential Debate at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011.

Paul Sancya, Associated Press

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — About 30 Occupy Wall Street protesters have interrupted a foreign policy speech by Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann in South Carolina.

Bachmann was delivering the speech Thursday on the deck of the mothballed aircraft carrier USS Yorktown near Charleston when the protesters stood up and began shouting, "Mike check!"

They told her she was more concerned with dividing Americans than helping them. They chanted for about three minutes while the Minnesota congresswoman left the stage.

The protesters eventually walked off the ship after she left.

Bachmann later returned and continued her speech. She pledged to cut defense spending if necessary if elected, and said she will make sure the nation is protected.

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