(CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann blasted President Obama's economic policies Friday and declared he is leading America into a state of "decline" during her 30-minute speech before conservative activists.
"I want to discuss a topic that's been on my heart a lot lately…decline in America," the Minnesota Republican told the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "The concept that has been coming to me over the last few weeks is that the joy of being an American is that we get to choose…our destiny, whether it's decline or it's greatness."
Citing conservative writer Charles Krauthammer, Bachmann said the president has indicted "America for arrogance, decisiveness, divisiveness toward Europe, for maltreatment toward natives, for torture, for Hiroshima, for Guantanamo Bay, for unilateralism, and for insufficient respect for the Muslim world."
"I think we are all going to need a self-esteem course or two after that litany and we can't blame anyone for feeling despondent in the midst of all that," Bachmann quipped. "Decline happens, even to a great nation."
Bachmann also took aim at Democratic efforts at health care reform and cap-and-trade policies designed to combat global warming during her red-meat speech, saying such measures will keep the country's economy on "an unsustainable path."
"We are looking at serious long-term damage to the economy and the well being of our people. We really need to sober up…the only people with the power to change this very bad diagnosis is President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Harry Reid," Bachmann said. "I wonder what the odds are in Vegas of that happening."