Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann again brushed off warnings from leaders in both parties that the country would face disastrous economic consequences if the government fails to raise the debt ceiling by next Tuesday.
"I do not believe for one moment that we will lose the full faith and credit of the United States," Bachmann said Thursday during a question-and-answer session at the National Press Club in Washington.
Bachmann, a House member from Minnesota, has been a staunch opponent of the debt ceiling hike for months, saying the move poses no threat to the markets or to the American public and would only give President Barack Obama license to increase government spending.
She said she plans to vote against the latest proposal from House Speaker John Boehner that would raise the debt limit and reduce the deficit. That vote is scheduled for late Thursday, but with Republican members divided on the Boehner plan, its fate remains uncertain.
Bachmann was asked whether there is ever an appropriate level of debt for the government to carry.
"There may be times when we do need to increase the debt, particularly in emergencies, but this is not the situation we are in right now," she answered, saying the current debt impasse is simply the result of "bad policies" coming from the Obama administration.
She said the president employed "scare tactics" during his address to the nation on Monday evening to pressure Americans into giving him more spending power.
Though Bachmann's appearance at the press club was pegged to the debt debate, she was questioned late in the program about her Christian faith and whether she finds it difficult to square her personal beliefs with her role as public servant.
"I don't find it difficult to reconcile with my faith," she said. "As President of the United States I will pray every day and ask for the Lord to give me guidance as president. And even more so, I want you to know that I will be praying for every one of you, too, every day."
Bachmann was also asked where she gets her news and what she reads. She said she is addicted to her iPad and often frequents left-leaning news organizations to get a different perspective from her own, naming MSNBC, The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast as examples.