Campaign 2010

Apr 06, 2009

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Bachmann Compares AmeriCorps Program with “Re-education Camps”

You Can't Make This Stuff Up: Congresswoman Bachmann Compares Successful AmeriCorps Program with Vietnam Era "Re-education Camps"


During a local radio interview this weekend, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann accused the Obama Administration of wanting to expand the successful AmeriCorps program in order to establish "re-education" camps for America's young people.


While discussing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act on KTLK-AM, Bachmann claimed, "I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward."


"AmeriCorps has long received broad support from both Democrats and Republicans - comparing AmeriCorps to Vietnam era re-education camps is nothing short of outrageous," said Gabby Adler, the Midwestern Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "Congresswoman Bachmann's escalating rhetoric is an affront to the work of tens of thousands of AmeriCorps volunteers across the country, including those from St. Cloud State University, and the millions of Americans who have been helped by them."


AmeriCorps is a national network that engages more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in communities throughout the nation.  In Bachmann's own Congressional District, AmeriCorps volunteers from St. Cloud State University currently serve as Math Enrichment Tutors to help local elementary school students who need assistance with math.



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