Bachmann says she has spoken to Ryan and the GOP leadership. She says the media has turned it into a rebuttal, misconstruing her intentions (and she's exactly right)
Washington (CNN) - Representative Michele Bachmann tells CNN at the top of her post State of the Union speech she will announce that her remarks are not the official Republican response.
She says she's spoken with Representative Paul Ryan, who is giving the official GOP rebuttal, and with Republican leadership and explains she's "not in competition with Paul Ryan." Instead she says the media has turned it into a rebuttal, misconstruing her intentions.
Bachmann says about a month ago she was invited to speak to the membership of the Tea Party Express and never expected the media to carry her speech live.
Her themes tonight will be "making sure Congress is not spending more than its taking in," "no tax increases" and the importance of "acting within the bounds of the Constitution."
CNN plans to carry Bachmann's remarks live after Rep Paul Ryan speaks.