6/14/13 Rep. Michele Bachmann urged the viewers of Glenn Beck’s show to “melt the phone lines” on immigration because currently, conservatives are “losing badly.” The Minnesota Republican appeared on Beck’s show on TheBlaze TV on Thursday with Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) to talk about how Republicans “don’t even know” they’re in a fight over the bill yet. “We’re losing badly. Why? Because members of Congress don’t even know this fight’s going on, so we need your viewers to melt the phone lines,” Bachmann said. King decried “selected information” being passed around, saying conservatives need to stand up. “It’s the only way we can mobilize our conference to get informed, for one thing, because they’re getting selected information that’s designed to promote the bill,” King said. Gohmert brushed off criticism of party infighting, saying the foundation of the Republican Party was being destroyed by working with Democrats, and polls show the public is paying attention. “Some people say, ‘Well, you’re hurting your party politically,’” Gohmert said. “[Members of the public] see how the termites are eating through the framework that’s holding this house up. … We need to shore up the framework before this thing comes down on our heads.” The group plugged a public news conference next week that will feature a “Lincoln-Douglas-style debate” on the issue, Bachmann said. “This is the most important item in the next four years, what’s going to happen in the next couple weeks. … We have a very short window, six weeks, to kill this bill,” Bachmann said.
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