Bachmann says she's 'not in competition with Paul Ryan'
January 25th, 2011
02:24 PM ET
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Bachmann says she's 'not in competition with Paul Ryan'

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.


Filed under: Michele Bachmann • Paul Ryan • SOTU 2011
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Cat

    Another nut cake, just another Palin. One of the members of the mean stupid girls club.

    January 25, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Drew

    Her comments are not welcome.
    Her intellect in question.
    Her mental stability in question.
    Her reasoning unsound.
    She is an embarrassment to our national discourse.

    January 25, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. david

    Bachmann, what a total nut case.

    January 25, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. John

    She is a fool....just another Palin. I mean if you are going to give a history lesson at least give it right. Anyone of you out there that would actually vote for this person or Palin needs to leave this cotuntry ASAP! Regardless of party if you would vote for her or Palin (that other history changing NAZI) then you need to leave!

    January 25, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Whatever

    Strange that your comments will be the same night as the President's SOTU address... yeah right it was planned in advance. Tea Party Express has never corrected anyone in saying that her speech was "already planned". B.S. You would think she would have done it another night when there would not have been any press coverage... wink wink

    January 25, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. David

    It's what the mainstream media is best at....construing anything it possibly can.

    January 25, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. duffey

    CNN, why are you torturing us with this idiot???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 25, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. edward

    Will the Tea Party be the downfall of the GOP? Looks like it to me.

    January 25, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. ChiTownArkie

    Bachmann is a tool. She is dangerous and idiotic. I'm for sure not going to watch CNN's version of the SOTU only because they are giving this goofball a platform. Shame on CNN.

    January 25, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. MN Hockey Mom

    America – please do not judge all Minnesotans based on what you know of this nut job. Her district is in desperate need of help.... it has our highest unemployment rate, highest home foreclosure rate, and lowest school scores. If she wasn't so busy trying to prove how important she is – perhaps she'd actually be concerned with those in her district and stay home once in awhile and work toward improving their lives! Shame on you, Shelly!!!

    January 25, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Baruch

    Her intentions? Those are clear and have been for some time; to promote her narcissistic self, to destroy democracy and install theocracy, and to widen the gap between rich and poor.

    January 25, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Video Guy

    Just like her little friend Sarah. Its the media that got it all wrong. The GOP does not have control over their people.

    January 25, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Rob_in_MN

    The woman is a train wreck! She makes me embarrassed for my state.

    January 25, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Yeah.....she's in competition with Ryan.....for a share of the Repub spot-light!

    Is her address improper? I don't think so.

    Still.....I absolutely love the fact that she's gonna speak......if for no other reason than it giving people a chance to see just what kind of loon that she is ;-) !

    January 25, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. Michael

    She's a bimbo. She's a moron. She's a mimbo!

    January 25, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. New Day

    What's the purpose of her speech? If she has something to say, then she should have said it. Most Americans already know whatever she is gonna say is gonna upstage someone and will have drummed up some lie because we all know she lied about the cost of overseas Obama's trip. If she feels she is working for the American people, she needs to let our President speak and have a seat!

    January 25, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. mountainrider

    Please...may the gods grant that she runs for President in 2012...with Sarah Palin as a running mate! Our country needs this ticket!! I think I may go sip some tea now. Tee hee!

    January 25, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Sam

    This is about grandstanding. First, Palin and now her. This is America gotten into.

    January 25, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    She couldn't possibly compete with Ryan. Ryan is a moron. She's much dumber than that.

    –"making sure Congress is not spending more than its taking in" and "no tax increases"–

    Nope. No cognitive dissonance here. Turn the tinfoil hats up to 11.

    January 25, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. willie floyd

    Anybody with a brain knows her intentions-none of them good.

    January 25, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. nell

    I think the GOP used the tea party folks to get elected, the tea party by now knows this. The GOP bragged about how Palin was a force to be dealt with, then they threw her under and over the bus. Fox news is doing the same thing with her. I hope the tea party did not think Fox news were going to back her, it's over know.

    January 25, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Bill NY

    If Ms. Bachmann really knows the Constitution, then I'm a hillbilly monkey's uncle, son, grandfather and second cousin.

    January 25, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. DC

    No this wing nut is in competion with her own self promotion and The moma grizzly lady.

    January 25, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. Mark W. Ellis

    The GOP was already to far to the right of center and when you add in the likes of Bachman, Palin, O'Donnell and Angle, etc. along with the other wing nuts from the T-Party and the money grubbing right wing "talking heads" (e.g. LImbaugh, Beck, Hannity, etc.) you can see how the GOP is self destructing. This truly was once the Grand Old Party but no more. Isn't there anyone left in the GOP that can show true leadership and refocus this fragmented mess and deal rationally with fixing the problems this country faces rather than bring our political system to new lows? By the way the Dems are not to far behind in this "race to the bottom".

    January 25, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Don Brinser

    Rep. Bachmann's proposed comments certainly do not qualify as "news" of sufficient interest to the nation to be carried live by cnn or any other network. Her local constituent media may find them of interest.

    January 25, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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