CPAC: Bachmann sets high goal
February 10th, 2011
10:14 AM ET
7 years ago

CPAC: Bachmann sets high goal

Washington (CNN) - Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann of Minnesota used her keynote address at CPAC to issue a charge to the ever cheering crowd: "Win the Triple Crown."

"We need to win the Triple Crown in 2012, which is holding onto the House, winning a conservative Senate and oh yeah baby, winning the White House," the Minnesota Republican congresswoman said.

"We must make Barack Obama a one-term president" was the line that received a standing ovation and the biggest round of applause.

She congratulated the group for prying "that big gavel out of Speaker Pelosi's hands," but said a conservative Senate, not just a Republican Senate is the next necessary accomplishment because "your future is personally tied into the results of the next election."

"After this weekend we need to start focusing on step two of taking the country back," Bachmann said. "As much as we're patting ourselves on the back this weekend, now it's step two."

Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Michele Bachmann
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  1. michael

    Take the country back from what ? Some one who says spending is out of control then why does she take farm subsidies ? – just feeding at the public through at the same time complaining about it

    February 10, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. once upon a horse

    perhaps another one of the goals will be to disassociate themselves from gay groups like GOPride and the Log Cabin Republicans. Many of the GOP not only want to ignore their existence but call them immoral. Yet these gays still want to call themselves conservative Republicans when it was Democrats and other left wingers that have supported them in the past and accept them as they are. Somehow Gay Conservative Republican sounds like one of the biggest oxymorons one could ever imagine.

    February 10, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. saywhat

    "We need to win the Triple Crown in 2012, which is holding onto the House, winning a conservative Senate and oh yeah baby, winning the White House,"
    Um yeah sure. But not if the teapoopping fans of hers has either had retired, had their hips still intact, committed to a facility expired or better yet suddenly have jobs other than that. I would say her ideals has a ten and a half chances . And if their vocal cords are still intact and not worn out from their on going onslaught of mouthing of divisive partyline rhetorics and lies.

    February 10, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. The Other Dale

    Is there any chance a Tea Partier will one day talk about doing something FOR the country instead of how they're going to "get the other guy"?

    February 10, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. joe in tn

    There is a clinical term that describes Ms. Bachman. It is called "spooky"

    February 10, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Jay

    Got enough makeup on?

    Some people try so hard to want to be important that it shows they're trying so hard. I see nothing impressive about you Bachmann. Just tired and useless rhetoric. Looks like somebody wants attention?

    February 10, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. greg in jax

    Michelle Bachmann is Anti-american, Anti-middle class, Anti-sanity, Anti-diplomacy, Anti-bipartisan.. do I need to continue... oh.. and MIchelle, laugh while you can, because 2012 we will be making sure you and yours do not get control... Game On!

    February 10, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. JR

    We need Bachmann as our next President. Then we can rise the white flag and surrender to the rest of the world.

    February 10, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Paul1st

    Take heed moderate Republicans...

    February 10, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. E Wiggin

    Does any in Congress ever actually do the work they were "hired" to do? All this woman does is campaign. And she is such an idiot!

    February 10, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. 11cavnam

    Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin keep on talking about taking "our" country back. Back to where? What this woman seems to forget is simply this. It is not her country, nor is it the Tea party's country, the country does not belong to anyone, we are monly the caretakers of it, for the next generation, and the one after that. I am really tired of hearing this woman do nothing with the exception of criticizing any and everything done by anyone outside of her party, but, for some reason, cannot seem to criticize her own party for doing anything wrong.

    February 10, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. Vet in TX

    Wishful thinking, but when the other 41% of actual voters go to the poles, representative Bachmann may be out of a job. What we are failing to see is that Obama is alot smarter than the opposition thinks, by compromising the tax cuts during the lame duck session, the GOP really doesn't have anything to do. Try to repeal Romneycare and passing abortion legislation only covers this quarter, they have nothing else that they have accomplished accept glorifying Reagan and his mythical leadership. Palin and company (Tea party) will be the reason they weren't able to persuade the independants who need more substance than the empty rhetoric they have been yelling regarding lower taxes, smaller government, and fiscal responsibility, only one of those Reagan actually did (lowered taxes).

    February 10, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Jaywing

    I see Bachmann is continnuing her string of lies concerning the ecomony and her teabagging sheep are following those lies like mind-numbing robots. Apparently you know less about political science than you do history. In no way is Obama a socialist. No way is the Health Care passed last year a socialist take-over. Where is the government taking over anything? Insurance - no. Health Care - no. the auto industry - no. Get you facts straight, Bachmann. How about this: sit down - shut up - go away. Your delusions are an embarassment to the counrty.

    February 10, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. markus

    you know what's hilarious? When Democrats won the White House and both sides of Congress, Republicans whined that there was no "check and balance" in place.

    Of course, when discussing THEM taking power, they dont seem to have the same

    oh, and Michelle Bachmann is a glassy-eyed fringe-Right opportunist piece of garbage that is about as American as Benedict Arnold.

    February 10, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Veritas

    We must focus on step two taking the country back....... hmmmmm good advice lets vote the rethugs out of control again, and stop them from throwing us under a bus , to cater to their rich backers! Lets keep our social security and get our universal healthcare! Lets keep the President we know has our best interests at heart. Lets not backslide with the communistic rethugs who line thier pockets with our tax dollars while killing off generations of people rather than making sure that Americans have benefits equal to other countries in the world. YES lets take our country back!

    February 10, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. vic nashville tn

    She is talking so Obama two term president

    February 10, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Bill

    Winning the presidency is a good idea but the Triple Crown is never a good idea for the people. Dem or Rep.

    February 10, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. AO

    She's a moron no doubt. However, I would like to see white bubbles blow out of her starfish after we're done.

    February 10, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Bigge

    So far the Repub's have turning there backs on the people who gave them power in November.. First the tax plan, no tax hike for the rich and then they come back with No tax breaks for Exxon..360 Billion... If I was trying to cut spending why not start there still Exxon just had there biggest earnings ever....Where are the job idea's, where are the spending idea's.. The Repub's are great in front of the media....Also what up ith wanting to change the abortion rules for women...Not feeling the love.....

    February 10, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. gar

    The whore Bachmann is trying to take our country back... back to the Stone Age.

    February 10, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. gi jane

    Most people I know in the military express positive feelings toward
    Sarah Palin more than any democratic or republican candidates out there.
    I hear alot of gruff from the media about her, but the people I'm around
    seem to like her for the most part. I say this because I'm around people from
    different states and different backgrounds. I'm puzzled by the polls I read
    about that have her rated so low.

    February 10, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. True American

    bachmann truly hates america doesn't she. the country can't afford any more blank check writing debt raising GOPs/TEA partiers.

    February 10, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. PalmReader

    One full year of this woman campaigning for President of the United States will send the GOPer/TeaPer party over the cliff for good. How fun is that?

    February 10, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Sue

    Instead of thnking about 2012 and elections, why don't you work to create jobs, and fix our education in this county, do something productive or you not only will not take over the senate or get the White House but we will take back the House from all you do nothings.........

    February 10, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Katie

    She can keep dreaming. If she wants to win the triple crown, she cannot run for president herself - she's pretty much a guaranteed loss. Even pretty dim Americans can see that she's too dumb to run this country.

    February 10, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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