Bachmann sidesteps Obama's citizenship issue
February 17th, 2011
08:43 AM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann sidesteps Obama's citizenship issue

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Michele Bachmann Thursday noticeably sidestepped the long-standing issue of President Obama's citizenship, saying "it's not for me to state" whether the president is or is not an American citizen.

"That isn't for me to state, that's for the president to state," the Republican congresswoman from Minnesota and Tea Party favorite said on ABC's "Good Morning America" when asked about lingering doubts among some Americans that the president was not born in the United States.

"When the president makes his statements, I think they need to stand for their own," Bachmann also said when asked if she believed the president's own contentions that he was, in fact, born in the United States.

"We should take the president at his word," Bachmann said. Then asked if she'd be willing to flat out state the president is a citizen and Christian, the congresswoman said she was more focused on economic concerns.

The comments come days after House Speaker John Boehner addressed the issue in a way some Democrats thought was not definitive enough.

"It's not my job to tell the American people what to think," he said on NBC's "Meet The Press" Sunday. "The state of Hawaii has said he was born there. That's good enough for me…the president says he's a Christian. I accept him at his word."

Bachmann, who also told ABC she has not made a final decision on a presidential bid, heads to the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire next month to attend a fund-raiser for New Hampshire's Republican Party.


Filed under: Michele Bachmann • President Obama
soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. cel

    Amazing, after all the proof that has been produced, these morons still don't get it. Bachman finally answered a question sensibly. Oh well, even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then. Now, if Bachman will take Sarah Palin and just go on an extended wilderness camping trip while the rest of us get the country back on it's feet...................

    February 17, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. unbelieve

    The repubs/tea party consortium will continue to raise petty, hate mongering, anger building issues regularly. Their way is to rile up the constituents – even if the statements/issues are made up

    February 17, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. Michelle

    As a lifelong Republican, I was interested in hearing what Ms. Bachmann had to say this morning. When she refused to answer the question regarding citizenship and religion of the current president, I was appalled. It was such a political answer instead of a genuine comment. I feel she is more concerned about getting elected and less concerned about the American public.

    February 17, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Even to get on the election ballot requires a highly scurtinized process, of course Obama is a citizen. The sad issue is the republician politicians know he is an american and do not have a higher character within themselves to state it.

    February 17, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. SickOfLiesInNYC

    What a bunch of IDIOTS! Why not start a campaign to make all these doubters produce their birth certificates and then ask them to prove time and again that they were born in the USA, and hope it show the LUNACY of their denials about Obama. Who cares if he is a Christian, a Muslem, a Jew, a Buddhist, a Jain, an Athiest, a Wiccan, or whatever else he chooses to be, we are all free to worship God in our own ways! Insisting that someone prove they are a Christian is offensive to all the rest of us who are not (and God loves us all equally no matter how we choose to worship!)

    February 17, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. WDRussell

    Those like Michele will say anything, no matter how wrong, knowing that there are others dumber than she is who will believe it.

    February 17, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. MommaM

    I really don't understand their problem – how much more documentation do they want – the President was born in the state of Hawaii and it has been verified – he is a good man and that is most imporatant to me – I believe he is a Christian but the fact that he trys to do his best is most important to me. Continue your good efforts President Obama – I fully support you.

    February 17, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Sunny

    If Republicans can produce only Saraha Plains and Michele Bachmanns, they are done for! To tell these ladies idiots is an insult to idiots.

    February 17, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. Common Sense

    So, in summary, she's still a birther. No surprise there. Crazy is as crazy does. The people who support her deserve the crappyp country she'd turn the US into if they manage, somehow, to get her elected. Granted, if she does it will be by another Supreme Court nomination a la Dubya, because there's no way in Hades the majority of the country will let that happen on their watch. Also, if it does happen, we'll probably need to rename Washington, DC "New Cairo."

    February 17, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. michael , MN

    Give her more time , maybe we can have Palin/Bachman for the GOP ticket – one sure fire way to NOT have the GOP in the white house

    February 17, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. GonzoinHouston

    This is classic political doublespeak. They don't specifically say that he's not a citizen, but they grudgingly accept the story that he is. Implying, of course, that he really isn't. All to appeal to the far-gone wingnuts.

    February 17, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. Katie

    Bachmann is no more newsworthy (or likely to be President) than Palin. That is to say, the media is the ONLY REASON these two women even have any kind of national visibility. Stop giving them undeserved attention!!

    February 17, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. EddyL

    It's not her job to tell Americans what to think? Then what's she being doing for the last few years? She she shut her dumb bimbo mouth and do her job.

    February 17, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. paul

    Come to think of it, I have never seen Bachman's birth certificate. Does that mean she has "foreign" blood in her. I know I have never seen her "common sense" certificate. She probably thinks she can tone down the rhetoric for one week and that makes her a presidential candidate. Her constant over the top comments will come back to haunt her.

    February 17, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. Kwesoe

    The ostrich buries its head in the sand! Instead of attending to the business of governance, republicans spend taxpayer's time speaking about a non-issue.

    February 17, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. JustMe

    Can't Michelle and her twin, Sarah just go away? Please!

    February 17, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  17. Tired of the nonsense

    He's stated it, he's proved it - Obama is an American citizen.

    Where's the confusion?

    February 17, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. MiddleOfTheRoad

    We live in a competitive world. Even the whack jobs need to make sure they have the right person to represent them. Palin, Bachmann, Angle, Trump........Each one of these "potential candidates" need to stand out, in order to create the best nut party possible.

    February 17, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. Rosslaw

    Less than useless. I'll take a productive illegal immigrant any day over this toxic excuse for a human being. What do you think the odds are that she and her ilik pray every day for a terrorist attack that kills 10,000 Americans simply to embarrass and, dare she hope, impeach President Obama.

    February 17, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  20. eddale

    Why is this nut case being quoted all the time? She has NOTHING to offer the country.

    February 17, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. Peter Zheutlin

    Sarah Palin-lite. Who thought it possible? Bachmann has no shame, and she's a little lite upstairs, too.

    February 17, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  22. Tam

    They're still mad a non-white is in the White House, and is an intelligent, educated, classy person.

    February 17, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. Bob, Virginia

    I want proof that Bachmann was born on Planet Earth, to human parents.

    February 17, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. AEK

    So now that Sister Sarah has kind of fallen off the radar temporarily, CNN now feels compelled to bombard us with a daily dose of the "Moran from Minnesota". Thank you soooooooooooooooooo much!

    February 17, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  25. imjustme

    This woman isn't even smart enough to know how stupid she is! It's really a shame that these are the types of people representing the the rest of us. It's almost no wonder why the rest of the world laughs at us and doesn't take us seriously. People like Bachmann, Limbaugh, Palin are the only faces they see on their TV's or computer screens and what comes out of their mouths is simply cartoonish at best.

    February 17, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
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