Bachmann previews trip to New Hampshire
February 18th, 2011
09:23 AM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann previews trip to New Hampshire

Washington (CNN) - Michele Bachmann may not have decided about a presidential run quite yet, but the Minnesota Republican is heaping praise on a critical early-voting state.

"We're live-free-or-die people," Bachmann told New Hampshire's WMUR on Thursday, evoking the Granite State's motto. "We love the state, we love the tax structure."

Bachmann spoke with WMUR ahead of a planned visit in March, when she'll attend a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party and meet voters at planned events in Manchester.

"People in New Hampshire have a very important role to play," Bachmann said. "They decide who the nominee will be."

"I'm choosing to go to the early primary states to talk about why we can't have a second term for Barack Obama," Bachmann continued. "I think many people across the nation are happy we only had on term for Jimmy Carter, and I think that's the feeling of a lot of people across the country when it comes to Barack Obama."

Bachmann added that the eventual nominee will be forced to make tough decisions, and said the ideal candidate will be a "strong, courageous, constitutional conservative, someone who understands the times we live in, and knows what to do about it."

Bachmann also weighed in on one of her potential rivals for the Republican nomination, businessman Donald Trump. When asked if his interest in a presidential run was purely a publicity stunt, she said she wasn't sure.

"I don't know," she said. "We'll find out soon. I don't know what he's thinking."

Bachmann's trip to New Hampshire won't be her first visit to an early voting state: she has already visited Iowa and is making a trip to South Carolina this weekend.


Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • New Hampshire
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. RICKFROMPA

    Dear Michele: It may very well be a "lot of people" across this country that wish to have President Obama a one-term President but you and your kind are certainly NOT IN THE MAJORITY!

    February 18, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. ConservaFascists

    Michelle Bachmann will never be President. So can you please for one day give it a rest CNN. I don't care of she travels to NH, SC, & IA all in one day. Who can take this lunatic seriously? She doesn;t even know American history. If by some realm of the imagination she ever did get elected as President, I've got three letters for you: C.I.A.

    February 18, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. wwf

    I hope she leaves Minnesota real soon. Yesterday would not be fast enough.

    February 18, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Frankie

    Why are all the Republicans wasting tax payer money taking trips to other states. Quit running for president and stay in Washington and do the job we hired you to do.

    February 18, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. cel

    Always talking, never listening, Michelle Bachmann for President !!!!! Just shut up and go away, Michelle

    February 18, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    This buffoon doesn't: 1. have an opinion on Obama's citizenship 2. Isn't sure if Trump running is publicity stunt 3. have a clue about the benefits of brea#t feeding for babies. She does: 1. talk in circles 2. offer nothing other than criticism 3. think that she has a snowballs chance in Hades that she could be elected. Typical T-B moron

    February 18, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Nick

    Michelle Bachmann is a fraud. If she is so "pro-liberty", why did she vote to reauthorize the Patriot Act? All these Tea Party candidates are just GOP puppets who hijacked the message of liberty but have no idea what the word liberty actually means. Makes me sick.

    February 18, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    "People in New Hampshire have a very important role to play"
    "They decide who the nominee will be."
    You’re RIGHT, Bachmann, but to your dismay –
    They look for BRAINS to a certain degree!!

    Bachmann and everyone else on the right that’s pretending to run “for the people” – are steady “steeling” from them so they can travel all over the country on their donations!!! Pathetic!

    February 18, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. MAGGIE2010

    BACKMANN, PALIN AND ANGLE........ Curly, Larry and Mo.... the three stooges.......... LOL

    February 18, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. rusty155

    Well Michele Bachmann you or any Tea Party person won't beat President Obama. And I just want say why are people In the Republican party so Hateful and Racist. I all way thought your Jobs when you got voted too house was too work on helping the AMERICAN PEOPLE, not to try and make President Obama a one term President. And most of the people you take too want President out Is because he of the color of his skin,I don't think you should be so Racist. All Republican do Is Lie, first thing the Republican say they would do Is get American Jobs, they haven't even try too but they may take some away. Want you should do Is worry about how many Republican have jobs In 2012 and I bet they won't be one In the White House. Use be a republican but got trier of all the lies , so never again. The Tea Party should be call the Racist and hate Party run and pay for by two Rich brother. If the Republican shut down the GOV. and so will your Jobs and your last chance, the American people will never believe In a Republican again.

    February 18, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Sniffit

    Itinerary:

    Stop 1: NH state liquor store for a tax free bottle of batsh-t crazy juice and a nip of wild-eyed punch.

    Stop 2: IHOP, where she will pointedly order tea, not coffee, for the drooling "news" media's cameras as if it constitutes the most poignant of symbolic political gestures, conveying a warning to the world about her imminent and inveitable rise to power surfing the tidal wave of the Teatard revolution.

    Stop 3: Gullibleville, NH, an angry, undereducated, fearful rural village full of frothing naysayers, where she will vapidly recite a factually inaccurate ideological historical fantasy about the founding of our nation and explain, with wooden hand gestures that make her look like a poorly controlled marionette, why it all shows that Jim Henson was the secret marxist mastermind behind installing a Kenyan-born muslim usurper on the WH throne by first faking his birth in Hawaii 45+ years earlier, then creating Sesame Street and the Muppet Show to indoctrinate children in the ways of socialism via PBS and guest appearances from the Hollywood elite...all while his Kenyan communist pod-child was ushered through Harvard Law School to become an anti-christian jihadist community organizer, state senator, federal senator and then win the election for POTUS...all precisely according to plan.

    Stop 4: Your living room tv set, where her inane blather will be repeated ad nauseum without a single critical thought or fact check to accompany it.

    Stope 5: Conservative utopia.

    February 18, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. doug

    There is not a single Democrat in all of America who has half the morals, values, decency, and integrity that Michelle Bachmann has. That is why these lib comments against her here are so funny. Only a Democrat would make the movie about killing president Bush, only Democrats would call in ten thousand death threats against Bristol Palin for being on a reality show. The effects of the hate that the Democrats spew is perfectly seen by what happened in Ft. Hood, on the campus of the University of Alabama, and at the Discovery Channel building. That is why they were well lib to jump to their conclusions on Laughter, all the facts in the world said that his politics are left leaning, and his facebook page praising Obama and other libs were the facts that great Americans observe, while Democrats spew lies and hate.

    February 18, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. Michael in Houston

    Get off America's stage. Your not welcomed, your an embarrassment to yourself and more importantly to the Nation. You are utterly unimpressive at every level, you give people the creeps, and your agenda is self serving...just like Palin.

    February 18, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. FM

    In her mind! does this lady think she is the most qualified woman to lead the greatest nation on earth!! I don't think so! Sorry Bachmann I wish you could know that you are sailing in the wrong boat!

    February 18, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Bachmann added that the eventual nominee will be forced to make tough decisions"

    So far the only decisions being made by GOPers are to pit American against American, red state against blue state, neighbor against neighbor.

    "and said the ideal candidate will be a "strong, courageous, constitutional conservative, someone who understands the times we live in, and knows what to do about it."

    One hopes that eventually these wannabee's will get down to basics, past the rhetoric, and explain their own understanding of the times we live in and how they each plan to tackle the many problems they themselves keep pointing out exist in their me against you–fear mongering hate talk. Quite simply: Bachmann, Pawlenty, Palin, Gingrich, Trump, Daniels, Thune, Santorum, Huckabee, Romney (and others) don't seem to know what to do . . . other than attack President Obama . . . which in itself isn't accomplishing much of anything, one way or another.

    February 18, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Charlie from the North

    Let me know when you are visiting I will have my protest signs ready. I hope the first woman President is not some moron freak show like you or that quitter from Alaska.

    February 18, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Adalbert

    Why are we keep talking about this ignarant bimbo?

    February 18, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. donkey party

    Pandering ignorant lunatic.

    February 18, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. kyle from ohio

    "We love the state, we love the tax structure."

    We just do not like the Gov't workers ( even if they are consumer's and middle class people) . Oh wait Moochele you are a Gov't worker and on the tax payer's dime.

    February 18, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. bachman's a jerk

    maybe they can ask her about the $250,000 in Farm Subsidy Welfare she has recieved. typical gutless Republican hypocrite

    February 18, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. NVa Native

    "We're live-free-or-die people," Bachmann.
    Bachmann and the other right-wing politicians know nothing of what this truely means, they'd have to read a history book to know – to them it's just bumpersticker politics that to thier mindless base – "sounds tough".

    They are fauxed up, just like their farvorite (only) news channel that tries to help them feel faux superior.

    February 18, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Duck Fallas

    Obama ain't Carter, and she ain't Reagan. Reagan didn't breast feed five kids. It only looked like he did.

    February 18, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Seriously?

    Someone please tell this idiot to sit down and shut up. Why isn't she in her own state doing her job? You people in Minnesota elected her, not keep her on her leash and away from the rest of us. NO ONE really cares what she has to say! Or, even more importantly, what her views are. She is so caustic and uneducated she is becoming the Republican/Tea Party's second biggest clown. Obsiously, she follow Sarah (I can't complete a sentence or finish a job) Palin.

    Bimbos – go away!

    February 18, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Independent In Albany

    She is the MOST unamerican of all

    February 18, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. DisgustedReader

    "We're live-free-or-die people," Bachmann told New Hampshire's WMUR on Thursday

    Meanwhile, she wants to tell women what the can and cannot do with their bodies.

    Republican = oppressionist/control freak

    February 18, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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