Bachmann:  Government shutdown is an admission of failure
April 7th, 2011
07:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann: Government shutdown is an admission of failure

Washington (CNN) - GOP Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann says that when the government shuts down it is an admission of failure. And if she were commander-in-chief, the potential presidential candidate told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that she would gather the party leadership in her office, put everything on the table and "stay together until we actually cut a deal."

In an interview on CNN's "John King, USA," that aired Thursday at 7 p.m. ET, Bachmann committed to donate her congressional paycheck to military families, if there's a government shutdown. She also called for a bill that would ensure that troops get paid on time in case of a partial shutdown.

Refusing to use the troops as "a political football," she said, "We need to have a clean bill to make sure that the paychecks need to get to the troops on time."

"I think it's imperative that our troops not pay a price, the families at home shouldn't' worry whether they're not getting a check.

And the Tea Party favorite would not reveal whether House Speaker John Boehner has approached her for help with the caucus that she leads, saying instead, "He wants us to have all of our votes when they put a bill up to be voted on."

"I do think we have to stay focused right now," she continued. "We need to focus like a laser beam because the American people are focusing on this right now and we need to get the job done."

soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. MAC

    A shutdown of the government is a failure in leadership of the President, the Senate, and the House. The republicans have done a compromise, but the democrats and the President are sticking to their bankrupting America so they can raise taxesto spend more on their welfare/socialist state. In the US Navy, I had officers I would have lead me into HELL, and I had officers I would not follow to the bathroom even if I had to go. President Obama is a non-leader, I would not even follow him to the bathroom! Cut the over spending and get America's budget in order.

    April 7, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. EddyL

    Oh so easy when you're NOT and NEVER WILL BE in this position, girlie. Obama has gathered leadership and tried to work it out but as long as these MORONIC REPUBLICAN keep trying to insert ABORTION crap into the budget legislation it will fail. Go home and wash your hair, girlie. Then buy a comb.

    April 7, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. Mike S, Las Vegas

    Wow, does she realize she's part of the government? Hence she is part of the problem!

    April 7, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. usualone

    Gosh, she actually makes sense with these comments.

    April 7, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. Jeff In Ohio

    Um, message to Bachmann (R-Mars) it's your caucus that's been gunning for a shut down. They got what they wanted.

    April 7, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. Mickey, NY

    [And if she were commander-in-chief...]

    Yeah, well guess what Mishie...you're not...quit trying to undermine a sitting American president...you could be tried for treason, you know.

    April 7, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. brian

    if the govt is shut down do i still hve to send my taxes in 4/18. or can i wait until they reopen

    April 7, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  8. Theresa Speer

    It is becoming very obvious that the laws passed which allow Congress to continue receiving paychecks during a government shutdown need to be changed. Congressmen need to be aware of the damage they do when they play political games like they are doing now. Additionally, Congressmen need to be subject to the same medical changes that they wish to impose on those receiving Social Security. If it's good enough for the people, it's good enough for them.

    April 7, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. Shrill, Baby Shrill

    The tea party won't compromise, moves the goal posts, insists on defunding the EPA and Planned Parenthood, screams "shut-er-down" and this vapid excuse for a politician blames the White House?

    April 7, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. gedy

    Please Bachmann,last time I checked you are the one saying "shut it down"

    April 7, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. Dan in Az

    Yeah. She has no idea how government works. She's the least qualified candidate I've seen so far. Sarah Palin might have her beat by a nose in this department.

    April 7, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. Albo58

    She is absolutely correct!

    April 7, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  13. Saul- Virginia

    The most divisive woman in America is able to strike a deal? ya right!

    Michele Bachman is agitator-in-chief in the house now trying to position herself to look reasonable. Americans are smarter than that, which is why you can NEVER be president!!!

    April 7, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  14. Henry Miller

    There's little about the federal government that isn't an utter failure.

    April 7, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. Roscoe

    Finally, Bachman admits she's a failure. God Bless America.

    April 7, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. Randy, San Francisco

    Bachmann needs to look in the mirror for the culprit. Extremist wingnuts including newly elected Tea Party members are at fault for a stubborn adherence to ideology and unwillingness to compromise. Boehner should stand up to these fascist thugs in his party and forge a compromise with Democrats for the good of this country.

    April 7, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. Phaedrus

    I honestly never thought I would agree with Michelle Bachmann....

    April 7, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  18. bernie

    If this isnt pandering,I do not know what is.Michelle Bachmann has become even more divisive than Sarah Palin.She is venomous and spews nothing but derogatory statements geared at making President Obama look bad.Newsflash Michelle you shall never see the Oval Office so keep on dreaming.Her party is the one refusing to negotiate.The President has given them their previous numbers but they keep moving the goal post to score political points but they need to be careful because their smoke screens have been exposed.

    April 7, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. Dan

    Who would ever had thought that Bachmann could have a rational thought, probably going to get her kicked out of the tea party.

    April 7, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  20. 19usmc88

    If Michelle Bachman were president??? Cut it with the hypotheticals, she's never going to be President. And speaking of her, I thought she was a Republican party leader, yet she;s no where to be found during these rediculous budget negotiations. Shows you where her priorities are!

    April 7, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    The republicans spent two years fillibustering every budget bill and every jobs bill, and now they want to lay blame on the democrats?

    NOT ALL OF US WATCH FOX - AND MOST OF US CAN USE FACT CHECK OR SOME OTHER MEANS TO GET THE WHOLE TRUTH!!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  22. killer

    I think she gives herself and the American people way too much credit.

    April 7, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  23. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    The problem with her arguement is that the Taliban isn't willing to "cut a deal"! They want everything or a shut down....guess they will get what they want...a shutdown. Then the American public will see what their true agenda is. A government shutdown will have disasterous effects to every phase of American life.

    April 7, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  24. richard

    What a load of crap. So you negotiate and come to an agreement then keep moving post once they agree to the terms you asked what sort of negataiting is that. The republicans just want to pin yet one more thing on Obama every step he makes they disagree with. It make more political sense and capital on there part to have a shut down they are completely disingenuous with there intentions and are held hostage by far right wing tea parties who'd rather prove a point than solve the problems and issues facing America. SHAMEFUL

    April 7, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  25. Julie C

    Exactly.....GOP failure.

    April 7, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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