Bachmann slams weekend budget agreement
April 11th, 2011
06:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Bachmann slams weekend budget agreement

Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann took to the stage in the key state of Iowa on Monday, telling the audience that the best strategy for blocking liberal policies is to defund the left.

The Republican congresswoman, who is eyeing running for the GOP presidential nomination, told a Pella, Iowa crowd, "What we need to do is expose these policies that we see on the left, expose them, and then number two, defund them."

Bachmann, who voted against the budget deal eventually agreed upon between President Obama and Senate Democrats late Friday night, said Republicans missed a pivotal chance last weekend to block "ObamaCare."

"People across the nation have told me since Friday how terribly disappointed they are in the final budget deal that we have because they expected so much more from us and so do I," Bachmann said. "And that's why we have to remember, we will never win if we don't fight."

Bachmann spoke as part of a presidential lecture series sponsored by the Family Leader, an Iowa organization whose two top issues are same-sex marriage and pro-life, two topics the she focused on in her speech.

The Minnesota Republican, who has advocated for complete defunding of Planned Parenthood, referred to the group as a $1 billion organization bent on becoming the "Lens Crafters of big abortion."

Bachmann highlighted the "power of the purse" held by the Republican-led U.S. House. "Barack Obama gets no money, zero money unless we give it to him. So he can be held hostage," she said.

Bachmann proposed abolishing the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which she said has "drifted from their focus on conversation, of clean air and clean water." Bachmann told reporters after her speech that the Department of Energy and the Department of Commerce are other organization she would eliminate, according to the Des Moines Register.

Bachmann spent the beginning of her forty-minute speech describing her path to spiritual enlightenment as a sixteen-year old and took the opportunity to remind the audience of her Iowan roots, "Some of you may know that I am an Iowan," Bachmann said, telling the crowd an "Iowegian" is a "Norwegian Iowan."


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. nintex

    So she would eliminate the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Commerce? All of this after she gets rid of Planned Parenthood and does away with healthcare for most Americans? And there are people who would vote for this woman? Could we round them all up and put them in a cage somewhere so they don't hurt the rest of us?

    April 11, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Again Ms. Bachmann, there are over 300 million people in America and what a few people have been telling you doesn't speak for the majority, so find another line.

    April 11, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. thomas

    Why dose Michele Bachmann remind me of the control freak Bimbo that took over our local school board and ran it into the GROUND !

    April 11, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    “Michele Bachmann took to the key state of Iowa…” and told a crowd that is deaf
    [“…that the best strategy for blocking liberal policies is to defund the left.”]
    And while we defund the LEFT the RICH can gleefully go home and adore
    All of the tax breaks we’re giving them and we will definitely give them more!!

    We will also continue to give the oil companies tax subsidies at our best
    And we will also lower corporate taxes by an exciting 10% less
    We will strip the middle class of all wages and bargaining rights
    Take away health care, Medicare, Medicaid and we’ll FIGHT!!!

    But little do they know they do NOT represent
    ALL of Americans and we will descent
    Upon all of them and gracefully let them know
    We will STAND for our rights and our numbers will grow

    April 11, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. Guys and girls, ladies and gents please save this report

    Guys and girls, ladies and gents please save this report for future reference. I know for sure Michele Bachmann will denie ever saying this so please save this for future reference. IF SHE BECOMES PRESIDENT SHE WILL ELIMINATE EDUCATION, COMMERCE, EVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD.. way to go Michelle what else would you not eliminate, THE 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, 4TH AND 5TH AMENDMENTS and yourself?

    April 11, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. Rick in Phx

    Bachmann highlighted the "power of the purse" held by the Republican-led U.S. House. "Barack Obama gets no money, zero money unless we give it to him. So he can be held hostage," she said.

    Just the kind of politician we Don't need. When will the left and the right ever figure out that most Americans want the parties to work together to solve problems. Not hold each other hostage and call the other party names like all the children that seem to post here often

    April 11, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Jess Sayin

    I have always thought the the GOP couldn't win the legislative battles for programs that help average Americans, so they bankrupted the country to de-fund them out of existence. Thanks Michelle for proving me right–the right wing does not play fairly and wants to destroy the progress our parents and grandparents fought so hard to gain. Lies, misstatements, propaganda–anything is good if it screws the American middle class. Not all of us are falling for your game...

    April 11, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Ex-GOP Con

    so this really isn't about spending is it Bachman? it is a left vs right war. i see your true colors showing. that is probably why your were silent on the $1 billion of earmarks the TEA party requested last year. the GOP fooled us once with their mantra of less spending but instead grew the debt and cut the revenue to cover their spending. the country cannot afford more of that same fiscal IRResponsibility.

    April 11, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. Really?

    So all that matters to her is her ideology and nothing else. The troops, the citizens, the country as a whole are mearly pawns to be abused as you see fit as long as you get your way? Now I'm 100% certain you will not get my vote!

    April 11, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. Thank God I am a Democrat

    "People across the nation have told me since Friday how terribly disappointed they are in the final budget deal that we have because they expected so much more from us and so do I,"

    Where does she find people like this?

    April 11, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. Republican Robber Baron

    Lemme guess Michelle...you think we should defend NPR and planned Parenthood to save ....01%. (hint that means waaaay then even 1). Followed by more tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans in the name of helping the "job creators". Voodoo economics and inventing your own delusional mathematics will not balance the budget. Please stop with your trance antics.

    April 11, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  12. A

    Bachmann highlighted the "power of the purse" held by the Republican-led U.S. House. "Barack Obama gets no money, zero money unless we give it to him. So he can be held hostage," she said.

    And people want her for President!! She wants to cut Dept of Education. I would guess she wants to open up a string of home school institutions offering eduction in the bible.

    April 11, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. Anne P.

    She took a "path" alright...to the wacko farm, and never looked back. Please go home and bake some cookies, Michelle; at least it's a mildly productive activity. How do votes get wasted on people like this?

    April 11, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. WillC

    Anyone who belives this stupid is in need of professional help. If democracy leads to having an idiot as a leader, I say the monarchs were not so bad after all.

    April 11, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. FactCheck

    She's mad because the budget deal didn't include more money for the richest tax brackets. It wasn't enough that the GOP added another $1.4 trillion to the debt by extending the Bush tax cuts.

    April 11, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. FactCheck

    Obama better watch out because Bachman is going to hold her breath until she turns blue.. and then someone is going to get a time out.

    April 11, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. Sgt William Sampson Us Army Ret

    We understand we need more
    , however, we need to take what we can when we can and prepare for the debate ahead. In two years perhaps a different song will be sung, but the Tea Party is not an organization it is the will of the people to regain our country from the foreign and BIG BUSINESS intrests the have plagued the country for years, ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. LOVE YA go get em

    WILLIAM SAMPSON SGT USA RET

    April 11, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. FactCheck

    Any word on the $250,000 that you got on federal farm subsidies Michele?

    April 11, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. willie floyd

    I look forward to the day all these TPers go down the same path Palin took. They're a disgusting group of sub-humans. Joe Scarborough was talking abot Santorum this a.m. as though wnning the straw vote in SC Sat. was a really big deal. Greenville county is the heaviest populated in the state. There were only 400+ at the meeting-Santorum won 136 votes. Doesn't sound like such a great big deal to me. As a native S. Carolinian I continue to have hope for state-a state without Demented or Wilson!!

    April 11, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. Aaron

    I guess ms special ed thinks that her looney ideas are what all Americans want. Maybe if she could get the rich (especially the billionaire Koch brothers who employ her) and corporations to pay taxes, she might have some right to dictate where the tax dollars should go.

    April 11, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  21. Ender

    Ahh, so republicans should see this deficit they've had great hand in building not as a bad thing, but as a tool. A tool to take away all thing "Democrat" and truly have their own way.

    What arrogance of this Member of congress to not only suggest, but flatly state that her party and ONLY only her party should have their way.

    Yes, the Republicans always scream about their wisdom but always prove as lacking in their own way as their conterparts. Always spending too much. Never thinking of America first and their own ambitions second.

    Always pushing their agendas.

    April 11, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  22. Randy, San Francisco

    It is never a good thing when a politician sounds like a political radio shock jock. Did Bachmann get her inflammatory talking points from Limbaugh or Savage? Disappointing when a member of Congress needs a civics lesson on the operations of government. Who will enforce and develop laws or regulations to educate and protect citizens/businesses if important Cabinet Departments are eliminated? Such inflammatory ideas may sit well with extreme ideologues but does not make for good government.

    April 11, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. lynn

    Basically she wants one party rule. The Democrats can't do anything the GOP likes, they are constantly smearing and degrading our leadership and just hate the fact they live in a Country of a Two-Party government. Isn't that called Dictatorship?

    April 11, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. No Tea For Me

    2012 can't come soon enough for our Country. We are doing what we did in 2008 vote for Democrats only.

    April 11, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. Jeff in Virginia

    Bachmann is just doing this to make the other Republicans look sane(er). Do not be fooled.

    April 11, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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