Boehner praises Bachmann
June 14th, 2011
10:59 AM ET
6 years ago

Boehner praises Bachmann

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner, who has repeatedly declined to weigh in on the 2012 Republican presidential field, on Tuesday praised Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota), who officially joined the race during Monday night's GOP debate in New Hampshire.

"I think she did a really good job last night," Boehner said when asked about Bachmann's performance in the CNN debate. "I think she is a bright member of our caucus. It's one of the reasons why I appointed her to the intelligence committee."

Boehner also said he believes the other Republican House members competing for the nomination, including Texas Rep. Ron Paul, stack up well against the other Republican candidates.

"I think my colleagues in the House that are in this race have as good a shot as anybody else," Boehner said. "I think we saw a bright field of candidates"

"It is going to be a long process," Boehner added, declining to endorse a candidate.

soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Boehner said. "I think we saw a bright field of candidates"
    Translation: They stayed focused on the main goal and message, that being to make Obama a one-term president.

    June 14, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. AEK

    Yep, her tin-foil hat will be the perfect addition to the House Intelligence committee. Apparently actually having some level of intelligence was not a prerequisite for the job though.

    June 14, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Kathy

    Calling Bachman bright????? No wonder the GOP is in a state of decline if they think she is bright!

    June 14, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. XWngLady

    "Boehner praises Bahman".... ((YAWN)) How predictable....Ok. Get ready folks. Looks like Its gonna be Romney/Bachmann as the 2012 Republican ticket......If the economy is still struggling, it might be a tight race...but, Obama/Biden still wins. But thank you for playing.

    June 14, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. JD in Moraga, CA

    Gingrich pretty much nailed it after she claimed that she "would not rest" until she "repealed Obamacare." His point is true – the Administration can't do it alone (that darned "separation of powers" thing) have to have the votes in Congress. And trust me, Michelle, spouting redneck rhetoric isn't going to cut it.

    June 14, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. AZ DEM

    Michelle Bachmann actually did do a good job last night. Lets remember however that she is probably the MOST conservative candidate that appeared in the debate and because she has to win over Republican voters in the primary I think she took a good step towards that. Now if any of those candidates think that they will win over the General Electorate with their right wing views then they are sadly mistaken especially all of the pandering to the Tea Party that will be required to gain the nomination I'm pretty confident after last night the GOP nominee will make a nice run but much like 2004 the president will hold serve.

    June 14, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. chris24

    just what we need, a president with false eyelashes.

    what will they think of next?

    June 14, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. GI Joe

    Does he know the intelligence committee is NOT where you send someone to GET INTELLIGENCE??

    Wait until they debate the actual issues facing this country, instead of bashing President Obama !!

    Oh, Michelle? Just because he is president, doesn't mean his ideas get past the HELL NO CAUCUS - his ideas have been filibustered more than any other president's in HISTORY(of which you know nothing).

    June 14, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Max

    Ms Bachmann probablly is a very nice lady to care for 23 children, if in fact she did and not the nanny. Also, she is the biggest president basher I have ever seen! Remember, she is the one that said we have a "ganster government". HA! Now her and the tea party keep saying, "We want our country back"! From where! What group of people took it away! Did George, did Barak, did a ghost, who! At lease talk presidential. Remember too, a president is for all the people, not just the choosen teaparty!

    June 14, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. GI Joe

    Minnesota is shutting down - shouldn't she go home and save her 29 kids??

    June 14, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. logic in LA

    When your star wattage only glows at 25 watts- even Bachman can look good in the GOP

    June 14, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    If the Republicans had a plan for jobs creation, wouldn't you think they would be talking about it at every opportunity? The facts of life and reality is that there isn't any "magic bullet" solution that suddenly creates half a million jobs in one month. Most of the ljobs lost in the Recession are gone for good. Businesses didn't simply lay people off. Businesses closed their doors. Gone.

    Both sides know this but only side admits it, the Democrats while the Republicans play the blame game. When the Ryan Plan was introduced, that was all you heard about, especially from Speaker Boehner and other Republican congressional leaders.

    June 14, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Don

    Johnny loves the tea party.

    June 14, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. XWngLady

    Ok. So Bachmann being a foster parent is celebrated, but Pres. Obama being an organizer to help make the communities in which poor/underpriveleged children live is disparaged. Ok. I get it.

    June 14, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. kyle

    She doesn't have a clue how to solve America's problem, then neither does Boehner.

    June 14, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    @ XWngLady

    I agree with you. Both are admirable, but we disparage a man who decided to forgo an opportunity to clerk at the Supreme Court in favor of helping out disadvantaged people in a poor section of Chicago. There is a real disconnect there, and it has to do with hatred, pure and simple. Failed DJs who spread hate are applauded, along with people who walk off of jobs they were elected to because they could not bear criticism. Meanwhile, the First Lady, who is encouraging children and parents to eat properly and exercise, is made into some kind of sinister figure infringing personal freedoms. Does in the politcal center see how petty this is?

    June 14, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. BinFL

    This statement from Beohner shows his "intelligence" or lack thereof. If they think Bachmann is their saving grace they have another thing coming. Wow, the Tea Party sure scares them – amazing! Of course, as an Obama supporter I hope Bachmann gets the nomination as Obama will sail to another term. What has Boehner and his ilk done since taking over the House, anyway? Would any of their supporters please tell us.

    June 14, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. The Dude

    "The facts of life and reality is that there isn't any "magic bullet" solution that suddenly creates half a million jobs in one month." – Rudy, NYC

    There is in the Republican mind! Reclassify jobs flipping burgers at McDonald's & Carl Jr.'s as "production jobs" and *poof* there's 100,000+ more production jobs in America in one month under George W.!

    June 14, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. The Elephant In The Room

    Michele Bachmann has played fast-n-loose with the truth for the past 4 years.

    Just because she lied less, studied up on some facts, and didn`t trip while walking up to her dais does not mean she is "bright" or is a winner.

    She can prevail in the very barrow-minded GOP Iowa caucuses; in part because she will pander to them and hang her hat on being a "hometown" Iowa-borne girl.

    That said, remember the Iowa caucus has not predicted the GOP presidential winner in decades.

    She can`t win the Presidency and by running she will pull Romney & Huntsman into the Tea Party zealots direction against Planned Parenthood, marriage equality and the like. No thinking independent can ignore the radical pronouncements that she will force the nominee to make.

    Bachman is in the business of running for President and hopes to cash in on books and FoxNews gigs. She can`t win and she knows it. So do those "social conservatives".

    June 14, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Translation: They stayed focused on the main goal and message, that being to make Obama a one-term president.
    I'm glad to see they have the same goal as a majority of the American people. I'm not glad to have to wait until 2012 to "get 'er' done"!!

    June 14, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. MICK

    Bachmann is going to make a great president, I think her first order of business should be, overturning Obamacare, Social Security and Medicare. This country doesn't need put the costs of these program on our grandchildren. The next thing she needs to do is call for a constitutional convention. We need to have several amendment passed quickly. Like out lawing
    abortions, no gay marriage, no gays serving in the military . Plus a balanced budget amendment.


    Wolf Creek

    June 14, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. Dave

    Boehner isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, so it's no surprise that he would talk up a dolt like Bachmann. Pee-Wee Herman has a better chance of beating Obama than she does...

    June 14, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Why didn't Boehner praise Ron Paul about his performance? Shouldn't he have at least acknowledged that Paul was there? All of them seemed to be ideologues and failed to understand that there needs to be some level of compromise.

    June 14, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Indy

    She did do a good job of skirting the issues and pumping up the tea party. She also did a good job saying that she would listen to the Commander in Cheif if she were President. She was more about soundbites then original thoughts and solutions. It was a love fest for each other and none of them was man enough to step up outside of the party except for Ron Paul who did not use anti Obama soundbites

    June 14, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Dave wrote:
    Boehner isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, so it's no surprise that he would talk up a dolt like Bachmann.
    Pee-Wee Herman has a better chance of beating Obama than she does...
    Sorry, no Pee-Wee this cycle. Mitch Daniels decided to drop out.

    June 14, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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