Bachmann excites RightOnline crowd, involved in glitter incident
June 18th, 2011
04:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann excites RightOnline crowd, involved in glitter incident

Minneapolis (CNN) – After emerging to Katy Perry's hit song "Firework," Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann received a rock star reception from Internet-savvy conservatives attending the RightOnline conference in Minneapolis on Saturday.

She also appears in a new video that claims she was doused with glitter just after her speech.


"Welcome to my home. Welcome to my home state," the Minnesota congresswoman told the crowd. Then, she proceeded to give supporters what they wanted: humor and anti-President Barack Obama red meat.

Commenting on her participation in last week's first 2012 presidential debate in New Hampshire - sponsored by CNN, WMUR and the New Hampshire Union Leader - Bachmann elicited laughs by joking: "I had a little case of the nerves before I went up there. And it really was centered on the fact that I thought they might ask the candidates the question: boxers or briefs? What's a girl supposed to do?"

From there, it was no laughing matter.

After also joking, "Maybe we can just take a vote right here and get the primary over with," the newly minted presidential candidate lashed into the president's policies and popularity.

"Right now, President Obama is enjoying some of the lowest approval ratings of his presidency," Bachmann said.

There was no mention of her own low standing in recent predebate polls. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, conducted June 3-7, showed Bachmann in seventh place, with 4%, behind the likes of Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.

During her speech, Bachmann reiterated several lines of political attack she's frequently used: That the president will only see one term; that liberals are "afraid" of the Tea Party movement; and that, if elected president, she'd repeal "Obamacare."

But Bachmann also restated what appears to be a new and unusual line of political attack potentially meant as a message for minorities.

"The president promised the African-American community, he promised the Hispanic community, that he would make their lives better. And that is what we want for every American," Bachmann said.

"This president isn't working. He's failing the Hispanic community. He is failing the African-American community. He's failing all of us," she continued.

Meanwhile, it appears that a protestor tried to make Bachmann yet another presidential candidate to be doused with glitter – after recent, similar incidents involving former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Video freshly posted to YouTube shows a female approaching the stage just as Bachmann began to exit, and tossing glitter.

As a security guard rushed to withdraw the woman, she seems to have shouted, "You can run but you can't hide."

It's unclear if Bachmann was aware of what was happening or if any glitter actually fell on her.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • RightOnline
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. KO

    First Palin, then Trump, then Gingrich, then her...Flavor of the Month.

    June 18, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. Typinator

    Whatever works. Missing accountability here.

    June 18, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. clarke

    All about Obama. No plan from her, the same old thing. Are all the GOP's on the Obama train. I thought these politicians were going to inspire us as to what they would do and how. I haven't read or heard a thing about where they stand and how they would do things or fix things, create jobs and how. what is your plan, and who are you. Not all American's who vote are stupid.

    June 18, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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