Bachmann: I'll help Obama find a job after I win
July 3rd, 2011
07:27 AM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann: I'll help Obama find a job after I win

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is getting more creative, and apparently more aggressive, in her political attacks against President Barack Obama.

On Saturday, the Minnesota congresswoman took fresh jabs at the president. In one instance, Bachmann said she hoped to oust him from his current employment, become president herself - and then help Obama find a job. Bachmann also blasted "Obamacare," saying it would cost American jobs and questioning if Obama "was in his right mind" for championing it.

The comments came as Bachmann headlined an enthusiastic yet sparsely populated Tea Party rally at the state capitol in Des Moines, Iowa. Earlier Saturday, in Iowa City, the candidate launched a bus tour through the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

As she served up red meat to the assembled conservatives, Bachmann took aim at Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner - and the president - over the economy.

"I want you to know, as president of the United States, I look forward to creating real jobs for both the Treasury secretary and the president of the United States," Bachmann said.

Later, she continued a common Republican refrain - that the nation's health care law should be repealed. But Bachmann put a spin on that argument, citing figures that claim the law would bleed jobs on top of those already lost in the troubled economy.

Saying the president "has cost this economy millions of jobs," Bachmann questioned "who, with all due respect, in their right mind would propose a massive government takeover [of health care]" that would cost thousands of jobs.

It's unclear if such talk is part of an amped-up strategy by Bachmann or simply new variations on well-worn attack lines. Whatever the case, it is not without risk. Polls generally show that while conservative voters like the tough talk, such language could turn off critical blocs of independent voters.

Saturday's swipes follow others recently launched by Bachmann.

Last week, she told a crowd in South Carolina, "And we think that there is a certain Hawaiian president who should go back to Hawaii!"

And at a recent conference of Internet-savvy conservatives in Minneapolis, Bachmann used an unusual line of attack.

"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."

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • President Obama
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. scott lara

    Got to hand it to Michelle! @scottlara1961 on twitter

    July 3, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  2. coloradoDem

    i don't think its Obama that's gonna be looking for a job!!!!

    July 3, 2011 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  3. Martha in CF

    As was asked of Ms Bachmann by Faux News-Are you a flake? The answer is yes--I think it is high time she starts telling the American people what she stands for and quit this slamming of the President. That is all we hear out of her mouth. Get to the issues--
    I hope Michele won't have a job after the election !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 3, 2011 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    This cocky wench is going to have a lot of humble pie to eat in 2013.

    July 3, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  5. American

    It says a lot about the alternatives when wide-eyed / historically inaccurate Bachmann somehow comes across as the sane one up in the field. Wow.

    In the real world, President Obama was literally in his "right" mind when he passed our health care, considering the health plan was pratically identical to GOPcare from the 90's and Romneycare.

    July 3, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  6. Mike Dallas

    The LAST person to question if anyone is "in their right mind" should be manic Michelle.

    That glass house if pretty fragile, missy.

    July 3, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  7. Anthony

    Neither Oral Roberts nor William & Mary will take Bachmann back as an instructor after the 2012 election. But don't worry, she will probably hang on to her Minnesota House seat after 2012. As for "Obamacare," the Heritage Foundation was out of its mind for coming up with the idea behind Obama's health plan. Why did the Republican foundation think that the idea would work? Didn't it know that Republicans would disown the idea when Democrats copied it?

    July 3, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  8. diridi

    To ship jobs to India, Vietnam, China? What an Idiot...."IDIOT". I am voting for Obama2012. These idiots do not have any ideology., their main thing is to repeal health care, Fin. Reg. Reform, etc, I pity, these idiots....Right-wing epithet....shame, to the nation, disgrace....o.k, Obama2012.

    July 3, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |