July 6th, 2011
09:52 AM ET
3 years ago

DeMint 'disappointed' in Bachmann


(CNN) – Republican Sen. Jim DeMint said he's "disappointed" Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has not signed the "cut, cap, balance" pledge to slash spending and balance the budget.

"I am disappointed," DeMint said Wednesday on CNN's "American Morning." "We have to stop spending more than we're bringing in."

Six GOP presidential candidates have signed the pledge so far. The Minnesota congresswoman argues it doesn't go far enough to bring down the deficit.

DeMint, a South Carolina kingmaker and early supporter of the tea party movement, has said a commitment to the pledge is necessary in order to win his support, which could prove valuable in the early voting state of South Carolina and within his larger conservative following.

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Filed under: 2012 • Jim DeMint • Michele Bachmann • TV-American Morning
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. gt

    demint is trying to strong arm anyone who does not sign his pledge.... the next president will not be lock step with his views.

    July 6, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. Cfrench

    She's still learning to sign her name, once she does I'm sure she'll be happy to sign it.

    July 6, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. ITALIAN NONNO

    This pledge is just a gimmick, which nobody will adhere to. DeMint has delusions of grandeur and expects everyone to kiss his butt.

    July 6, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Wes B.

    What's with all these ridiculous pledges?

    July 6, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    That pledge says no debt limit increases until a balanced budget amemndment is passed. What does a balanced budget amendment (which takes a few years to pass) have to do with the fact that we face a debt crisis in a few weeks? Besides sounding like good politics, nothing.

    Our current pattern of annual federal budgets running high deficits is the path set by GWB, which ran our economy into the ground. It is also the path that Republicans have steadfastly fought to keep us on, while blaming Obama for all of the woes that it has caused. Signing the pledge is pure political theater, which the American people are tired of. Let DeMint whine. It reminds the American people that conservative social engineering is the true goal.

    July 6, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    Join the "party" or be "dealt with." Hey Jim, did you ever hear about what happened in Russia in the early 1900's or Germany in the 20's/30's?

    July 6, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Candide

    If DeMint really wants to be disappointed, he would take a good hard objective look at his own conduct.

    July 6, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Wes B.

    What's with all these ridiculous pledges?
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    It is called signing away your freedom of speech and individual thought. It is the suppression of new ideas. It is social engineering in its' formative stages. DeMint represents the thought police.

    July 6, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. once upon a horse

    I have to admit that I am disappointed in Michelle Bachmann too, but for a whole lot of OTHER reasons and this isn't one of them.

    July 6, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. ReddCatt

    I am so sick of members of the republican party that think everyone in the party should be in 100% agreement about everything. The idea is just stupid. If there is they all agree on everything they could just elect sock puppets it would not make any difference. Many days it does seem like we are being governed by sock puppets.

    July 6, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. Marie MD

    You know you have hit bottom when dimwit speaks against you. The rethugs ARE bullies. SC love it or leave it
    Kingmaker? Funny because just two days ago we celebrated our independence from the Britih and this country was built on freedom of religion. That pesky Constitution keeps biting these teatards in the arse!!!

    July 6, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Obama/Biden 2012 - Four more years of record unemployment, $1.7 TRILLION yearly deficits, crushing debt, Obamacare, golf, vacations, speeches and class warfare

    What's with all these ridiculous pledges?
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    It is calling clearing taking a position on an issue instead of some wishy-washy non-position that people can weasel out of with double speak. That is the Democrats favorite tactic.

    July 6, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Realistic

    Another freaking pledge...Geez...

    July 6, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Ken in NC

    I'm disapoined that Jim DeMint has turned into Jim DeMint. House Republicans signed a document they called "The Pledge to America" and it was designed to increase and create jobs and since taking control they have pushed abortion bills, passed a bill to do with Social Security, along with a few other useless bills that will never see the light of day and not one "Jobs Bill". If Republicans manage to cause the down fal of our government, society, and economy I can assure no Republican will ever have a chance of being elected Dog Catcher in their district. About the only thing Republicans are good for is the making of chum for shark fishing.Grind them into the chum as a cheap filler.

    July 6, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Sen. DeMint forgot about jobs. He doesn't promise to create jobs. Sen. DeMint should circulate a new petition among some of the "job creators" to commit them to creating jobs.

    July 6, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. berry

    South Carolina is one of the most"Politically Suppressed" states in the country? Why, Republican Rule! Demint has keeped the poor,and the rich,richer!!! The voters their "Are hanging themselves,and don,t even understand "What their doing????? Crazy,I,m glad I,m not southern! Wow!

    July 6, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    Incredible! Bachmann doesn't believe the pledge goes far enough to bring down the deficit. Her conservative position is so extreme that even a purity pledge crafted by DeMint is insufficient.

    July 6, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. SecedingfromTexas

    ... It is calling ...taking a position on an issue .................that people can weasel out of with double speak"...........
    Romney, the King of double speak, flip-flop, back track, I didn't say that even though you can prove I did.
    DeMint, threats is all he knows, he and his teatards can threaten each other, and they do, how sick is that?
    As for Romney's London fundraiser. Since when is a fundraiser for a Presidential campaign a "private event"?
    And these people want us to trust them??? No thank you, they have shown over and over again how untrustworthy
    they are.

    July 6, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    ReddCatt WROTE:
    I am so sick of members of the republican party that think everyone in the party should be in 100% agreement about everything.
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    Wrong. They wish for *everyone* to be in agreement with their positions, ideas, morals, and values. "If you cannot be turned, then you will be destroyed."

    July 6, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    if the GOP wants to keep coming up with pledges, how about one that will help create jobs and improve the economy? But I guess if your plan is hoping the economy tanks so you can make political points and gains in 2012 to get Obama out of office then you really don't want to sign a jobs pledge.

    July 6, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Boytjie

    Why should we trust the GOP do do the 'right thing" now since the did all the wrong things last time they ran the government?

    July 6, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Jake

    DeMint and Bachmann are both wacko's. Who cares about either one of them?

    July 6, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. vet in texas

    How would the tea partiers feel if before 2008, Obama signed a pledge refusing to lower taxes before he even came into office knowing he's coming into a recession? Exactly!

    The funniest thing is that the tea party supports this, when the majority would not be affected, only the real "leaders" of that movement, I thought they were for the constitution, I don't remember any pledges on those signs they were holding.

    From now on, I want all the GOPers to repeat the right wing headlines or statements and prefice them with "Obama said this", I guarantee if you do that, you'll see why the left laughs at you guys all the time.

    July 6, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. Jean Sartre

    The DeMintstir and his cabal of radical, christian right, social engineering ideology folks are in for many DISAPPOINTMENTS...

    July 6, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. roscoe

    DeMint is disappointed in Bachman. America is disappointed in both of them for trying to put America back into the 1850's.

    July 6, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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