Bachmann campaign ad hits the airwaves
July 7th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann campaign ad hits the airwaves

Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann launched her first 2012 election television ad highlighting her Iowa roots and fiscal conservatism.

"As a descendent of generations of Iowans, I was born and raised in Waterloo, as a mom of five, a foster parents, and a former tax lawyer and now a small business job creator, I know we can't keep spending money that we don't have," Bachmann says in the ad. "That's why I fought against the wasteful bailout, against the stimulus. I will not vote to increase the debt ceiling."

The 30-second spot starts airing in Iowa Thursday. Although the campaign will not say how long it will remain on television, campaign spokeswoman Alice Stewart said it will run through the weekend.

"It is a significant ad buy," Stewart said. "Iowa is a critical state."

The Minnesota congresswoman is the second Republican contender with paid media in Iowa. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has aired two ads in the state. This week, Pawlenty touted his record as governor, including his opposition to unions during a transit strike.

Pawlenty and Bachmann are focusing a lot of time and resources in the Hawkeye State, hoping strong showings at the Ames Straw Poll contest next month, and in the state's caucuses scheduled for February, help propel their campaigns.

Since announcing her candidacy in her native Waterloo, Bachmann has campaigned in the state several times.


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soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Nick

    She make me SICK !!!!!!

    July 7, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Lies, attacks and fluffy substanceless political rhetoric that she thinks the base wants to hear. Huh. Color me suprised.

    July 7, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Mark

    If there was no bail out or stimulus, where would we be? Michelle tells us what she was against but she fails to tell us she gad NO options to offer. Many economists said we had to do those things or our economy would be a disaster. Those same economists said that it could take up to 10 years for us to recover. Thank you George Bush. Michelle wants to cut spending money we don't have now, but sat on ger lips when Bush took a surplus and spent us into deep debt. She flip flops, just like Kerry. I hope they nominate her. She'll be exposed for the fraud she is.

    July 7, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Dangerous

    Not increasing the debt ceiling is horribly, horribly, horribly bad for the U.S.A.

    July 7, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Doug

    A great American who has a quality no Democrat has, the ability to feel remorse.

    July 7, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Marshall M

    "...and now a small business job creator." REALLY? Michele? I double-dog dare you to name ONE piece of legislation that you introduced (or voted for) that creates even ONE job. Bet you can't. Where is Joe Wilson when we need him, because, Michele Bachmann...YOU LIE!!!

    July 7, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    The comments here are hopeless. Not one single substantive sentence. And one that even claims that Jimmy Kimmels' "hilarious" video proves Bachmann is "not qualified". It's as if, oh let's say, Barack Obama had any qualification whatsoever to be president when the duped and guilt-ridden populace elected him. And one guy (Russ), who claims gay bashing!! Where, Russ? When? The more I read CNN commenter postings, the more convinced I become that we're just becoming a nation of media-fed morons.

    July 7, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Calamerica

    Michelle Bachmann is over the top.

    July 7, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. edpeters

    "now a small business job creator"? So now a political campaign is a small business job creator?? Not voting to increase the debt limit; see how well small business does with the increase in interest rates if the debt limit is not increased! I simply can not believe this person is a lawyer (she gives "Flakes" a bad name)..

    July 7, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    1. Bachmann fostered 23 children; when a family fosters children for the state they get money to support those children. In Iowa, that's about $450-$500 or so per month per kid ($15-$17 per day), depending on the age of the child.

    2. Her husband received funds for his Christian Counseling center.

    3. A Bachmann family farm received about $260,000 in government subsidies.

    Bachmann doesn't mind feeding at the public trough, but want to cut services to those in most need.

    Can you say hypocrite?

    July 7, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. rhumba

    I will defy the Constitution of the United States and vote against raising the debt ceiling! Some patriot she is.

    July 7, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Expat American

    Bachmann’s whole image is founded on lies and desperate yet failed attempts at appearing ‘scholarly’. Only in America would someone as ignorant and foolish as Bachmann be given any voice…along with Palin….Are Bachmann and Palin really what the Trailer Park Bigots are betting all of their food stamps on? Astounding…truly.
    God Bless (red) America.

    July 7, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. ITALIAN NONNO

    So far Ed Rollins has done a decent job of keeping Bachmann in check,.. once the debates begin,.. watch out!!!!!.. she'll be challenged, prodded and engaged,.. and that's when her lunacy will be on display for all to see.

    July 7, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Horus

    Sad that our country has reached a point where people like Bachmann, who can't seem to state much of anything in a factual manner, are given any credibility. Is this really what conservatives and tea party folks want? She is a fundamentalist that promotes conjecture and tradition over evidence and reason.

    July 7, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. fideauxdon

    Bachmann is a tax Lawyer? I wouldn't pick anyone as dumb as her to do my taxes or intercede on my behalf. She reached her "Peter's Principle" ten years ago, and she's still looking to assume responsible positions that she couldn't fill in a million years.

    July 7, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Joe

    Oddly, her ad doesn't mention that her hometown is where Napoleon was defeated by Wellington.

    July 7, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. John

    Michele Backmann Is more worry about the Tea Party than she Is about America or American People. She keep saying she from Iowa. She left when she was Eight. than she spend the rest of she life In Minnesota and she even a congresswoman from Minnesota. The only reason she saying she from Iowa ,because she hope you are dumb enough to believe her. If she really wanted to be a Iowa ,she would have move back a long time ago. I say one thing for Republican they will tell any Lie and hope you believe It.

    July 7, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. ja

    BLAH, BLAH, BLAH,>>>>, what state elected her as governor, america has been dumbed down

    July 7, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. The Greedy Old Pigs want us to sacrifice, not their billionaire overlords

    Anonymous, I think it is you who are avoiding the facts if you believe Bachmann is truthful and competent. Her own statements prove otherwise.

    In the meantime, I'm waiting for a single journalist to ask, and a single GOBPbagger to answer, this question:

    "Since average Americans have been asked to make great sacrifices during this difficult time, what sacrifices are the wealthy going to make?"

    July 7, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. mk1

    Another Republican admitting to being willing to let the economy tank and let the recession deepen for purely political gains. Truly unAmerican and pathetic but just what I expect. Why do Republicans hate America?

    July 7, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    Watch the ads from the various parties, and ask yourself " What are they for?". If they are say they voted against this, or they will repeal that, or their actions directly contradict what they say they will do, then you are dealing with profoundly negative people that have no interest in moving this country forward. Remember, are they positive about the future, or are they negative? If you look at the ads, the GOP is profoundly negative about our future. They no plans, only reactions to threats, both real and perceived. Ronald Reagan made conservatism appealing because he presented himself and his vision in a POSITIVE light, and he NEVER made personal attacks: we can't get Eric Cantor to stay in negotiations for more than a few days before stomping out and lunging for the nearest microphone to whine about how the WH won't cave in to his demands. The modern GOP is a group of whiners with no solutions and no courage.

    July 7, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Tubby the Tuba TEXAS

    Does she realize that the Republican party and G. W. Bush is responsible for close to 12 Trillion dollars of the 14 trillon the U.S. owes? Everyone seems to keep saying Obama is responsible for the deficit, but he isn't, it's the wars that George W. lied to Congress about and to the American public about the WMD that sped us into the debacle NOT Obama! He was against the war to begin with. Secondly the cost of illegal imigration, which no party wants to deal with is killing the states. The servants of the people, our elected officials, are recieving enourmous amounts of pay, lifetime health insurance, and lifetime retirement benefits to pull down the American government! Let's cut congress' pay, insurance and retirement pay. Not heard any of them state or federal offer to cut the benefits they receive from us. They continue to give themselves a cost of living pay increase while denying it to the rest of the country. End the wars. Have the rich pay their fair share of the taxes for more billions and America would be financially strong again.

    July 7, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Oregon Calling

    I wished that this person could be recalled. Shaking my head.

    Peace :-)

    July 7, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. David Stone

    She is a dimwit. The GOP needs to dump this empty sack and find SOMEONE who comes across as normal, and intelligent. Not some bible-thumping cave person.

    July 7, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. maggie

    So, in other words, she has no clue whatsoever what the impact will be if the debt ceiling is not raised. The fact that she is so narrow minded and obviously, stupid, about such important matters is frightening. Thank God this woman doesn't have a chance in Hades.

    July 7, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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