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

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Sandra

    What jobs has she created?

    July 7, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. marty

    The silly pledge by Republicans to never raise taxes, and their attacks on the middle class is no different than a Union going on strike. Certainly not actions of adult thought or adult behavior. Eliminating subsidies to the oil barons or to family farms such as Miss Bachmann ($260,000 big government dollars). Who is pulling the ring in the noses of these Republican politicians who don't seem to have any independent thought and walk in lock step on every issue?

    July 7, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. maxdenn

    If the Republicans don't like it, then there must be some merit to it.

    July 7, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. Forgetting Something?

    She left out the part about her hero , John Wayne.

    July 7, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. Walt

    Ugh.... another supreme, ill-informed right wing candidate. Someday, someday, there will be a candidate who is socially liberal and fiscally smart (e.g., listens to guys like Buffet). Backmann is another standard say a lot, do nothing, freedom infringing Republican candidate that is not worth the office.

    July 7, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. I promise that I will blow up the american economy to save . . .

    25 billionaire hedge fund dealers, $ 4 billion a year, while I make sure that Medicare and Social Security are for private private companies.

    Buh, bye . . . middle class

    July 7, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. SickofIt

    I have a GREAT way to cut the debt!! Stop paying our so called leaders millions of dollars; stop making "the american people" pay for their health insurance, their trips, their gas – basically everything they do – we have to pay for. Why does the secret service cover past presidents?? What a waste of taxpayers money.

    July 7, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. mike kerns

    She should also state she rejected all of the farmers subsidies her family received from American taxpayer's. Oops she did take our tax dollars to subsidize her business.

    July 7, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. Vern

    Can we have some sort of national consitutional convention and set some new rules for senators and congresspersons. I mean really. If someone can't hold a job in the real world, they get elected and it is like winning the lotto jackpot, even if they only make it one term. and then this, this twit comes along and really dumbs down the country. Help me Jesus, save me from your followers.

    July 7, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. greedy people=Republican voters

    All she wants us more taxpayer assistance

    July 7, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. works4me

    Yea Michele... we'd be doing muuccch better with McCain/Palin, huh? If it wasn't for the stimulous and bailouts of certain (I've learned my lesson) auto manfacurers it would be worse... much worse. Just another GOParrot... still no ideas?

    July 7, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  12. SickofIt

    To Tubby the Tuba TEXAS –
    I VOTE for you – that is exactly what needs to happen and We, The People need to demand this!!

    July 7, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  13. Debbie

    We already know you come from Waterloo and about your John Wayne the killer not John Wayne the actor. What can we expect from you? We already know you could not pass a 5th grade history test which makes me question your understanding of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. I question your far right conservatism as that is a step towards facisim but I'm not sure you understand any of the "isms." You call yourself a Christian but your actions show you submit to the god of $$?

    July 7, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. natty

    it really doesnt matter where you were born. just cuz you were a mom doesnt make you quilified to be potus. and why wont you tell anyne what you small buisiness did? how do i really know you were sucessful? how do i know you arent making it up

    July 7, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. Bob

    "And just like my fellow Waterloo-native, John Wayne Gacy, I have you and your children's best interests in mind."

    July 7, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. g.o.p. greedy obnoxious partisan

    QMichelle epitomizes how we are better then the commoners.

    July 7, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  17. us1776

    Michele Bachmann makes Sarah Palin look like Einstein.

    GOP where do you find these people? Jeesh!

    July 7, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  18. mama panda

    Poor Iowa. It's got to put up with months of this malarky.

    July 7, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. Bozzz

    She's not a serious candidate for the presidency. Just a joke and a sideshow.

    July 7, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  20. clearfog

    Okay, Iowa. This is an IQ test. I'm counting on you to show the world what the best and brightest of the mid-west can do.

    July 7, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    This woman has never done anything in congress except to ask that the Constitution be rewamped; she said that the Japanese internment during WWII occurred in 194; she edged the tea baggers (just last year) to revolt against the government; she has "visions"; her husband looks and sounds iffy for somebody who wants "to cure" gays; hiding in the bushes at a gay gathering; still can't look straight at the camera (must be those fake eyelashes); "her heart is right" except that it's not really; she is NOT sexy (sorry paw man).

    July 7, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  22. polite centrist

    Does the GOP have Any Moderates left? I won't vote for extremists like her. (An intelligent one would be nice!)

    July 7, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  23. Dennis

    Is this the best we can do? The state of our society is starting to scare me.

    July 7, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  24. ARMY CSM

    Buyers beware, remember Nov 2010.

    July 7, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  25. Larry L

    Over three hundred and twenty million people in America and she's what we get as a candidate for POTUS. Maybe our democracy is almost over.

    July 7, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
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