Former Obama aide zings Bachmann
July 7th, 2011
03:26 PM ET
7 years ago

Former Obama aide zings Bachmann

(CNN) - Bill Burton, senior strategist for Democratic super PAC Priorities USA, took to Twitter Thursday to deliver a swipe at Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.

"If leading GOP candidate in IA says she would let the nation default – shouldn't the news be bigger than simply the size of her ad buy?" Burton, President Obama's former deputy White House press secretary, tweeted.

Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota released her first ad of the 2012 election cycle in Iowa Thursday, in which she vowed to vote against an increase to the debt ceiling. Iowa holds the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, scheduled for February.

"I fought against the wasteful bailout, against the stimulus. I will not vote to increase the debt ceiling," Bachmann said in the ad.

President Obama and Congressional leaders are embroiled in negotiations over an agreement to raise the debt ceiling before August 2, to avoid a potential default.

Priorities USA, which launched in April to compete with outside Republican groups in the 2012 election, went up with their own ad last week accusing Republicans of opposing "economic reforms at every turn."

"We can't rebuild America if they tear down the middle class," the ad said.

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Priorities USA
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Bill Burton has it dead on. It should be major news that a major presidential candidate for one of the two major parties is so antiamerican that the candidate actually boasts of being against the very things that so recently staved off economic disaster for this country - i.e. the "bailout"and the "stimulus", and that she then boasts that she would let the US default into another economic disaster. The candidate and her party clearly want the US to resume its slide into the economic and cultural dark ages.

    With morons like phoenix and Four able to vote, is it any wonder that we have candidates like Bachmann around gaining traction? If there is a stronger sign that there is a debilitating genetic disorder on the loose in this country, I don't know what it is......

    July 7, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds

    Four and the Door: "blah blah lie blah blah Obama bad blah blah blah misinformation blah blah blah irrelevant half-truths"

    Someday maybe you'll have some real points to offer. The bottom line right now is because of the horrible bushco mismanagement of the economy and our nations' finances tax revenues are way down, which CREATED a spending problem. Of course, everyone knows (except you apparently) that the other side of a spending problem is that we have a revenue problem. Smart people know this means some sort of tax increases. What better place to start than corporate welfare and those ridiculous tax cuts for the filthy rich that, rather than boosting the economy as promised, helped to destroy it.

    Don't you think the wealthy should make some sacrifices along with the rest of us? If so, what?

    July 7, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    @Bob in Pa.

    Not raising the debt ceiling is not defaulting on the payments. It amounts to no more borrowing and cut spending drastically.
    These morons have no clue whatsoever. Allowing the debt to continue to grow is not a solution and brings ultimate destruction to our civilization as we know it.

    Test your thesis, and stop payments on everything you have: your mortage, car payment, utilities. Cons are so fond of the "family budget" scenario, lets see them live it and see how fast their world will collapse. WE've alrerady been listening to their idiotic ideas on cutting taxes and borrowing for the last 3 decades: all of a sudden, they get religion on paying our debts?


    July 7, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Jilli

    As a woman, it's insulting that a dingbat like Michelle Bachmann is actually considered a serious candidate. She's got the style points down – and I know how easily republican men can be swayed. Too bad she's so pathetically deficient in the substance portion of the competition. This isn't a beauty contest. I'm all for a female president, I just want one that gets there using her brains.

    July 7, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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