Bachmann blasts Obama on debt talks
July 13th, 2011
01:59 PM ET
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Bachmann blasts Obama on debt talks

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said the White House is using military personnel as pawns in a political game surrounding the ongoing deficit reduction talks.

"Don't allow our military men and women to dangle over a fire and think they won't get paid," Bachmann said at a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

If President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders don't reach a deal to raise the federal debt limit by Aug. 2, the government will default on its loans, resulting in what the White House warns as a potential economic disaster.

Should that happen, Obama said in a CBS News interview Tuesday there would be no guarantee that payments of military veterans' salaries would go out after the deadline.

Bachmann said the president's comments were scare tactics used to push Congress into raising the debt ceiling.

"That's a dangerous game to play," Bachmann said. "Take it off the table."

On Wednesday Bachmann announced a bill she's co-sponsoring with GOP Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas and Steve King of Iowa that aims to ensure service members receive their paychecks on time.

House members made a similar proposal in April amidst concerns of a government shutdown.

Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Michele Bachmann • President Obama • Veterans
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "That's a dangerous game to play," Bachmann said. "Take it off the table."

    It's not a game, moron, and he didn't "put it on the table." He was speaking a hard-to-swallow TRUTH so the American people can understasnd what's truly at stake here. It's a TRUTH that is ultimately very inconvenient for the GOP and their willingness to go that extra mile to use brinksmanship to manufacture a crisis they think will grant them leverage to get what they want in terms of ruining the societal safety net. THE MONEY WILL NOT BE THERE. Obama can't just put it there by waving his hands and promising it will be so...he's not a free market you know, full of unicorn farts and sparkly pixie dust...he's not magic. Fact is, Obama said what needed to be said, what the people NEEDED to hearm, whether they likedd the inconvenient truth or not...and the GOP was desperate all along to keep people from understanding it. Why? Because if we default, they likely get what they want: the destruction of Medicare, SS, Medicaid, etc. But, they wanted it left undiscussed so they could pretend it was all Obama's fault later.

    July 13, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    She is exactly correct on this criticism. Not only is Obama using military servicemen as pawns in his attempt to extract higher taxes out of this 'opportunity', he is using Social Security recipients. The Republicans have offered a spending reduction agreement that makes sense and they are willing to raise the debt ceiling now. Why take this as another excuse to abuse the American taxpayer?

    July 13, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Ohioan

    really Bachman???!!! It's the truth. This is coming from the one of the congressional members who said that grandma was going to be on a death panel??

    July 13, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. MikeW_ATL

    Okay, I just finished reading an article about this "lady" that would make your skin crawl! She is a fierce bigot!! Full of anger, ignorance, intollerance and above all else, HATE! Anything this woman says should be discarded and read as more trash from a TRASHY woman! I want to vomit at the sight of her.

    July 13, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. David

    The GOP is the party that added pork (unrelated legislation) to the debt limit bill, they are the ones that are playing politics with the armed forces and seniors??

    July 13, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. king

    hey here comes baukman again with some off the wall crap. you are advocating that the federal government default on its lone, yet you dont think consequencies are going to come. what dream world are you living in baukman. if you encourage your derange lunatic tea bagging congress to default on our loan for the first time in history. you think its going to be a pizza party for the american people. this woman is soooooooooooo lunatic its unimaginable. i hope that the tea baggers knows that they are voted in to congress to govern all america and not to abide to their lunatic fringe base like baukman.

    July 13, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. seriously???

    Bachmann who is opposed to the debt ceiling increase is such an economic mastermind that we should believe her that the U.S would not default on its debt and would be able to pay everyone everything just like normal.... Sure. The fact that she is even in the running as the republican nominee shows how UTTERLY WORTHLESS the GOP is. I'd elect a high school valedictorian over her ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!!

    July 13, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. raja

    Bachmann you are the one who want to default and pretend to have paid all the bill. Your r crazy.All bills should be paid. Every thing don't forget your farm subsidies too.

    July 13, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Again, it REALLY doesn't matter what she says because she will NEVER occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    July 13, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Realistic

    Rep. Michele Bachmann is part of the problem and not the solution. She has stated she would vote against raising the debt limit and thats a dangerous game for her to play. If the military or elders who depend on S/S and other do not get paid, she and her republicans co-horts are to blame. Congress has the power to vote for the increase as they have done in the past without adding string to the vote. Rep. Michele Bachmann voted for every increase under Bush which was raised 7 times but no she wants to play chicken with the debt limit. I hope democrats stand firm and vote 'NAY" on any gimmicks that come from the GOP in the house and in the senate. If checks stops and america defaults, the GOP will be to blame but we not need to worry people. This issue will be resolved and we will not default but one thing is clear, the republicans are way to dangerous to govern and 2012 we, the people, will make our voices clear, NO to republicans.

    July 13, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Tony in Maine

    Michele – don't you think it would be a great idea to get your Tea Baggers in line and bring them to the table. They, not President Obama, are the ones who have stamped their little feet, held their breath and demanded their way without any compromise.

    I think this whole brouhaha will be the end of the Tea Baggers. The only question is, will they haul down the Republicans with them.

    July 13, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. one voice

    Do you have a solution Michele or do you EVEN HAVE A CLUE? Here's what I have to say to you: STFU you loony tune.

    July 13, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. 'merica ruined by rethugs

    The govt dole queen has spoken! How those mdeicare payments and farm subsidies treating the tea queen?
    Debt ceiling has consequences - who is playing games? The GOP is. President Obama made efforts to cut spending in exchange for closing some corporate welfare loopholes
    We'll follow her plan of paying interest only - the debt won't get larger at all with that strategy (sarcasm intended)

    July 13, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. a6102658

    Hey Michelle Bachman, do you remember yourself saying,: "Don't kill Grandma"... touche !!

    July 13, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Grant

    Things like this are ridiculous. She is using this bill to generate her own political momentum, whereas the President simply stated the facts. Additionally, his comments only reflect the necessity to raise the debt ceiling, something that members of her own party agree with. Make some sense or you'll end up like Palin...

    July 13, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. a6102658

    Hey Obama, Don't kill Grandma ! said Michelle Bachman and she still says it.
    Hey Michelle Bachman don't use Grandma, take it off the table !

    July 13, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That's a dangerous game to play," Bachmann said. "Take it off the table."
    Take what off the table you twit?
    Do you think that because you have joined the legions of unqualified Rethug rejects running for president that you have an opinion worth listening to?
    Do you also think that just because he hasn't the President is not as capable if not more than you Rethugs at saying things in such a way that the populace would stand up and take notice?
    You better wake the hell up and let the President handle this business because you are no where near qualified.
    I hear your Pray to Jesus if You are a Barbarian Gay clinic calling, go make your money, honey.

    July 13, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Robert Foraker

    Rep. Michele Bachmann has made the current focal point of her platform her refusal to vote in favor of raising the debt ceiling, Apparently she is confused..

    July 13, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. rhumba

    The answer is easy Mrs. Bachmann. Vote to raise the debt limit. You know, that thing that you said you won't do? You're the one who's trying to hold Americans hostage with your narrow-minded, misguided "convictions."

    July 13, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Grant

    And.... Maybe if we spent more time negotiating WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE DEBT CRISIS instead of trying to generate political momentum with pointless, unecessary legislation (which, it is, if they would resolve the crisis)...

    July 13, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. Vader

    "Bachmann said the president's comments were scare tactics used to push Congress into raising the debt ceiling. 'That's a dangerous game to play,' Bachmann said. 'Take it off the table.'"


    It's a page straight out of the Repugnantcan's playbook. And as usual, Ms. B failed to offer anything constructive.

    July 13, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. FM

    One thing I just find on this woman is; she is just useless. She never comes up with the solution. What she always does is: attack. attack., attack. Even the wild dog knows it; you can not attack all the times, as you must also think how you can finish those you are attacking.

    July 13, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. XWngLady

    Hate Bachmann's political views with a passion, but I have to give it to her, This is a classy, smart look. She's working it for all its worth....Fortunately, I still think Pres. Obama can beat her or Romney (no one else is even a contender) in the shallow but important 'overall look' category.

    July 13, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. Carl Bell

    The Speaker and House Members have very little respect for what Congresswoman Bachman has to offer in regards to actual governance that does not involve the bedrooms of Americans and what they are doing in the privacy of their own lives.

    July 13, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    Don't leave our seniors dangling on a line, thinking they won't get what they paid into the system, Michelle, not to mention destroying the global financial system. This imbecile wants to be the POTUS, and she still has never introduced one significant piece of legislation that has been passed into law. Its pathetic she's held in such high esteem by the GOP, when she has taken government funding for herself and her family, as well as having taken a government paycheck for years without making one significant contribution in terms of policy. She's a moral pauper.

    Can anyone find anything she's done that warrents her being in Congress, much less the White House? Spare me the bull about her " small business experience" and her bravely taking foster kids ( and the payments that come with it). She's been fleecing the system for years.

    July 13, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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