(CNN) – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has come around to the conservative "Cut, Cap and Balance" pledge and will sign it on Monday in the key early primary state of South Carolina.
Bachmann's campaign revealed the decision Saturday in an e-mail announcing a two-day trip to South Carolina next week.
She will join most of the other Republican presidential hopefuls, including frontrunner Mitt Romney, who have signed the pledge to dramatically slash government spending and pass a federal balanced budget amendment before agreeing to any hike in the debt ceiling.
Bachmann is among the staunchest conservatives in the Republican field, but she had previously refused to sign the pledge, saying it was too timid.
Instead, she wanted it to include a promise to defund President Obama's health care law as well. That no longer appears to be the case.
what the heck is with the Republicans and all these so called pledges? Why didn't they take a pledge when they took over the House to work on getting jobs for the economy? The only pledge they should be taking is the oath of office if one of them wins the White House, which I personally hopes dosen't happen for quite some time.
Is there a Republican anywhere in this field who has a brain? Why do they want to balance the budget on the backs of the middle class, who are struggling to remain middle class, and the poor who are just struggling to remain alive. Why haven't these Republicans created those 'jobs, jobs, jobs' they promised. After all, the rich still have their Bush tax breaks, courtesy of President Obama. Where are the jobs? Thanks, Tea Party, for your help in bringing down America. Heck, who wants to live in a Christian democracy anyway, right?
Bachmann must have received marching orders from the Tea Party.
Sad affair . . . A lot of painters trapped in political corners. The only way out is to walk across the wet floor.
"Actual details remain murky, and reports and accounts contradict her public statements. Bachmann has repeatedly said she took in a total of 23 foster children. But a 2001 story in The Minnesota Lawyer put the number of children at 20. A recent article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune quotes Bachmann as saying she raised as many as four foster children at one time. But Minnesota officials say she was only contracted to house three at a time.
And according to the head of the private company that licensed her as a foster parent, Bachmann never even hit that limit. "I would say there weren't any more than two kids at a time," said George Hendrickson, the CEO of the Professional Association of Treatment Homes (PATH).
Because Bachmann went through PATH, she did not work with state agencies at all. The Minnesota Department of Human Services says that Bachmann was licensed on Aug. 7, 1992. According to Hendrickson, the last foster child was placed in her home in 1998. The license was closed out in 2000, Hendrickson said.
Any records documenting foster placements have since been destroyed; records are kept for seven years before they are thrown out.
When asked to release her foster parent records, Bachmann's campaign was non-committal. "You're assuming she still has the records," campaign spokesperson Alice Stewart told HuffPost on Friday. "I will check." (Stewart has yet to provide further information; this article will be updated if she does.)"
Oh yeah – sounds very suspicious to me too.
Why is this a surprise? Say and do ANYTHING to win votes
Republicans are saying cut Entitlements programs like Medicare, social security
Ok Medicare, social security come under Entitlements programs if it true why its show in paychecks under FICA Med and SS deduction
If we are paying SS and Med why they are calling Entitlements programs and why they want to cut
Aren't Republicans aware that they are supposed to pledge to serve America, not their special interest groups or powerful buddies. This woman isn't fit to be President, anyone who signs a pledge saying slavery was a good thing for black children, isn't fit to serve this nation. Shame on anyone who supports her.
The Republicans are boxing themselves into a corner. They can please their far right base and the Tea Party and honour the pledge or they can do what the majority of the country now is favouring and support a bill that contains both spending cuts and increased revenue. They can't do both so they have to decide on the lesser of two evils. Do they anger their far right base or turn off moderates and Independents who will be crucial in the 2012 elections? It seems like the promises they made during the 2010 elections are coming back to bite them.
Yes, Michelle, join the ranks of the shallow-minded pledge-signers. We knew, in our hearts, you were one of THEM.
This woman has a husband that runs a "Qwack" Fraudulent Clinic,Calling the Americas Gay Community "Barbarians"! If a voter votes in a Barbarian "Freakazoid" like Michelle, " They should go to Bachmann Clinic "To see if God can "Cure their absolute "Braindead" Chaotic Exsistance???? Leave sane Americans alone?? No health care for your kids,"What a Joke,and insensitive Moron!!!
This is very simple – if you're in debt you need to generate revenue to pay it off. Spending cuts must be made COMBINED with increased taxes. America is being held hostage by a gaggle of far-right lunatics.
C'mon Michele, what sacrifices are you calling the corporations and filthy rich to make along with the rest of us? What? You aren't asking them to sacrifice as well? What a surprise, that makes you just another corrupt GOBPbaggin' corporatism cult member. A vote for you is a vote for the enslavement of the poor and middle class.
Too bad others can't be a strong as Bachmann, but she's intelligent and knows when to take what you can get. Smart woman. She's got my vote.
Why would we elect followers to lead us?
Naturally... *something isn't going my way.. I better change my position so that it all fits.*
She is also saying no repeal of tax loopholes for the top 5% that earn (?) 40% of the income. Just another nut case conservative bimbo who never learned Econ.#101 which says, "When you are in debt you cut spending, but increase income. " Republicans are all animals! She will do anything and say anything she is told to and to get elected. thanks for putting our country in jeopardy. She needs a straight jacket!
Even though Ms. Bachmann terminated her membership in the Salem Lutheran Church when she launched her presidential bid (which seems to be enough for the Catholic League to support her – don't ask me why), if you look under parish services on their website, you'll still she her husband's counseling service being promoted.
How about the ultra conservatives move out to "no-man's-land" where they will be entirely without any federal money from roads to schools to food safety. They want small government, how about no government. The lawless old West is what they used to call it, now it's called the Tea-Party and staunch conservatives.
Why us a major political party taking marching orders from a non elected entity? Reeks of a monarchy.
The GOP Pledge of Allegiance:
"I pledge allegiance, not to the flag, but to the un-elected Grover Norquist.
And to the Republic, whose back we stab:
Under the guise of God
With Zealotry and Hypocrisy for all
let's be sure we change course before the ship is underway. just more proof she cannot be trusted anymore than anyone else. go home, we don;t need another liar.
Good idea now see if you can get term limits and any law/bill passed would include all elected officials, union, states, and appointed people in the government too.
You have my vote and no more bail outs that should have never happened except where you have a person in office now that only konows the word I never we.
Don't leave the voters and taxpayers out in the cold.
Please, feel free to stop my disability from ss.