Bachmann changes tune on 'Cut, Cap and Balance' pledge
July 16th, 2011
02:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann changes tune on 'Cut, Cap and Balance' pledge

(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.


Filed under: 2012 • Budget • Debt • Deficit • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Vern

    OK here is the thing. What do the two big women in the republican look like with out the make-up and hair coloring. Could be a scary thing.

    July 16, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. DENNA

    Republicans call Medicare and Social Security entitlement programs because they are either blissfully ignorant of the fact that we are taxed in our pay checks, or they are trying to make points with their ignorant masters, The Tea Party. Either way, I would like the Republican party as it is cease to exist before America becomes what Russia used to be.

    July 16, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Raymond

    Flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop ... Can't trust these Tea-folks an iota.

    July 16, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. mama panda

    Gee, if a Democrat did this, he'd be called a flip-flopper.

    July 16, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Mike kerns

    I think now is the time to expose the Republican /tea party as the fascist traitors. They are.

    July 16, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Positive

    What's with all the pledges? We're seeing how damaging it can be right now when Republicans in congress are more committed to their pledge to somebody named Grover Norquist than they are to doing what's needed to serve the American people.

    As for Ms. Bachmann, please research how many of her statements to date have been easily proven to be false. I'll go by history, not silly pledges, when deciding where to cast my vote.

    July 16, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. Jayson

    I for one am fed up with Democrats who say they don't pay enough taxes. There is absolutely nothing Obama or anyone else from paying more in taxes or forgoing their tax return in order to make up for their supposed guilt about not paying enough.

    Randall if you were actually a Christian you would know that Christ never was for people being forced to be charitable through wealth confiscation.

    July 16, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Eiolgj

    The balanced budget amendment, any amendment, can take years to be enacted, or not (equal right amendment comes to mind) so wanting an amendment is either just a side show or shows a great ignorance of how our constitution works. Plus, you still have to do the work. Minnesota has that in law and they balance the books in hocus pokus fashion.

    July 16, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. A disillusioned Republican

    Michele is just one of the stupid becoming stupider. Is there any way to fix stupid?

    July 16, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Larry L

    When you allow the far right-wing to control all of your political decisions you need some sort of contract to show you understand their orders. The Koch brothers and Rupert Murdoch can't be everywhere at once and they require some sort of standardized decision-making process. When you're fighting a war against the working class you need loyal soldiers – not those capable of thinking for themselves. The right-wing is the American Taliban.

    July 16, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. CTYank

    First off "conservative" is a misnomer- that'd be someone who wants to retain the current situation.

    Michelle, and her ilk, are "reactionaries"- they want to roll things back to some prior state. Even if it's imaginary, a figment of their imaginations in their little minds. She is a dangerous demagogue. Besides an idiot.

    July 16, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. John

    All Republican Took A OATH OF OFFICE when they got elected. they even Swear this OATH on a BIBLE, All the Republican claim to be Christian , but when the sign these Pledge they are broking the OATH THEY HAVE SWEAR TO WHEN THEY ALL TOOK OFFICE. A good Christian wouldn't broke some thing the Swear On a BIBLE TO. You can't swear to a OATH and take Pledge from Special group of People too. That all Republican do Is LIE any way. Why don't you just get Michele Bachmann to pray the dept away.

    July 16, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Anthony

    Michelle Bachman is going to prove that "Popularity" and saying stupid things does not equate you should be anyone's President. Don't worry, I think many are going to have a good laugh watching this woman implode. Can you imagine her on a Presidential debate with other Republicans? They are going to laugh her out the building!

    July 16, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Belingo

    Ahh, that's clever. You take on a really radical position, then you take the edge off of it so it's only moderately radical, and then you sell it as a gesture of openness or compromise.

    July 16, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Positive

    Here's my new rule – if you've signed pledges to anyone, you will not get my vote.

    You take an oath of office to the American people. If you are already under obligation to a special interest group, you are not fit to serve.

    July 16, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. fdiaz01

    seriously. I am just shocked than some people do consider Bachmann a serious presidential candidate. Come on US, people like her are considered a joke around the world. And she is....

    July 16, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. Little Tin God

    All I can say is be careful of what you sign. Does the GOP realize that should (in five or ten years) a balanced budget amendment gets approved that it will apply to them as well as the Democrats? Or is the GOP simply too rushed to please the tea bagger bajillionaires to actually care what they say, sign or do?

    July 16, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Isn't this a case of flip-flopping?!

    July 16, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Angy

    they sign the pledges because they lie so much, they can't remember what they stand for. I still wouldn't trust them. they probably signed with disappearing ink. I guess what I want to know is how did they vote for 8 years straight to raise the debt ceiling under bush and company and we got nothing but wars out of it. yet they expect President Obama to make all of the problems go away by pulling a rabbit out of his hat. This is ridicule. Just shows what haters they are. they would rather see the American people suffer and go without then to help. Why not raise the taxes on the wealthy and the oil company. God knows we as working people pay our share. Anybody that doesn't understand that is as sick as the rest of the repug/tea baggers.

    July 16, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. a6102658

    Why is it that there is never a pledge to create job by the republicans, it is always around social issues, Abortion, Gays, etc.
    They could put all that energy in creating jobs and this country will be in a better place.

    July 16, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Dr. Wendy

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
    John Kenneth Galbraith

    July 16, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. roscoe

    Perhaps the Bachmann clinic can pray away the debt and balance the budget. A good start would be refunding the medicaide and farm subsidy money they've scammed from the government.

    July 16, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. ted

    she is an idiot and a flip flopper and she needs botox

    July 16, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. Jim in Dallas

    The Republicans must be in a corner giggling right now. They actually have pulled the wool over the eyes of many middle class Americans by getting them to accept that super rich individuals and profitable businesses should not have their tax loopholes closed so that they fairly share the tax burden in America. Wake up middle class Americans and realize that the only long term way to solve the debt problem is to cut spending while simultaneously raising revenues from those who have unfairly gotten away without paying their fair share for years!!

    July 16, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. notags

    Who would have expected Michele not to sign. She's just another tea party dingbat.

    July 16, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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