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. edvhou812

    Maybe instead Michelle needs to uphold a pledge she made when she was sworn into office instead.

    July 16, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Adalbert

    This bimbo has a hard time determining which way is up or down. With poor leaders like her, we are going down hill fast.

    July 16, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. rhumba

    What's wrong with the oath of office that all Congress people must take? Is it not enough to promise to fairly represent their states honestly and without expectation of personal gain? Seems to me the purpose of every one of these pledges has been personal political gain. If it's not, why's she signing this in South Carolina instead of just dropping by her office to sign it?

    July 16, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. ted

    republicans want to cut the entitlements of the small people. What about the entitlements -read subsidies – to big oil and big agribusiness, endless tax cuts and loopholes for the rich and corporations? Giving money to cash rich oil companies is wrong. paying ssi to folks who paid into the system during their worklives is ok.

    July 16, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Drogo, who bit the dust

    Maybe another ten pounds of make-up will improve her appearance...Nah!

    July 16, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    All I want for Christmas is not my two front teeth but for Republicans to vanish from the universe. Their goals today are the total destruction the country, tomorrow the world and by Monday the universe.

    July 16, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Gordon

    I just don't understand why anyone with an ounce of common sense would vote for anyone to an elected office that is there to represent the people of the United States but only represents themselves and a small percentage of idiots.

    July 16, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Jeetu

    Does Ms. Bachmann have a mortgage for her house? Is that a borrowing of money that you don't have? If so, doesn't the same rule apply to others in the country including the Federal Government? Actually, a balanced budget amendment would be detrimental to the interests of USA and the manner in which our society operates. Therefore, I would suggest to Ms. Bachmann and other republicans to abandon this idea as it would lead to disastrous results for USA as a whole. There are times that you have to borrow money to create deficit that you pay from future earnings. And in the absence of borrowing, one would have to continue to raise so that budget can be balanced.

    Also, I would like to ask the republicans to identify the services that the government provides that they would like to giveup for the masses. Keep on asking for more services while spending less and less is not rational.

    Thus, republicans' position of not raising taxes, and balancing the budget is not logical and is not possible. Hence, it is dead on arrival.

    July 16, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. George

    One thing about primaries- they sure make people stupid.

    July 16, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Those who commit to that, are really not independent enough, to vote for.

    July 16, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    if the Dems were taking and signing all these dumb pledges, FoxNews and the right wing talk shows would be having a field day on the attack. GOPers on the other hand can sign their life away to special interest groups that line their pockets with cash. Sorry state of affairs if you ask me.

    July 16, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Todd

    Michele Bachmann flip flops again.Doesn't she have a real job representing Minnesota ?
    ?

    July 16, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Jim in Dallas

    I am not an Obama fan but his general approach to solving the debt problem is correct. Our country will not be nearly as effective in improving the debt problem by cutting spending only......additional revenues must be raised from those not paying enough in relationship to their income/profit. I believe it is time to cut the tax loopholes and go to a uniform flat tax. In doing so we will see a tremendous improvement in the functioning of our country. The poor will continue to pay very little; the middle class will pay less; and, the rich will pay more but it will still be very fair. The notion that a flat tax will cause jobs to dwindle is non-sense. On the contrary, a flat tax will help create jobs because of the certainty it will bring. Let's do it, America!!

    July 16, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. Mike

    Some of you are real idiots. SS and Medicare are indeed entitlements. I am entitled to them because I've been funding them since I began my working life some 25 years ago.
    Medicaid is not an entitlement. It is a handout. Food stamps are handouts, as is welfare.
    I'm not saying these programs are not worthy but lets not mistakenly call something what it is not.
    Entitlements are things that we, by definition, are entitled to.
    You are not entitled to health insurance. You must pay for it if you want it.
    Irregardless, no single government program should be spared from cuts right now because without cuts the programs will cease to exist completely. What would you prefer: No cuts and the programs keep running along until they run out of money completely, or make necessary cuts so that the programs can continue to operate at least in some capacity?

    July 16, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. Michael Gast

    This. Woman. Is. Beneath. Notice. Yet. We. Are. Forced. To. Experience. Her. Every. Gaseous. Self-Serving. Comment. God help me.

    July 16, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. LindaPP

    OMG...where the hell did this Tea Party come from? Why weren't they created under George Bush's presidency? I'll tell you why...It's killing them that our President is black!!!! I am white and I feel this president is being tortured to death by all these lunatics. BTW, it all started with Palin...I wish they would all get in a spaceship and go to another planet. Let them screw that planet up and leave this one alone!!!!!!!!

    July 16, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. paul

    How about signing a pledge to stop lobbyists, cut subsidies to big oil, telling the truth, to stop forcing social agenda's on the public, etc. etc. etc. I have been watching politics for 50 years and this group of Republicans are the "wackyist" congressional group I have ever seen. They have moved so far to the right that I wouldn't be surprised if they pass a bill requiring every person to attend church weekly and that women must start staying home if they have kids. Scary

    July 16, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. scott

    Republican success=Middle Class Disaster

    and no CNN.....I havent posted this before,although I,ve felt this way for about 20 years

    July 16, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. cjg

    These signed pleges only amount to rule or ruin this county. If they cannot rule it they would rather it go down. Instead of signing pledges I wish the GOP would pledge to be bi-partisian and help fix what is wrong , not plege to make it worse!!
    They make me ill just listening to their stupidity!

    July 16, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Pete from St Paul

    First; pay for the damn wars. This BBA is nothing more than part of the Trojans scheme to further destroy the American government. This balance budget amendment will leave a future president no choice, but to eliminate Social Security and Medicare. The Trojans: spending billions of dollars to be elected into a government they hate, just to destroy from the inside. The name of the virus is GOP-TEA.

    July 16, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  21. Dennis Castanares, Los Angeles, CA

    Great job, CNN; ya done it again. You let Mrs. Bachmann come out with a non-story-she will after all sign the ridiculous imbecilic pledge as is instead of the absurdly ridiculous imbecilic moron pledge she proposed, and this is a groundbreaking switch, thus NEWS, and a must-read story. I'm only surprised you didn't title the story "Bachmann comment turns heads" or "Bachmann announcement raises brows"-but those tropes seem to be reserved for your daily Sarah Palin genuflections, don't they?
    CNN-keeping the podium safe for primitive Republican twaddle.

    July 16, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. Len

    I am a Democrat and always will be. But why did the GOP and TEA Party folks win in 2010? Reason: Some dems and indeprendents did not vote or changed their vote for GOP because they got caught up into the TEA PARTY lies and beliefs that we do not want a black man in the oval office. So quit complaining, if you did not vote you got what you deserve. Unfortunately, 25% of the population now controls the United States.
    Call or e-mail your represenatives and senators and tell them you want them to work together. Cut spending but also raise taxes or close tax loopholes for millionaires, billionaires and corporations Raise the debt ceiling.. STAND UP and let your voices be heard......It is now or never......Vote in 2012 and end this craziness! Get rid of the GOP and Tea Party!

    July 16, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  23. SecedingfromTexas

    Here's a couple of "tunes" she can sing, (with apologies to Patsy Cline and Sam Cooke)
    Either "I'm Crazy" or.....................................
    "Don't know much about history
    Don't know much biology,
    Don't know much about a science book,
    Don't know much about the French I took"..................she "don't know much" about anything.

    July 16, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  24. independent

    These people are dense. What do they think would be going on with the market, peoples jobs, the U.S. credit rating, and the global economy while all this is being discussed, debated, amended, voted, vetoed, etc? These people are clueless. All of you out there planning on voting for them are in serious need of brain transplants.

    July 16, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. Gary

    How is this a "reversal"? Defunding health care and cut, cap, balance are all equally insane ideas. So she signed onto a crazy idea but it took her a while because the even nuttier one wasn't on it. You know that she will still push to defund health care. I'm sorry CNN, but you keep getting the headlines wrong. How about "Bachman settles for conservative pledge" or something like that.

    July 16, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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