Bachmann changes tune on 'Cut, Cap and Balance' pledge
July 16th, 2011
02:30 PM ET
7 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. B

    She is a lot like McCain, changes rhetoric depending on who is standing in front of her at the moment.

    Another Tea-brain Hack..

    July 16, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. GSW Minnesota

    In my almost 40 years of voting, I have often split tickets and voted for those who seemed intelligent and willing to work for common sense solutions to problems at either the state or national level. With the current ignorant, myopic buffoons leading the Teapers and the Repubs, I am now writing and signing my own pledge: I will NEVER give that party another vote EVER!

    July 16, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    Go, go, Michelle! You are a wonderful gift to the Democrats. You will be SO EASY for Obama to beat!
    Obama/Biden 2012!

    July 16, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. steven harnack

    Along with her foster children gross exaggeration she always crows about her experience as a tax attorney. I assumed, because she gives that impression, that she advised people on the legalities of their tax situations. Well, lo and behold, her tax attorney experience was as a hitman for the IRS, threatening people with court action for owed taxes! Why this isn't common knowledge is anyone's guess but it just points to more misdirection by Ms. Champion Of The People(NOT)!

    July 16, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. JonDie

    Not yet another "contract" on Americans like the one in 1994?

    July 16, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. kd

    I remember in the 80s, Newt Gingrich was a laughable fool and everybody blew him off as a nut. He was, and he proved that. He also proved how dangerous having an ambitious, ideological nut being a player can be. Palin spooked me a little, only because she came out of nowhere so fast and I thought she might get in power before people realized how empty she was, both in brains and ethics. Bachmann has been a laugher from the get-go. I assume she'll blow out fast like Palin because she is just such a dim bulb on all things and talks before she ever thinks, which I'm not sure she's any more capable of doing that Palin is. But the danger is she could slip in like Gingrich and be another ideological nut who the weaker Republicans (which is basically all of them) will fall in line behind like the lemmings they are.

    The Dems are no different, of course. They just don't have the nut in the game at the moment. Kucinich was the closest that I can think of. Most nutty Dems are pretty much ignored by the party. Funny how the nuttier the Republican, the more the base salivates over him/her.

    July 16, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. geckopelli

    Who's your friend there?
    "Oh, they're not with t e a– re, ah, I mean, me."

    July 16, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. rick heartland

    I read some of these posts and I'm not sure which shines through more: lack of intelligence, laziness or blind trust in people who are out to enslave you. If you want to teach you kids to manage their money you don't keep giving them more money every time they blow through their budget. You teach them to live within their means. We have a long line of politicians who have bought votes by promising anything without considering the consequences. Stupid, greedy, lazy people take the candy and then complain when they don't have a job or get paid 1/3 of what they earned 20 years ago.

    As a small business owner I can tell you that the liberal way is destroying this country. Regulations, while conceived in good conscience are destroying our ability to do business competitively. A small reptile can destroy a whole area of this country because a few tree huggers refuse to accept the march of civilization and relocate them. Making people dependent on the govt for everything possible has made us a country (civilization) of dependents instead of the go getters of 50 years ago. Get off you butt, go do everything you can do to better your own life and stop electing people who would destroy this country in order to line their own pockets and those of their supporters.

    By the way, stop looking for the slightest little splinter in the eye of courageous women like Bachman and Palin. Instead look at the log of lies and deceit in the eyes of evil people like Obama, Pelosi & Reed. Forget their awful policies for a second. I have never seen a collective group of liars more outrageous than the bunch we voted in to run this country. Disgusting...

    July 16, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. Republican Hater 1

    I totally agree with you Mike Kerns

    July 16, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    who the heck are these people that keep signing pledges and wanting to take America to places many of us don't want to go. Unless you're white, wealthy, straight and never had an abortion you'll have NO place in the America they want to have.

    July 16, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. Dorothy Marusak

    Why is it always called "Obama's healthcare bill", or "Obamacare"? He did not write this legislation, or pass it thru the House or Senate. He signed it. If people don't like it and want to lay blame, take it up with your Congressman

    July 16, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  12. LouAz

    It is hard to "reverse" directions when wandering aimlessly, but Frau Bachmann is trying to do it.

    July 16, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. Charlie in Maine

    There you go undo the ony thing that made you loo smarter than Palin and the rest of the idiots.

    July 16, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. time to end GOPorate greed.

    Yes, the right wing fascists are in full swing, back and forth. Must be hard to walk the tight rope of insanity.

    July 16, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. fernace

    Canuck is right, we're held hostage by the far-right who want to privatize all our necessities, that we pay taxes for on every pay check! Then they want to take that $ & hand it to the mega rich, in the form of tax breaks. Too many state gov'ts, including the federal gov't are wrangling with Republicans who refuse to give an inch, all to the average working peoples detriment! Sadly the Democrats aren't fighting harder for our rights, here! It seems we're on our own & we've been abandoned by the very people we voted in office, because they claimed to have our interests at heart! I hope enough Americans remember that, when it's time to vote again!!

    July 16, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. CedarRapids

    So many republicans signing plegdes to do what special interest groups want them to do, so much for actually representing ALL the people.
    Bought and sold, by any other name.

    July 16, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. Toad

    Another flip flopper!

    July 16, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. Toad

    Military veterans hate her after she proposed to cut VA benefits last January!

    July 16, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. Dreamer96

    Yes cut all farm subsidies, university grants, money to states. counties, and cities, oil companies, medicare for wealthy, ss for wealthy, and start taxing churches.

    July 16, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. Aaron

    Put a pledge in front of her to convert gays to straight, complain about Medicaid then take Medicaid payments, and to mangle U.S. history. She'd sign that bad boy in a minute!

    July 16, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  21. Shannon


    Bachmann 2012!!!!!!

    Hey Lindsey, does it feel great to support a racist. I'm assuming you are one too, otherwise why get so excited about a woman running for President who signed a pledge that said slavery is a good thing. No more hiding under white sheets for you, you can proclaim your hatred of minorities and gays to everyone, Michele does, and you support her.

    July 16, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. Sebastian

    Yet another pledge. More gimmicks. More slogans from the GOP. Do your job.

    July 16, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. RCM

    I still hope she is the Republicans pick to run for president.

    July 16, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. A Real Patriot

    Signing pledges is obvious cowardice.

    July 16, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  25. Jeffer65

    The Republicans will sign all these pledges, then if elected do whatever they like anyway. If a Republican become Prez in 2012, I am positive the USA will go to war with Iran. It's possible under Obama as well, but not as certain.

    July 16, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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