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. Jay

    Republicans never roll back social programs like Medicare because they don't have the guts to.

    All the do, when elected, is make enough of a fiscal mess to force Democrats to make cuts (or tax raises) when voters inevitably decide that Republicans should no longer be governing. It's a joke. Republicans don't care one bit about fiscal sanity, patriotism, securing the country, or anything other than politics. Too bad rural voters are too naive to catch on.

    July 16, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. JohnRJohnson

    The Balanced Budget Amendment they're talking about would be a catastrophe to our economy. They're operating on 100% pure ideology and 0% brains.

    July 16, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. JohnRJohnson

    Bachmann's husband, Marcus Bachmann, is gay and Michele Bachmann is a homophobe. Says it all.

    July 16, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. Bill Marting

    Wow...I can't believe the GOP can be this clueless. This woman is a frontrunner? Obama is going to win in a landslide in '12, even if the economy tanks again

    July 16, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  5. edpeters

    And to the "Journalist?" who claimed that Bachmann wasn't dumb: Told you so!

    July 16, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. texan

    Look up fascism----– then think about the Republicans` attitude and tolerance.

    July 16, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  7. Betty

    Great just what we need now a Sarah Palin wanna be!
    Why do the republicans want to give tax benefits to BIG OIL and not send Grandma her social security check in August???
    Are all Republicans stupid greedy people who are corrupt???
    We need another Ronald Regan no more Republican Talking Barbi Dolls with no brains!!!!

    July 16, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. Sal

    It all boils down to is that anyone who votes for a republican is a fool, and is voting against themselves and their best interests. 

    July 16, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. AKknight

    A LOUD message was sent in the mid-term elections. Americans wanted change.....and did not get the change they wanted in the last Presidential election, as promised. The next election may be different....if we get that far. When the crisis hits in fukll force, most will not be able to get to poling sites to vote. People ignore the fact that most of the taxes actually paid in this country are paid by a minority of the people...numbers wise. To raise taxes.....on EVERBODY.....is what is called fair. This is the income Re-Distribution......they spoke of before........back when change was promised. Now...it is too late and......he then goes and has a meeting with the Dali Lama......further infuriating our biggest creditor.....the Chinese........more....bad politics. And yet....those here...wish to focus on a woman.....not elected yet? Once again....the cart is in FRONT of the horse.

    July 16, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. Kyler Spruill

    I get the chills every time I hear this woman speak!! She scares me!!!

    July 16, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. The Obama Recession Continues Unabated, Obama Depression on the way

    We've had the dotcom bubble burst and thrww us into a recession. We had the real estate bublbe burst and threw us into a recession. When the government bubble bursts from over spending and huge debt, we'll be thrown into far worse than a recession. Obama and the Democrats seem to have no problem with this. I wonder why?

    Do they honest think the small amounts saved on "tax loopholes" and a 4% increase in tax rates on the "rich" are going to balance the budget? They obviously will not but they make good class warfare sound bites. Greedy corporations, greedy rich people, it's all THEIR fault! Let's get the pitch forks and torches and get them! Well guess what you have when you end up with no rich people and no corporations? It is called the Soviet Union! This seems to be what the Democrats want for this country.

    July 16, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  12. Preacherguy

    Sounds like flip-flopping to me. Also doesn't sound like she (or any of the others) has read the LARGE PART of both the Old and New Testaments that deal with the need to treat the poor and oppressed well or suffer the consequences. Agreed that change needs to happen, but EVERYONE needs to step up and do their share. Expecting the poor and the shrinking Middle Class to bear most (or all) of the burden is just plain wrong. Stop endorsing selfish pledges and get down to what is best for WE THE PEOPLE – the whole country!!

    July 16, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  13. ngc1300

    When things reach the tipping point, when the mass of Americans realize that they have lost nearly everything to the Republicans (and many Democrats) and their corporate masters, when they realize they have little left to lose and much to gain, things will end as they always have-blood in the streets.

    July 16, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  14. Mindie in Indie

    and let the flip flopping start

    July 16, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  15. carly

    Please let Bachmann win the Repub nomination. Please. Obama will then win by a landslide and hopefully she and the tea party will fade into a distant memory.

    July 16, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. Pay Attention Kingdom of Oz

    GROVER NORQUIST: author of the pledge. Interesting how his name isn't mentioned, just like Karl Rove and other puppet masters who run the Republican Party behind the scenes. They use Fox News, the Evangelicals and Tea Party on the front lines to rile up, manipulate and indoctrinate because they know the Emerald Kingdom wouldn't follow the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain.

    July 16, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. Len Smith

    WTF are all these pledges that the so called Republicans are signing. Who is this God that is making them sign them. Don't they take an oath of office? That should be the pledge they govern by. Are they all just a bunch of children that hold their breath and kick their feet until they get there way? THAT IS NOT HOW GOVERNMENT WORKS, IN A DEMOCRACY THERE IS COMPROMISE. Grow up kids.

    July 16, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Norquist is the ascending God of the Republican party and they answer to him only, not to the citizens who voted them in office.n Your vote only counts when they need it, but it doesn't count to represent you. Wakeup people, you've been had by the Rich of the Republican Party so don't expect to see your share.

    July 16, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  19. Billy Davis

    She was against before she was for it. What a flip flopper. The GOP has no original thinkers.

    July 16, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  20. Ted

    These Republicans took an oath to Uphold the Constitution, but instead they take an oath to destroy the middle class and discard the poor. They just wrote their own epitaph.

    July 16, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  21. Wildone

    Michele Bachmann came on the national political scene from out of nowhere. I hope and pray that she returns there soon. Her 15 minutes are over.

    July 16, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  22. denise

    are we paying attention now? there is no middle class we are the working poor now. thanks to the republican party. but if the rest of us working poor sit at home and don"t vote. then people like her will get in. look how many got in in 2010

    July 16, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. Jack

    With additional information and the desire attract a larger voting block all candidates have to modify their positions.

    Joe Q. Public refuses to understand this and some politician try and maintain unrealistic positions. This does not surprise me, it shouldn't surprise Joe Q Public.

    July 16, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. MrManhattan

    So what does Bachmann think about her fellow Republican Dave Vitter forcing the hand of the SEC/SIPC to cover the losses of a FOREIGN offshore bank in Antigua? Why are we bailing out Antigua, Michelle? Please ask Dave.

    July 16, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  25. Diane

    You can't have a balanced budget amendment. Every state that has a balanced budget amendment is in worse financial trouble than the rest. Since there is no way to predict how much money a country or state will bring in, there is no way to budget properly and then things like education, children's services and veteran's aid get slashed – the oil companies still get their money, but our kids and veterans get short-shrift. Typical of republicans.

    July 16, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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