Bachmann signs 'Cut, Cap and Balance' pledge–on her terms
July 18th, 2011
05:22 PM ET
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Bachmann signs 'Cut, Cap and Balance' pledge–on her terms

(CNN)-Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann changed her mind about signing the "Cut, Cap and Balance" pledge, but made a critical addition before doing so.

Bachmann is seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for president and previously vowed that she would not sign the pledge because it didn't go far enough.

But the three-term congresswoman remedied that concern Monday when she signed onto the agreement endorsed by nine other GOP presidential candidates, and added on a condition of her own: that candidates agree to repeal and defund health care reform legislation passed over one year ago and signed into law by President Obama.

"The principles that are found in the 'Cut, Cap and Balance' pledge will put us in the right direction for fundamentally restructuring the way that Washington, D.C. is currently spending our tax dollars," she said at a press conference held in South Carolina, one of the key early primary states.

And she added the important caveat saying, "However, in signing this pledge I'm also adding an additional line. In addition to cutting spending this year-not out into the future but this year-and in addition to guaranteeing a true cap in spending that will put us on a path to balance and also enforcing a balanced budget amendment we must also add this line and that's to repeal and defund Obamacare."

Bachmann joins former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, businessman Herman Cain, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Michigan Rep. Thad McCotter and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson as the tenth member of the GOP presidential pack to sign onto the pledge. It proposes to cut federal spending in the next fiscal year by $380 billion, cap spending at 18 percent of the size of the economy within five to six years, amend the Constitution to require Congress to balance the budget every year and make it more difficult for lawmakers to raise taxes.

Filed under: 2012 • Budget • Debt • Deficit • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Seth

    No. Health care reform is absolutely necessary. Stop fighting it and accept it. It's a done deal.

    July 18, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Oregon Calling

    Now, that is a true "compassionate" christian.......

    What a tool.

    Peace 🙂

    July 18, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. roscoe

    How about cutting the medicaide scam at the clinic and the farm subsidies at home?

    Michele has scammed the government for more than 99% of Americans will ever see in social security or medicare.

    July 18, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. obandon

    She is beyond belief. If elected she would make us the laughing stock of the planet. We can't balance the budget on the backs of the middle class and the poor alone. Especially if we throw out thousands of government employees out on the street to start collecting unemployment.

    July 18, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. Henry Miller, Libertarian


    As long as Bachmann stays focused on the economy and rescuing it from the insanely spendthrift Dems, she sounds great. It's just when she starts yattering about her religion do I start to doubt...

    July 18, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Shannon

    When is this crazy woman going to stop signing pledges. She signed one last week, saying how lucky black children were to be raised under slavery. How about she pledge to support the United States of America instead of individual people and groups. This woman is beyond harmful to our country, and anyone who supports her is a flat out racist.

    July 18, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. midleclssfan

    What is it with these Republican pledges lately? What ever happened to working in the best interest of the country and the American people, period.

    July 18, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. the conservative

    We all know the only chance this country has is to stop the spending. Cut Cap and Balance will get the job done.
    Good for the Republicans they are starting to listen to the voters.

    MY only concern is that the bill does not end social spend. We all know the root of our problems in this country is


    July 18, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. William

    Hmm funny that a few of those 9 signautures are GOP candidates......sounds like a campaign op to me...

    July 18, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. maikl

    To Shannon. : You are just lair. When she say this about children. You Obama lover's ready to lie just to win. I never forgive Obama his crazy tactic- People not going to get S.S. check because GOP. So "low BLOW", that I feel shame that USA got president like that.m He suppose to assure old folks that He will move moon and earth , but they will got checks. Shame on you, ,Obama.

    July 18, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    In related news, it was also announced that Bachmann added a sentence statng that slave children do better when the nation's budget is balanced.

    July 18, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. A Repulbican

    OK, stop healthcare, stop gays, stop hispanics, stop seniors medicare, stop education, stop EPA, stop handicap reforms (remember sen. paul from kentucky said if handicaps want access they should consider working in buildings on the first floor, yes he said it), stop middle class tax cuts, stop spending/budget cuts unless it's only their way, stop...ok just say republican and you'll have a government like Iran where there's one party and one way of governing.

    July 18, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. Bill

    This woman is a joke. And so are the 10% of the GOP base that support her.

    July 18, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Me

    It seems to me that the only pledge signed and followed by Republicans is to "be narrow-minded, judgemental, critical of others, oppressive to those who disagree with us, bigoted and beyond redemption." The stupidity is just the bonus trait.

    July 18, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. Voice of Reason

    She wouldnt sign it because it wasnt crazy enough? How about she sign a pledge to go back on her meds?

    This is not the time nor place for narrow-minded ultimatums and posturing for your campaign photos. Rep Bachmann needs to pull her head out and start thinking beyond her own (frankly delusional) political aspirations.

    July 18, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    Michele Bachman is showing that she clearly understands what our current situation is and whose job it is to fix it. She is gaining momentum because she deserves it. She is making a lot of Washington politicians look like clowns.

    July 18, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Voice of Reason

    By the way – anyone here know who WROTE this pledge? This POS pledge that seems to hold more water with the GOP than the constitution? A tax-protester and delusional anti-government conspiracy theorist by the name of Grover Norquist. He also wrote Newt's failed 'Contract with America'. People, i give you your modern-day Madame DeFarge. The guywas also a money-launderer for Jack Abramoff (remember him? The lobbyist who was guilty of funnelling $Millions$ to bribe memebers of Congress?).

    I think these GOP wannabe's shoulf look a little closer at the fine print, and check the backstory a little more carefully before they start signing every pledge pushed at them like they're signing autographs or something.

    July 18, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. vryadli

    The most daring revolutionaire on thst board called himself (herself?) "Conservative". That is most symbolic.

    July 18, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. Positive

    I won't vote for anyone who has signed any pledges. If they are contractually bound to anyone other than their spouse, then they are unfit to serve.

    July 18, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. PKM

    "What is it with these Republican pledges lately? What ever happened to working in the best interest of the country and the American people, period."

    Kind of has a 1930's Germany ring to it, doesn't it?

    July 18, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. Angy

    she is so full of herself. she can say what she wants because we know we will NOT be calling her president. just another older package of sarah palin.

    July 18, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  22. Voice of Reason

    The irony here is what people call 'raising taxes' is simply removing loopholes. If exxon-Mobile is posting record profits today, and not paying any taxes on it, then this so-called 'pledge' coerces your congressperson into making that ripoff permanent.

    The American people are being violated by lobbyists and dolts like Bachmann who are (wittingly or no) in their pockets. Not so much as dinner and a movie first...

    July 18, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. Patrick from Minnesota

    That fool continues to make an embarassment of herself and my State. America need not worry. The rest of us Minnesotans hate her.

    July 18, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. Republican Robber Baron

    "Her Terms" = her political advisors told her to jump on the GOP bandwagon and give the illusion the House is actually doing real work

    July 18, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  25. common sense

    i cant believe this woman is ACTUALLY in the conversation. i wonder if all these "spending cuts" will come from their own, bloated salaries? i cant decide wether it would be good for someone like this to actually win and when things get so screwed up beyond belief, then most everyone will finally see how ridiculous the religous right is and maybe they can go away for the long term. as it stands now, whenever a republican wins for two terms, we immediately vote in a democrat because deep down, we know that the extreme rep. right are nothing but white, rich racists. i am white, by the way, educated and don't take a dime from any social service...just in case...

    July 18, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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