Bachmann: I don’t compromise my principles
August 14th, 2011
09:40 AM ET
7 years ago

Bachmann: I don’t compromise my principles

(CNN) – Fresh off a win at the Iowa straw poll, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann stood by her principles Sunday, saying in an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” that she won’t compromise her values on “big issues.”

Facing criticism that tea party members resisted compromise to reach an agreement on the debt ceiling, the Republican presidential candidate was asked to identify legislation that represented a compromise between herself and lawmakers of an opposing or alternate view. “I stand on a core set of principles but you want to continue to move in a positive direction,” Bachmann told Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. “I’ve done that throughout my legislative career.”

“On big issues, I don’t compromise my core sets of principles.”

And in her experience, the public doesn’t favor a compromise between spending cuts and raising revenue through tax increases as a method of battling the deficit.

“I haven’t gone one place in Iowa or South Carolina or New Hampshire where anyone said, ‘Please raise my taxes,’” she argued. “Never happened.”

“People are not saying yes, raise the debt ceiling, we want you to borrow more money - it doesn’t happen…people are very upset and nervous about where the economy’s at right now.”

And for Bachmann, a win at the straw poll in Ames, a contest that measures candidate strength and organization in Iowa, also communicated a bigger message.

“People sent a message to President Obama. They said, ‘We are done with your policies, we want something very different.’”

Bachmann believes that the 2012 election will be an “economic selection,” in which she will fare well because “people want to know who can turn the country around.”

“People want job creation,” she stated. “They want the economy to turn around and [they want to] work. I have that background.”

And if she reaches the White House, Bachmann said she would revisit the policy that prevented gay service members from openly serving in the military known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

“The ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy has worked very well,” she said. “I would be in consultation with our commanders but yes, I probably will [reinstate the policy].”

Though she hasn’t yet decided whether to end the gas tax when it expires in September, Bachmann did say that on the matter of gay marriage she thought it imperative that judges refrain from “legislating from the bench.”

“I think it’s more important that people have a right to weigh in on the laws that they choose to live under,” she asserted. “That was the problem here in Iowa.”

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soundoff (425 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Hmmmm – I don't compromise on MY values either.



    August 14, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. Shannon

    She has no values, and anyone who votes for her doesn't either. She signed a pledge demeaning gays, and in that same pledge, there was a statement that said slavery was a good thing for young black children, is this really the kind of woman we want to be President. Come on America, have we really sunk so low.

    August 14, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Mountaineer

    Michelle doesn' compromise stupidity either!

    August 14, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. Mountaineer

    Michelle Bachmann doesn't compromise stupidity either!

    August 14, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. sara

    Appalling! " As President of the United States, I will not compromise on big issues." Urging the Tea Party, a small group to NOT raise the Debt Ceiling even when warned by the rating agencies that the AAA+ rating of the United States will be downgraded? Self Promotion and selfish. And here goes our country with these people.

    August 14, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  6. Jose D. Manzanares De Silva

    We all know that Bush was not a very smart President, but this lady takes the cake. How can she promised in front of a World audience that she is going to solve the problem in 90 days with her majic stick I guess she is borrwing from Harry Poter. You need to ask these Republicans what are they going to kill to balance the budget without increases in revenues. Let them stew in their own soup, and force them off their abstract reasoning Ask them straight questions, for example, are they willing to close the San Diego Naval Station and throw about 150 thousand people out of work; are they willing to raise Medicare Part B payments from 90 or so to 180 or 280 dollars in order to solve the Medicares cost deficit; or are they willing to eliminate SSI to save about 20 or 50 billion dollars and throw all of those people to the wolfs; and finally which US Department other than EPA and OSHA they want to close first, Interior, Treasury, Education. Stop talking about reductions without putting a face to it. She alrady cost us a point or so on interest due to the budget fight, and a tax by any other name is still a tax.

    August 14, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. sara

    ....oh, BTW, what's up with those fake "french" figure nails? This isn't presidential material, this is Crazy on Steroids

    August 14, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. thesewist

    I lived in Iowa, and this doesn't surprise me one bit. How you could vote for her when she wants to end Medicaid, but her husband's business took in $134,000 in payments from Medicaid last year?? Or farm subsidies – totally against them, but she gets them and I'm sure that "welfare" package from the Feds paid for a lot of her designer clothes. Worse yet, she wanted the U.S. to default. Go to Iowa, and it won't take long for you to not be surprised either.

    August 14, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Name king

    Do americans really need an ideological person running this country, who has no concept of what is needed to make this country great. Bauchman keep dangling all that we got we got down graded because of our debt. Even though the credit agency which down graded our credit keep telling us, they did it because their was tea party members who were willing to take the country down such as as baukman, and that was why they've down graded our credit. When will this woman get into the reality world and understand what's going on, and not what she and her followers perceive in their fantasy world.

    August 14, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. jim4035az

    Bachmann? Please, say it isn't so. The woman reinvents her history at every telling, cannot tell the difference between a movie star and a serial killer, has the vocabulary of a grade school dropout . . . and the GOP in Iowa thinks she should be a contender? As a registered Republican, it makes me certain that I'd have to vote for Obama.

    August 14, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. nintex

    Michele Bachmann needs to get of her little cocoon of like-minded conservatives and into the real world. What an eye-opener it would be for her to see that most of the rest of the country doesn't feel the way she does about most social issues.

    And thank you, CNN, for not running a Palin story today. I see the "I'm not stealing the spotlight" video is gone; thank you. How refreshing to imagine her getting off the bus and finding no cameras and microphones in her face!

    August 14, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Green

    the scary part is people voted for this nutjob

    August 14, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. Jess C.

    Not all Americans are behind "your principles" foolish loonie, so to represent this country as a whole, compromise is one of the skills a President needs. Without it you can see what Congress has done recently and that is not what this country wants or needs, unless you are in the 10% who thinks that's ok. Bachman, you are history.

    August 14, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Billy

    She doesn't compromise, period.

    August 14, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. JennyTX

    She would reinstate Don't Ask Don't Tell even though something like 75% of Americans believe gays should be allowed to serve openly in the military? Sounds like she doesn't care what the American people want.

    August 14, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. Cat

    I If you can not compromise then you have no business being President. You need to understand, its not your way or the highway in this world. Compromise is what makes people great.

    August 14, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. Hetty

    Michele, if you don't compromise, you don't understand how a democracy works. But then we knew that already, didn't we?

    August 14, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Hooper

    Not ever goin be the prez...she is f in nuts. No compromise? She is the the biggest hater of all.

    August 14, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. Bessy

    Right there is a good enough reason not to vote for her. If she can't compromise how in the world would she be able to deal with the country, not to mention the world. I agree with " Shannon ". This is not somebody this country should even be considering for president.

    August 14, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. Tari Torch Sweeney - Shaker Heights, OH

    And, therein lies the problem with all of them. It's not about "compromising your values" but, rather, learning to find common ground on everyone's values. There is something human that connects us all. Find it.

    August 14, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. Marie MD

    Thanks for reminding us that you don't vote for the regular joe either! She doesn't have answers it's just what the President has done or not done. Do not raise taxes for the rich.
    Your ob creation means taking the tax rate for corporations even lower and no extension for unemployment benefits.
    STFU and listen to what David is asking you about your vote against raising the debt ceiling. She is blaming the people of this country on her vote!! She is just another angle crazy witch!

    August 14, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. SixDegrees

    A refusal to compromise is precisely what's wrong with the nation's politics at the moment. And when proclaimed by a religious zealot who believes in using the power of government to impose their doctrines on all citizens, it is downright chilling.

    August 14, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Stephen in VA

    "I haven’t gone one place in Iowa or South Carolina or New Hampshire where anyone said, Please raise my taxes,' she argued." – Of course she hasn't. Everybody who goes to her little cheerleading rallies is already her disciple. Hitler probably never had anyone at his rallies saying, "You know, these Jews are OK people," either. She could listen to the poll results, but since they oppose her way of thinking, they're obviously wrong, eh?

    August 14, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. vic , nashville ,tn

    Another 48 hrs she will be media darling (she dominate Sunday show) we know that so her views her win doesn’t impact us

    August 14, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. stayintrue

    Bachmann has a point. IF you do some research on the deterioration of the black family, you will find that black families were stronger units not only during slavery, (if they managed to stay together as a unit) but also before the eugenics of Sanger, (who introduced abortion clinics in black areas) and before welfare. When men were given a pass (and not only men of color) for the responsibility of taking care of their offspring, by a government who would take care of them instead, they walked. Sad but true. Do some research. This is not a condemnation of people of any color, just the facts.

    August 14, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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