Bachmann: I don’t compromise my principles
August 14th, 2011
09:40 AM ET
3 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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Filed under: 2012 • Content Partner • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • TV-State of the Union
soundoff (425 Responses)
  1. Steve

    Her obtuse, unwavering support for tea party principles and obstinate attitude will be detrimental to the legislative process.

    August 14, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Wealth disparity

    Most people think that the top 20% of wage earners control 60% of our resources and the bottom 20% control 40% but the distribution is closer to 85/15.

    Given that information: the top 1% of wage earners averaged $.6 million a year in 1979 and in 2007 the average was $1.7 million, after tax wealth went up over 100% for this group with the bottom 80% remaining unchanged in after tax wealth.

    The average income for members of Congress is $915,00 with over 50% qualifying as millionaires. Over half have a background in law or politics, which does not leave much influence for doctors, mechanics, teachers, firemen, "normal working people who don't own stock and who are worth a lot less than $915,000....

    It is not hard to figure out that since our members of Congress fall into the top tax brackets and do not have to worry about health care or retirement, it gives them good reasons to cut programs that they do not need for themselves or their families.

    August 14, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Dave

    Sorry Michele, in a democracy like ours and a country as culturally diverse as we are the only way for government to move this nation forward is through compromise. Being ideologically crippled does this nation more harm than good. In fact, your attitude is what makes that wornout statement, "government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem" to some degree true..... I'm more optimistic than that so I don't buy it......

    August 14, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. midleclssfan

    Same on you, Iowa........

    August 14, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Ancient Texan

    The bash Palin syndrome that far left progressive libs are infected with has been expanded to include Bachmann. The thought of Good Looking intelligent conservative women being in a political office causes the malady to kick in.

    August 14, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. jackie roberts

    Bachmann was right in 2008 on the TARP. She was totally right on the fraudulent debt ceiling deal with only $21 billion in cuts vs. $900 billion in increased debt.
    At the Ames Iowa debate, Congresswoman Bachmann remained the little lady with a spine of titanium, whose unshakable principles supported her despite the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. The Demented Left blogosphere and the hostile media have done their utmost to bring her down, but to no avail. She has emerged unscathed, smiling triumphantly, seemingly frail but in fact fearless, and with an almost martial strength, by virtue of which she seems by herself a match for all her political foes–on the Right as well as on the Left.

    August 14, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. jamison

    Bachman for President is a NIGHTMARE I don't even want to imagine.

    August 14, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. bob64

    Hahahaha!!! Just love seeing how you liberals are scared to death. Perry/Bachmann 2012!!! Why are liberals so filled with hate? No facts on anything, no plans on anything. Name calling and hate is all you have.Obama is a one term president. Get over it. Thank you TEXAS!!!

    August 14, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. keith

    if nothing else other then being frightening, she adds loads of entertainment...

    August 14, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Pinkersun

    Some issues can't be compromised. For example, if you're absolutely against the death penalty, you can't compromise and say... "OK, I'll agree we can partially execute. Kill the body, but keep the brain alive." Absurd? Yes. But it goes to the heart of compromising a principle. If you're willing to make such a compromise, then it's not a principle to begin with.

    August 14, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. walt

    Oh my gosh. I can't believe she was considered the winner of the debate. If this is the best the republicans have to offer I am going to have to vote Democrat. I was hoping there would be a better option to President Obama, but if she is going to be his opposition I will definitely be voting for him for another 4 years. Oh well.

    August 14, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Onmykneesbegging

    Please don't vote for this person.

    August 14, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. Andy

    I want to ask her, if she doesnt compromise, is she going to change US into a communist country? Bringing back the Don't Ask
    Dont tell policy is a complete joke. I wonder if she really understands that policy is. She sounds pretty discriminatory to me.

    August 14, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Bobby Ray

    "I won't compromise my principles"="My way or the highway, no matter what it does to the country or the stock market.

    August 14, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. Left Coast

    Great!! Bachmann will impose her version of religion on us. She'll bring back discrimination in the military, forcing people to lie. She will deny same sex couples equal protection under the law. She will continue to hold the Federal budget hostage to the idea that taxes must be low for her biggest supporters. Yeah, she's a winner! And when she says she doesn't hear anyone who disagrees with her, sounds like she only talks to those who agree with her. That's really dangerous!

    August 14, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. AndrewCarlton

    A segment of Americans have really sunk to a new low. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, along comes Bachmann and Perry to prove you wrong.

    August 14, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Harry Baxter

    There are a lot of World leaders who "don't compromize their principles",Michelle;The Castro brothers, Robert Mugabe, Kim Il Jung, Mubarek, Assad, etc. Maybe we can find you a nice unsettled country in Asia or Africa to rule, because too many people in the USA are too smart to give you the chance to rule what is currently a great country.

    August 14, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. ahetch

    Why does she keep saying "The American people want this...." or "the American people want that...."? She doesn't speak for me or a whole lot of other people I know. It's a typical republican talking point.

    August 14, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Michelle Bachmann practices a very narrow version of Christianity that believes everyone should believe as she does. She does not understand that the first Europeans to settle here were fleeing religious persecution and that our Founders understood the need to protect religious freedom by including it in the First Amendment, along with the strict prohibition that "the government shall establish no religion."

    Our government was designed to be representative with a House and Senate, to foster cooperation and compromise in an effort to best represent the interests of all citizens. Bachmann is a typical rigid, autocratic Republican who believes in her way or the highway, with no room for differing viewpoints or opinions. (BTW, GW Bush engaged in this type of leadership, which lead to disastrous economic, military and foreign policy results.)

    Bachmann's inability to understand these simple truths about our country makes her completely unqualified to be POTUS.

    August 14, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. The Veteran

    How can you Collaborate without compromise? What she is letting all of us know, is that she will be Bush 2.0. A psuedo Republic DICTATORSHIP. That is how these folks think, which is actually NOT Christian. Freedom of will comes from God. And since he gave us the mind and the means to choose, no person (who is simply not intelligent enough to know all there is to know about any given situation) should dictate to the NATION based on HER OWN understanding and flawed THINKING.

    That is the problem with Conservative Pharisees. They want to CONTROL us based on their own morality. True Faith is about EMPOWERMENT, not CONTROL.

    You folks had better wake up. There is a reason these folks want to eliminate government. They know that government is the only thing powerful enough to prevent corporate America from turning us all into slaves. With wages going down, a person will have to work longer and harder just to make ends meet. Hence, a slave. Very little time to enjoy family and life.

    August 14, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. truth2power

    Once upon a time, in a USA long, long ago there was a Republican party that was actually conservative.
    Sadly, todays Republican party is filled with ultra-extremists who are simply not capable of the kind of rational, grounded thinking that our nation so desperately needs.

    August 14, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. Bozzz

    see the recent rolling stone article on her. Very interesting.

    August 14, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. Indy

    If you can't compromise you can never be POTUS, it is that simple, without compromise there is no America.And yes you even have to compromise on your core values, because they are not the same as everyone else's in the country and you cannot run a country on your own ideals alone.

    August 14, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Annie, Atlanta

    Not exactly what I would call presidential material then. Compromise is the first thing a politician needs to learn. We're not seeing a whole lot of that these days. It's more like hostage taking demands and capitulation. Wonderful. And how does a woman who held an anti-government rally on the steps of the Capitol Building in DC think that she is even remotely eligible to be our president? Delusional is more like it. Kind of like Perry and his secession speak.

    August 14, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Katy

    We do not need a President who will not compromise. She still thinks we should not have raised the debt ceiling. She is an incompetent fool. I'm betting that she will not be the GOP nominee.

    August 14, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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