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. One L in Michele

    That's right, Michele with one L doesn't compromise when it comes to her ignorant, demagogic, xenophobic rhetoric.

    August 15, 2011 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  2. Mark

    Does Michelle know that another person who didn't compromise was Hitler?

    Seriously, the fact that people actually voted for her thinking she should be the President of ANYTHING is downright scary and shows how uneducated and misinformed the whole right wing base is. As we all know, the biggest threat to a Republican candidate is an informed voter.

    August 15, 2011 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  3. Paul

    “People sent a message to President Obama. They said, ‘We are done with your policies, we want something very different.’”
    No, 17,000 republicans in Iowa is not the "people sending a message." This lady is delusional. She also doesn't have a prayer.

    August 15, 2011 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  4. frank

    This is Palin's twin, stupid sister. What rock did these idiots crawl out from under. Read what Standard & Poors said about the downgrade. Oh, I forgot these two fools can't read.

    August 15, 2011 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  5. annieLD

    Nobody asked her to increase their taxes. Duh. Nobody asked her to lay them off their jobs, deny them health insurance, gut their Social Security and Medicae benefits, or send their sons, daughters and husbands to die in Iraq and Afghanistan either.

    August 15, 2011 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  6. jesse

    Someone clearly doesn't understand why we have the two party system and checks and balances. No one political entity was ever supposed to have control of the government laws were supposed to be made on compramise so as not to alienate large sections of the population and thustly causeing damage.

    August 15, 2011 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  7. Turdthrower

    What a loser. Finding common ground is the thread of America. Guess that makes her anti-American.

    August 15, 2011 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  8. annieLD

    So her "principle" on the debt ceiling issue is "I will never keep my financial commitments and honor contracts I enter." That's a great principle for a future president, huh.

    August 15, 2011 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  9. Elex

    i will vote for her if she is in my state. teapartiers are way better than those filthy democrat and repuglicans. at least she got principle, unlike the previously mentioned above.

    August 15, 2011 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  10. Peter Q Wolfe

    As a future paying middle class american, I wouldn't vote on anybody eliminating ssi for the disabled. Other legally blind people are 70% unemployed and don't have a chance especially with this tremendous down ward spiral of an economy. I will remember this if the campaign sites mention anything what so eer of down grading my people that is for sure. The fact is that our deficit isn't cause of the disabled rather the out of control doubling of the health care costs in this country and lending to minorities who couldn't pay for their morgages and also lack of regulation oversight over financial tools cause of the repeal of Glasteagle. So, blaming the defenseless will be remembered when I live in Massachusetts to kick Scott Brown's ass out of office with Elizabeth Warren!

    August 15, 2011 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  11. mike from iowa

    Crazy, deranged, like all the GOP.

    August 15, 2011 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  12. Bobby

    Michelle Bachman will not win the presidency she makes no sense what so ever.

    August 15, 2011 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  13. GoldenGate

    Blah, blah. Same old stuff. Cut the deficit, don't raise taxes, and create jobs. How do you do that, pray tell? Normally you have to cut taxes (increase the deficit) or raise spending (increase the deficit or raise taxes). You might be able to redistribute taxes or spending a bit, someone is going to see a raise in taxes and someone is going to lose a job. How STUPID do these people think we are? Let's have some specifics on this magic formula you promise!

    August 15, 2011 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  14. Palin Power

    Bachmann and Palin never compromise or deviate on their principles. They demonstrate the superiority of white conservative women over all men of this world. Palin and Bachmann have the highest and most supreme and absolute morals, values, ethics, integrity and principles over all beings and never once compromised or deviated from them. This country will be saved when Palin becomes our next and greatest President and Bachmann will be Palin's successor. Both will serve 2 terms as our greatest presidents. We will have an eternal line of white conservative GOP Madam Presidents and Vice-Presidents. Men, minorities and liberals will never be President and Vice-President again.

    August 15, 2011 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  15. kyle

    She's clueless, sometimes you have to give a little to get a little!

    August 15, 2011 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  16. iggie75

    Here's what irritates the living crap out of me, when she speaks, not counting her horribly whiny voice. Two things: One, she loves to say that "Americans overwhelmingly didn't want the debt ceiling raised"........uh, yeah, after the riled them all UP into thinking that was the best course. Most of them hadn't a clue what it really meant. Even days after the debt ceiling deal was reached, I still was seeing people that thought it was about future spending! and 2) she lovessss to say "People don't want taxes raised". Wrong! They want YOUR taxes raised, the taxes on those making a sh^tload of money! All the republicans use this talking point, to imply that Dems want to raise the taxes on the middle class and the poor, when overwhelmingly, the polls show that 75% or so (I forget the exact number) want taxes raised on the rich and loopholes closed. It infuriates me that she's allowed to twist things, and lie, and I'm sad that people believe that crap. You cannot trust ONE thing that comes out of her mouth.

    August 15, 2011 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  17. dm

    Bachmann: I don’t compromise my principles.
    Uuuhmm, who said that before?........... Oh yeah the Nazis. Republicans, please give all your money to this lady, who will not support the general election candidate. That way you guys could be all broke.

    August 15, 2011 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  18. rab

    no compromise? are u running for president or dictator?

    August 15, 2011 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  19. Crazy

    She wants to run a country with a two party system and not compromise...good luck lady.

    August 15, 2011 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  20. buckup

    Being near perfect, with a hint of perfection, why compromise or change anything?

    Most fascists can claim that. Hitler kept his principles.

    So what is the news?

    August 15, 2011 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  21. ebbtide

    I just watched her interview on TV. She's sounds like the dumber of the dumb Sarah Palin.

    August 15, 2011 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  22. Mark

    So let's see, one of the many things she opposes is attempts to prevent company's from polluting the air, and water. Says its good for business and promotes jobs.

    Take a walk lady...go somewhere else and promote the destruction of the planet.

    August 15, 2011 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  23. sky

    Michelle Bachmann on meet the press she just lie, lie, lie as a INDEPENDENT voter, we are the people who see the truth, that the Republicans are not willing to bargin or raise taxes on Million Airs and Billion Airs to get the economy working. Getting 98% of what they wanted, and have not created any JOBS! yet, But what the Republicans-Tea Party have caused S&P to down grade our country credit for the frist time in our nations history. Independents who are self-reliance not committed to a political party will take the stand again, Since the 1st day in office the Republicans main goal was to get Obama out of office instead of giving a hand with the wrost economy our country has ever seen. The Party of no, did 1 thing right to show the American people their willing to strip us of everything we have worked for. INDEPENDENT 4 Life

    August 15, 2011 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  24. Let it burn

    We need to let America crash and burn! Bachmann 2012! GOP GOP GOP GOP

    August 15, 2011 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  25. Dave

    Republicans don't compromise, they blame. President Obama has to deal with the enemy within on a daily basis as the likes of Bachmann sell this country down the river with no compromise.

    August 15, 2011 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
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