Bachmann: I don’t compromise my principles
August 14th, 2011
09:40 AM ET
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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. willard

    I don't understand why people make bad word rude to bachman also why abama was banned his word mouth rude to sarah palin about pork lipstick a

    August 14, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Tommy Jonq

    but is she pure ENOUGH? what about abortion?

    August 14, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. LMarcT

    With what we know as her "principles", she thinks she'll win by not compromising them? We'll give her extreme right, but she hasn't a clue about the rest of us.

    August 14, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Richard

    “On big issues, I don’t compromise my core sets of principles.” Ah, yes, the Tea Party Credo. Thanks for reminding us that compromise is at the core of a functioning democracy. Let's fix this in the next election, America.

    August 14, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Phil

    Idiots who won't be elected in 2012;

    Ron Paul
    Michelle Bachmann
    Sarah Palin

    August 14, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. chuck

    YOU think she would learn what "not compromising" does in politics. Teabaggers VERY unpopular after NOT compromising in debt deal. last week WALKER VERY UNPOPOULAR in WISCONSIN after NOT compromomising with COLLECTIVE bargaining law–it just doesn't work as a tactic. She won't get far anyway–the GOP laughs behind her back. Right now they will appear to support anyone just to get Obama out-I swear a monkey would run GOP and they would support!

    August 14, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. turtleheadz

    Well, first of all, Bachmann, you have to have principles to have none, at least no human quality ones.

    August 14, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Jay


    All of these are on display here and everyday on the CNN comments section. Just take a minute and read the comments objectively and you'll see more hate, intolerance and prejudice openly displayed in the comments section.

    Its sad folks..

    August 14, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. eberle

    Do these people ever aknowledge the polls that show the majority of Americans agree with the President rather than the TP on a 'balanced approach' to cutting the budget deficit?

    August 14, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. jon

    good. She has PRINCIPLES, unlike the current joke in chief.

    August 14, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Tillie in Texas

    I think Iowa just lost all their credibility in the American electoral process with this absurd straw vote.

    August 14, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. anahadwolves

    She is so out of touch with the American mainstream that it boggles the mind. Her concept of America reserves it for white, wealthy, straight, others need apply! Sorry, Michele...America is a pluralistic society that is not just for the bigoted, the intolerent, the hateful and the misinformed...even if that describes most of your supporters.

    August 14, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Sam

    Hmmm. Republicans want to rule. That would turn this country into a "one party" system. Upper ruling classes do well, while the rest of the nation suffers. Beginning to sound an awful like Russia, 1917.

    August 14, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. JohnRJ08

    If you don't compromise, Ms. Bachmann, you don't belong in a democratic system of government. A group of politicians who refuse to compromise will basically get NOTHING done.

    August 14, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. vpete

    staying true –
    You dont' know what you are talking about when it comes to slavery and families. It is slavery that many blame for problems in african american families. Men who were sold off all the time had no concept of how to care for a family and the problem continued to spiral out of control after slavery. Unfortunately, due to the examples set early in our history, people of all races just get up and leave when the trouble comes along.
    Stop rewriting history with Bachmann.

    August 14, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. Scott

    Just what the nation needs– another uncompromising moron, divorced from reality.

    August 14, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Rod from Indy

    If you can't compromise, you don't belong in politics. Her kind of thinking is what hijacked the debt ceiling fiasco. This woman is a mental pygmy.

    August 14, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Tony

    Yes, Bachmanm is crazy, but would people please stop bashing Iowa. The straw poll is a political fund-raiser for the GOP not an indicator of Iowan values. Only 6000 people accepted tickets paid for by Bachmann to attend and vote. That is the story. It is the press that makes this any kind of story.

    Someone posted that Iowa is 80% Evangelical, totally untrue. The majority of Iowa is either Lutheran, Methodist, or Catholic. Iowa is and continues to be a moderate state. Tom Harkin, a fairly liberal senator, has been one of our senators for decades. Iowa voted for Obama in 2008, and Gore in 2000 and I hate that a small amount of people at a fundraiser color peoples attitudes about the state.

    August 14, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. CarmenSo

    Let her run. In fact I support her fully as the Republican presidential candidate.

    August 14, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Marcus

    She does not compromise her principles.... except when she does

    August 14, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    Hmmmm – one looks like Petunia Pig and the Other sounds like Palin Jr.


    August 14, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. FM

    Michele, those leaders who do not compromise on anything and execute their principles are called "dictators". Who will allow this kind of leadership to exist in this country? Forget it!

    August 14, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Ken in NC

    WOW......Michele Bachmann is nothing more than a "Sarah Palin Crazy on Steroids". Now she will not compromise so us liberals will have to bow down to the Republican approach as they take all of this country down the Republican drain and if we fight them by not compromising on our part, the country will go down the drain anyway.

    August 14, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. JustMe

    And as such I refuse to compromise my principles to vote for someone who refuses to compromise. Yes, it is important to stand by your principles, but sometimes you have to make sacrifices and compromises in order to get anything done and that is particularly true when you're the President of the United States. If you don't know that or understand that, then you have no business whatsoever running for President. It's impossible to be idealistic about the world and be President at the same time. Hence why I think that anyone in their right mind would never run for President.

    August 14, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. MS

    Good for you. Stand up for what you believe in even if it means you'll never win.

    August 14, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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