Bachmann: Don't pass Obama's plan
September 8th, 2011
09:43 PM ET
7 years ago

Bachmann: Don't pass Obama's plan

(CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said she felt "deeply disappointed" by the president's jobs speech Thursday and called on Congress to avoid passing his plan.

"Clearly what we saw was just a sequel of all of the failed policies that the president has put forward in the past," Bachmann said in a post-debate speech.

While Republicans typically deliver a party response whenever the president addresses a joint session of Congress, the GOP passed on an address Thursday, giving no official reason for the move.

But Bachmann, who said she listened to the speech in the car while stuck in traffic, gave her own response in the House gallery in the Capitol Thursday.

She said she was offended by President Barack Obama's opening remarks asking Congress to "stop the political circus" and do something to help the economy.

Specifically, she blasted the president's plan to prolong unemployment benefits, calling them poor incentives for people to get jobs.

"Not only should Congress not pass this plan," Bachmann said. "I say, 'Mr. President, stop. Your last plan hasn't worked, and it's hurting the American economy'."

The GOP presidential candidate laid out her own nine-point plan, which included measures such as repealing Obama's health care reform, repealing financial regulation reform, and increasing exports.

She called the president's policies acts of "generational theft" that take money from future generations.

"The president has embraced solutions that are temporary gimmicks," Bachmann said. "They come and they go. That's what we saw tonight in the president's remarks."

Filed under: Jobs • Michele Bachmann • Republicans
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Since the economy did so well before the Heathcare Act and Wall Street Regulation, it makes sense to go back to those fruitful times. Oh wait, the economy COLLAPSED under those policies. Bachmann is only offended by the "political circus" remark because she is it's ringleader.

    September 9, 2011 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  2. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This is so typical of the party of "NO HELP" whatsoever. Politics over the people is their motto.

    September 9, 2011 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  3. dina

    When is this stupid woman going to shut up and stop running for an office she has no business even thinking about. She is not presidential with all her religious right wing stuff and God speaking to her. She needs to see the writing on the wall. The other idiot has the tea party now for what it is worth. Go home Michelle and try to finishyour job in Congress and wait around to be defeated next run.

    September 9, 2011 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  4. Galveston

    She is just what we should come to expect from blind self centered "SO NO TO EVERYTHING" republicans.

    September 9, 2011 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  5. Anonymous

    wow, what a shock. Michelle Bachmann doesn't support this plan because it was Obama's idea. if it were a republican she would be fully in support of it i bet.

    September 9, 2011 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  6. bungirl100

    Jeez...stuck in traffic and making judgements. That sounds smart! What's next, policy making from the hairdressers chair? Unbelievable.

    September 9, 2011 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  7. Tracy

    That good enough for me. If Bachmann says it's a bad idea, then Congress should immediately pass this bill.

    September 9, 2011 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  8. Jewels

    She doesn't impress me. Further, this is part tactic to redirect attention away from her own campaign problems. Now, if worst case was to choose between Bachmann or Perry - I would truthfully move....This guys' scare me.

    September 9, 2011 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  9. Paul

    Is it any coincidence that the economy has become progressively worse since the new age conservatives took over the House and became a nuisance in Congress. You would think with them blocking all of the Govt's attempts to improve the economy because they believe that Govt is the problem, that the economy would be improving right now.

    September 9, 2011 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  10. Gini Denninger

    I wish Bachman and all others running for office would stop the knee-jerk and canned responses. Lets see some politicians working together for the good of this country instead of snarking at each other. I and millions of others are just sick & tired of this kind of behavior. Politicians, you need to get your act together before you ruin this country further with your special and self-interests!

    September 9, 2011 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  11. fiskenmann

    Hey, michele, stuffing your pockets with corporation bribes isn't helping Americans either!!!

    September 9, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  12. HenryN

    Her plans are so serious, it includes bringing gas to $2/gallon

    September 9, 2011 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  13. Byron

    Time for this one to shut up and go home. She is not listening to the American people, and only seeking her own advancement. I am tired of her negativity and ignorance.

    September 9, 2011 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  14. rs

    Nobody cares what you say anymore, Michelle. Didn't your 4% numbers from the last debate tell you that?

    September 9, 2011 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  15. Harry From Pa

    So its ok to say his policy or plan will fail, but $2 gas is going to pass? Tired of all these whackjobs who will point fingers but don't have any solutions. If the middle class is smart they will avoid these whackos.

    September 9, 2011 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  16. Trent

    Screw you Bachmann. You couldn't put a coherent sentence together if you tried. Your lack of historical understanding of your own nation is appalling and makes you historically incapable of being president, or, frankly, an elected official of any kind.

    September 9, 2011 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  17. stefan hura

    Bachmann is a temporary gimmick!

    September 9, 2011 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  18. eric s

    This clown don't even have a clue to run her state better yet try to run a country woman want you sit down and shut the h-ll up

    September 9, 2011 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  19. Chuck

    Poor incentive to get jobs! If it wasn't for unemployment funds I'd be in a shelter. Rhode Island doesn't have jobs. I look everyday and must submit written proof of it to get the funds. She is so out of touch with the real world, no wonder the tea party doesn't play well here. Her supporters have jobs!

    September 9, 2011 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  20. Siesta Key

    Who cares what this whacko thinks.

    September 9, 2011 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  21. Person with a Perspective

    This woman is a c$unt. PLEASE make her go away. Of course she rejected anything reasonable before actually considering it. She is the perfect example of what is wrong in Washington.

    September 9, 2011 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
  22. Craig from Pa.

    This blowhard isn't going anywhere...there are not enough of us crazy enough to vote for you Bimbo!

    September 9, 2011 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  23. Fearfighter1

    Michelle, please tell us your plan before barking at the presidents plan. How are you going to change the economy? What is your goal for the American people? We don't need sound bytes that work for the rich..we need true solutions and your concern is for the wealthy and powerful is very cannot lead for the fringe you must lead for ALL Americans and your lack of attention to details is scary.. You have no respect for the American people unless those Americans are wealthy..

    September 9, 2011 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  24. pjack28

    Why doesn' someone punch this idiot in the face?This clueless nut job has no plan. so she should just shutup and let someone who is a helluva lot more intelligent lead the country and stop spreading BS about the Prez to vulnerable mentally
    challenged for her financial gain.

    September 9, 2011 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  25. monarch

    what does michelle bachman know, she's just another sarah palin clone. she will lead this country to nowhere if she gets elected president.

    September 9, 2011 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
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