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. Mark Yelka

    She would vote against apple pie.

    September 9, 2011 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  2. Reality Check

    Surprise, surprise. The party of "jobs number one", but no jobs plan says no. Can you really trust someone who promises 2 dollar guess to be able to judge a gimmick from a plan?

    September 9, 2011 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  3. American Citizen

    Thank you Ms. Bachmann for showing your true colors. Most politicians in your position would not feel comfortable going on record with some of the comments you made in this and previous articles. You never had my vote from the start. I'm just glad you're making it easier for other fellow Americans to overlook you as well.

    September 9, 2011 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  4. Reality Check

    guess -> gas

    September 9, 2011 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  5. Jim

    The lady who didn't even show up for work is complaining about the guy who did? Really?

    September 9, 2011 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  6. neil

    And what exactly would Ms.Bachmann have us do?Pray away the debt?Pray for jobs?I know she claims she can fix the economy in 90 days and bring the cost of gasoline down to under 2 dollars a gallon by drilling in the Everglades but what would she do about jobs.Cut taxes for big corporations?Sit down and shut up Michele,your 15 minutes are up.

    September 9, 2011 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  7. larry

    Republican montra: Just say no! How pathetic can the Republicans become? They think that doing nothing will propell them back into control of the Presidency! They would rather see this country fail completely then to try everything possible to bring the US out of the economic crisis. Fact is, much of what President Obama asked them to do last night is documented as Republican plans. Now they want to say that they don't want to do these things because they won't work. Apparently they were wrong all along and they continue to show their lack of being able to solve our countries problems.

    September 9, 2011 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  8. sam

    Rep. Bachmann place is not in congress, as her intellect is severely limit and confused at the least. She is in congress only to represent herself, and God forbid, if she is elected President, she will be there to represent herself and her husband and pad their family pockets. Minnesota, get her out of congress and keep her quiet, taking care of her 26 kids.

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

    This woman is a complete idiot. She stands about as much chance of getting elected president as Joe the plumber. While I am not crazy about the president or his plan at least he has some ideas that are fair. The republican plan is more of the same, give tax breaks to the wealthy and hope that they hire some poor slob. Guess what? It hasn't worked in the past and it isn't going to work now. Let's face it old guys, trickle down economics doesn't work. The rich just keep the money.

    September 9, 2011 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  10. doug mitchell

    Oh, and nice job policy makers. Both Democrats and Republicans are showing us that our leaders are failing us, at the expense of us. I'm sick of all this negative politics, "can't we all just get along?" Obviously not, one is too rich, while the other is too poor to understand the other.

    September 9, 2011 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Was she listening?

    September 9, 2011 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  12. Patrick Higgins

    Michelle Bachmann is exactly the type of controversial, pot stirring ass our President meant when he said we should ignore the political circus. Of course the elephant is going to complain, with the circus it has no home.

    September 9, 2011 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  13. Ryan

    Ha, like a woman knows anything.

    September 9, 2011 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  14. Momofour1

    I compare Bachmann to the back seat drivers or others who claim to know how to resolve the world's problems despite not having had that experience themselves. I doubt whether she has anything genuine or worthwhile to contribute. You slammed Medicaid and yet you have no qualms about your husband benefiting from it – typical GOP double standards.You talk from both sides of your mouth. Please go away and soon.

    September 9, 2011 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  15. Stopthemadness

    Of course she says it won't work. It's typical of the party of no to say anything against the president since it doesn't suit the wants and desires of screwing the American people.

    September 9, 2011 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  16. Diane

    Bachmann has managed to insult Americans by trying to sabotage a jobs recovery for her own gain, while also insulting both the president and her constituents by not being at the speech.

    September 9, 2011 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  17. mamaz

    hope congress reads this plan in full before they act on it in anyway. don't want anymore surprises.

    September 9, 2011 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  18. DS

    ....and We all know who fault that will be......

    September 9, 2011 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  19. GTFOH Bach Man

    What a joke. I would take Palin over this broad any day. And I would NEVER vote for Palin. Instead of telling Congress don't pass the bill, how about coming up w/ a plan that will work for the ppl of America. GOP may have just sunk themselves again behind all the negitivity they've shown since Nov. 2008. The citizens of the US are starting to see through the smoke. And we're tired of it. It's not about black vs white anymore ppl. It's all about the Red, White & Blue.

    "Pass this bill & pass it right away" – Pres. Barack Obama

    September 9, 2011 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  20. anon-i-mouse

    I can't believe that anyone takes anything she has to say seriously. She's about as "out there" as you can get. In fact, she's made herself the center ring of the political circus!

    September 9, 2011 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  21. Ya No

    Ms Bachmann doesn't need to speak. We've heard responses a few too many times already. Haven't her advisers told her to try to at least be a little creative in her predictability?

    September 9, 2011 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  22. try

    the president is right, gop and the tea party should stop this silly politcal circus.

    September 9, 2011 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  23. ingram, Daniel

    Its people like the ones that consume Congress, that keep a person like myself from the military. There is absolutely no leadership. I have done questionable things in my past but with the belief of doing a greater service to my character. If I failed, then the lessons I learned would prove to be valuable to my characters development. I witness what appears to reflect the behavior of teenagers and children. In short, our past ancestors lived with a government that abused its citizens, until those citizens found it their right and duty to abolish such government. For the very reasons listed in the D.of Independence it would seem we our on a slippery slope with how we wished to be treated in the past compared to how we have become the very entity of wrong government that we fought to liberate from.

    September 9, 2011 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  24. trashcup

    We're supposed to listen to this genius? She's ridiculous. It's time for America to come together and do something. It's time for Congress to get off it's collective rear ends and do something. No more BS. Do something.

    September 9, 2011 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  25. Citizen

    What would you do? Just cut taxes and j
    Hope for the best. I wasn't a fan of her, buy I remained pragmatic and listened to her proposal, but now she is officially getting on my nerve, and I am officially sick of her. Michelle.....!! Go on and go seat somewhere. Your 15 mins are up.

    September 9, 2011 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
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