Bachmann: Don't pass Obama's plan
September 8th, 2011
09:43 PM ET
3 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. Mike

    Where's your plan, Michele? Thank God, her 15 minutes are about up!

    September 9, 2011 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  2. Chris

    Bachmann loves her sound bites and the sound of her own voice. Hope she and her political masters have a good time on their date.

    September 9, 2011 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  3. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Who cares?The GOBP ignores Bachmann to chase Rick Bush now. Her campaign is DOA while Snooki Palin sits like a vulture ready to collect Bachmann's teabagger money and media attention

    September 9, 2011 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  4. Anti-Bachmann

    Bachmann talks alot, but she does not say anything.

    September 9, 2011 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  5. Concerned

    Bachmann the idiot says "don't pass the President's plan" but offers nothing to counter it with. Typical slimy Republican.

    September 9, 2011 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  6. MSHMiami

    Bachmann WANTS Obama's plan to fail, as do most other Republicans. To them, it's more important that Obama be a one-term Preident than to see America get back on its feet economically. They would gladly see Americans suffer if it means defeating Obama.

    September 9, 2011 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  7. Marie MD

    Did anyone, after all that the President said about bipartisanship and how so many Americans are hurting NOW, really watch what this flake said?
    Flake, go back to your "barbarian". Not that the secessionist/crotch man is worth the cow dung he has never stepped on with those boots, but you are toast. You might be the darling fo the teabaggers but you were never a real contender!

    September 9, 2011 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  8. mb2010a

    Bachmann is no longer relevant and her run for the WH ended weeks ago...she just needs to go home and shut up.
    Obama 2012.

    September 9, 2011 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  9. W.G.

    The republicans (traitors to America ) have nothing else to do but tear into any suggestion made . These congressional
    traitors stayed away or stayed home to watch "the game" , rather than do anything to help the US if that isn´t the height
    of arogance and irresponcibility then what is ?? the republicans do nothing to help the US .

    September 9, 2011 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  10. gasoline

    This garbage should stop

    September 9, 2011 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  11. John

    Really??? All I hear from this lady is who is to blame. No real plan from her. I feel sorry for her husband, her kids and the American people. What a nut job!!!

    September 9, 2011 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  12. RealNthisworld

    There is no progession with Backmann, I mean Bachmann

    September 9, 2011 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  13. Carol Wolfendale

    The only thing the GOP can do about the jobs and the economy is to just say no. They have no intention to work with the President and try to help the economy.but to hinder any possible way to put this economy back on its feet. When these people in congress come up for re-election, I can only hope that the good citizens will remember each and everyone of them by name and vote them out for people who will do what is right for this country. I did not vote for him but I sure will stand by him in his efforts to bring back the economy.

    September 9, 2011 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  14. amlcpamaine

    Like many in Washington and many coddled agrisupport recipients, Bachmann is totally out of touch. She's SO out of touch that she doesn't even understand how irrelevant she makes herself with these remarks.

    Sure, there will be zealots all around her who are egging her on and giving her more of her own smoke to breathe. But she'll spiral down and down over the coming months and later regret putting herself in the spotlight on a highly emotional issue for the middle. Watch: in the coming months it'll be harder and harder to get access to her campaign activities because her insecure staff will vet out anyone who doesn't play her game.

    September 9, 2011 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  15. JeBaker2

    THere are many points to say here, however, I will stick to only a few. First, "specifically, she blasted the president's plan to prolong unemployment benefits, calling them poor incentives for people to get jobs." I am unsure which country Bachman lives in, but I think many people in America would love to have a job but cannot find one because there are none out there. I am also unsure if she understands the term "unemployed" and the measure of unemployment. Unemployment means that someone is actively looking for a position but cannot find one. My second point revolves around this statement "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". If I am not mistaken, a lack of financial regulation and oversight was one of the biggest reasons for the housing market bubble in the first place. Just Saying...

    September 9, 2011 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  16. Insight

    Why can't she quit?

    September 9, 2011 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  17. zwooten

    this woman is a complete Looney Tune .... over half of these proposals are rehashed republican ideas.. she doesnt even like her own parties ideas when it comes from the President... send this crazy lady home to her family.

    September 9, 2011 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  18. T'sah from Virginia

    She's always looking up to heaven in all of her pictures – Did God tell her "Don't pass Obama's plan?"

    September 9, 2011 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  19. BD70

    Wait...repealing financial reform...isn't that what got us into this mess? No oversight and the greedy got greedier. Sigh...lets get rid of all government regulations and let corporations rule us. Corporations will treat us real good....right....

    September 9, 2011 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  20. 30 Years USAF

    If our country's economic situation is so dire, why wont the Republican's join our President in doing "SOMETHING" instead of being negative all the damn time and not helping! It is their country too right?

    September 9, 2011 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  21. Louis in Wisc.

    Who cares what this nutcase says anyways she has Zero I mean no chance of being President. Did more than 50 people show up this time to hear her negative talk this time? How about her giving 1 solution to this nations problems instead she just keeps bashing...

    September 9, 2011 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  22. fairtrade

    This lady is totally out of touch with common Americans. It will take more than tea party votes to elect her in the general election. I think traffic distracted her from the Presidents speech. Is there a Republican in America that understands credibility is something you earn. Simply saying the other side is "Always" wrong on "Everything" is not something that builds credibility. Additionally, if the Republicans do win the White House, they are banking on the Democrats not acting like they do!!!

    September 9, 2011 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  23. Jeff

    Michele Bachmann could care less about the american people. She is an idiot and should not be taken seriously. He comments only proved the she is totally out of touch with the issues that everyday americans face and she apparently doesn't realize the people need cooperation from our elected officials instead of ridiculous comments.

    September 9, 2011 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  24. Charly

    Not sure why the woman that advocated for not passing the raise in the debt ceiling, which caused a decline in credit rating and a lack of consumer confidence should even have a voice in this rebuttle. Her best paln is to pray and let her God decide the direction of this country, directly opposite to your 4th ammendment rights, which by all definitions (declining civil liberties) amounts to treason.

    September 9, 2011 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  25. SPK

    Congress does resemble a circus with Bachman as the leading clown !!!!

    September 9, 2011 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
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