Bachmann stands ground, bashes Obama debt plan
September 19th, 2011
05:16 PM ET
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Bachmann stands ground, bashes Obama debt plan

(CNN) – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann didn't walk back on recent comments about the dangers of a vaccine Monday, but defended herself by staking her own unique position.

"I wasn't speaking as a doctor. I wasn't speaking as a scientist," she told CNN's "The Situation Room" anchor Wolf Blitzer during an interview. "I was merely passing on...what I had heard."


Bachmann was careful not to repeat previous comments about a woman who'd approached her "sobbing" following CNN's "Tea Party Republican Debate" and who, she says, confided that her daughter "suffered from mental retardation" after receiving the vaccine that protects against HPV–a sexually transmitted disease that can cause cervical cancer.

Those comments stirred up controversy-and questions about the GOP presidential candidate's discipline on the campaign trail-again.

But for the three-term congresswoman, the questions aren't about discipline. They're a distraction from "crony capitalism" exercised by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the current GOP frontrunner.

"This is something that someone had said to me, a mother that's very concerned," she said.

"The point in the debate that I made is it's up to the parents to make that decision about the HPV vaccine and this was clearly an abuse of the governor."

"A lot of people are missing the main point…crony capitalism and abuse of executive power," Bachmann argued.

And she sounded off on President Obama's plan to reduce the deficit, calling him "the great divider" instead of the "great uniter."

Insisting that she wasn't just being "contrary" in opposing the plan, Bachmann said, "If this worked to create jobs I'd be completely on board with the president…what he's suggesting is the same old same old…there's nothing new here, why would anyone go with that?"

As the United Nations General Assembly begins to unfold, Bachmann also attacked the president's foreign policy.

"I don't believe Israel should have to give away any more of its land," she said. "The president hasn't done Israel any favors."

Instead, she advised the president to "disallow" Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from stepping "one foot" in the U.S. for his persistent threats against Israel.

"He is a genocidal madman," Bachmann said.

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soundoff (171 Responses)
  1. AmericanSam

    Ah. She's not a doctor or a scientist, so she is allowed to make false statements. Got it. I am not a smart person, therefore I'll vote for Michelle Bachmann.

    September 19, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Bachmann is a putz. Did she really think we'd buy the HPV sob story? GTFOUH with the Teabaggery nonsense.

    September 19, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Yes America, Michele Bachmann is still an idiot that has no business living on taxpayers money. She and Perry are at war trying to out dumb each other.

    September 19, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. STFU

    She should have said:: "I wasn't speaking as a doctor. I wasn't speaking as a scientist. I was speaking as an ill-informed, intentionally ignorant rube who will say anything to scare my idiot supporters in to voting for me."

    September 19, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Name king

    This woman has no clue of what going on. Lesson the American tax money is being taken by the rich to invest in up and coming countries without a middle class that they have to pay 40 dollars an hour to. In order for us to save the middle class and the industries that they alone support, such as housing industries. Obama need to reroute some of that money back to invest in this country so we can keep pace with china.

    September 19, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Oldie in TampaBay

    she is getting as bad as Palin. Isn't about time that the Parties work TOGETHER instead of totally divided?

    The more I think of it, I think it is time to eliminate Congress. They always talk about 'what the American people want." I don't think they really have A CLUE what the American Poeple want. And it is time to show them!

    September 19, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    She heard that from a supporter, and felt she must submit to their false claims.

    September 19, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. gb0423

    no, the real point is you are a nuts and a liar...and unfit for public office...that is the point

    September 19, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If Michele votes to prevent 50 million uninsured Americans from getting affordable healthcare, doesn't that make her a genocidal madwoman?

    September 19, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    The bimbo just keeps on rolling along....."big government" to her only applies when it doesn't suit her warped agenda but it does apply to things like marriage, gay rights, choice and all the other red-meat sheep issues that the lemmings love

    September 19, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. BRCLMTY

    Does Bachmann have any idea how much damage she is doing to public health with her admittedly uninformed comments? And she has even less credibility on economic matters. Please stop giving this woman a platform for her poorly-thought-out views.

    September 19, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. Bill

    I think one point the American people are not missing Ms. Pray Away the Gay is that you have absoultely no chance of becoming president, much less the nominee of what is left of the Republican party.

    September 19, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Sebastian Kent

    Fox's Chris Wallace was right. She is a FLAKE!

    $2 Gas per gallon
    John Wayne her home town hero (NOT)
    $200 M per day for the President to travel.
    etc.

    September 19, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Jake

    but hasn't uttered a word about all of the gay-related teenage suicides in her district!

    September 19, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. kayla

    and you michele is a mad woman

    September 19, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. Randy, San Francisco

    Bachmann is quickly becoming irrelevant to the GOP/Tea Party presidential race by saying the most outrageous and ridiculous things. Her aides must be pulling their hair out when she goes off message and fail to follow the carefully crafted script.

    September 19, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Jamie from Riverside

    Speaking of same ol', same ol'. This nutjob is spouting the same lies and distortions.
    Someone get her a straitjacket.

    September 19, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. BRCLMTY

    Michele, you had your chance and you blew it! Because of your wild-eyed & woolly shoot-from-the-lip style. You will never be President!

    September 19, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. thomas

    she's not a doctor or a scientist , then why is she subsidizing bio fuel and endorsing the freedom of light bulb act ?

    She's a job creator of ? And Rick Perry can't be bought for less the a half a mill !

    September 19, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    And when she pushes that nuclear button - will she say someone told her to do it?

    September 19, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. SaintM

    Michelle's commentary contradicts itself sentence by sentence–she said something, but then said, well, what I meant was. I think when Michelle Bachmann has an idea or thought she wants to convey to small crowds, she gets overly excited, and in the excitement, her brain can't keep up with her mouth and the words start richocheting off each other–it's like letting go of a balloon.

    Most people put an effort into thinking before they speak...alas, Michelle Bachmann doesn't do that, but not because she's not diciplined enough, her brain is just not capable of it.

    September 19, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. al in memphis

    Why , Why , Why– will this comedy ever end.

    September 19, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. al in memphis

    Okay, so as president - she will only pass along what she thought she heard. She will need two staff– one for the facts and one for the rumors. I can see how she bring unemployment down.

    However, I can see her attaching every country with a cruise ship that she thought she heard was coming to attach America.

    September 19, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  24. otermbachmann

    Why are we listening to this mad woman, please turn her off.

    September 19, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. vet in texas

    I'm stil wondering how anyone can see her as a viable candidate, please someone enlighten me. Aside from the constantly false statements, the government handouts and the request for stimulus funds alone should be grounds for her dismissal. Her, Romney, Perry, and Paul should not be electable because they all signed pledges and all requested stimulus funds.

    September 19, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
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