Bachmann stands ground, bashes Obama debt plan
September 19th, 2011
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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. Grumpy

    Is anyone else as concerned as I am that should any of the present GOP candidates become President of the United States, we will all be up Fecal Creek? Intelligence is not their strong suit!

    September 20, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. kwatog

    Not a doctor? I wholeheartedly believe her.

    September 20, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Mark

    Isn't it funny how quickly Mrs. Bachmann and Mrs. Palin prove they have no buisness pursuing the presidency? While I can appreciate certain "questions" they generate about the current state of our government, the fact that they relay "hear say" as some important life altering fact certainly makes them questionable choices as leaders. CNN needs to stop all coverage of these two slapstick characters and focus on real issues.

    September 20, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Greenspam

    Bachman says: Jim, I am a politician, not a doctor.

    September 20, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. george of the jungle

    The republican party is getting a reputation for fostering idiots and she is one of them, Not all women are stupid but her and palin sure give woman politicians a bad name

    September 20, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    So, we should give her a pass because she lacks the self-discipline to filter out heresay from fact? The lack of self-discipline is her biggest problem: no wonder Ed Rollins bailed on her.

    September 20, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Dennis

    she doesn't feel a responsibility to speak the true and her supporters don't believe the true is important.

    September 20, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Lolo

    The repug/tea partiers are really out in space. They have Cain who they will never vote for because he is black, Romney because they think his faith is a cult and will never vote for and then they want the american people to choose between Bachmann the nut and Perry the Texan who shoots from the hip. Way to go with your reliable candidates GOP/Tea Partiers. Your whole base and backers are really out in LaLa Land.

    September 20, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. zip

    My labrador retriever, of mild intelligence, has launched a bid for Congress, encouraged by Bachmann's rise in politics. But who will fetch my paper? Thanks alot, Michelle.

    September 20, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. ChuckB

    Why is this an issue? School children are routinely "forced" to get immunizations before entering school, e.g., for measles, mumps and rubella. Without a record of having these immunizations students will not be allowed to attend classes. This is nothing new: decades ago children were required to be inoculated against smallpox and receive a series of polio shots or oral vaccines. All of this was done regardless of the fact that all the required immunizations posed a minimal health risk. Sure there were parents who objected, but they were few in numbers and viewed as being far out of societies main stream. What is the difference? It can be the issue of communicability as HPV is contagious. The only apparent discriminator is the prurient reaction to the cause of the contagion, i.e., sexual activity. The fear seems to be that reducing the risk of a STD will promote promiscuity. Michele, wake up. Centuries of puritanical restrictions, the existence of STDs and the negative aspects of teen age pregnancy have done little to reduce promiscuity. The fact is that the real issue here is not the objection to government interference, but the inability to cope with the fact that we humans are highly active sexually. Sorry, but God made us this way. It is something we have to deal with openly and rationally, not by burying our heads in the sand and invoking faith based nostrums.

    September 20, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Beadles

    "I was merely passing on...what I had heard." She never ceases to amaze. As a presidential hopeful, her actions and comments carry significant weight with many people. She cannot go around spreading gossip and outright wrong information that can harm the people who believe her. What is wrong with the GOP – can they not field a candidate with a brain?

    September 20, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. Mark

    Not a doctor, not a leader. That gurgling sound you hear is her campaign going under for the 3rd time.

    September 20, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. james Miller

    Rumor, here say and whatever falls out of her mouth becomes fact to her as long as the crowd responds to her. ---She has many "blond" moments.--Be very afraid of her if she were to be our next Pres.

    September 20, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. jim

    and yet in the past she has referred to herself as Dr. Michelle Bachmann????????? Sooo.... I guess Dr. is just something that you can say?

    September 20, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Real Patriot

    Hmmm...:Just passing on what I heard"-otherwise known as a GOSSIP!

    September 20, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Flint Rock

    In the parlance of "Brother Where Are Thou?"
    She's BONAFIDE!

    September 20, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. jim

    Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when Bachmann traveled the state as an education activist, she went by “Dr. Michele Bachmann,” even though she had never obtained nor sought the advanced degree that’s a prerequisite for the title…

    September 20, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. chrisg

    Not only is bachmann not a doctor, she is a threat to the health of millions of young girls across the U.S. bachmann needs to reveal her sources for her outrages statements.

    September 20, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. John/kc

    Obviously Bachman is not a rocket scientist either. She is a card dealer and lacks a few cards of having a full deck.

    September 20, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. George

    No candidate for president could be this stupid. I guess George W. Bush opened up the flood gates.

    September 20, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. BeverlyNC

    All Bachmann can do is "bash". She has no coherent ideas, no solutions for anything, and hides behind her hypocritical "Christianity". She is an ignorant bigot who should have never been allowed into Congress without an IQ test including questions on the most basic aspects of our nation's history. Like Palin- please stop torturing us with her stupidity!

    September 20, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. Mike

    It's time for you to leave the room Michele. These are important issues that deserve serious debate. We have a problen with young women getting cervical cancer. We have a vaccine that protects against HPV which, can cause this terrible disease. How do we get the vaccine to the people that need it without infringing upon their right to make their own health care discisions?

    I don't know but, using the issue to bring down a fellow Republical is of no help. Gingrich is beginning to impress me as the ony canidate above the non-sense.

    Say good night Michele and leave the discusion to the grown ups.

    September 20, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Chris

    If I go preaching what I was told I would preach that flints when struck to make a fire are hotter then the sun. My friend told me that once. Bachmann is backtracking and trying to reel in the people who are too stupid and gullable to believe anything they are told.

    September 20, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Brian K

    So she thinks scientist just repeat what other people tell them? No, sorry...the scientists are the ones recommending your kids get those shots. Much as I loathe agreeing with Perry, he as in the right to have this done and it will save lives. With Republicans, it really is a race to the bottom. With the moron crowd cheering how many people Perry had executed and letting people without insurance die. I'd be embarrassed to be associated with Republicans or conservatives these days.

    September 20, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Denise

    No kidding you're no doctor but in some circles, however small , you are an opinion leader. Willfully misleading the public at anytime is morally and ethically wrong. You are not fit to pick up trash.

    September 20, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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