Bachmann: Social conservatives 'don't have to settle' in 2012
September 22nd, 2011
04:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann: Social conservatives 'don't have to settle' in 2012

Orlando (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said Thursday that the 2012 presidential election is "a window of opportunity" for social conservatives because President Barack Obama is so politically vulnerable.

Republicans have a chance to nominate the most conservative candidate possible and still take back the White House next November, she said.

"Of any election, this is the one where conservatives don't have to settle," Bachmann said at a rally in Orlando organized by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the group founded by conservative activist Ralph Reed.

"President Obama's approval numbers are the lowest they've ever been, and I am here to tell you, they are going lower further," she said. "So we don't have to go to the side, we don't have to sit on the back of the bus in this election. We need to stand up and be counted and have a candidate who is truly a social conservative who will stand for our issues."

Bachmann, once the darling of social conservatives in the 2012 field, has seen her standing diminished in the wake of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's entrance into the race.

Since then, she has pitched herself as the true conservative in the race and has been trying to raise questions about Perry's conservative bona fides.

The rally took place just hours before the Republican presidential field takes the stage for yet another debate, this one sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida, Fox News and Google.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. 1crusader

    Yes.That's a great idea; and the further right you go, when most Americans are centrists, the less likely you are to win.

    September 22, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. MTATL67

    I wonder who told her that a guy at the check out line or her neighbor walking his dog.

    September 22, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    I hope they do nominate the most socially conservative candidate possible: the President will win in a walk.

    September 22, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Bill

    This woman is in need of clinical assistance.

    September 22, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. SarahSmart

    "back of the bus" ?? buahahahaahah!! Yeah and black kids were better off as slaves right? Get outtttttta here!

    September 22, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Now she's sounding concerned about her electability.

    September 22, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Tired of the nonsense

    What's wrong with her? I know she's a boneheaded bimbo, but doesn't she realize that intelligent people do NOT want conservatives in politics at all?

    September 22, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Expat American

    (Pure) or Social Conservatives will never win the White House – not today, not ever. Simply put, their fabricated superficial ideology excludes too many people who don’t look like them; and who, according to Bachmann, Palin and co., don’t have the right color skin; and who aren’t of the same faith.

    In 25-30 years, Caucasian Right Wing Conservative Christians will be a minority in the United States of America.

    The dawn of a new good day.

    September 22, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Voice of Reason

    That's right. You dont have to settle. And you dont have to work with the other party. And you dont have to compromise on anything. You dont have to think outside the box. The way things worked 30 or 40 years ago is just fine – the world hasnt changed at all since then. In fact, the entire world is black and white and as long as you sign the right pledge, you'll be just fine. You are either for us or against us.

    This message brought to you by the narrow-minded queen of political my-way-or-the-highway. The head holy guru of legislation-by-tantrum. The high priestess of sticking fingers in your ears and saying 'nyahnyahnyanyah – i cant hear you'. The head of the impotent TP caucus that hasnt ever passed a bill – only obstructed them. The unlikely to be the nominee for the GOP party that wont win in 2012 anyway.

    September 22, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    She forgot to talk about how she was going to fix the economy. She points to her experience as a small business owner. Okey, dokey. Let's do it her way. Her business model, for the "medical" practice and the pig farm, rely on government money and subsidies.

    Did you notice her yesterday in the meat packing plant protesting "too many" regulations, all the while not wearing any type of hair restraint as she toured seemingly the entire operation, up to and including handling product? Was that some type of twisted protest, or was it plain old stubborn ignorance?

    September 22, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Bob

    Typical GOP- "Let's keep government out of business and put it where it belongs- in our bedrooms!"

    September 22, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Lindsey

    I for one don't want to be subjected to your bizarro brand of "Christianity", lady. The Jesus you worship is far different from the real Jesus. The one you worship hates everyone except straight, white, rich, married men and women and he carries an Uzi in his hand to eliminate all the "sinners". Sorry, I happily don't know who that Jesus is.

    September 22, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. jerry from Dallas

    This lady is an embarrassment to the right thinking people of America. Yes, this country will have a woman president years to come but not her type or Sarah Palin. Religious right will likely never be president in the next 20yrs and possibly NEVER. The World is moving to the center and we are not an option.

    September 22, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Sorensen

    She neither realizes, nor will she ever understand how much equity (goodwill) she is destroying every day she opens
    her little, wrinkled mouth. That goes for the uneducated people in the GOP as well.
    Romney and Perry are enjoying every minute of it!

    September 22, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. bobden

    I don't want any of her hair in my food.
    And, I don't want her empty head in my government.

    September 22, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    She is SO wrong..but go ahead GOP. Follow her idiotic advice and watch Obama win in a landslide. Even today's economy would trump some right wing taliban candidate

    September 22, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Clwyd

    But only for a person who is sane Michelle and that you aren't!

    September 22, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    A good dose of Ritalin would cure her problems: maybe we could just pray the foot-in-mouth away.

    September 22, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Scotty

    You all have witnessed what a liberal controlled gov does, and you still believe that you're going to win in 2012. I guess at least you're optimists as well.

    September 22, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. Francis

    Obama's numbers may be low. Bachmann's number is 0. Zero chance of becoming Prez.

    September 22, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. IVOTE

    Michelle has to realize this is the USA.....Full of immigrants from all over the world and of many different religious beliefs who by the way are not social conservatives. She will not be able to gather enough votes to win the nomination, let alone the presidency of the USA. There can't be that many uneducated people around.

    September 22, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Stacey

    No, America. We don't have to elect facists. If we elect these so-called conservative christian right wing nuts, every American who isn't very wealthy will loose their rights. The middleclass will become poor (if they haven't already) and the poor will be so poor that they will become indentured servants. This is where America is headed if we elect Palin, Bachmann, Perry, Rand, Santorum and all the rest of the GOP clowns. Say NO to the GOP in 2012!

    OBAMA 2012

    September 22, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. nintex

    I want to see her get an invitation to President Obama's second inaugural ball when he starts his next term, right after he wins the 2012 election in a landslide.

    September 22, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Abraham

    Using a "don't have to sit on the back of the bus" expression with a black man as President is beyond insensitive. It's the mark of a closeted racist nutcase.

    September 22, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. The Elephant in The Room

    Well said. Expat American!

    I do think 2012 will be a last gasp effort by racist Republicans to play to citizens through coded appeals like "socialist, palls around with terrorists, where is his original birth certificate" etc. As such, I expect it to get real ugly. Look at the lengths the Teavangelists have gone to to hold progress back and crash the economy for the sole purpose of trying to weaken the President politically.

    Finally, I`ve got to believe there are some women who are embarassed by Michele Bachmann since she is so not qualified. Doesn`t the GOP have any Elizabeth Warren-caliber women? Why is it always a Palin, Bachmann, Angle or O`Donnell caliber IDIOT from the Republican Party?

    September 22, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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