Don't settle for a moderate, Bachmann urges voters
October 7th, 2011
10:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Don't settle for a moderate, Bachmann urges voters

(CNN) - Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann called on social conservative voters not to settle for a moderate Republican nominee in 2012, a line she has used repeatedly on the campaign trail.

"Don't listen to these people, who every four years tell you we have to select a moderate from our party and we have to settle for the sake of winning," Bachmann said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington on Friday. "I am here to tell you we are going to win. This year, we don't settle."

At the conference, largely attended by Christian conservatives, the Minnesota congresswoman shared how her faith played a role in her fight against abortion.

She added that she introduced legislation in Congress on Thursday that would require women considering an abortion to hear and see the heartbeat of the fetus before making a decision.

"We believe that each person - man, woman, black white - no matter the economic circumstances, is made in the image and sacred likeness of the Holy God," she said.

Of all the GOP presidential candidates in the 2012 election cycle, Bachmann has been one of the most outspoken against abortion, hitting hard against President Barack Obama's health care reform for including funds for abortions in the event of rape, incest or if the life of a woman is in danger.

"As president, I'll put our government out of the abortion industry, once and for all," Bachmann said.

Bachmann said she's determined to press on in the fight for social conservative values. Bachmann has long been a darling of the tea party movement, which has mostly shied away from social issues.

"With a proven fighter in the White House, we will finally win on the issue of life, on marriage, on family," Bachmann said. "It's time that we score some victories for our movement."

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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Michele Bachmann • Values Voter Summit
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. krissmith777

    So, you would like us to settle for a religious right cook like you whose nomination will hand Obama his re-election to him on a silver plater... Got it.

    Face it, you cannot beat Obama. You're to crazy.. And as much as I want to toss Obama out of the White house,...when given the choice between you and the president we have now, I would chose Obama.

    Lets see:

    I may agree with you on taxes and spending, BUT I disagree with you on social issues.
    I may agree with Obama on Social issues, BUT I disagree with him on taxes and spending.

    Hmmm...so with this tie, why do I prefer Obama to Crazy Shelly Buchman? - Oh, I know! Because, unlike you, Obama at least isn't insane.

    There we go.

    October 7, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  2. midwestmoderate

    For someone who criticizes the federal government for interfering in our lives and telling us what we can and can't do; she sure is a hypocrite...

    "She added that she introduced legislation in Congress on Thursday that would require women considering an abortion to hear and see the heartbeat of the fetus before making a decision."

    October 7, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  3. Elphaba

    What an idiot!

    October 7, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  4. pn

    I'd like the GOP to settle for an idiot. Bachmann qualifies.

    October 7, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. John

    That's right, no moderates. Bachmann and her ilk only want extremist in their tent. And if you don't view the world the same way they do, then what? That "my way or the highway" mentality is exactly what has brought our country to our current situatuon in congress. Thanks Michele.

    October 7, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  6. MadGOPer

    America wants a moderate not a Christian Fascist like Bachmann

    October 7, 2011 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. optimistica

    How about settling for sane and intelligent with a pinch of integrity?

    October 7, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  8. Rev Mkell,

    And turn our nation into a proper Christian nation! If you don't attend the right church you aren't a real American!

    October 7, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  9. harmonynoyes

    Wow! I'm listening to Bachman again, and she sounds like one crazy dude !

    October 8, 2011 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  10. Steve

    Say goodnight, Michelle...

    October 8, 2011 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  11. Kevin in Atlanta

    Gotta say, that's the coolest picture I've seen of Bachmann yet.

    October 8, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  12. John

    Bachmann and the Tea Party are made for each other. They want to take America on a wild ride and over a cliff. Whatever happened to moderation and common sense. These people are right wing fanatics who do not compromise. It does not bode well for the country....

    October 8, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  13. KathyC in Minnesota

    Nothong like pushing your Religious views onto others who differ from you, those who are not Christian, or those who choose not to follow any Dogma.

    Michele Bachmann is going the Social Issues route because her campaign is on life support.

    October 8, 2011 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  14. Gobee

    Wait, is she still running?

    October 8, 2011 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  15. BK

    Like it or not, ONLY a moderate can beat Obama. The polls clearly show that the more moderate candidates fare better against him.

    October 8, 2011 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  16. ThinkAgain

    "With a proven fighter in the White House, we will finally win on the issue of life, on marriage, on family," Bachmann said. "It's time that we score some victories for our movement."

    Translation: In the name of freedom, we will take away all of yours.

    Bachmann wants to establish a evangelical Christian theocracy. She is anti-American, plain and simple.

    October 8, 2011 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  17. bcm

    This woman is an idiot who sounds like she should have become a preacher. What this country needs is jobs. Life, marriage and family, although certainly important to all of us, is not going to bring this country out of the hole we are now in.

    October 8, 2011 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  18. iTALIAN NONNO

    Don't settle for a moderate,.. vote for a raving, uninformed, fanatical lunatic like me.

    October 8, 2011 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  19. Rick in AZ

    "Hey, vote for me". "I'm crazier than the other nutters running"

    October 8, 2011 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  20. logic in LA

    I agree. PLEASE PICK ONE OF YOU EXTREMISTS! It's the one thing that will guarantee Obama 4 more years. A true Republican is not a social conservative, they are a fiscal conservative that believes the Federal government should be out of our lives. The fringe extremist are the social conservatives that hide behind the lie of being Christian to spread their message of hate. No true Christian judges others. they leave that to God as taught by Christ.

    October 8, 2011 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  21. harmonynoyes

    I guess we just don't all believe the same thing; no one should be forced to become a mother.

    October 8, 2011 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  22. Blinded by the republican lie

    That's why you will never be President...You need to stay out of my bedroom and my Uterus!!!

    October 8, 2011 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  23. harmonynoyes

    Could we have some human compassion and understanding for the "woman " please; her rights under the law need to continue.

    October 8, 2011 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  24. Nancy

    With a proven nutjob in the White House, we can kiss any semblance of freedom FROM religion goodbye.

    October 8, 2011 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  25. harmonynoyes

    Protect womens rights ! We are human beings. No one becomes a slave to the next generation.

    October 8, 2011 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
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