Cain 'flip-flops,' Bachmann says
October 23rd, 2011
01:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Cain 'flip-flops,' Bachmann says

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann continued to hit rival Herman Cain's conservative credentials Sunday amid a recent dust up over comments he made about abortion.

Bachmann said the remarks made earlier this week were further evidence of the businessman's "troubling" policy shifts.

"You can't have all of these flip-flops in our nominee, one after another," the Minnesota congresswoman said on "Fox News Sunday." "It's making the voters' heads spin. I think it's giving people pause and they're asking real questions about what does he believe truly and how would he govern as president of the United States."

She issued similar criticism Saturday in Iowa at a presidential forum organized by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, comparing Cain's views on abortion to those of Democratic President Barack Obama.

During an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, Cain said he is pro-life, even in cases of rape or incest. But when Morgan asked how he would feel if a member of his family were raped and if he would want that family member to raise the child, Cain said it is "not the government's role or anybody else's role to make that decision."

Cain was quickly criticized for what some saw as an ambiguous stance, leading the former Godfather's Pizza CEO to repeatedly restate his position on the issue that is important to conservative voters. On Saturday he went a step further, saying he "would not sign any legislation where government funded abortion."

Bachmann, who has seen a drop in her national poll numbers, also took aim at Cain's comments about releasing prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Cain told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday that he would be open to negotiating with al Qaeda by releasing prisoners from the site if he were elected president, something he walked back during the CNN Western Republican Debate when he said he would not negotiate with terrorists.

"People want to make sure that our nominee is 100% pro-life, 100% standing for marriage between a man and a woman and they certainly don't want to see terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed released from Guantanamo Bay," Bachmann said. "That's non-negotiable."

– CNN's Shannon Travis and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Herman Cain • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. badcyclist

    Give her credit: Michelle Bachmann never flip-flops. She picks one crazy answer and sticks with it to the bitter end.

    October 24, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  2. Robin Bray

    True. She just speaks garbage and sticks to it.

    October 24, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  3. Bess

    Disgusting fools~~all of them. Cain flip flops~~Perry is Bush Jr., only worse~~~Bachmann is an embarassment to ALL women~~Romney is clueless! Go Republicans!! What a joke!!

    October 24, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  4. ED FL

    One other never changing opinion is that Bachmann is/was always an incompetent no nothing blabber mouth whomakes no sense on anything.

    October 24, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  5. SadRepublican

    Sarah was heads, Michelle is tails.. either way you flip this coin... we lose. Guess she wanted what Sarah wanted... to stir the pot with ignorance, hate...but that will only lead to self destruction. Hey, Sarah got her book deals and cashed in well.... Capitalism right? Hey, Tea Party... take the LOG out of your own eye, before you start point out the toothpick in your brother's eye. As a Republican Im really sick of the do as I say, not as I do.

    Spitting out hatred, false accusations, oppressing the poor, which includes us making under 250,000. What church do you all go to? Cause I want to stay away from it. Do not claim "God's way" because you are FAR from what the Word says...Good Bye Michelle, remember what you sow is what you will reap, sista.

    October 24, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. Purnell Meagre

    As the Republican quest for a candidate continues it becomes apparent that Bachmann has neither eaten nor slept for the last 90 days – she's seems so tightly wound I worry her head might explode (like in the old movie Scanners.)

    October 24, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. rightospeak

    Typical foolish business as usual, more of the same politics. I am curious how she will be a magician and create jobs out of thin air. Michelle ia a typical 1%er, politics as usual (b.s.) which the people are sick of. She is followed by Romney, Cain and the rest of them. If the Republican Party is serious in winning againt Obama , Ron Paul is the only one that has a chance. Since both the Democrats and the Republicans have been screwing the 99% , maybe the 1% want Obama or some dumb Republican because they are in their pockets anyway.

    October 24, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  8. maggie

    a headline that starts with "Bachmann blasts." Shocking. That's all she knows how to do and not very well I might add.

    October 24, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  9. JMissal

    "People want to make sure that our nominee is 100% pro-life, 100% standing for marriage between a man and a woman"

    And that sums up why I won't vote for the vast majority of republican candidates. While the democrats want government to control the population for social reasons, republicans want the government to control the people for religious ones. Either way, it results in governmnet controlling the people when it SHOULD be the people controlling their government.

    Besides, its nice to see that most of these candidates are focused on the important things like the economy, high unemployment, our tendency to nation build, our foreign policy, etc....instead, lets focus on the two things that keep people from voting republican: abortion and gay marriage.

    October 24, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Patricksday

    I Love the Power Hungry GOP Canidates who are eating their own, I hope NONE of them are left standing. They Live to serve the Aristocrat Society they dream of building, with the Power of the 99% they will fail at hijacking America.

    October 24, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    I am totally amused at how Republican candidates didn't realize that Mr. Cain has some loose ends until he was the front runner.

    A lot of TV pundits say that Rep. Bachmann's decline in polls began with the entrance of Gov. Perry. I think that was merely coincidence. Rep. Bachmann's own words and campaign staff fragmentation are responsible. Recall that she had people leaving *prior to Perry* entering the race. Recall her words that we didn't need to raise the debt ceiling *prior to Perry* entering the race. Recall her debate claims that she could restore two dollar gasoline *prior to Perry* entering the race.

    No doubt that Perry's entrance didn't help Bachmann, but it was only to the extent that it diluted votes. Rep. Bachmann's drop in the polls can attributed directly to Rep. Bachmann's own words, which really turned people off.

    October 24, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. Bob

    How is this a flip-flop? He's personally pro-life and believes the government should not interfere with a personal choice. He won't stand in the way of anyone's personal decision – pro or con abortion. That's how I take it. It's Bachmann's desperate attempt to discredit another candidate because she has no credence on her own values, beliefs and political agendas. She is a joke candidate.

    October 24, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  13. brian

    This comes from a person who can only repeat things she's heard, read or been told, also the repugs always dribble on about smaller government and how the government should stay out of peoples' lives, well lady get out of our lives!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 24, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  14. Mitt Romney

    My 10 year old girl think more intelligently than you, Ms. Michelle Bachmaan! Everybody else may be flip-flop but you are just a FLOP! You look intelligent till you open your mouth. So, please spare your mouth so that the doubt would stay on!

    October 24, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  15. nagrom

    Well at least she has isolated herself from every potential Presidential candidate that she won't even be considered as a possible VP running mate. Thank God for small miracles. And forgive me for getting religious but we can now celebrate praying successfully that the woman will go away!!! Now if the government would smarten up and take away her and her husbands' stimulus money.

    October 24, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. tv22

    I'm amazed that she continues to get any coverage. Isn't it obvious that a number of these folks – her, Gingrich, Huntsman and Santorum – have absolutely zero chance to get elected? Let's clean up the field and see what the top 4 or 5 remaining have to say.

    October 24, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. Rsprings

    There are differences in each candidate for sure. It is time to stop the vitriol the DIMS are loving the rancor.

    October 24, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    T'Sah observed:
    Wow, and 0% on the Economy; 0% on creating Jobs; 0% on bringing our troops home; 0% on building infrastructure; 0% on creating Jobs for our service men/women; 0% on foreign relations and policies, .....
    -----------------
    As much as conservatives promote the idea that Obama's policies are a failure, the truth is that *all* of his liberal policies have been stymied. Recall Speaker Boehner's words during the 2010 lame duck session, "I got 98% of what I wanted." That means we are currently living and experiencing the Republican solution for the economy and jobs creation. Do the American people want more of the same?

    October 24, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  19. Rosslaw

    As an Obama supporter I think Bachmann would make an excellent Republican nominee for President.

    October 24, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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