Cain 'flip-flops,' Bachmann says
October 23rd, 2011
01:51 PM ET
3 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. Minnie's Pearls

    Bachmann sure doesn't flip-flop. She stays 100% batty all the time.

    October 23, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Please go home Michele. I never thought this could happen, but you appear to make the worst president in our history, George W., look like a genius. Unless that is your 'strategery' to get the moron vote, you are becoming the 'nucullar' option.

    October 23, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    This from another flip flopper and the woman who hears her god speak to her and has visions.
    You know what makes my head spin about you and your family? That pray away the gay clinic your husband runs with government money. Let's not mention the farm subsidies your family has received either!
    Flake, give it up. You were the flavor of the month about two or three months ago. There have been at least three more "popular" flavors since then and you are NOT going to elected anything.

    October 23, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Indy

    When you have nothing to offer the country like Bachmann, you tear down others because you have no record or policy ideas that can stand on their own. Bachmann has done nothing noteworthy in her life other then keep her hands open for government grants for her small business so she attacks every other candidate. Bachmann has no clue on how to solve problems, much like Palin she just beeks off and gets paid for doing nothing.The only thing we know for sure is that she would like to pass her own Sharia like law where government rules the choices of abortion.

    October 23, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    Mitt Romney Flip-flop
    Herman Cain Flip-flop
    Rick Perry Flip-flop
    Michele Bachmann Flip- flop
    Only Ron Paul straight talk but republicans won’t give the nomination to him

    October 23, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Brian Dodge

    Suppose that al Qaeda had 100 captive US soldiers that they offered to trade for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
    Bachmann would say "That's non-negotiable." and the soldiers would die.

    I would say "lets negotiate". After getting as many additional concessions from al Qaeda as we could, I would release Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

    And when he was firmly back established in charge, meeting with other senior al Qaeda terrorists, a Predator would be targeted on the tracking device he was unknowingly carrying, and take them ALL out.

    If by negotiating we can "lose a battle" but win the war, why not negotiate?

    It's stupid for a presidential candidate, or heaven forbid our President, to paint us into an idealogical corner. "That's non-negotiable."

    October 23, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Herman Cain had been taking the far right conservatives for a ride, but now I think the wheels on his cart are about to fall off. He was saying ALL the things they like to hear from taxes, religion to playing a race card that none of them could get away with doing in public. But now he has shown with the abortion issue and certain foreign policy matters he is no longer saying what they like to hear. And when he came out changing his 9-9-9 plan to 9-0-9 claiming that would help the poor and lower middle class (even though it really won't) the right started to balk. He can't run back to the black community for support because he deserted a large portion of them long ago. I look for the so-called real far right candidates from Bachmann, Santorum, and Perry to go after him now with no mercy.

    October 23, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Sue

    Depart gracefully, Ms. Bachmann. First you endlessly dis our President. Now you dis your fellow Teapublicans. Have you no shame?

    October 23, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Betty

    Hey, woman...wake up, we are in 21 century.."People want to make sure that our nominee is.100% pro-life...100% standing for marriage between a man and a woman..."Jesus did not wear shoes, Pope is wearing shoes...

    October 23, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. demogal

    Yeah, Cain is "troubling." So are you, Bachmann. Your policy statements are ill-informed and frequently incorrect, air-headedness in regard to serious matters.

    October 23, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. FRANK FROM LAS VEGAS

    Is this crazy person from MN still in the race?!? How much longer must the American people endure her idiotic views and comments? She continues to speak in terms of she's the only one knows what the American want and/or need. I would suggest to Bachmann that just because you hear voices in your head doesn't mean there's a crowd behind you.

    October 23, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Nadeem

    From an Article on DB:

    If you'd told me in January 2009 that the banks would pay us back the entire bailout and then some, that the auto companies would actually turn around with government help and be a major engine of recovery, that there would be continuous job growth since 2009, however insufficient, after the worst demand collapse since the 1930s, that bin Laden would be dead, Egypt transitioning to democracy, al Qaeda all but decimated as a global threat, and civil rights for gays expanding more rapidly than at any time in history ... well I would be expecting a triumphant re-election campaign.

    This was before we got all our troops out of Iraq and taken out Gidaffi.

    October 23, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. c'mon america

    Herman seems to make statements , wait for criticism and then reshape his statements . The only things known for sure is where he stands on alcohol and tobacco . At least bachmann is consistent ... Big government support for what i believe in , no big government support for what others believe in ( clean water air etc..)

    October 23, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. The Lone Okie

    Some of the trailing GOP canidates should drop out to clear up the field. Its "JOBS" stupid!

    October 23, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. tammy

    The only head that is spinning is her's and her mouth too, She spins what Herman Cain says and she is spinning because she has no support, her New Hampshire team quit and she is all the down in the polls.. Drop out and all your vertigo will be gone Michelle

    October 23, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Emery

    WHY ARE WE STILL TALKING ABOUT MICHELLE BACHMANN? She is no longer politically influential or important, just like her "idol", Sarah Palin. Both of them need to fade away into obscurity, and stay out of politics! There are plenty of intelligent, proactive, and innovative women out there who are involved in business, charity work, and politics...and NEITHER of them fit into ANY of the above, nor are they in the LEAST bit intelligent, proactive, OR innovative, unlike the other 98% of women out there who actually have a brain (without MIGRAINES), and a collective vision.

    October 23, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. RINO Bil

    Hey Michelle, wasn't that a flip-flop when you said none of your paid NH campaign workers resigned and then you said some did? Oh, that's right, it's a flip-flop only when the OTHER PERSON changes heis or her story.

    The word is HYPOCRITE!

    October 23, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. TechDan

    I'm a liberal. Gonna get that out of the way now.

    Here's the deal. It is remarkably stupid to consider NOT changing an opinion as information becomes available. Without getting into any politics, the idea that, no matter what, you will not change your opinions is stubborn and downright dangerous. Suggesting that someone would be a bad president because they are willing to change their stance on an issue is ridiculous.

    October 23, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. TechDan

    Excuse me. Previous comment should read "It is remarkably stupid to NOT consider changing an opinion as information becomes available."

    October 23, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. T'sah from Virginia

    ►"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,"◄

    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 but ONLY making sure "Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [is not] released from Guantanamo Bay," and I can go on. Since when did "pro-life" and marriage between a man and a woman become the number # Issue for running for President??

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 23, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Brian Dodge

    Republicans are arguing about who has the biggest flip-flops, while Obama has his work boots on, his sleeves rolled up, and is accomplishing things despite Republican obstruction.

    October 23, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Chipster

    Yes, Cain did "flip-flop." Unlike the GOP American Taliban, Cain only believes that BIG Government should be able to dictate personal medical decisions for a woman in every circumstance, except when her life is threatened. The GOP American Taliban rose up and struck him down for such a democratic concept (that women are actually people). So Cain reversed himself and decided after all that a woman still has not rights even if her life is in danger. BIG Government, Cain now tells us should be able to order a woman to die, rather than have an abortion to save her life.

    Thank you, Mr. Cain, for making it clear to us that you are 100% pro-life for a fetus – but no so much for a living, breathing, VOTING woman! I wonder if a woman owns a Corporation . . . will she be considered a PERSON then?

    October 23, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Mitzie

    Cain flip flops, Romney flip flops, Perry is "small time" – used to pandering to a small demographic, and Michelle Bachmann simply repeats what was said before she was interviewed. Is there a Republican candidate who has a "Presidential" brain. Huntsman is the only one that seems plausible but is ignored by the base and the media.

    October 23, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. chucky

    The queen bee of stupidty is losing her hive.

    October 23, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Bigdaddy001

    Please flip-flop out of this race!

    October 23, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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