Cain 'flip-flops,' Bachmann says
October 23rd, 2011
01:51 PM ET
7 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. Chipster

    I'm quite curious about Mitt Romney's position that he did not hire undocumented workers (illegals). Did I understand him correctly? He discovered that his lawncare service was employing them and was told that they would no longer employ them, only to learn later that they did? Anyhow, if I'm not mistaken, employing undocumented workers is illegal so shouldn't Romney have reported the service to the authorities? Wouldn't the correct action have been to report criminal conduct, rather than simply saying "OK, then, get back to work?"

    Why hasn't anyone questioned Romney's acceptance of his contractor's illegal conduct?

    October 23, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Charlie in Maine

    Yes because changing on'e's mind is a sure sign that they have one and that should disqualify them from the t-party

    October 23, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Rick in AZ

    What is it about "crazy" that appeals to the Republican base?

    October 23, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. SixDegrees

    Bachmann oughta know about flip-floppers. Five of her top paid staff in New Hampshire just quit to go work for Perry, and she's been losing critical staff around the country the last few weeks.

    Not to mention her own blathering idiocy, where the hypocrisy, contradictions and flat-out lunacy are as dense as the core of a neutron star.

    October 23, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The only flip flop Bachmann knows is flip flopping all the way to the bottom of the polls which is flip flopping her out of this race.

    October 23, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Tess

    Keep Bashing Cain Media .. it makes his poll number rise. Go Herman

    October 23, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Ann

    We love HERMAN CAIN!

    October 23, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. jmyer

    Michelle Bachmann is an embarrasssment to the women of our country. No wonder a woman hasn't been able to get very far in politics. First of all, remember when she kissed the new President Bush as he was walking into the hall to give his first speech- how disrespectful was that? It got her in the headlines for a minute. She lies constantly, rambles on about things she knows nothing about, still talks about her 28 children she raised – which is a complete lie. Most of the time she sounds like a broken record, repeating the very same things she said when she first started in the campaign. Minnesota is embarrassed to be associated with her and hope she goes away. She has done nothing for our state.

    October 23, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Elizabeth

    As the only candidate with no hype to lose or get worn out, squeaky clean and with a flawless platform to boot, .the time of Jon Huntsman is coming...I can feel it...Hopefully before the next debate. Just need to get some serious messaging ads on their air.


    October 23, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Joyful Hermit

    I just feel sorry for Michelle, as she is beginning to fray. It only brings out the ugliness in these people making comments. I pray she go into her "inner room", still her mind and soul, and discern that she really is not making headway. It is wonderful to attempt great feats in the world, to have a tremendous desire, but that has to be one's destiny. Michelle has overstepped her desires and now is pushing on doors that simply will not open. Please be humble and keep your sense of dignity, MIchelle. Be gracious and decline to go further in this.

    October 23, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Johnson

    Well the King of Flipflops is Mitt Romney who has a PhD in the subject.

    October 23, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. Wolfie

    Few have gorged themselves at the public trough like the Bachmanns. The self-righteous hypocrisy, her flubs and her inability to understand and prioritize the basic issues add to her entertainment value. Each interview brings the anticipation of her saying something even sillier than the previous one. She better get that book out soon because her candle is flickering, her staff is bailing and the fat lady is approaching the microphone.

    October 23, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Larry L. Clifton

    Cain's views on abortion don't concern me one little bit. Sorry media pundits. We all know you guys and gals love the minutiae and drama. What we want is leadership. Not the kind we've had for the last 60+ years. That 'inept kind' of leadership is why we are in the 'pickle' we are in. BOTH parties have failed all of us. We have the 'worst' of pretty much everything now. The economy and the debt are proof that their collective expertise, experience and wisdom isn’t all its cranked up to be. LOL. These 'career' politicians' have 'served us' just about all we can stand or afford. Mr. Herman Cain will break the cycle of madness. He will bring prosperity and freedom to our Republic.

    October 23, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. Dreamer96

    Bachmann the NUT CASE, Who lost her NH office people, who does not know Libya is in Africa, is critizing the former POW, son of a Navy Admiral, and long time Senator.....Oh you already know what I think of that...

    October 23, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Dan in FL

    It seems to me that the most "conservative" position to take on the abortion issue would be for the government to not pass any legislation supporting or opposing the procedure. Let the decision be up to the patient, her family and her doctor. If deemed medically necessary, insurance plans should be permitted cover it. Otherwise the cost should be borne by the patient.

    However, most so-called conservatives really aren't for smaller, less intrusive government. They want government to intrude on behalf of their pet issues, like abortion. Therefore, people like Michele Bachmann are not real conservatives.

    October 23, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Cybersport

    Cain blew himself up inrhe last debate. Paul is a racist... He is opposed to civil rights laws. Santorum is running for office on the basis of his religion. One by one, they are eliminating themselves

    October 23, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    His "plan" doesn't work......leaving him little room to work in.

    October 23, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. gordon

    Bachmann admits to formerly being a liberal, so how can she really call someone else a flip-flopper?

    October 23, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. mike

    Vote Ron Paul!! Dont even know why I am reading this. The rest are just silly silly!

    October 23, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. Larry L. Clifton

    I like Ms. Bachmann as a human being and wish she and all the other candidates would 'give it a rest' on personal issues. Yes they can express their opinions. You know the deal...we all have one. But the GOP and all of the candidates need to leave We the People alone when it comes to these 'personal' matters. Period. Like the seperation between church and state. Their ideological views are not what I look for in a candidate. We are all different. We all are supposed to be free. The GOP and some of the candidates profess to believe in LESS government. Good. Less is MORE. Stay out of We the Peoples bedrooms and very personal lives. Stay out of mine, my familys, and the women in my lifes lives. We don't need a Mommy or Daddy guv official, and certainly not a president, telling us how we should live our personal lives. Thanks but NO thanks! That being said I still like Mr. Herman Cain better than the rest of the field. And Way better than the RINO twins P&R. Is Cain imperfect? Yes. Does he make mistakes? Yes. He is still the only candidate I would trust to do the right thing for this Republic. His 999 and the fairTax that will surely follow will save us all. All the others, except Ron Paul...a true Patriot, are full of themselves. Again...Thanks but NO thanks.

    October 23, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. John

    Michele Bachmann don't flip-flop , she just Nuts all the time.

    October 23, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. darlene

    Well Bachmann is, well I just can't get my words together to describe her. And this lady wants to be president. What is she a senator or what. But I tell you this that when her reelection comes up she will lose. This lady is crazy. When she describes President Obama I think she is describing Bush. But they all are saying the same things when it comes to Obama. I feel that I am really watching clowns when I see the republicans all together. I will just have to pray that they don't jump off a cliff when they all lose the presidental race.

    October 23, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Joshua Ludd

    Yes, unlike Bachmann who has never changed her opinion or position... even when she is factually wrong or her constituents don't agree with her. Its hard to realistically complain of others changing their minds when you yourself believe just about anything you read or hear and repeat it as gospel truth.

    October 23, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. Tony in Maine

    The whole batch of Republican wannabes flip flop. Seeing them on the stage together reminds me of what the deck of a seiner looks like in the moments following the opening of the net.

    October 23, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. John

    The only person in the Republican Party that doesn't change stance is Ron Paul. End of story.

    October 23, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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