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. Oldie in TampaBay

    pack it in, Michelle. Your campaign staff called it quits ... WAY past time you did too!

    October 23, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Alina77

    Cain is "expensive" speaker, he earns money by telling people about his success and how to be successful , he never thought that he will be taking seriously in the first place, he did think that it will help him to sell more books. When he proudly declared that he will fry Mexican on the border he was "sucking up" to the "blood thirsty, crazy down to their bolls "christian" Republican crowd". Romney (for example) would never said it because he knows that he has to answer for his words to a "different" crowd of people, because he dies to be a President.

    October 23, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Joshua Ludd

    Cain said it is "not the government's role or anybody else's role to make that decision."

    Yes, and all the other "small government conservatives" in the race believe it is government's role to make that decision for you. They at best just want government to make that decision for you at the state level, and oppression at the state level is no better than oppression at the federal level.

    October 23, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Grand Oil (and Tea) Partiers

    Michele is an irrelevant hypocrite that really needs to close up shop; she's an embarrassment.

    October 23, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. alan

    "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."

    For her information, not all republicans are "pro life" and certainly not all republicans are anti gay, so I would like to know what "people" she is talking about.

    October 23, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Allen

    These two (2) "also-rans", Bachmann and Caoin, will continue to do each other in. And Ponzi Perry and Flip-Flop Romney will continue to do each other in. Newt gingrich did himself in back in the mid 1990's when his own GOP peers ran him out of Congress. Where do the Republicans find people like these?

    October 23, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. tif31

    He may flip flop, but at least he talks in full sentences and doesn't spread something he "heard' as fact.
    My god, I can't believe I'm defeding this man. I can't stand him.
    The lesser of two evils syndrome I guess.

    October 23, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. MaxNatoma

    One thing you can say about Michelle, she doesn't flip-flop. She also doesn't let the facts get in her way. Hopefully, her days on the campaign trail are numbered and her future is on Fox News.

    October 23, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. klheitz

    On behalf of the great state of Minnesota ... We're so sorry everyone...

    October 23, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. william of bedford

    Michelle would make a good running mate for the great one, Mitt Romney.

    October 23, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  11. Missy

    Ms Bachmann is becoming more and more irrelevant. Thankfully.

    October 23, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. Peter

    Michele Bachmann is a knock off version of Palin, delusional and equally as bright as a 5 watt light-bulb. (or... maybe they share the same 5 watt light-bulb) I know we need to conserve energy, but there's a limit.

    October 23, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  13. Derek Wain

    In NH, where I live, Cain is losing support because of his sales tax. We want no part of a sales tax.

    October 23, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. mikeymike

    I hear a lot of people say they're pro-life but don't want abortion made illegal. I have to tell them that not wanting to outlaw abortion is pro-choice no matter how you personally feel about it.

    October 23, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. Shay

    Bachmann is still being quoted? I guess the press likes a pretty face, but she not even a factor. Cain on the other hand is a contender at this point. The media and the democrat Royal family do not want him around, because he is actually black and makes the race card for Obama worth a lot less.
    Cain may not be perfectly ready to run for president, but I am sure he is ready to be president. If Obama was able to get through 3 years on no skill or experience, not even so much as a job or term as senator, Cain is ready. The US is ready, the world is ready. Cain seems to get it done, Obama makes excuses, cain makes things happen Obama blames others. Cain is the best in this group.

    October 23, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. HenryB

    This woman, and for that matter all Republicans, are batshlt. They are looney tunes. And this is what our country is supposed to vote for.

    October 23, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. DANCER

    The BEST ticket for America right now is Gingrich/Cain 2012 !!! The Only TRue constitusionalist and conservative with huge gohonees that don't back down from anyone or anything !! Bachmann is pathetic.... Please don't even mention her name in the same sentence with the remarkable Sarah Palin who single handedly got the house won for the GOP and will work just as hard to win the Whitehouse !!! Heaven forbid it is Romney of HUntsman, both bigtime Rinos !!! America doesn't need more wrath from God with another non-believer in the Whitehouse !!! Gingrich/Cain 2012 !!!!!

    October 23, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. pulsars

    As strange as it seems, Bachmann almost... ALMOST makes Palin look respectable. C'mon CNN – bring back Palin – I miss the funny comments .

    October 23, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. Jeffer65

    Stick a fork in her, she's done.

    October 23, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. Linda

    It is funny how the republicans are for less govt except when it comes to personal decisions, like a woman's womb, who we choose to love and marry, What hypocrits.

    October 23, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. Gary

    There in lies the problem, a Republican can not have thougths of his or her own unless it fits the Republican Party 100%. Where as a Democrate or Independant can have diverse views. Only downside to the Democrates is because they are so diverse they rarely agree with each other.

    October 23, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. Jack V

    Herman C is a fun guy. How could you not like him? But he is wrong on every issue. And you'd have to hate yourself to vote for the GOP.

    October 23, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. Dixie

    Dan - I agree. Even though you had to flip-flop and do it again.

    October 23, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  24. Kenny

    Cain FLIPS and Bachmann FLOPS. Cain bends the truth and Bachmann flat out lies and stands by her lies. If you put Bachmann's brains in a bird, it would go south for the winter and never return. I will give Bachmann credit for not being the dumbest woman dead or alive. While she is in a virtual tie with Sarah Palin, Palin does have Bachmann beat by at least one stupid lie. No one knows what lie that is yet because there are so many to go through to find it.

    October 23, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  25. Kenny

    Why does that womans face always look so contorted and distorted? I guess it's hard to keep a straight face after you tell so many lies.

    October 23, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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