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. Martin

    At least the other candidates HAVE stated positions, rather than just criticizing the positions of others which is all that Michelle Bachmann seems to do.

    She needs to come up with some clear position statements and policy statements of her own, before telling others why their positions suck.

    October 23, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Pat in IL

    Being 100% on social issues is the last reason I would vote for someone as president! First of all, 100% doesn't leave room for discussion or real life decision making. Also, there are much more important policies to consider before voting for a economics, foreign policy, etc.

    October 23, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Al Ford

    Let's face it folks.
    Really, really consider this question.

    Who actually cares about a fetus. If you think the answer is you, then you must be an absolute angel in every part of your life...

    October 23, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Jay

    Cain’s position depends who he is talking to at the time. He is making it up as he goes. If Cain had solid core principles on this critical issue, he would not be confounding pro-life voters on this. He would take a stand, articulate it well, and stick with it.

    I am sick of seeing Cain back pedal all the time and get a pass for it. Was Cain “a consistent and unwavering champion of pro-life issues” when Cain endorsed pro-abortion Romney in 2008?

    If all pro-life voters have is pro-abortion flip-flopper Romney, another abortion flip-flopper in Cain, and Perry who endorsed pro-abortion Giuliani, who else do we have? Santorum and Bachmann can’t even break past the margin of error in any poll. Ron Paul is the last man standing; Paul has signed the pro-life pledge, and he is actually discussing his pro-life position in his speeches and TV ads – that is a refreshing change.

    October 23, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. Nothing new here

    Bachmann does not flip-flop. She stays true to her insanity at all times. Now, brethren, let us pray the nutcase Bachmann away....

    October 23, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. JDS

    One thing you can of missy b, she has always championed hate.

    October 23, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. Christine Walsh

    Ms. Bachmann – please just go away. We are asking nicely, which is something you know nothing of. I don't think I have ever hear a nice or kind word get uttered from your lips. So please, just go away...thank you

    October 23, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. smittnews

    Seriously Elizabeth....He has NO chance. He is slime right up there with Perry only with less guts. How cheap can you get to attack ppl at a debate you couldn't even afford to attend not to mention smacking Nevada voters in the face by blaming them all for the States decision to move the caucus up. He has no chance. As for Romney I like him more and more every day. Go look at its enlightening to see how everyone else is on there with blatant lies. Romney served as Gov with no salary. Now some might say ya but he is rich but who goes to work everyday that has tons of money and doesn't get paid very few. Also not mentioned is he closed tax loopholes for big corporations so he is obviously is not for the big guy.

    October 23, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. billy davis

    Michelle Bachmann hasn't criticized Perry or Romney but she's brutal in her criticism of Obama and Cain. Wonder why?

    October 23, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. jnpa

    "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.

    What people is she talking about? Must be HER people...the far right Christian conservative/Tea Party. She is not speaking for me....that's all folks!

    October 23, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. Aaron

    Cain and Bachmann are both pathological liars. The only difference between the two seems to be that Cain can hide his insanity at times whereas Bachmann's insanity is always front and center.

    October 23, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. idknothing

    Please nominate this woman. I want here to get all the people who believe 100% pro life and 100% anti gay marriage to vote for her in the general election. Happy she will surrender all those votes from people who disagree. Sure way to keep Obama as President, is to vote for this woman. btw, this picture shows how a person with lock jaw communicates.

    October 23, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. cxd

    Apparently the GOP and Tea Party operates on emotion. Not Logic nor Intellect......

    How can one be middle-class or broke and vote for a party that does not give a Flying-Flip about them....

    There is no racism, only classicism.......... Morons.......


    October 23, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. Lowe

    No wait- Bachmann has the right idea! She will run the country just like she ran her New Hampshire campaign. Just don't pay them- they quit and can't collect unemployment! That'll save money! She is a genius!

    October 23, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  15. Clwyd

    How would this mentally deranged person be able to tell a flip-flop from a pop top? Put her away!

    October 23, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. ARTRaveler

    Are we electing a president or a theologian-in-chief? Cain actually sounded normal until the Rethuglicans jumped all over him and then he reverted to the "wedge" party line. Maybe Michele, Santorum, and all of the other our-religion-over everyone-else crowd need to run for pope or head of the SBC.

    October 23, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. G D

    As reality challenged as she is, it's amazing she would cast aspersions at any of her running colleagues. She has enough trouble understanding basic history & the U.S. Constitution. She should spend her time doing her congressional job, but that's also too much to ask.

    October 23, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. nytw

    Michelle Bachmann will make a great president. She will expand the federal government into our personal lives to ensure we all support the federal government as we should, require everyone that worships a fake god to start worshipping the real christian god. She will make America great again.

    October 23, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  19. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    Mr. Hunts Man is not the "solution" to the Krazy Konservative Kult's problems, because he has yet to repudiate the basic tenets of deregulation and tax cuts for the ultrarich. Unless and until one of them has the courage to stand up and say "our party has been wrong for far to long, and it's time to start caring about the needy and not the greedy" then all their doing is trying to spiff up a pig.

    October 23, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  20. ethandy

    As if this means anything. Hey! Are those french tips?

    October 23, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. Reggie from LA

    It doesn't matter what has to be said or done, The GOTP simply cannot allow Cain to win the nomination. It just can't happen. Hit him hard from the GOP. Hit him hard from the TP. Just hit him. Nobody's punching Santorum or Paul and they are just afraid of Gingrich. Cain on the other hand simply cannot represent the GOTP. I'll help. Cain IS a Washington insider. Everybody seen the recent revelations?

    October 23, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. Tony

    Michelle Bachmann is a model of consistency. She is consistently stupid.

    October 23, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  23. Sandy Feet

    Cain may be a flip-flopper. Bachmann is just a flop. Deal with it honey!

    October 23, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. Tired of the nonsense

    I don't know what's worse - the flip-floppers or the batcrap nutcases like Bachmann.

    October 23, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  25. Lindsey

    Paul and Bachmann certainly know where they stand whether you agree with them or not!

    October 23, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
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