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. Strange1

    Doesn't Palin have a front porch in Alaska where all these nut-jobs can go and stare at Russia while they try to "pray the gay" away?

    October 23, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. Paulinator

    Where is the story on Ron Paul winning the Ohio straw poll? CNN is just as bad as all the others.

    October 23, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  3. Peter

    This woman needs to go away.

    October 23, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  4. ED FL

    I believe after Bachmann's comments that even Cain can see the writing on the wall, It is a fantasy to think that the rascist majority of the GOP will never consider an African/American would get the votes of the GOP.

    October 23, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  5. t

    she is an embarressment to her district

    October 23, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. viranka

    all her top organizers flipped to Perry and now she is a flop.

    October 23, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  7. JW

    None of these politicians are deep thinkers, and definitely aren't philosophers. To expect them to have a consistent philosophy is like expecting your cow to lay a golden egg. It is highly unlikely to happen.

    October 23, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  8. GOP = Greed Over People

    One thing is for sure, missy Michelle will not flip flop, she is 100% stupid, 100% of the time.

    Say goodnight, Michelle.

    October 23, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. K Parks of Denver, CO

    Bachmann has some flip-flops of her own. First she says that the government shouldn't be involved in the relationship between a care provider and a patient. Only to later propose a bill in Congress that would require a woman to view an ultrasound of a fetus she might be thinking about aborting. If that is not the government interfering in the private lives of patients then I don't know what she would consider it. She states that government should get out of the way of businesses then turns around and claims to return gas prices back to $2 a gallon. If that is not government interfering with businesses then I don't know what it is.

    October 23, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  10. jlsl

    This woman got to be and illegal alien, she knows nothing about the USA, she must be the most ignorant person in the house, she will run this country into our dilapidated sewer systems

    October 23, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. Portland tony

    No way she could win....She's a spoiler.....bad mouthing one or two candidates while looking for favours from a third. Hmmmmm! I wonder who?

    October 23, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  12. Will

    Bachmann and Santorum are embarrassments to their party and should immediately suspend their campaigns. That is also true of Perry and Cain. The Final Four who should still be running are Romney, Paul, Gingrich, and Huntsman.

    October 23, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  13. Jim

    Put a fork in her, she's done.

    October 23, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  14. conoclast

    Bachmann insults America's intelligence every time she speaks; that she is even a taken-for-serious candidate is an insult in itself! Mitt-the-Unelectable is the republicans' best shot?? How about Grover Norquist? How come HE doesn't run, hmmm?

    October 23, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. ElisabethinCA

    Ahhh when I saw the headline I thought she was bashing her own top paid NH team who flip-flopped on her and rolled over to the Perry camp. From one nut job to the next, I am sure they will settle in quiet nicely.

    October 23, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  16. Terri Hamilton

    One thing I have to give Crazy Shelly credit for is that she is consistently stupid...no flip-flopping on her moronic views.

    October 23, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  17. aggie95

    This whole GOP lineup of "candidates" is a JOKE! And why Bachman gets any reporting, or is being taken seriously AT ALL is beyond belief...And NO, it has nothing to her being a woman..Geesh! LOL. She's just a ditz in every sense of the word.

    October 23, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  18. Scot

    rThis gal is history why even waste any print on her. She was a non event at the start but for the OUT THERE part of the party anyway.

    October 23, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  19. JennyTX

    I remember Michele Bachman saying, "Isn't it interesting that we had a swine flu outbreak under two Democratic presidents? Jimmy Carter in 1976 and Barack Obama now." First, she was implying that the outbreak was their fault, which was ridiculous. Second, Carter was elected in November of 1976, but the actual president during all of 1976 was Republican Gerald Ford. With that fact-free dingbat comment, Bachmann launched herself onto the national stage and has gotten worse ever since.

    October 23, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  20. skarphace

    The only two Republican candidates that have not flip-flopped are Paul and Huntsman. However, it looks like neither will win the Republican nomination. Therefore, it seems a requirement to be a flip-flopper if you want Tea Party support.

    October 23, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  21. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

    Obama vs. $14.6 Trillion and counting.

    October 23, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  22. Etesot Obe

    Michelle who? I know of one Michelle Bachman who didn't know Libya is in Africa. Is this the same Ignomarus?

    October 23, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  23. Brian

    Of course Michelle Bachmann is right: GOP candidates should hold firm to their positions, no matter how incredibly wrong and ill-informed they are.

    October 23, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  24. zip

    If Michelle was serious about becoming the next president, she'd get a good boob job. C'mon girl. Show some committment!!

    October 23, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  25. korkea aika

    Michele doesn't like it if Cain flip flops on the issues because it reminds her of gay men who like to flip-flop their boyfriends. And her job is to 'pray away the gay'. Get on it, girl!!!

    October 23, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
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