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

    I'd have to label all the GOP candidates simply as "flops".

    October 23, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  2. B

    It's as if she thinks she's never said anything insane.

    October 23, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  3. Canadian Jim

    Does 100% pro-life mean opposed to the death penalty?

    October 23, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  4. mk

    Does she think no one uses Google to check her flip-flops? Hey Michelle...google yourself before making such statements. LOL

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

    Bachmann is yesterday's news (thank goodness). Let's move on.

    October 23, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  6. Lenny Pincus

    "Troubling policy shifts..." How about troubling stupidity, Michelle? You have cornered the market on that.

    October 23, 2011 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Ah, the time for ripping an opponent a new one. I have to say that I am glad that I have a washing machine to get all of the mud that is being slung around. It is getting ugly to say it nicely.

    October 23, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  8. Wes Scott

    I, for one, hope that all the GOP candidates continue to fight for their party's nomination. I flat out do not like Obama, and if there was a better choice, then I would run to it. But, none of the GOP group is a threat to his re-election. As stupid as people have to be to vote Republican, especially after what W and his GOP-controlled Congress did to our country, not even I believe they are gullible enough to vote for the nutcases the GOP has fielded this cycle.

    October 23, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  9. macallen23

    Give Michelle Bachmann credit. She's not a flip-flopper. She's been completely bat guano from day 1.

    October 23, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  10. Joe Software

    I actually agree with Elizabeth... and I am a registered democrat. But my party affiliation does not override my desire to have the best president. Huntsman has been the only candidate who has impressed me so far.

    October 23, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  11. Kennedy

    I really never have seen anything like this performance before. As far as logic, at least one child got left behind.

    October 23, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  12. Mitt Romney

    Man, she's sexy....well, you know...it that kind of whacked out, crazy way...

    October 23, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  13. ddrew78

    I don't see an issue with what Mr. Cain said here. He's pro-life, as am I. However, that is his choice to make. As the saying goes, 'I'm pro-choice and I choose life'. Nothing wrong with that.

    Now let's see the nut jobs go after me :-)

    October 23, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  14. Ryan

    Romney is a flip n flopper
    Bachman is out of touch and has no serious plans
    Cain doesn't understand Foreign policy, monetary policy and fiscal policy
    Perry clearly doesn't understand anything other than the fact that Texas borders Mexico and he has had to deal with it...

    The only guy in the GOP that knows what it takes to restore our nation's economy is Ron Paul.

    October 24, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  15. Anonymous

    "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"

    Jobs? Not even a mention of "Jobs" at all? Weren't "Jobs" supposed to be the GOP's number one priority? Can we at least squeeze it in between as 4th priority?

    October 24, 2011 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  16. John/kc

    How about the nominee being 100% jobs! That seems to be lacking from the republicans proposals. All I see is religion and more religion combined with no tax increases on the rich. This is an unelectable philosophy in this day and age.

    October 24, 2011 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  17. Cambob

    At this point, Herman and Michelle are the best pin heads for the Republican party. Until the Republicans shake off thier extremist fringe supporters, the party is useless for governance.

    October 24, 2011 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  18. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Well she has been consistently crazy the entire time...

    October 24, 2011 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  19. cardog

    For months now, I've been waiting for the Bachmann campaign to implode. There are a couple of simple observations that told me this would happen eventually.
    1) Michelle Bachmann couldn't tell the truth if her life depended on it.

    2) Aside from Michelle Obama, who loves her husband, you would think Michelle Bachmann is a scorned woman who goes after the President on any and everything she can,

    Having no plan, no purpose and no idea of what it takes to be our nation's leader, it's now time for Ms.Bachmann to climb way up to the top of the "Trash Heap of History" and go work on her parents farm or in her husband's clinic trying to cure gay people..

    October 24, 2011 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  20. Chrisg510

    Tea Party Nation wants all small business owners to stop creating jobs by not hiring anyone in protest of President Obama and the Democratic Senate. And there you have it folks. These GOP/TP would DESTROY AMERICA rather then have JOBS for the American people This statement represents the GOP/TP party and the GOP candidates including Bachmann.

    October 24, 2011 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  21. Imma Kookynut

    Isn't this woman hiding out in a culvert somewhere with whats left of her loyalists. Thanks Michelle, for making Palin seem almost intelligent by comparison.

    October 24, 2011 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  22. Mu

    I don't get how she can get enough votes to win her seat, let alone the presidency. Still, the good people of her district keep sending her back to DC. Must do a good job bringing home the Fed Money.

    October 24, 2011 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  23. Mike H

    The far-right conservative wing of the Republican party cannot claim to be "pro-life" so long as their candidates support capital punishment and their masses applaud executions. It's sick.

    October 24, 2011 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  24. dbc

    Another Republican Pez dispenser...

    October 24, 2011 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  25. BeverlyNC

    This woman should not even be in the group of "candidates". None of them are qualified, but she is just plain stupid and am embarrassment. I cannot believe anyone would elect this idiot to Congress. Don;t send her back. Send someone who actually knows what her job is and how our government works.

    October 24, 2011 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
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