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. craig

    It's been said before, but it remains true. Bachmann doesn't flip-flop. When she's wrong, which she often is, she refuses to admit it and stand behind what she said to the death. Fortunately so much of what she says is such nonsense that people see through it. Stick a fork in her...she's done!

    October 24, 2011 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  2. Mirosal

    I would still rather vote for Randy Bachman than Michele Bachmann, because b-b-b-baby you just ain't seen n-n-n-nothi' yet

    October 24, 2011 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  3. Tina Stockton

    Poor Minnesota Barbie...she has no chance in hell nor the qualifications to be POTUS.

    October 24, 2011 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  4. Stan Seko

    Media alert! Michele just found out she has a twin sister named Sarah.

    October 24, 2011 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  5. tet1953

    Just drop out already.

    October 24, 2011 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  6. boehnersux

    You won't catch Bachmann flip-flopping.....she's always wrong.

    October 24, 2011 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  7. Switters

    Being a socialist and being in favor of 'open borders' – there are a few things about Rick Perry that I actually like. Any governor who take the taxes from his citizens and use the money to educate illegal immigrants surely puts the good of all mankind before the good of the citizens of Texas or the U.S.................

    October 24, 2011 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  8. Bachannn Turn Her Overdrive

    I disagree with all these negative comments about Michelle. America desperately needs her corny (a tribute to Iowa there) antics. As someone who has no chance to win a national election, her ability to rip large chunks of flesh off legitimate republican contenders provides huge value and helps ensure an Obama victory.

    Keep it up Michelle! You can do it! Victory is y(ours)! Your personal ambition is much more important than your party, you country, and everything else you stand for!

    American needs you now more than ever!!!

    October 24, 2011 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  9. jb1963

    The economy on the right must be in good shape. These morons are still getting money from them

    October 24, 2011 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  10. Ryan

    100 Percent for marriage between and man and a woman? You just lost the gay vote ( which you never had )
    100 Percent pro-life? Even for women that has been raped? You probably just lost the woman vote ( That out of the blue moment for the Moms that you did in Last Debate was horrible and showed your desperation.)
    Your gaffes annd your constant negativity is putting you in the same light as Sarah Palin. Some one you should not want to be compared to.

    October 24, 2011 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  11. enough of lies

    we dont have a chance in hell of taking back the white house if all these idiots dont get on the same page, its simple, Americans want JOBS, Freedom and The American Dream, not more politicians and racists hype, so govern by what the people want and get rid of obama.

    October 24, 2011 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  12. MASTRODAMUS

    Please. Bachmann has got to be the biggest flip-flopper out of all of them. I think the only one running for the Republican ticket that doesn't flip-flop is Dr. Ron Paul.

    October 24, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  13. Jeff in TX

    I think she made these comments to submit to her husband. Seriously, she's so far out of it, it's time for super-drama. Perhaps she's running for VP. Perhaps, however unlikely, she's pushing policy. In any case, she's out and has been out since Chris Matthews got her to admit her lunacy a couple of years ago. Btw, keep Rick Perry out!

    October 24, 2011 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  14. BobAD

    Bachmann is the example of continued government involvement in family matters. Just like the others "BIG GOVERNMENT" but only where we want it.

    October 24, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  15. k dogg

    None of the teapublicans ca hold a candle to obama that why they are always critizing him. When will they realize that its making obama stronger for 2012 and the country is fed up with all of their nonsense. Bachman talks out 2 sides of her mouth so how can she talk about cain. I would vote for none of the teapublicans. Colin powell would have been a solid canidate, but he probably disassociate himself with the teapublicans caouse they so far to the radical right. Go obama 2012

    October 24, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  16. Victoria avgam54

    No one would have to flip flop if they stay true to their core convictions. This party has changed over the years they are out of touch with average americans needs now-a-days. We dont want tax breaks for the richest, we dont want DEregulation, we don't want entitlements & the EPA to be eliminated, we dont want to pay sales tax on bread & milk we can't afford it! We dont want to be lied to about your role in the civil rights movement, we dont want DADT, we dont want to be told that our company we worked for for 40 years has closed and its our fault! We dont want increased military spending, We want to rebuild and invest in america, have fair tax rates and income equality, we want the REregulation of wall street, re-witten mortgages to stop forclosures, we want clean air, good schools, protection of our civil rights and a promise for a better tomorrow. Seems like everyone but the republican party politicians get that these days. Obama 2012

    October 24, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  17. david mann

    M Bachmann is marginally smarter than Palin (which makes MB the "Dumb" of "Dumb and Dumber"), but every time she opens her mouth she narrows the gap. She's done absolutely NOTHING in her short time in office, and has made "gaffe" an adjective in her campaign. She is soooo finished.

    October 24, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  18. Victoria avgam54

    They would not have to flip flop if they stayed true to core convictions. We dont want tax breaks for the richest, we dont want DEregulation, we don't want entitlements & the EPA to be eliminated, we dont want to pay sales tax on bread & milk we can't afford it! We dont want to be lied to about your role in the civil rights movement, we dont want DADT, we dont want to be told that our company we worked for for 40 years has closed and its our fault! We dont want increased military spending, We want to rebuild and invest in america, have fair tax rates and income equality, we want the REregulation of wall street, re-witten mortgages to stop forclosures, we want clean air, good schools, protection of our civil rights and a promise for a better tomorrow. Seems like everyone but the republican party politicians get that these days. Obama 2012

    October 24, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  19. sim

    "Lord, the day is at hand. We are in the last days. You are a Jehovah God. We know that the times are in your hands. And we give them to you…The day is at hand, Lord, when your return will come nigh. Nothing is more important than bringing sheep into the fold. Than bringing new life into the kingdom…You have weeded that garden. The harvest is at hand." Here Michellle Bachman offers up her earnest prayer at meeting with infamous anti-Semite and hate-monger,Dean Bradlee. Gosh, I always want my President to pray for the end of civilization–don't you? Here's the deal though, Mickie B, does healthcare or anything else really matter if the end of the world is at hand?

    October 24, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  20. diridi

    Be Quiet, Michelle....

    October 24, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  21. Robert

    "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."

    So odd... here I thought you guys were running to become president for all of us, not just the GOP base... I'm pro-choice, marriage is between two consenting adults, and I don't negotiate with terrorists. So, following your statement, I wouldn't vote for you for our president. I would for Mr. Cain.

    October 24, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  22. Norm

    Cain is just a darker version of Donald Trump.
    No surprise here...

    October 24, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  23. Aezel

    Every day she is blasting this or that, what a joke. Shut up Michele, your campaign is over.

    October 24, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  24. MurpGuy

    Someone please tell me how this works. She states that only a man and a woman in marriage, abortion should be illegal, she accepts farm subsidies. How can she have those things but yet tell us that she believes government should be smaller and out of our lives. I just don't get it.
    I am from Minnesota and how her district can keep voting her in baffles the crap right out of me.

    October 24, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  25. jim

    flip flop aren't necessarily a good or bad thing. depends on what the facts are. when bachmann actually accepts and works with facts(which is likely NEVER), i'll listen to her.

    October 24, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
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