Bachmann accuses Perry camp of 'stealth' political attack
October 28th, 2011
08:54 PM ET
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Bachmann accuses Perry camp of 'stealth' political attack

(CNN) - Michele Bachmann accused Rick Perry's presidential campaign Friday of a "stealth" political attack - a charge the Texas governor's campaign flat out denied.

"If Gov. Perry has something to say to me, he can come out to the debates and say it," Bachmann said in an interview with CNN. "But this is egg on the face unfortunately for the Perry campaign."

At issue: tea party sponsor American Majority's urging for Bachmann to drop out of the presidential race. On Thursday, the group's executive director Matt Robbins told CNN that Bachmann's White House bid "is not a serious presidential campaign." His comments coincided with a blog statement from American Majority president Ned Ryun, who outlined reasons why "it's time for Michele Bachmann to go."

Among other claims, Ryun wrote that Bachmann's emphasis on social issues was damaging the tea party movement.

In an interview with CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," Bachmann fired back, targeting the Texas governor.

"Well, of course, we found out that this is really a misstep on the part of the Perry campaign because these are Perry supporters that came out," Bachmann told CNN. "This was a clumsy move."

Bachmann continued: "This was meant to be a stealth move to make it look like this was tea party."

"It certainly isn't a blow to my campaign because I've had nonstop support coming out of the woodwork from tea partiers all across the country ever since this came out," she said.

When asked whether Bachmann had evidence that the Perry campaign was involved in American Majority's statements, Bachmann replied, "No."

"This is something that people have told us," Bachmann said.

Both American Majority and Perry's campaign deny they were working together.

"We learned about this from news reports today. We were not aware or involved in the group's action," Perry campaign communications director Ray Sullivan said in a statement to CNN.

The group's president called Bachmann's assertion "bizarre."

"I have no connection with the Perry campaign," Ryun told CNN, although he did publicly express support for Perry's tax plan revealed earlier this week.

Ryun also said it's "wildly illegal" for his nonprofit group to endorse a candidate.

"American Majority does not endorse. I'm not working for or with any campaign," Ryun said.

"It goes back to let's focus on the substance of what this whole debate was about to begin with. Where are your substantive ideas to actually advance the ideas of the tea party movement?" he added.

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soundoff (357 Responses)
  1. Squigman

    Sick of looking at her, and sick of hearing from her. Wish the news wasn't so biased toward the republican agenda(s). Also sick of seeing comments made by (so called) republicans, that spew hate and accuse democrats of being everything but Americans. Patriots come in many disguises. The extreme right wing seems to believe they alone are above reproach when it comes to being patriots. What a crock.

    October 28, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  2. timz

    "When asked whether Bachmann had evidence that the Perry campaign was involved in American Majority's statements, Bachmann replied, 'No.'

    "'This is something that people have told us,' Bachmann said."

    At least she's consistent. Bachmann always believes anything anyone tells her as long as they have no evidence to back it up. That's why she believes that HPV vaccines cause mental retardation and doesn't believe that human activity has contributed to climate change.

    October 28, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. The Unsub

    This wombat is friggin nuts!

    October 28, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. Erik

    Bachmann and Perry are equally stupid.

    October 28, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  5. Chris, Austin

    "...Bachmann's emphasis on social issues was damaging the tea party movement." I have never seen Bachmann look so competent as when she single-handedly destroyed Perry's presidential hopes. I can understand why they want her gone, she's like an assassin. Her Cain barbs are a bit more like the old Bachamnn everybody is used to, that 666 thing was as paranoid and tone-deaf as you get. The thing I find funniest, though, is that the Tea Party is all of a sudden embarrassed by the Republican base. Get used to it, folks – you're stuck with each other.

    October 28, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  6. Chris, Austin

    "...Bachmann's emphasis on social issues was damaging the tea party movement." I have never seen Bachmann look so competent as when she single-handedly destroyed Perry's presidential hopes. I can understand why they want her gone, she's like an as$as$in. Her Cain barbs are a bit more like the old Bachamnn everybody is used to, that 666 thing was as paranoid and tone-deaf as you get. The thing I find funniest, though, is that the Tea Party is all of a sudden embarras$ed by the Republican base. Get used to it, folks – you're stuck with each other.

    October 28, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. Chris, Austin

    "...Bachmann's emphasis on social issues was damaging the tea party movement." I have never seen Bachmann look so competent as when she single-handedly destroyed Perry's presidential hopes. I can understand why they want her gone, she's like an as$as$in. Her Cain barbs are a bit more like the old Bachamnn everybody is used to, that 6 – 6 – 6 thing was as paranoid and tone-deaf as you get. The thing I find funniest, though, is that the Tea Party is all of a sudden embarras$ed by the Republican base. Get used to it, folks – you're stuck with each other.

    October 28, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. tcaros

    First off Bachman is so low in the poles you can't even see her. She's like an ant. She's like Guiliani, with 3% of the vote.
    Of course, she's trying to make news to be noticed again.

    October 28, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  9. tcaros

    Bachman is Baaahahaha man!. We are laughing and dancing looking at this witch with the harlot eyes.

    October 28, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. tcaros

    She's got scary peepers.

    October 28, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. TM

    It's ironic that Bachmann would call this a "stealth move to make it looks like it was tea party" given that the tea party is a stealth move by the Koch brothers trying to look like something other than big money backed astroturfing.

    October 28, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. Sandy Feet

    You can see the crazy in this woman's eyes........

    October 28, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  13. carly

    You have to love this Bachmann vs. Perry. Like Friday Night Fights. LOL

    October 28, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. works4me

    Palin II
    Are we growing these in the "it's not me" farm?

    October 28, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. frontgate

    hahahahaha Shelly, just quit, you are an embarrassment to the the term politician.

    October 28, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. conandoyle

    Delightful – the GOP continues to cannabalize itself. And Bachmann continues to tenderize herself for the barbecue.

    October 28, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  17. George

    Michele, you see right through their dirty tricks and you are the only one who can save us... God means for you to be in the White House and you know that in the bottom of your heart. Don't Settle !! Stay in the race !!

    October 28, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  18. Jon

    Popcorn, anyone?

    October 28, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  19. DanW

    No need for stealth to call this lady out for what she is.

    October 28, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  20. George

    Bachmann/Palin 2012 !! All the way in the USA !!

    October 28, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  21. satan

    what a bunch of fools...you republicans are laughable...whatta bunch of buffoons....you should be ashamed Republicans

    October 28, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  22. skarphace

    "This is something that people have told us," Bachmann said.

    Oh, I see. Just like when that lady said that the vaccine that Perry mandated caused retardation. Bachmann does not need proof of anything, just an insinuation will do.

    Regardless, both Bachmann and Perry are done so it is a moot point.

    October 28, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  23. Rick Perry

    vote reck perry. he likes tea partys proude. i went tea party meet and they vote me presidant of districk. so gets smarte likes me an votes tea party proude. PERRY – PALIN 2012

    October 28, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  24. Bob Moore

    Who the hell does Ned Ryun think he is ? Does he think he is a leader in the tea party. He is not he is a member only . I like michele Bachman. I think its time for Rick perry to get out of the race and i dont think i speek for any one but myself.

    October 28, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  25. AK_steve

    Of course Perry did it. And immunizations cause autism. And gays can be reformed.

    This woman is a nut ball. And frankly, a perfect representative of the Tea Party.

    October 28, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
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