Bachmann accuses Perry camp of 'stealth' political attack
October 28th, 2011
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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. Dave

    Uh oh. Someone is asking candidates for substantive ideas. No good can come from that outlandish request.

    October 29, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. chuck

    Bacgmann and Perry are both essentially "out of the race" ACCEPT IT.

    October 29, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. lynn

    Did I understand Ms Bachman's interview recently that she would keep our military in Afghanistan another 8 yrs? And today on the news 13 more Americans were killed. Why doesn't she offer to be a driver over there or at least offer one of her 28 kids to change places with someone already in the mess over there?

    October 29, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Dudesdad

    Obviously, from the statements made by Ryun, the American Majoity and Ryun are liars, and, because they claim to be a non- profit, are in violation of the law. That makes them criminals too. Bachmann is right to challenge them.

    October 29, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. kurtinco

    I wish they would all get out of the race. The republican tea party is bad for this country. VOTE DEMOCRAT ACROSS THE BOARD IN 2012!!!!

    October 29, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. demogal

    She certainly would understand the concept of "egg on the face."

    October 29, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. connieb

    Ah. "This is something people have told us." This sounds familiar. Was it that same "lady in the crowd?"

    October 29, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Superbadd

    Why can't we all just get along! I'm starting to think that maybe Rodney King would be a better candidate for president. It seems that accusations are the focal points of this campiagn. What happen to playing mental chess with your opnents by trying to convince the public that you have all the answers in a limilted amount of time. This country is at the mercy of its economy and we need change. Instead of proposing solutions these candidates are poking fingers. I can not help but to take it as a joke. Bachmann already has the odds against her, just being a woman. I think that it is best if she ignores anything that would deter her supporters, and remain positive. It appears that Obama just may reign again! This time I feel that his campaign slogan should be "I hope we can".

    October 29, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. roro

    Oh, Michelle, please run. Please please please please – pretty please.

    October 29, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. sensible

    It doesn't matter.....anyone associated with the tea-baggers is a lunatic, anyway!

    October 29, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Chuk

    This is getting good – a nice little disagreement among 'friends'. Hope you take each other down. Remember to take Mitt with you as well.

    October 29, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. Sorensen

    She does not have much brains and he can't even talk, so what is the point?

    October 29, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. george of the jungle

    Well you got something comming outof the wood work anyway. Shut up and go sell your book. Looney tune eyes

    October 29, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. strange tea

    Stick a fork in her, she's done. I just pray she doesn't turn into another Palin

    October 29, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. Justaminit

    Truth hurts, doesn't it Michele? It is just the T Party dumping you for your wacko comments. You have become a political liability, but it sure took them a while to figure it out.

    October 29, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. boehnersux

    When this light weight drops out, there'll be one less comic in those GOP debates. Time to get back to Congress Michelle, Boehner needs your help.

    October 29, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Mark in ATL

    The battle for 5th place rages on....

    October 29, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. UrAverageJoe

    Ohhhh, "people told us" this. Well, that's all the proof Michelle needs. A woman told her that her daughter became mentally retarded after the HPV and we now know that is a fact (at least in Michelle's mind). It is a stain on the Tea Party movement that they ever took this woman seriously!

    October 29, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. joe

    she is certifiable. so is perry and cain. all fools using the process to further themselves and get publicity.\ for the future. typical GOP stuff. get people riled up. say anything. make promises, pander and reap all rewards after the nomination. these flag waving americans want to make themselves richer. they will use any/all uneducated true believer to further their own agenda.
    shame.

    October 29, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Randy, San Francisco

    Great to see the personal back stabbing and name calling in the Tea Party movement. Doesn't really matter since Bachmann and Perry have become irrelevant in the race for the GOP/Tea Party presidential nomination.

    October 29, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Andy Botwin

    I love watching all the right wing Republican whack jobs destroy each other.

    October 29, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. M. Edward

    As a Moderate that leans towards the Democratic Party it's not in my best interest to tell Michele Bachmann that her time (15 minutes of fame) are over. But, since I am still an undecided voter, I think it would be in the Republican Party and the American people to have her get out of the race,. With her radical views that are only a distraction, and with the Primaries coming in a little more then 2 months the last thing we need is Bachmann and Rick Santorum, neither of whom has a chance in the General Election, to sit down and let the grownups figure out who stands for what.

    October 29, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. leadcollector

    Michelle should drop out of the race. And off the face of the world.
    "It's not the picture that gave her the crazy eyes, it's the crazy!"

    October 29, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. Bach50

    "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. [emphasis mine]

    She has no idea how true this statement is.

    October 29, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. Hunter

    The things coming out of the woodwork are termites Michele, Michele. And their little voices are telling you Perry's the one??? I'm not saying candidates should be tested for substance abuse but Michele, Michele is clearly on some heavy duty narcotics, at least that's what people have told us, you know, coming out of the woodwork! Once the hallucinations go away she may be able to work in the cleaning trade, foever trying to kill those pesky termites! Selah.

    October 29, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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