Bachmann: I would create 'millions of jobs'
November 4th, 2011
01:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann: I would create 'millions of jobs'

(CNN) – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is confident that when it comes to jobs, she would be a rainmaker as president.

“I have no doubt that we would create millions of jobs,” she said Friday of her prospective presidency, shortly before the October jobs report reflected a dip in unemployment.

The NBC interview took place before the official report that unemployment has decreased to 9% was released, but Bachmann made sure to lay blame for the economy’s shortfalls where she saw fit.

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said if we passed Obamacare we’d create four million jobs,” she said. “I talk to job creators all the time in Iowa, they aren’t hiring because of Obamacare, because of all the tax increases that are involved.”

And on the issue of taxes, the third term congresswoman who’s seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for president said it’s time that all Americans start paying up.

“I want [tax rates] flatter, fairer, simpler,” Bachmann said.

“Only 53% of the American people pay any federal income tax, 47% of the American people pay zero federal income tax, that’s not fair. Everyone benefits from this magnificent country, everyone needs to pay something, even if it’s only $10,” she continued.

“I believe we have to broaden the base to include every American. It’s about time and it’s only fair.”

Facing down rumors of trouble within her campaign, Bachmann asserted that “we are working very hard and we’re very strong.” Five members of her team resigned in October, including the manager of her New Hampshire campaign, but Bachmann argued that staff turmoil is not on the minds of everyday people.

“Not one person has asked me about who we’re hiring or who our staff is,” she said. “What they say to me is, ‘Michele, I really like your plan.’”

Bachmann has been spending a lot of time in the first-in-the-nation caucus state where she won the critical Iowa Straw Poll in August, and where she hopes to finish strongly in the first presidential nominating contest on Jan.4.

“Mine is a pro-growth, pro-job plan, that’s what people want, that’s what they’re excited about here in Iowa,” she said.


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Jobs • Michele Bachmann • unemployment
soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Sorensen

    She is a little, naive former low-level IRS employee with a husband who turns gay people straight.
    What else do you want to know?

    November 4, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    I don't know Michelle. Obama has another year to attack and demonize every business under the sun. By the time you get elected, they may have all left the country or gone under. 4 more years of Obama in the Whitehouse and the whole country will be declaring bankruptcy.

    November 4, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. ST

    Good luck Michele and all the best. But remember it is easy said than done!

    November 4, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Steph

    One Million Jobs! – said with pinky next to mouth

    November 4, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Dennis1020

    Details Michele, details. If you have the keys to unlocking the door to millions of jobs, why would you hold on to them? Or is this the same fantacy as $2.00 per gallon gasoline?

    November 4, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. ART

    Voices inside my head tell me to say these stupid things is what she really needs to admit.

    November 4, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. silmon

    create jobs NOW

    November 4, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Yep...she's going to put all the igredients in a bowl, mix them up, put them in an Easy Bake Oven and poof...millions of jobs. Half-baked nincompoop.

    November 4, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    Sniffit: Moreover, pretending that a bargaining collective that funds itself through dues to represent its members, who can vote on its activities,
    =========================================================================================
    Oh really?? So you believe union members vote on who gets the hundreds of millions in union political donations?!! of course they do not. Fact is that union members do NOT vote on what their union leadership does. Sniffit just likes to lie and exaggerate to back up his fanstasy view of the world.

    November 4, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Purnell Meagre

    she should have promised trillions! Or, better still, a job for every dollar Obama spent on his trip to India (a number of a zillion).

    November 4, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Elphaba

    This is kind of off the subject, but it does concern one of the "Ditzy Chicks" (Bachman and Palin). Sarah seems to have fallen on the face of CNN's earth since she said she won't be running for president. Now if only CNN would accord us the same courtesy with Bachmann.

    November 4, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. James Madison

    I would love to see her "plan" to create jobs. Out of all the candidates she is one of the few who could do something now. Otherwise she should just shut up, it does our country no good talking about how she could do a better job with out anything credible to back her up. I think now is a time were talking about the job issue is at an end and we need to do something. The President is, I may not agree with him but at lest he is trying and not crying

    November 4, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    “I have no doubt that we would create millions of jobs”
    Where in China and India

    November 4, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. TiAmo

    "Everyone benefits from this magnificent country, everyone needs to pay something, even if it’s only $10,” she continued.

    She first said everyone needs to pay something, even if it's only $1. She's not even president and already she's raising taxes

    November 4, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Wes B.

    If only she held a public office she could help create some jobs. OH WAIT...SHE'S A U.S. REP!! Why hasn't she been creating all these jobs with her current position? Also...I thought the free market created jobs, Michelle, not presidents.

    November 4, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. Hobbitea Baggins

    Michele who?

    November 4, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. BobRooney

    Estimated 7 million non-agricultural jobs are held by illegal aliens .
    Jobs that could and should go to Americans. Push your state rep to make a change .
    Google this: NUMBERSUSA .Once you are registered, go to the "action board" to
    send free faxes to you state representative .
    They are all typed up and ready to go, you just need to click your mouse to send.

    November 4, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. diridi

    I do not know about jobs, but i know is Millions...stupid lady...bow...bow...bow...bowwwwwww...

    November 4, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. John

    If Michele Bachmann could create Millions of Jobs ,than why Isn't she up In Congress where she Is getting pay to be and tell her Republican friends how to do It. Because she know she can't do It and It just another Michele Bachmann and Republican Lies. Talk cheap and that all she doing Is Talking.

    November 4, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Robert

    However, she didn't read the rest of the report she got from her advisory board: ".. these millions of jobs will only occur if we make sure you're not a one or two term president". Try reading ALL the report this time!!!

    November 4, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Jay

    Just like how you'll bring back $2 gallon gasoline back right?

    November 4, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Jay

    I look at all the Republican supposed "Presidential" candidates and I can't help but shake my head in disbelief. Is this the best they can come up with?

    November 4, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. EdSantaFe

    In your dreams, you moron.

    November 4, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. ed

    Isn't she currently a member of congress? Why isn't she creating jobs now while she has the power to create laws?

    November 4, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Oh Come On

    Blah Blah Blah........and just how does she plan to do this magical act. No substance......just talk.

    November 4, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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