Bachmann book underscores come-from-behind wins
November 21st, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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Bachmann book underscores come-from-behind wins

(CNN) - Michele Bachmann may be struggling in national polls, but the Republican presidential candidate has faced tougher obstacles – or so her new memoir strives to show.

“Core of Conviction,” released Monday, shows a resilient and conservative Midwesterner “called to serve” in the highest office. Bachmann describes her process of deciding to run as a largely spiritual one.

Programming note: GOP presidential candidates face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 22, in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C.

“As Proverbs tell us, we can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer,” Bachmann writes. “Some politicos, of course, said that it was too late for me to announce, that other candidates had been running for months, even years, and were too far ahead in organization and fund-raising. Then I sensed an answer. I knew what I was being directed to do.”

Bachmann describes past defeats, including a local school board race, but spends an equal amount of space describing come-from-behind wins – something she’ll have to repeat if she hopes to become the 2012 GOP nominee.

During her re-election race in 2008, which Bachmann won by three points, the Minnesota congresswoman says she learned to play the hard-fought game of politics.

“From this close-call experience I learned some valuable lessons,” Bachmann writes. “As I have said, in politics I wanted to be able to disagree with opponents without being disagreeable or disrespectful. Yet in the stormy years to come, many more hardballs would come – they come with the territory of politics. But the 2008 campaign gave me an opportunity to learn to do better.”

The 2012 race, Bachmann writes, requires a “fresh effort” by Republicans to appeal to groups not traditionally included in conservative appeals.

“I believe that a conventional, play-it-safe campaign will ensure that America has to endure another four years of Barack Obama and his wrecking-crew policies,” Bachmann writes. “That is, if the Republican presidential nominee fails to energize key constituencies, or worse, if the nominee is seen as insincere, then we will lose.”

While there are few details of the 2012 campaign, Bachmann does describe her feeling when details of her migraines became public this summer.

She writes she was reluctant to cite sexism as a factor, but that “it appeared political foes were maybe playing the gender card. After all, at one time or another, all of us, both men and women, suffer pain and get sick.”

“Core of Conviction” also offers Bachmann’s own candid views of her political peers, including former Pres. George W. Bush (“eminently decent man”), former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (“charming and charismatic”) and House Majority Leader John Boehner (“reminded me of … the TV singer and movie star Dean Martin!”)

Bachmann also says she would have preferred if Hillary Clinton, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, had eventually become president rather than Obama, saying the former senator and first lady was “less leftist revolutionary than Obama,” and that if Sen. John McCain “couldn’t be in the mix I would have wanted Mrs. Clinton.”

Bachmann’s book also offers a glimpse into the candidate’s childhood, including the triumph of making her high school cheerleading squad, and the disappointment of not being invited to her senior prom.

Bachmann’s book is published by Sentinel, a conservative imprint of Penguin.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Wingnuts run for President to sell books. Their poll numbers show it.

    November 21, 2011 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  2. Mirosal

    I'd rather vote for Randy Bachman than Michelle Bachmann

    November 21, 2011 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  3. Che-3

    This woman is the dumbest I have ever come across. Empty, hollow brainless shell cell. Nothiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing!

    November 21, 2011 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  4. adam modelski

    All of the Republican candidates have recently become more "religious". What a coincidence!

    November 21, 2011 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  5. gene

    What a lunatic!!! If she EVER did anything as a Representative that could pave the way for her to be President, that would make her a legitimate contender. BUT SHE HASN'T! Not a single bill has ever been passed with her name attached and her absentee record is a disgrace! She should concentrate on doing something that her constintuents elected her to do before she even thinks about moving on! HMMM – sounds just like Sarah Palin???

    November 21, 2011 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  6. wow

    Tuttie fruttie

    November 21, 2011 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  7. Marie MD

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, sorry. I am looking at this before breakfast and it just woke me up without coffee.
    Flake, you would do better right now trying to pray the gay from you know who! Get lost. I hope your constituents wake up to your stupid.

    November 21, 2011 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  8. T'sah From Virginia

    And yet another book being pushed by DONATIONS and PAC FUNDS!!!

    By the way – where's Palin???? Dang, I should not have said that – watch, she's going to "POP UP." Actually, she should not even be on the POLITICAL TICKER anymore – she's NOT a politician!!!

    Obama 2012

    November 21, 2011 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  9. sick of republican phonies

    So the lord directed her to run? But, he's God! You mean THIS is the best he could come up with?

    November 21, 2011 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  10. Marry

    Her deciding to run MUST be a largely spiritual (delusional) one!
    It most certainly is not based on her intellect, class, talent, love of people, comprehension of good government, problem solving, cooperation with colleges’ from both side of the aisle (or for that matter worldwide), politeness, respect or factional correct statements! Ms. Bachmann has NONE of these! A book will not change that or the fact that her candidacy is an insult to the voter and a grave threat to the future of the US!

    November 21, 2011 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  11. diridi

    she has no chance...what all she says and cries on Obama....she does not know he is the first president who signed some of the nation's very much needed REFORMS. period. She lacks brain.

    November 21, 2011 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Bachmann has failed to be respectful in most cases with her Democratic opponents like Obama. I don't see how she has been respectful of the man or the office. She has failed to get her facts straight several times. She may have a core of conservative beliefs, but I don't think that those ideas are really suitable for the country. She, and other conservatives, want to go back to an idealized 1950's that never existed. They don't care about civil rights fight or laws that govern pollutions. Those were needed things because without those, we'd have a dirtier country. The market doesn't always correct itself (they don't want to hear that).

    November 21, 2011 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  13. da

    Well, I guess if you know you will not win the GOP nomination why not sell 'My' book while out campaigning!!LOL

    November 21, 2011 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  14. Cfrench

    Delusion and religion go hand in hand. This moron has both in spades.

    November 21, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  15. AlaskaPalin

    Michele Bachmann is the stuff Presidents are made of. Obama is successful on foreign policy which enhance his national security credentials because of secretary clinton. Ironic that she has become the receptionist of his 3 am calls. Bachmann is to conservatives what clinton is to democrats. Democrats who now regretted that they had not voted clinton instead of obama will have no greater opportunity to right this historical wrong than in 2012 by seeing in bachmann what they lost in clinton and voting for her. If we would lay aside our misogynistic prejudices america may have its first, 'Madam President', come 2012. This will show the world how far we have evolved.

    November 21, 2011 07:36 am at 7:36 am |