Bachmann, Santorum exchange swipes
December 14th, 2011
08:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Bachmann, Santorum exchange swipes

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann hit back on Wednesday after rival and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said she wasn't ready to be president.

"I've won four races since the time that Rick Santorum lost his race," Bachmann said on CNN's "John King, USA," referring to Santorum’s re-election defeat in 2006.

The candidates are widely known as two of the most vocal social conservatives in the GOP presidential field, and Bachmann made headlines last month when she said she would consider Santorum as a possible running mate.

But on Tuesday, Santorum, a former congressman and two-term senator, opened up a new line of criticism against the Minnesota congresswoman, saying she lacks what it takes to unseat President Barack Obama next year.

"It's not like she's ever had ... any record of success of attracting the kind of voters that we need if we're going to win this election," he said at a campaign stop in Iowa. "I think she has a lot going for her, but ... we've gone through now a president with very limited experience. It's not working out real well for America."

Bachmann sharply disputed his claim on Wednesday. Citing her election wins in the left-leaning state of Minnesota and her conservative voting record on issues surrounding abortion and marriage, Bachmann boasted being a true conservative and the most electable against Obama.

"I have great respect for Rick Santorum, but I have a very strong level of accomplishment," Bachmann told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

Both candidates, who poll in the single digits, will face off on stage Thursday night in the final Republican presidential debate before the Iowa Caucuses on January 3.

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Filed under: Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Rick Santorum • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    No Way !

    They look so happy and perfect !

    December 14, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. DEvelon

    i hear all the time the gop wants to reapeal the presidents health care plan but what i dont hear is what will they replace it with and how much will it cost and who will it cover and how much will it add to the deficit.and how will they pay for it.

    December 14, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. Max

    Bottom feeders

    Ha ha ha...Funny, how we have tow bottom feeders fighting it out to see who will remain at the bottom of the pack to clean up the crumbs which might trickle down from the top. At the top, middle and bottom levels of the spectrum they are all demonstrating to the American voters what a circus needs to do to be successful....ha ha ha..how weird?

    December 14, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. Max

    Ha ha ha...Funny, how we have two bottom feeders fighting it out to see who will remain at the bottom of the pack to clean up the crumbs which might trickle down from the top. At the top, middle and bottom levels of the spectrum they are all demonstrating to the American voters what a circus needs to do to be successful....ha ha ha..how weird!

    I'd rather listen and read about Mutt and Jeff...there's much more to gain from their discourse than what these nerds have to offer.

    December 14, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  5. Jake

    when you're in the single digits, you go after the other nominee in single digits? hilarious!

    December 14, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. Indy

    Two losers face off but Bachman is the loser of losers and could never get re elected to Congress, so she is America"s Biggest Loser

    December 14, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. Clwyd

    Michelle isn't ready to be a representative either. She's just plain crazy! God protect us from the republican party of today!

    December 14, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  8. John

    You both need to know that either one of you are ready to be President. Heck Michele Bachmann should even be a Congresswoman. And that will chance In 2012.

    December 14, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  9. Sad Clown

    The vultures will eat each other alive in order to be the sole survivor.

    There can be only one!

    December 14, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Whoopeee-teee-dooo.

    She fooled a few people a few times, he fooled a lot of people once.

    Neither have fooled the entire country ---- just go away --– both of you.

    December 14, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    ►"I have great respect for Rick Santorum, but I have a very strong level of accomplishment,"◄

    WHAT?? The ONLY thing she accomplished was "fighting against policies" and she LOST in her attempts!! This is a non-story – two losers fighting against each other – both are in the single digits in the polls!!!

    Obama 2021

    December 14, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Shots between minor players that won't get the nomination unless a mircle for one of them happens. I think both of them are bad for the country.

    December 14, 2011 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  13. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Seriously folks........

    December 15, 2011 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  14. JT

    This is like the Clippers and the Washington Generals having a spat.

    December 15, 2011 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  15. it is sad

    And when you add the brain of Rick Perry, the three of them together have just enough brain power to blow their nose.

    December 15, 2011 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  16. Richard

    Two dunces, enough said!

    December 15, 2011 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  17. Niko_in_Richmond

    Other than causing acrimony, what are these supposed "successes" that she's referring to? Last time I checked, she hasn't accomplished much in the Housesince getting elected. How many substantive bills has she authored?

    December 15, 2011 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  18. Donkey Party

    What a complete and utter joke the GOP are. And just look at these two zeros fighting over who's going to come in last place. Pathetic.

    December 15, 2011 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  19. MadInCT

    Both of you are bottom feeders (in Santorum's case a closet bottom lover as well) who will be watching Obama's inauguration party in your pajamas come 1/20/2013!

    December 15, 2011 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  20. dos

    Like 2 bugs fighting over bread crumbs underneath the table, neither is electable and yet each proclaims invincibility and a sure win in the face of the the facts. Facing reality by ignoring it altogether is delusional at best and self destructive at worst.

    December 15, 2011 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  21. willie floyd

    I'll never understand how anyone with any belief in human rights and wants the government out of our personal lives could ever vote for either of these candidates.

    December 15, 2011 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  22. Marie MD

    The two lower level clowns attacking each other. What? The flake has one kid less than the overpopulator?

    December 15, 2011 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  23. HenryB

    Why don't they both just stop their candidacy. They are so unimportant.

    December 15, 2011 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  24. Dave

    Neither one of these clowns are prepared to stuff tacos at Taco Bell, let alone be President.

    December 15, 2011 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  25. SPLAT!~

    CAT FIGHT! Two losers fighting about who's the bigger loser!

    December 15, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
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