High-profile Bachmann backer deals blow to her Iowa campaign, endorses Paul
December 28th, 2011
09:36 PM ET
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High-profile Bachmann backer deals blow to her Iowa campaign, endorses Paul

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - One of Michele Bachmann's most high-profile advisers in Iowa announced Wednesday he is pulling his support away from the Republican presidential candidate.

Instead, Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson announced at a Ron Paul rally that he now supports the Texas congressman. Sorenson - who had been frequently seen by Bachmann's side and who had frequently spoken in her defense - appeared to surprise the crowd of a few hundred Paul supporters with his announcement.

"Tonight's a little tough for me; I've been serving as Michele Bachmann's state chair for the last year," Sorenson said. "And while Michele has fought tremendously for my conservative values, I believe we're at a turning point in this campaign. I believe that we have an opportunity to elect a conservative, someone who holds our values dear."

"While the Republican establishment is going to be coming against him over the next several days, I thought it was my duty to come to his aid," Sorenson continued.

"It's difficult, but it's the right thing to do. Because he fights for the values that I hold dear as well. And I just want to tell you guys I'm going to do everything in the next few days to help in Iowa and beyond. And we're going to take Ron Paul all the way to the White House 2012."

Adding to the dramatic surprise is that Sorenson appeared with Bachmann at a campaign event in Indianola, Iowa, just a few hours before he announced he would support Paul.

Responding to the developments, Bachmann released a statement saying the switch “was a deliberate move by the Ron Paul campaign to discredit our campaign and our growing momentum,”

She continued, “Ron Paul is in trouble in Iowa and his campaign is worried about people learning about his dangerous stance on foreign policy and how he will make America less safe.”

Bachmann also accused Sorenson of changing teams for money.

"Kent Sorenson personally told me he was offered a large sum of money to go to work for the Paul campaign,” Bachmann wrote. “Kent campaigned with us earlier this afternoon and went immediately afterward to a Ron Paul event and announced he is changing teams. Kent said to me yesterday that 'everyone sells out in Iowa, why shouldn't I,' then he told me he would stay with our campaign. The Ron Paul campaign has to answer for its actions.”

Sorenson flatly denied Bachmann’s allegations Wednesday.

Paul and Bachmann are locked in a tight race for votes six days before Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential caucus.


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Ron Paul
soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    I'll stick with you baby til the money runs out !

    December 29, 2011 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  2. Silence Dogood

    Makes sense. Why endorse a woman when you can endorse a man?

    Republican endorsements also makes sense. Because some high level politican favors one candidate, I the unthinking voter should likewise also support that candidate. Everyone be a good little voter and do what you're told to do.

    December 29, 2011 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  3. M.A.

    The freedom remains to exist for changing one's mind on this planet!

    December 29, 2011 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  4. Gail

    All this does for me is make me view Kent Sorenson as a traitor. What kind of person would work for a campaign up until a few days before the first votes and then switch sides? I'm not a Michelle Bachman supporter, but I do believe her story that he must have done it for money. By switching horses in the middle of the stream he has made his endorsement worthless. Basically, he has shown that he will sell out to the highest bidder.

    December 29, 2011 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  5. Laughing

    Isn't jumping from Bachmann to Paul the same as jumping from the Lusitania to the Titanic? Both are sinking ships

    December 29, 2011 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  6. works4me

    "discredit our campaign and our growing momentum,” Oh my... this woman is so delusional. Get your life vest on Michelle... your ship is sinking and it's you that caused it. But hey, you tried...

    December 29, 2011 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  7. sick of republican phonies

    So this guy says Ron Paul is his second choice, AFTER Michelle Bachmann- THAT says a LOT about Paul, if he appeals to the type of person that would FIRST support the lying, hateful ignoramus from Minnesota.

    December 29, 2011 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  8. Sid Prejean

    I think that both candidates are goofy fringe players, but this guy is a disloyal bum.
    Stand by, Ron, he might "gingrich" you before it's all over.

    December 29, 2011 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  9. Clyde

    "Bachmann released a statement saying the switch “was a deliberate move by the Ron Paul campaign to discredit our campaign and our growing momentum,”

    Growing momentum? Is she on crack? This statement just underscores that this looney is not living in the same reality as the rest of us.

    December 29, 2011 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  10. Tim

    Okay crazy woman. Your circus act has gone on long enough. Time for you to get a-stepping, Your whole "they love me, they really, really love me" thing was a joke from the start. America needs to start ridding itself of crazies like yourself so we can finally put an end to the intermittent downward spiral that is caused by fools such as yourself, Bachmann. By the way, your voice is really irritating and inspires a self-induced bout of hitting one's own head against the wall.

    December 29, 2011 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  11. NoTags

    Does anyone actually vote for a candidate because someone else endorses them? Sorenson just moved up the ladder from dumber to dumb.

    December 29, 2011 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  12. CraigM

    Bachmann's comments about Sorenson selling out and then his denial shows just how dishonest and untrustworthy all politicans are....either crooks or just liars!!

    December 29, 2011 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  13. Terry

    With all due respect to the voters of Iowa, this entire circus, and it really is a circus, means nothing in the grand scale of things. More lies and falsehoods were told to you, by every one of the candidates, and you jump from one storyteller to the next, like a bee moving from flower to flower, or a fly, moving from one cow pie to the next.

    December 29, 2011 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  14. Ed

    Bachmann released a statement saying the switch “was a deliberate move by the Ron Paul campaign to discredit our campaign and our growing momentum,” – so she's not just crazy but delusional as well

    December 29, 2011 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  15. Indy

    Since Bachmann is a well proven liar most people will take Sorensons side on what was said, and he has every right to switch teams like many before him and many more to come. I am sure it is tough to work for Bachmann when you know there is no chance of getting past single digits, and you have to combat Micheles lies on a daily basis. Bachmann will be toast on January 4th and Sorenson probably wants a job after Jan 3rd.

    December 29, 2011 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Smart man. Ron Paul is the only real conservative in this race. The Robot and The Blowhard are terrified of Ron Paul. Karl Rove and the neocons are terrified of Ron Paul. If you think "The Establishment" has failed us, vote for Ron Paul!

    December 29, 2011 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  17. FCVA

    Well, the guy is a Republican and a religious fanatic, so yeah he probably did sell out for money. And to pick Ron Paul? Why else would you go there? Paul is a John Bircher, anarchist, who is so old he will probably come down with dementia before the election. If he doesn't have it already. So, is Paul Lindon Larouche's cousin?

    December 29, 2011 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  18. Chedar

    Adviser jumps from one candidate to another when they detected that one candidate is loonier than the other. No strange at all in the Reoublican race to oblivion.

    December 29, 2011 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  19. iamlegion

    "Paul and Bachmann are locked in a tight race for votes six days before Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential caucus."....really?

    "Kent Sorenson personally told me he was offered a large sum of money to go to work for the Paul campaign,” Bachmann wrote. “Kent campaigned with us earlier this afternoon and went immediately afterward to a Ron Paul event and announced he is changing teams. Kent said to me yesterday that 'everyone sells out in Iowa, why shouldn't I,' then he told me he would stay with our campaign. The Ron Paul campaign has to answer for its actions.”...hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

    December 29, 2011 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  20. SixDegrees

    It's not so much as a jump as a short hop from one nut to another. Loons of a feather...

    December 29, 2011 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  21. djoshimisk

    Bachman has a history of taking liberties with the truth to suit her needs. She also voted for hr 1540, suspending habeus corpus, in violation of both the constitution and her oath of office, and then she wonders why people are abandoning her. She would do better to tone down her rhetoric and try to catch a vice-presidential spot.

    December 29, 2011 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  22. bucman

    Who would believe – Bachmann or your own eyes?

    Best bet: call in marcus to pray away the stray.

    December 29, 2011 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  23. SciGuy

    Sounds like the words of a desperate candidate to me. She makes it sound like Paul's people committed a crime. The man chose to switch sides...how is that an indictment against Paul?

    December 29, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  24. Jack V

    How is it that the citizens of this country has not paid attention to anything going on? This GOP party has become over run with the weirdest folk this country can produce. The scary thing is these people get into power & inflict their weird ideas on the rest of us.

    December 29, 2011 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  25. Pest Terminator

    Sorenson, what a rat. "while Bachman fought hard for MY conservative values"...Paul is " someone who holds our [conservative] values dear."
    So this rat works for an entire year for Bachmann, now he sees his conservative values represented somewhere else??
    Two things: 1. Bachmann yet again proves that she picks the worst advisors!
    2, Sorenson proves that not only the GOP candidates are a bunch of loonies, no, it seems key supporters of the candidates turn out to be loonies too.
    What a pathetic picture.

    December 29, 2011 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
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