Bachmann says she was the ‘perfect candidate’
February 6th, 2012
09:14 PM ET
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Bachmann says she was the ‘perfect candidate’

(CNN) - She may have dropped her bid for the presidential nomination, but Michele Bachmann is still adamantly pushing her conservative credentials.

Asked by Bloomberg TV’s Al Hunt to name the most conservative candidate remaining in the 2012 race, Bachmann responded by plugging herself.

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"I was. I was the perfect candidate," Bachmann said. "America had their chance with the perfect candidate. But any of our candidates are going to be acceptable to the American people. More than acceptable, because right now, if you look at the Gallup map that came out this week, President Obama is in big trouble all across the country."

Bachmann’s assertion that she was the prefect candidate ultimately comes too late – the Minnesota congresswoman dropped out of the 2012 GOP race in January after finishing sixth in Iowa, the state where she was born.

She announced last week that she would seek re-election for her seat in Congress.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (381 Responses)
  1. Nat Turner

    Perfect in your own little, twisted mind.

    February 7, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. WhereIsPalin

    Can't help but feel sorry for her. She is so out of touch, it's embarrassing.

    February 7, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Seth

    gosh, we blew it. We won't get another chance like this until Jesus gives us a chance to vote for Tim Tebow.

    February 7, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Mike in NJ

    Well, we should know by the end of Newt's 2nd term, when we have that moon base...

    "I like to call it Moon Unit Zappa. Oh, that's taken? Fine, then we can put a giant "LASER" on it, making it into what I like to call a "Death Star".

    These people are like a giant bucket of Extra Crispy Crazy with an extra side of Lunatic Sauce.

    February 7, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Mike in NJ

    to Dhall – Just remember, one weakness of your plan: "Fire bad, Fire BAAAD!" ;)

    February 7, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. sortakinda

    The actual Bachmann answer to the question, "Who is the most conservative candidate still in the race?"
    "Me or George Washington."

    February 7, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Susan Prock

    I think that Ms Republican "Mary Poppins" should go back to la-la land and stay there! Wow what an arrogant thing to say!

    February 7, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Unenrolled in Massachusetts

    Does anyone agree with this woman about her being the prefect candidate? I've read 100s of these posts and have not found one person that had anything nice to say. I would feel sorry for her if it were not for the fact that she has done so much harm to the Republican brand.

    February 7, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Paganini

    Still want to know who pays for the health insurance premiums for her 23 foster children. Which state agency was that again? Here's a thought, stay home and be a Mom to all those kids you wanted.

    February 7, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Home District Minnesota

    As someone in her district in Minnesota, we were happy to have her on the campaign trail. It kept her busy and we always knew where she was (thanks CNN). Now she's coming back home. Sigh.

    Her electability in MN was largly due to "outside" money and extreme gerimandered district boundries. But I guess that even the delusionals need representation – I just wish it wasn't in Minnesota.

    February 7, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Kevin

    Yes of course you were the perfect candidate... and Trump still maintains that he would have won after he decided to quit. There is a term for this kind of delusional thinking, it's called denial... both of you have it and have it bad!!

    February 7, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Lenny Pincus

    Her perfection is the obvious reason for her complete and total failure. You know, she who exalts herself shall be humbled and so on.

    February 7, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. ddblah

    Any mirror in your house??

    February 7, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess, Truth, its an example of the democratic republic you claim to love, when CNN exercises their option to decide what they want to keep on the ticker. I just wish FOX exercised a little more discretion and , for example, kept off the endless cycle of stories about Anthony Weiner when he humilated himself in public, but I'm sure you enjoyed every second of that and regarded that to be in our national interest. Maybe CNN finds it amusing that a political footnote like Michelle Bachmann blaming the American public for not supporting her self-described perfect candidacy, but, apparently you want to run their editorial department and determine what's appropriate for the viewing public. Glad you're here to make us all feel safe and to check the tmeprature of the moral bathwater. Typical Rightie.

    February 7, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess, Truth, its an example of the democratic republic you claim to love, when CNN exercises their option to decide what they want to keep on the ticker. I just wish FOX exercised a little more discretion and , for example, kept off the endless cycle of stories about Anthony Weiner when he humilated himself in public, but I'm sure you enjoyed every second of that and regarded that to be in our national interest. Maybe CNN finds it amusing that a political footnote like Michelle Bachmann blames the American public for not supporting her self-described perfect candidacy, but, apparently you want to run their editorial department and determine what's appropriate for the viewing public. Glad you're here to make us all feel safe and to check the temperature of the moral bathwater. Typical Rightie.

    February 7, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. JB21

    Yeah, sure, she's the perfect example of a term "idiot".

    February 7, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Redrum

    My....the little missy is sure full of herself. Isn't she?

    February 7, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Dan

    The perfect candidate for the insane asylum. Go beat your head on the walls of your rubber room Michele.

    February 7, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. oman

    with people like her, no wonder congress can't get anything done.

    February 7, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Bob

    She's perfectly delusional.

    February 7, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Jean Sartre, Milwaukee, WI

    This gal is crazier than Charlie Manson!

    February 7, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. upsetcanada

    lets see how full of herself she will be with my teabag on her chin!!!

    February 7, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. JT

    Maybe for SNL. I'm so glad I don't have to hear "I won the Iowa straw polll in the fatest time of any candidate..." anymore.

    February 7, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Paul

    The hubris of this woman knows no bounds. Perhaps it's time for a therapy session with Marcus to deal with her personality disorders?

    February 7, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. AustinSBuck

    she makes misogyny effortless and comfortable, like a soft dry-sheet-scented snuggy of craziness...

    February 7, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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