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

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. Muldoon in Ohio

    And we all thought SARAH PALIN was a dangerous and wacko politician....but she was only running for VP.

    February 7, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Not All Docs Play Golf

    I was honsetly so repulsed by this woman that I actually sent $50 to the MN Democrat running against her in 2008 and I don't even live in that state. That's how repulsive she is to me.

    February 7, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. cynrey

    Hahahaha!!! LMAO!!! Another rethuglican who is a "legend in their own mind"!!!!

    February 7, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Dave Harris

    Seemingly, she's got a point. She is narrow-minded, bigoted, hyperreligious, ignorant, mean spirited and a serial liar. What Republican wouldn't see her as their ideal leader? The mystery is why they seem to prefer the professional politicians to their own home-grown nut jobs.

    February 7, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Larry M

    She's clueless. Utterly clueless.

    February 7, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    How embarrassing that this woman represents Minnesota while still pandering for national attention. I assume this latest publicity stunt of hers is based in her constant need of begging for national campaign funding to get her through her next Minnesota election.

    February 7, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Chumlee

    Please CNN, Bachmann is so yesterday

    February 7, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. CNN = Certainly Not News!

    She is the ‘perfect candidate’ for president of Newts new Lunar Base Alpha Beta… (Airplane II).

    February 7, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Thomas

    Glad she thinks so highly of herself. Everyone needs to be loved by someone.

    February 7, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. ClarasBeau

    It would almost appear as though she is delusional enough to think she can still score a Vice-Presidential nod. Romney-Bachman... Oh, yeah, THAT'LL happen.

    February 7, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. max

    SteveW

    It's amazing when you hear a statement that is self-defeating, proving itself wrong by simply being said.

    February 7, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |

    Steve, you said it all! Amazing indeed.

    February 7, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. MSH Miami

    I wonder if the CDC is investigating the disease of self-delusion that appears to run rampant in the Republican party. Palin, Gingrich, Trump, Bachmann.....even the poor Kardashians are not immune. Won't you help find a cure?

    February 7, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. yogi

    Still around? The blame really goes to those who elected her in the House, and I don't have high hopes that all these people have come to their senses. Oh well GOP....what can you expect...

    February 7, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. Steve Moore Smithton, Mo.

    She's just throwing her hat in the ring for VP of Newt's moon colony and I for one hope she wins.

    February 7, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. minnesotanorth

    Perfect candidate? Perhaps she should re-read her beloved Bible: "And the greatest sin is pride."

    February 7, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. A Texan

    Of course she`s perfect !!!!! Just ask her ........................ First she needs to set an example by refusing the Gov`t they get from the farm programs and other benefits.

    February 7, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. Al in Florida

    Perfect candidate ? Possibly for "SNL" parodies on clueless politicicians. Definitely as comic relief for a primary campaign that has had less substance than any in recent history. ("Obama = Bad , Me = Good is not substance) She is a gift to all politicians with a brain......

    February 7, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. hypatia

    Absolutely perfect for Wicked Witch of the Mid-West

    February 7, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. CAL USA

    Come on guys, lay off Michelle. She was so much fun as a charter member of the clown car demolition derby. I miss her. I miss Sarah. I miss Donald. I miss Herman. I miss Rick. I can only hope that Newt sticks it out. Infact, how about we start a Super PAC to help him out? Maybe we can even get him into a 3rd party run, with Michelle by his side for VP... and Herman for Secretary of State, Rick for Press Secretary....

    February 7, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. Anonymous

    It is so sad to see how folks fail to do an honest self assessment. Of course, these comments are on cnn.com. Over on the fair and balanced network's site, I'm sure the lemmings are much more in agreement.

    February 7, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. kp

    She has been talking stupid for a long time, but the people in the 6th district must be drinking the same kool-aid she drinks because the keep voting her in. In Minnesota it was great fun to have her and Jesse talking at the same time. It's always interesting in Minnnesota.

    February 7, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. Charles Bowen

    What is it about loud mouth aggressive over the top Women that turns the Electorate off. Charles Boewn Solomon Stone

    February 7, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. cjg

    Oh Michele ! you are so funny .....ever thought about stand up?

    February 7, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. seasmoke

    Crazy eyed lady with crazy ideas

    February 7, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. TheFatherofLies

    "America had their chance with the perfect candidate." ... I don't even know where to start with that gem...

    February 7, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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