Bachmann: Santorum win a 'shot across the bow'
February 8th, 2012
05:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Bachmann: Santorum win a 'shot across the bow'

(CNN) - Rick Santorum's trio of wins in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado can be attributed to a renewed focus on social issues, Santorum's one-time rival Rep. Michele Bachmann said Wednesday.

Speaking on CNN's "John King, USA," Bachmann said the surprise victories Tuesday were a "shot across the bow" for the GOP.

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"I think what we saw is that the voters haven't made up their mind yet on who the Republican nominee should be," Bachmann said. "But really the biggest signal that was sent is that Barack Obama is in big trouble."

Bachmann said Minnesota's contest was the first in the 2012 election cycle where voters zeroed in on social issues given the swirl of attention on new rules from the federal government requiring employers, including religious institutions, to include contraception in their health insurance plans.

"This was the first social issue election that we've had so far, that's what you saw in Minnesota," Bachmann said. "That's what you saw in Missouri and Colorado. You saw social conservatives weigh in a big way for the first time and I think it's because of Barack Obama's policies."

She added, "I think one thing that we're seeing is that the issues of the day are really driving these elections. The Republican party has always been a three legged stool. We're a party the believes in strong national defense, strong fiscal conservative policy, and also strong social policy. What you saw last night was the social conservatives wing of our party saying 'We are very concerned about this issue.'"

Parsing out the remaining candidates, Bachmann said each appealed to a certain type of Republican voter, but that having them all in the race was causing the party to divide into blocs.

"I think each of these candidates represents part of our party and that's why we have to come together and have unity. We are seeing tremendous factionalization."

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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Reggie from LA

    So now, all that rhetoric and red meat having been spewed, are you Minnesotans going to vote her in again? You know she's running her campaign this very minute right? Has she done anything for her state lately? How about at all? If you need someone to harp on Obama for years at a time, she's great!!! Uhm, anybody can do that. Go ahead. Voter for her again.

    February 8, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. Sam

    Go away!!

    February 8, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. ofberen

    Anyone could defeat the inexperienced obummer

    February 8, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    McCrypt said less than 1% of GOP voters showed up, that sounds more like a spitball fired over the bow.

    Just remember, missy, you do not win general elections with just the base showing up and certainly not with just 1% of the base showing up!

    February 8, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. tony

    A shot from a nationally shrinking minority. Who cares if the dumbest 20% win a election amongst themselves. If we had National elections for senators and congressmen there wouldn't be a Tea party, republican Party or the sabotaging gridlock that a few backward state elected nutjobs are doing to America

    February 8, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. John

    CNN you had this woman to the New for they last three day. She Lost her run and If the People Of Minnesota or smart they will get rid of her In Congress too.

    February 8, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. Steve Moore Smithton, Mo.

    Why would anybody put any stock into what Michelle Bachman says? The turnout numbers for the Republican primaries and caucases are the lowest in decades and yet she thinks a great message is being sent. She just doesn't get it. Just like Palin, everytime she opens her mouth she reaffirms how ignorant, stupid, and out of touch she really is.

    February 8, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Can we never get rid of Bachmann and her idiotic views? Bachmann should stay home and try to tell more lies to her district, I understand that there is a very good chance that she won't even get re-elected by her own kooky followers.

    February 8, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Rick Santorum's trio of wins in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado can be attributed to a renewed focus on social issues, Santorum's one-time rival Rep. Michele Bachmann said Wednesday.

    John McCain say's it do to low voter turnout.

    February 8, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  10. roy

    And anyone who listen's to one thing this fool ( Bachmann) might say is a fool... I thought she was gone forever.... When it's time for her next election she will be looking for a new job...

    February 8, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. Stating the obvious

    Why is CNN wasting TV time and web space pandering to this nobody? She isn't a has-been; she's a never-was. Her fifteen minutes were up long ago.

    February 8, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. Jay

    Who cares what Bachmann has to say? Even Republicans didn't love what she had to say, and so she had to drop out of the race. Not all people who run for President are people who should be given credibility or a speaking platform.

    Shut up Bachmann and go away.

    February 8, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
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