Bachmann: 'We're looking at a spiritual hurricane'
August 26th, 2012
08:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Bachmann: 'We're looking at a spiritual hurricane'

(CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann tied religion into comments about Florida's severe weather, saying Sunday at a prayer rally that there's "a spiritual hurricane in our land."

The Minnesota congresswoman and former GOP presidential contender made the remarks at the rally in Tampa ahead of the Republican National Convention, the first day of which was canceled due to weather conditions related to Tropical Storm Isaac.

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"At this moment in time we're quite literally looking at a hurricane here in Florida. We're looking at a political hurricane in this country. We are looking at a spiritual hurricane in our land. And it is time for each one of us to show up and suit up and stand up and realize that in this time and in this day we pour it out for Him," said Bachmann, a tea party activist, at the event organized by the Florida Family Policy Council.

Forecasters project Isaac will make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday somewhere along the Louisiana or Mississippi coast.

Bachmann's speech may jog political memories of comments she made last August, suggesting 2011's Hurricane Irene was an act of God.

"Washington, D.C., you'd think by now they'd get the message," Bachmann said at a town hall in Florida last August while campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination. "An earthquake, a hurricane, are you listening? The American people have done everything they possibly can, now it's time for an act of God and we're getting it."

Her campaign press secretary at the time, Alice Stewart, later said the congresswoman's remarks were a joke.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Michele Bachmann • Tea Party
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    BACHMANN ,a sure loser in Nov ,along with the tax cheat romney the clown !!!!!!

    August 26, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  2. grahame rhodes

    The wicked witch of the East

    August 26, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. MaryAngeline

    She's the joke...even without her inane comments.

    August 26, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  4. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    This is the kind of loon your voting for if you vote Gop ,just one of many ,akins Ryan ,romney the tax cheat ,cantor ,Rubio ,Scott mack ,the list goes on and on .vote againest the Gop !!!!!

    August 26, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  5. Shane

    Can yanks ever leave religon out off politics ! I was watching fox news and the practically called atheists bad . In Europe religon and politics are separate thankfully ! Fully respect America but come on grow up !

    August 26, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. A Canadian Perspective

    Is she mad....

    August 26, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. Name Susan Williams

    This woman makes me nauseous! Her beliefs have no part in politics or our government. Anyone who thinks you can "reform gay people" is a total nutcase. This party is unfortunately being overrun by these obsessed religious fanatics. This country is composed of many religions and beliefs so these lunatics need to stop attempting to shove their beliefs on gays, abortion, birth control etc., down the throats of others

    August 26, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. Jane

    Newsflash to Alice Stewart: EVERYTHING that comes out of your boss'es mouth is a joke. Hope you have something lined up for employment in December....

    August 26, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  9. Bootstomper

    This woman is beyond crazy.

    August 26, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. Steve

    ROFLMAO... you just cant make these Crazy Republican comments up.... LOL

    August 26, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. bipartisan77

    I honestly don't see anything wrong with these comments. Why don't we focus on Biden's racially tinged remarks instead of Michele Bachmann making a religious metaphor? Michele Bachmann earns my respect, and CNN looks like it's grasping for straws, or trying to avoid covering the vitriol being spewed by the Obama campaign.

    August 26, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  12. The GOP need to pack up and leave

    No, this is God's wrath on the GOP and the fact they hate America and Americans. After all, according to people like Falwell and Robertson, hurricanes aren't just weather anomalies. They're God's punishment on people for some reason, right? Well, this one is heading straight for the GOPers. That's pretty telling about whose side God is on, right?

    August 26, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  13. Tony

    No Michele, it is a real hurricane. It is heading toward the Republican national convention. Perhaps it is a message to the Republicans.

    August 26, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. Wynter

    Go home. Minnesota is calling you. How did this nut ever get elected?

    August 26, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    She's just too funny and cuckoo.

    August 26, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  16. Darryl

    Here we go the Pyscho Witch, spewing her Religious venim.

    August 26, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. artraveler

    No, Alice Stewart, that wasn't a joke. It is the way that the Congress critter feels that everyone needs to bend over for her version of "christianity" which hopefully, doesn't represent most of the country. We fouight the Taliban in Afganhstan not to have the right-wing religios nuts shove it into laws in this country.

    August 26, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. drake mallard

    Well apparently God hates the GOP and especially the heathen Mitt Romney. Using the GOP's own logic, rejection of science, and blind faith in the creator what other conclusion can one draw from this storm

    August 26, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  19. Bigereads

    Oh geez, the crazy loon is in the news again. Somebody call the wagon and get her locked up for a while. Don't we deserve a break from this lunatic?

    August 26, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. mig

    We need an act of God to get obstructionists out of Obamas way so he can continue to clean up the mess Hurricane Bush left us!

    August 26, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. Indy

    Bachmann is coo coo for Coco Puffs and it is disgraceful that tax payers keep giving her a pay check for he insanity

    August 26, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. Bob

    Political joke by politician reflects misleading thinking.

    August 26, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  23. nothing new here

    Bachmann, you will never upstage Ron Paul.
    The Independent voter/Libertarian movement is the REAL storm that you need to be worried about.

    August 26, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. Isaac

    She must know god is angry with the GOP – why else would (s)he send a hurricane at this time to that place?

    August 26, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  25. gate

    Looks like God is smiting the evildoers to me.

    August 26, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
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