September 19th, 2013
09:27 PM ET
5 years ago

Michele Bachmann: Obama ‘used to being George III’

Washington (CNN) – Tea party firebrand Rep. Michele Bachmann was unabashed in her criticism of Obamacare and the president it’s named for Thursday night, comparing President Barack Obama with a British tyrant.

“He’s used to being George III,” the Minnesota Republican said of what she described as the president’s refusal to negotiate with Congressional Republicans over the continuing resolution to fund the government.

George III was king of England during the American Revolution.

Bachmann was debating the topics of Obamacare and the Republican plan to defund it on CNN’s “Crossfire” with Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York.

In a heated exchange, the two displayed some of the fierce contention consuming Congress over the looming federal shutdown threat.

Bachmann continually argued that neither she nor Republicans have any interest in shutting down the government, only in defunding Obamacare by tying it in with a continuing resolution to fund the government. Variations of that plan have been pursued by Congresses of the past in attempts to kill a variety of pieces of legislation, Bachmann said.

Shutting down the federal government is “the last thing we’re going to do,” Bachmann said, pointing out that Obamacare has become an increasingly unpopular law that she and other Republicans consider to be socialized medicine.

Rangel countered that the defund plan is a nonstarter, doomed to fail in the Democrat-controlled Senate. “It’s ridiculous and they know that it can’t be done,” he said.

Republicans want to “kill everything the president stands for,” Rangel said. “That’s not negotiation. That’s putting a gun to the president’s head.”

Rangel argued that Obama in fact got reelected on the issue of Obamacare.

To that Bachmann countered: “And so did I.”

Filed under: Charlie Rangel • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. Larry

    There is nothing wrong with socialized health care – get used to it because it beats the hell out of health care only for the rich. If the cost of health care is not controlled in some manner it will eventually destroy our economy. The GOP have no ideas, no plan, no compassion – only thing they ever do is cut taxes on the rich and raise taxes on the working poor to pay for it.

    September 19, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  2. Natural Mystic

    Michelle Bachman is one of the worlds dumbest humans

    September 19, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. etimo

    Michelle Bachman is so dillusional as to compare her congressional election win with a presidential election. She couldn't even to go beyond the republican primary after Iowa and dares to compare a congressional sit to a national election. What a joke she has become. Her 15minutes of fame is done and she can face it.

    September 19, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  4. Rick

    Obozo is a bigger tyrant than George the 3rd ever was.

    September 19, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  5. Larry B.

    This woman is totally nuts. Why did they let her go on TV without her tinfoil hat?

    September 19, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  6. GaggedinUSA

    You would swear Bachman works for netanyahu.

    September 19, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  7. Dwight Brown

    Lets face it, Michele Bachmann and the Republican party are acting like Ayatollah Khomeini and the Revolutionary Guards, in their treatment of our president and government. Their actions is just another case of them holding hostage our government because they did not get their way. If they love America, and I doubt it, they should not destabilize our great county from within, when we are facing enemies who are trying to do it outside of our border. Michele Bachmann, just go enjoy your Campaign Funds

    September 19, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |

    So? What is Michelle proposing we DO about our new George III (B. Obama)? The same thing we did with the old, George III? Sounds she's playing with Treason.

    September 19, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  9. Thom

    I thought Bachmann lost and went back home to care for her 11 kids........

    September 19, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  10. Barry

    This is a woman who just needs to crawl under a rock and go away.

    September 19, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  11. joe

    i would rather have my children look to president obama as a role model then this crazy lady.

    September 19, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  12. I'mvotingforHillary

    They only want to defund the Affordable Care Act because a black man managed to do something whites haven't been able to do. It is all about tearing down a black man and nothing to do with the healthcare system.

    September 19, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  13. skytag

    Michele Bachmann is a lunatic and pathological liar, and the biggest embarrassment in Congress to Republicans.

    September 19, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  14. Michael

    Why do we even let this Bachmann debate anything anymore? She's completely irrelevant and ridiculous. "Why aren't you for Joe Six Pack?!" PLEASE!

    September 19, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Tea party firebrand Rep. Michele Bachmann is crazy nuts !

    Please go away and stay away !

    September 19, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  16. Steven Brooks

    Ms. Bachmann is not only known to be not the brightest bulb on the tree, but also a party troll. She's a symptom of a problem in this country where the press credits more the shocking soundbyte than the intelligent, thoughtful statement, just as low as any shock-jock or other ugly troglodyte.

    Unfortunately, Rangel isn't much better...

    September 19, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  17. mjbrin

    Hahahahahaha! needed a good laugh! she is so funny!

    September 19, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  18. James

    But can she spell tyrant?

    September 19, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  19. That's Sergeant to YOU!

    She got re-elected on the issue of Obamacare?... wait ... didn't she try to run for President? Did she get elected by the country? Ok B, you are friggin nuts. WE WANT THE ACA, deal with it you right wing extreme flea party!

    September 19, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  20. Sambell1

    Is there a way to get this idiot out of Congress 1 year early? Bachmann is a blight on America!

    September 19, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  21. DocHollywood

    Bachmann? Yawnnnnnnn. Isn't her 15 seconds of fame up yet? What a clown.

    September 19, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  22. frankiesweep

    CNN turning it's shows into news? They must be desperate.

    September 19, 2013 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  23. carlos

    Go Michele!

    September 19, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  24. sqeptiq

    Reality is a land foreign to Michelle.

    September 19, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  25. Jon

    I hate to be one of those people that puts down CNN...but why on earth are you continuing to give coverage to anything Bachmann and/or Palin say about anything? Very few people in this country give a crap what these two think, and those who do are not getting their news from CNN. CNN has too many facts for people interested in Bachmann and Palin. People interested in what those two say get their "news" from Hoax news...where facts are meaningless.

    September 19, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
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