September 19th, 2013
09:27 PM ET
10 months 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. Anonymous

    When will this ignorant woman go AWAY. OMG every time she opens her mouth she makes the US look dumber and dumber.

    September 20, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    -tom l

    @oh please
    "Has she been indicted on her ethics charge yet?"

    Not yet. But Rangel has actually been found guilty of ethics charges. Interesting how you care to gloss over that fact.
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    Just curious: how do you feel about her attempts to obtain Swiss citizenship for herself? Is that the act of a patriot?

    September 20, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Gurgyl
    Remove this idiot in next election, simple solution.
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    Her Highness won't be seeking re-election. Now if only her GOP wannabe be replacement could get the boundary lines of her 6th District corrected with his staff members, I might not continue to receive his fundraising mailings. You see, I do not live in the 6th District. I thought about returning the mailers, but what the heck. If HE doesn't know who to mail his "vote for me – send cash now" requests, far be it for me to help him not waste his precious dollars so soon in the 6th District GOP primary.

    September 20, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. Gunderson

    Aw,Humm,
    Nation survive Putin Care? Old Gunderson think not. Nation broke now. how survive no jobs? Dream on Liberal's. Me from Missouri. Gotta show me.

    September 20, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Thank you, Madame Defarge, for your insights.

    September 20, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. Sonkarlay

    They are doing this because aca is going to work and the American people will see how Hippocratic they are.that's why they are fighting hard but is here to stay. we were force to buy health care in MA. And is eworking just fine

    September 20, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    As long as the tightie righties keep sending this idiot out to speak for them, they're are irrelevant. Can't wait for her to go away

    September 20, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. sharon

    I have enjoyed waching Crossfire until last night. Michele Bachman the crazy woman from Minnesota was os oibnoxious. She kept repeating lies about Obamacare that have alr
    eady been proven as lies. So glad she is not running for reelection.

    September 20, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    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.”

    "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.
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    It's real silmple. You don't negotiate with terrorists.

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    Variations of that plan have been pursued by Congresses of the past in attempts to kill a variety of pieces of legislation, Bachmann said. ... ... utting down the federal government is “the last thing we’re going to do,” Bachmann said.
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    Sorry, even your lies don't make any sense. One side of your mouth says you plan to shut down the government if you do not get your way, while the other side of your mouth says shutting it down is "the last thing we're going to do.":

    Whoa, wait a second. I take that back. Shutting it down is "the last thing we're going to do.": Did she really say that? There's no denial there. Isn't she openly saying that shutting it down is "the last thing we're going to do"? Wow!

    September 20, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I try not to address the drooling ramblings of people who are willfully ignorant and intellectually challenged like Batty Bachmann.

    September 20, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  11. Kevin1

    Wow, when did Batman let Bat Crazy out the Cave.

    Can the insane get anymore crazy, well poor Michelle Bat Crazy can. I truly feel sorry for the people in her district, who didn't vote for her. They are stuck with this FRUIT LOOP BAT CRAZY WOMAN.

    Thank God, she a REPUBLICAN. Well, she could only be a republican. We Democrats keep our crazy hidden in the closet, but republican they let the bat out.

    September 20, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. Data Driven

    I'm taking one for the team: give me a happy hour with 2 glasses of chardonnay for Michele. Result: laughing and dancing on the tabletops. Cavewoman politics? Forgotten.

    September 20, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    I try not to address the drooling ramblings of people who are willfully ignorant and intellectually challenged like Batty Bachmann.
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    I'm surprised that CNN didn't mention her latest rant. She is absolutely sure that if the GOP calls out to the Lord loud enough, He will stop a Hillary Clinton presidency. Guess Michele forgot she tried calling out to the Lord during her own presidential campaign and He promptly answered her ... in Iowa, wasn't it? I don't recall if He answered so negatively before or after He told her to run for President. Perhaps she didn't call out loud enough. Or something.

    September 20, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. jinx9to88

    @ Gunderson – Aw,Humm,
    Nation survive Putin Care? Old Gunderson think not. Nation broke now. how survive no jobs? Dream on Liberal's. Me from Missouri. Gotta show me.

    ---

    Thats your opinion. Under previous Admin i lost my job, i watched my house price drop 175k and my 401k was cut in half. Since this Admin. took over i have great job, my house price is on the way up, my 401k has doubled. So i guess thats your opinion. This Admin. has had NO help what so ever from the GOP.

    September 20, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. michael

    If Obama is George III, then Bachman is Maria Antoinette or Lizzy borden in another life! Chop Chop fizz fizz no relief for liz!

    September 20, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. askdavey

    wow, this is like they want to loose all elections in 2014 and 2016, has any other repb. even said they stand with her on any issue,this is the best part watching them run from her.

    September 20, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. Tampa Tim

    Bachmann may be nuts, but is the the best that the GOP has.

    September 20, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. TONE

    She claim the president will not negotiate with republicans but a lot of republicans vowed not to compromise with the president i don't know if republicans know what compromise mean.

    September 20, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. 2Km N of GZero

    People in glass houses...Bachmann is like Joan of Arc–she hears voices from God telling her to overthrow a legitimate government...

    September 20, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  20. Roger

    How is refusing to cave to blackmail refusing to negotiate. The idea of Bachman's negotiation is you give us what we want or we are going to throw a tantrum and we don't care how many people, businesses, states and municipalities we hurt as long as we get what we want for our big money donors and 'friends.'

    September 20, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Yeah, and America is used to Michelle Brainless Bachman being the stupidest woman on the planet.

    September 20, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    No need to read any article with Bachman's face and words attached to it because we already know it is below the level of a moron in 1st grade.

    September 20, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Tampa Tim

    Michelle hears voices, so it must be God.

    September 20, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. Gunderson

    As a famous Senator used to say, A billion here, a Billion there, pretty soon we're talking real money. So what's your answer to the 17 Trillion Dollar Federal debt, and growing a Trillion a year. Um, sorry. The Sequester, of which nobody likes has forcebly cut the budget back somewhat. Better quit cussing the messenger and look at the message. The budget, debt celing, and "Dummy Care" are all on the adjenda. so what is your answer?.

    September 20, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda, was it Bachmann that said during the 2008 election something along the lines of "God will decide who the next president will be"? Or was that her just as crazy cousin Sarah?
    These Tea-infested Republicans are nothing but pseudo-Christians. Chrisitians in name only.

    September 20, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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