August 25th, 2010
05:57 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann kicks off bus tour campaign

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Michele Bachmann kicked off a bus tour on Wednesday."]Woodbury, Minnesota (CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota kicked off a two day, multi city bus tour Wednesday morning at a bakery and café. But while the two-term Republican congresswoman spoke to local reporters, she was not available to take questions from national media covering the event.

In a Bachmann campaign press release, the tour is touted as the first in a "series" of bus tours throughout her sixth district designed to give Bachmann the chance to "speak with small business owners and concerned [sic] regarding the current struggles facing the economy."

Media was invited to tag along and the release noted there would be a press availability between the first and second stops of the day. Both CNN and FOX News were declined access at the site of the first location, with spokesman Sergio Gor stating the tour is for "local media only."

The campaign of Bachmann's opponent, Democrat Tarryl Clark, took a swipe at the tour in a press release of their own, in which the campaign attempts to shed light on Bachmann's out of state engagements.

"Bachmann has finally decided to squeeze in two days in her district talking to her constituents," Clark's campaign manager Zach Rodvold said in the statement. "[She] has not done one single event that constituents can attend."

Bachmann has become a national figure among the tea party movement and appears frequently on FOX News. Her supporters in the state have often drawn comparisons to former Alaska Governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and the two have appeared together.

CNN twice attempted to ask if there's any merit to the opposing camp's claim that she has been spending too much time in states other than her own. She did not respond and a staffer said she was "not taking those questions today."

Bachman was met with some mild cheering and a cry of "We love you Michele!" as she and her husband Marcus-dressed in Minnesota Twins baseball jersey- stepped off the bus in Woodbury Wednesday morning, flanked by a few supporters.

About two dozen constituents were on hand at the bakery to welcome the bus as it rolled in Woodbury. Bachmann did not address the crowd with any statements, and chit chat was kept to benign subject matter like the fact that her dog is on the bus with her. She shook hands and then moved inside with bakery staff where she was presented with a cake in the shape of Minnesota, complete with a replica of her tour bus-also in cake form.

"What kind of cake is that?" Bachmann could be heard asking. When one employee responded that it was marble, Bachmann responded, "A marble cake? Everybody's favorite!"

Bachman's bus is wrapped with a logo of "Michele" on top of the words "U.S. Congress." Accompanying the lettering is a four-foot tall headshot of Bachmann wearing a yellow blazer. "Connect with Michele: Text VICTORY to 69467" appears along the base of the side of the bus.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Sgt. Tom

    Oh no, do we have to endure more about his nut job now as if Palin isn't enough?

    August 25, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. CathyInAZ

    Lets hope the voters in MN have had enough and vote her OUT OF OFFICE. My son lives in her district and he, along with many of his friends who also live in her district, are planning to JUST SAY NO to more of Michelle Bachmann.
    She is an embarassment to the state!

    August 25, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  3. Bill

    A bakery? How appropriate for a half-baked wingnut like Bachman. This woman is a disease. And in keeping with the tea-bag dynamic, refusing to speak to press. Even Fox!

    August 25, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This will be your goodbye tour Shelly!

    August 25, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. Shannon

    She totally ignores Minnesota unitl it's time to be re-elected, and now all of the sudden she's concerned. The sixth district has the highest unemployment and rate of foreclosure in the State, where has she been, what has she done to help these people. I know she's been worried about BP having to pay for the clean-up, and she thinks those pesky unemployed people are lazy, perhaps she'll hear some realities on her little tour.

    August 25, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Video Guy

    Ask her if Palin is coming to do a Pole Dance with her as a fund riser. I may drive down and pay 59 cents for that one.

    August 25, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. B

    Should of Kicked Bachmann off the bus..

    Total Moron

    August 25, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Steve

    Hmmm... Maybe the state of Minnesota should move thier election date to sometime in the summer. That way their brains would thaw out, and they MIGHT even elect someone competent, rather than absentee fools like Bachman and Pawlenty...

    August 25, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. janetlaw

    Ah....the hate express starts – what oh what has happened to my great home state of Minnesota, land of Hubert Humphrey and Paul Wellstone?

    August 25, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. vegage

    I will call the tour "the extremist right wing nuts tour".

    August 25, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. George of the jungle

    Shades of Sahra, won't talk to the media so we can see how dumb she really is.

    August 25, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. Moderate Sean

    Another right wing/tea party airhead! MN us all a favor and vote this bag of wind out of her thrown of an office, thanks!!!

    August 25, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. Sandy

    I like it how some of these "tea party" people refuse to talk with the media. Angle do that in Nevada too, actually has been seen running away from them. Wild. She doesn't work for the tea party, she works for the people, it would do her good to remember that.

    August 25, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    You people of the sixth district that vote to send her back deserve no social security, no medicare and no representative that has any common sense.

    August 25, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. Retired Soldier

    I didn't spend over 20 years of my adult life protecting this nation, defending the Constitution, and our rights and values, in order to watch nut jobs like Rep. Michele Bachmann and the Tea party/extremist right wing GOPer’s destroy my country! Anyone who votes GOP this fall has got to be a damn idiot! Do you people not know who is funding the Tea Party and GOP? The Koch brothers! They are majority stock holders in major oil corporations in Canada! Their father was a founder of the John Birch Society, a man who wanted to spread extreme right wing values like unrestricted, unregulated free markets that benefit the wealth, a right wing group who wanted to overturn our civil rights and other constitutional protections. They are funding the Tea Party…it is not a grass roots organization! Their goal is to spread a form of conservative free market wahhabism where the economy is solely used to help the top 2% of the wealthiest people in the country. They are totally against the middle class! This is about big oil trying to run the country like it did when George W Bush was President!

    August 25, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. andrey

    I can't believe I will say that but this woman is crazier than Sarah P and Sharron Angle combined. She is a total sellout.
    Where do I send money to? Ahh yes, Tarryl Clark.

    August 25, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  17. John

    Why would any sane members of the media want to hear anything this bimbo has to say. Hope Minnesota loses one seat after the results are in from the census. The district which would probably be gone would be Bachmann's. Maybe this idiot and the Wasilla Street Walker could team up for 2012. It sure would be poetic justice for the Christian Right Repubs to wander the hinterlands for the next 40 years.

    August 25, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. Frank

    This woman is one of the prime participants in the GOP's circular firing squad. Some of the things she believes are lunacy and the citizens in her district should be embarrassed to have her represent them. Her ignorance is matched only by her imagination about how smart she is. Scary.

    August 25, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  19. saftgek

    Rep. Bachmann is nothing more or less than a Sarah Palin wannabe! Her outrageous comments and conduct mirror those of Ms. Palin, and they are destructive to our country.

    If the voters of Minnesota truly care about their state (the state I lived the majority of my life), they will send Rep. Bachmann to parts unknown.

    We need reasonable, rational, non-incendiary and not-hating servants in Washington, D.C. Rep. Bachmann does not qualify under any of these categories.

    Simple, no?!?

    August 25, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. If bachman wins . . .

    Minnesotans lose

    August 25, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. dick delson

    this woman takes stupid pills. do you listen to what she says when she opens her mouth?

    August 25, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. SCOTT

    If this country returns the right wing radicals back to power in congress then we get what we deserve. We saw what happened with Bush in office with bailouts, adding $7 trillion dollars to our deficit and leading us into the largest recession in history and the loss of 800,000 jobs per month. If you want to go back to the dark days of the right wing then vote for the right wing. I prefer to move forward and continue to stop the bleeding by voting democrat or anything but republican.

    August 25, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. Bob

    I wonder what corporations are sponsoring the bus?

    The bus should have corporate sponsors logos plastered on it just as Nascar drivers have theirs displayed on race cars.

    The best congress money can buy.

    August 25, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    Any photos or video/audio of this hateful number two bimbo enticing the teabagging crowds to start a revolution against the same government she is running for office for.
    Her oponent says that you can travel their district in one and half hours. She is going to use and waste gasoline with this bus which costs $48,000!!!
    Somebody from the real media (whoever that is anymore) ask her about this. I would love to hear why she is wasting this money.
    What a gal!

    August 25, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  25. Flagship, NC

    So does she do any real work?

    August 25, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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