October 25th, 2010
07:32 AM ET
12 years ago

Clinton: Bachmann makes Bush look liberal

BLAINE, Minnesota (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton told a Minnesota crowd Sunday night that Republican and Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann and the party she belongs to is so extreme that even prominent Republicans in history, if they were around today, would be voting for her opponent in this election cycle.

"Every Republican leader from Theodore Roosevelt to Dwight Eisenhower would be voting for [Democrat Tarryl Clark] in this election," Clinton said to cheers from a crowd at a local labor union. "Her opponent and that crowd in Washington make Richard Nixon look like a member of Students for a Democratic Society. They make Newt Gingrich and George Bush look like garden variety liberals."

During his remarks, which ran roughly 30 minutes, the former president also repeatedly emphasized the youth vote by making direct appeals to college students and tuiition costs. He encouraged students to use social media to spread the word on issues that matter.

"I am telling you there are any number of voters you can still turn," he said. "You have to be her advocate. You have to carry the facts. And the young people have to get on the viral networks and light them up."

Clinton was speaking at a tailgate watch party during the MInnesota Vikings-Green Bay Packers game, which was hosted by Clark's campaign. Also in attendance were Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Rep. Keith Ellison.

Bachmann is being challenged by Democratic state senator Tarryl Clark. The Sixth Congressional District house race is the most expensive in the nation, with Bachmann raising over $10 million so far, and Clark more than $4 million.

Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Michele Bachmann • Minnesota • Tarryl Clark
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. rdepontb

    I would add, "Bachmann makes Newt and George look brilliant AND fair and balanced!"

    October 25, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. IEK

    Why do people keep flooding Bachmann with money? She says some of the most extreme, ridiculous, and outright false things I've ever heard. And worst of all it's not clear whether she's being intentionally deceitful, or she's just that ignorant. And yet people have given her $10M? It's nuts.

    October 25, 2010 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  3. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    All Right BUBBA! Stand up to Bachmann and her ignorant ranting! Every election she won has been a squeaker. Let's get this reactionary bimbo out of DC and back to the John Birch society meetings she truly belongs in. While Caribou Barbie may have picked a bunch of winners in the primaries, she will go down in flames, along with her rhetoric come election day!

    October 25, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  4. barry

    I have a great deal of respect and admiration for President Clinton, but he's getting out there now. Probably time for Hillary to call him in for awhile.a

    October 25, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  5. Michael

    Only too true. The great Republicans in our nation's history have nothing in common with today's cast except the name. Bachmann, DeMint and their ilk would be more comfortable at a table with Goebbels, Eichmann and Himmler than with Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Eisenhower.

    October 25, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. Rightwinger

    Desperate words from a desperate man, go back to fundraising.

    October 25, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. Dave

    He's right. Bachmann also makes Bush look intelligent. And that's saying something...

    October 25, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  8. voting against republican tea party in every race

    hard to believe those common sense minnesotans would vote for such an extreme candidate, bachman...... leader of the tea party

    October 25, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  9. Johnny

    Backmann is an extreme right wing radical that cannot be trusted. She wants to scrap Medicare,Social Security and the Minimum wage and pay Chinese wages to the American workers. Why don't you lead by example and start with your wage
    Backmann. Isn't it time for you to Lady up.............

    October 25, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  10. FM

    You are quite right Mr. President, the all breed of Tea Party are extremists in the eyes of many!

    October 25, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |