Bachmann's Response to State of the Union
January 25th, 2011
10:10 PM ET
10 years ago

Bachmann's Response to State of the Union

As prepared for delivery:

Good evening, my name is Congresswoman Michele Bachmann from Minnesota’s 6th District.

Two years ago, when Barack Obama became our President, unemployment was 7.8 percent and our national debt stood at what seemed like a staggering $10.6 trillion dollars.

We wondered whether the President would cut spending, reduce the deficit and implement real job-creating policies.

Unfortunately, the President’s strategy for recovery was to spend a trillion dollars on a failed stimulus program, fueled by borrowed money.

The White House promised us that all the spending would keep unemployment under 8 percent.

Not only did that plan fail to deliver, but within three months the national jobless rate spiked to 9.4 percent. And sadly, it hasn’t been lower for 20 straight months. While the government grew, we lost more than 2 million jobs.

Let me show you a chart. [CHART]

Here are unemployment rates over the past ten years. In October 2001, our national unemployment rate was at 5.3 percent. In 2008 it was at 6.6 percent. But, just eight months after President Obama promised lower unemployment, that rate spiked to a staggering 10.1 percent.

Today, unemployment is at 9.4 percent with about 400,000 new claims every week.

After the $700 billion bailout, the trillion-dollar stimulus, and the $410 billion spending bill with over 9,000 earmarks, many of you implored Washington to please stop spending money we don’t have.

But, instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt, unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country.


Deficits were unacceptably high under President Bush, but they exploded under President Obama’s direction, growing the national debt by an astounding $3.1 trillion-dollars.

What did we buy?

Instead of a leaner, smarter government, we bought a bureaucracy that tells us which light bulbs to buy, and which will put 16,500 IRS agents in charge of policing President Obama’s healthcare bill.

ObamaCare mandates and penalties will force many job creators to stop offering health insurance altogether, unless yours is one of the more-than-222 privileged companies or unions that has received a government waiver.

In the end, unless we fully repeal ObamaCare, a nation that currently enjoys the world’s best healthcare may be forced to rely on government-run coverage that will have a devastating impact on our national debt for generations to come.

For two years President Obama made promises just like the ones we heard him make tonight. Yet still we have high unemployment, devalued housing prices and the cost of gasoline is skyrocketing.

Here are a few suggestions for fixing our economy:

The President could stop the EPA from imposing a job-destroying cap-and-trade system.

The President could support a Balanced Budget Amendment.

The President could agree to an energy policy that increases American energy production and reduces our dependence on foreign oil.

The President could also turn back some of the 132 regulations put in place in the last two years, many of which will cost our economy $100 million or more.

And, the President should repeal ObamaCare and support free market solutions like medical malpractice reform and allow all Americans to buy any healthcare policy they like anywhere in the United States.

We need to start making things again in this country, and we can do that by reducing the tax and regulatory burdens on job creators.

America will have the highest corporate tax rate in the world. Look no further to see why jobs are moving overseas.

But, thanks to you, there’s reason to hope that real spending cuts are coming. Last November you went to the polls and voted out big-spending politicians and you put in their place men and women with a commitment to follow the Constitution and cut the size of government.

I believe that we are in the early days of a history-making turn.

Please know how important your calls, visits, and letters are to the maintenance of our liberties. Because of you, Congress responded and we are starting to undo the damage that’s been done.

We believe in lower taxes, a limited view of government and the exceptionalism of America. And I believe America is the indispensible nation.

Just the creation of this nation was a miracle. Who’s to say that we can’t see a miracle again?

The perilous battle that was fought in the pacific, at Iwo Jima, was a battle against all odds, and yet the image of the young G.I.s in the incursion against the Japanese immortalizes their victory. These six young men raising the flag came to symbolize all of America coming together to beat back a totalitarian aggressor.

Our current debt crisis we face today is different, but we still need all of us to pull together. We can do this.

And that’s the hope we hold tonight as Americans. We will push forward to reclaim the greatness of our country and to proclaim the liberty upon which we were founded.

And we will do so because we the people will never give up on this great nation.

God bless you, and God bless America.

Filed under: SOTU 2011
soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Gil

    This woman is a real sicko and those who can find sense in her words are the same. Our new republican governor of Wisconsin has already cut so many projects that the unemployment has gone up already. Nice job Walker! A true republsive!

    January 25, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  2. Robert

    How can there be a response before the SOTU was even over? This isn't a response, this is a rant. This is not leadership, this is wining. She needs to get over herself.

    January 25, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  3. Cher

    I am fairly certain that both Bachman's and Paul's speeches were wrote before the address and I am also betting that they feel like a bunch of asses now.

    January 25, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  4. The reality is...

    He made it clear, if you heard him, that he wants to reward and build his base of supporters. He has no good plans for this nation. He will spin us further into decline if he gets his way. Listen to what Paul Ryan says and you're bound to hear something reasonable compared to the Obamaspeech.

    January 25, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. Mayfly

    Two years ago, when George W. Bush left office, our national debt was $10.6 Trillion dollars. True, Michelle. And that's what happens when you start two unnecessary wars in order to seize oil for your petro friends and partners.

    Bush spent 8 years moving US resources to his corporate friends. And Obama hasn't been able to correct that in two years? Oh, the horror!

    January 25, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  6. Patrick

    What an awful speech.

    January 25, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  7. Texas Doc

    This is disgraceful. Giving these Tea Party lunatics a stage is the height of low class. Shame on you CNN, why do you hate America so much?

    January 25, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  8. Tim

    Although I don't completely agree with everything the President says or does, Its people like this broad who show their ignorance and incite violence and rhetoric among everyone. The Tea Party people are terrorists and we as a country need to hold everyone accountable by voting.

    January 25, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. Ernie

    May God Bless you Mrs. Bachmann to be able to help put some sanity back in Washington. Stop the careless spending & stop choking the life out of free enterprise with overbearing regulations!

    January 25, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  10. A feloow american

    Bachmann should just be quiet and not talk. All she does is divide our beloved county apart through fear tactics.

    Now CNN enough about this insignificant moron. This county needs to move forward by not listening to the likes of her.

    January 25, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  11. Krole

    I wonder what Bachman looks like in a swimsuit. Nothing else that comes out of her mouth matters.

    January 25, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  12. Max

    Isn't this supposed to be a response? Bachmann didn't address anything that Obama stated.

    January 25, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  13. Rowe

    I don't get it.

    Paul Ryan is a Republican
    Michelle Bachman is a Republican

    Why are the Republicans suddenly getting TWO REBUTTALS to the State of The Union Address? Why is CNN yielding to this nonsense?

    If the Democratic party subdivides itself into three subunits (i.e.-Blue Dogs, Moderates, and South Paws) will they get to have THREE rebuttals the next time there is a Republican in the White House?

    January 25, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. Jen

    Who cares what she has to say. GO AWAY!!!

    January 25, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  15. wakeup america

    What planet is this idiot from! This is a pre-prepared response, not a response to the SOTU address.

    January 25, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  16. walt

    By the way what's with the Janice dickinson synthic face? Oh yea both these chicks are unstable, rude narcisit..

    January 25, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  17. Concerned Citizen

    Michele Bachmann sounds crazier than Sarah Palin! Please think before you air lunatics in the future.

    January 25, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  18. Charles

    This sounded to me like a campaign speech in that it had little relation to truth, i.e. nothing of substance beyond the normal campaign innuendo.

    January 25, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  19. Mel

    I don't get the reference to Iwo Jima. Yes, it was a hard fought battle with almost 7000 US casualties and another 18000+ wounded, but hardly against all odds. Out of 22000 Japanese soldiers, only about 200 were taken prisoners. But what exactly is the point? Bachmann is the suffering G.I. and Obama is a dirty Jap?

    January 25, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  20. Mike Wingo

    If you are broadcasting a 'Tea Party' response to the State of the Union and the Republican response, why isn't the Progressive Caucus in Congress being given an opportunity to respond?

    January 25, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  21. RR

    Thanks to Michelle Bachman for the Tea Party Response.
    This will ensure her stupid ideas will get more voice and make Democrats look great.
    Way to go Michelle.
    Thanks Tea Party.

    January 25, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  22. hillbilliter

    Why was this woman given a soapbox after the SOTU? She's a Republican and they chose Ryan to speak. CNN gave a brainless twit this forum in order to what? Embarrass her because of her silliness? I thought this was supposed to be a serious after-SOTU conversation.

    January 25, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  23. Timesink

    So when do we get to see who she was talking to?

    January 25, 2011 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  24. EA

    Tea Party speech... really? So basically CNN is validating two Republican responses to the State of the Union... how very, very odd. "Turn back regulation..." -Bachmann ... wow...

    January 25, 2011 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  25. XWngLady

    OMG....where to even begin...There isn't enough space on this blog to refute all of the lies,half-truths and totally out of context statements that this woman has made... But I will say this:
    Mrs. Bachmann keeps harping on the same tired lie about the President promised the unemployment rate wouldn't go over 8.0%...First of all, why was he even being asked to make that type of judgement?What was the current President doing? Why was the President elect doing all the work before he was even elected. Secondly, you failed to mention in your out-of-context diatribe that (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistic) from Jan. 2008-Jan. 2009 (remember Pres. Obama didn't get sworn in until January 20th, 2009) the unemployment rate jumped from 4.9 to 7.6 (2.7 percentage points)and the number of unemployed persons increased by 4.1 million.

    January 25, 2011 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
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