Bachmann targets Michelle Obama
February 16th, 2011
08:50 AM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann targets Michelle Obama

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Michele Bachmann, a potential Republican presidential candidate, is taking issue with Michelle Obama over the first lady's recent promotion of breast-feeding.

Speaking to conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham Tuesday, the Minnesota Republican said Obama's efforts to promote breast-feeding and the IRS's announcement that nursing supplies that aide in the practice can be deducted from tax returns amounts to a "new definition [of] the nanny state."

"This is very consistent with where the hard left is coming from," Bachmann told Ingraham. "For them, government is the answer to every problem."

"I've given birth to five babies and I breast fed every single one of these babies," she added. "To think that government has to go out and buy my breast pump for my babies? You wanna talk about the nanny state, I think you just got a new definition."

The comments come on the heels of Obama's recent contention that breast-feeding can play a key role in reducing childhood obesity.

"We also want to focus on the important touch points in a child's life. And what we're learning now is that early intervention is key. Breastfeeding. Kids who are breastfed longer have a lower tendency to be obese," Obama told a group of reporters last week, according to Politics Daily.

"Breastfeeding is a very personal choice for every woman," Kristina Schake, a spokeswoman for Obama, later said. "We are trying to make it easier for those who choose to do it."

It's not the first time Obama has faced ire from the right when it comes to childhood nutrition. Sarah Palin told Ingraham last fall that "the first lady cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat."

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    Chance of Michelle becoming president 0%.

    Just another example of republicans proving that the only thing they support is birth... not life.

    She is right though... shouldn't be a tax eduction... but then we should also but the tax deduction for having children as well. Single/childless persons shouldn't have to subsidize those with kids either.

    Plus... if we can't support life... then stop the corporate welfare and defense establishment welfare that goes on all the time.

    February 16, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. EddyL

    Shrill enough? Can't find anything more important than breast feeding to scream about? Bachmann is a dunce.

    February 16, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Can't make this stuff up......Michele Bachmann should be fixing the deficit problem instead of attacking the First Lady.

    February 16, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Holly

    The right need to find other things to complain about. The only time I hear the population side with the right is because 'We have the same religion/morals.' If your morals are racism, prejudice against the poor, discriminating against those who are not the same religion, and oh my, being against having a CHOICE for abortion, then you're scum too.

    February 16, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Pat in IL

    This woman (and others like her) are masters at trying to make something out of nothing. A person who's whole platform is to dis others is someone who has no ideas of her own, and doesn't care if she's being divisive for no reason at all. There are certainly bigger fish to fry, and if Bachmann wants to play with the big boys in the world of politics,she had better quit picking on small stuff and let us know what she thinks about the broader picture.....foreign policy, economics, jobs, etc. Breast feeding is, was, and always be, each woman's choice based on beliefs and abilities, but having information on current studies will help each woman make her decision.

    February 16, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. PraiseThLard

    Makes me wish for the good old days of Dan Quayle... Perhaps Bush was right – that Dan Quayle indeed WAS the most qualified person in the Republican party...

    February 16, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Mike

    I find her comments quite funny. She rails against what they call Obamacare and yet when the first lady try to fight child obesity, which can contribute to rising health care costs, she's against it. Besides, Michelle wasn't mantading government control, she was merely advocating breat feeding. More lies from the rigth. Between her and Palin, they want kids to eat junk food and get fat. How can this be good for the health car problem. Once again, the party of "Do as we say, not as we do" stirke again. The onlt sad part is that there are nut cases out ther who suppot them, like Mr. Insane, Beck.

    February 16, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. roro

    Apparently the right can be in your womb and in your bedroom without this being government interference. But if the government wants to keep your food safe and your children healthy, that's government interference. This woman needs to go back to Minnesota and shut up.

    February 16, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. JP

    I hope for Bachman's childrens sake that the lead based paint chips she obviously ate did not contaminate her breast milk.

    February 16, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Brian

    I suppose if it were a tax deduction for breast-feeders earning over $250K/yr she would have liked it better.

    February 16, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Denise

    Another incompetent, unqualified, ignorant, and uninformed conservative female. Why is this a running theme in this group? The conservatives & GOP would prefer to give tax breaks just to the wealthy because that's who buys their seats in office. Bachmann and Palin provide enough evidence on a daily basis demonstrating their stupidity and lack of political mention of the situation in Egypt or Tunisia or anything relating to foreign policy because they are inept, however, they will make these pathetic attempts to go after statistically and scientifically supported FACTS that the First Lady champions. Someone get Palin and Bachmann a saucer of milk...meowww....and a rabies shot.

    February 16, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. Linda

    We are a FAT NATION. FAT is FAT, unhealthy, unattractive, etc. Take it from someone who used to be FAT. It ain't pretty and neither are the "entitlements" that are necessary to keep us that way.

    February 16, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Dean

    Wow! So, the right wants to lower taxes because they oppose a big government taking from the rich and giving to the poor. Then, when there is a tax deduction to lower taxes, they say it is a 'nanny state' and the government is subsidizing it. Exactly what *does* the right stand for?

    February 16, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. j

    cork this imbecile. the govt. isn't buying breast pumps. if anything this witch should applaud the IRS for reducing taxes! all they have done is allowed tax deductions on supplies – so for those choosing to go this route, the tax burden on this particular item is reduced.

    how the hell can this pathetic woman be against a minuscule tax deduction like this, but for the massive farm subsidies and tax incentives she takes personally? yet another "conservative" with their hands out to the evil socialist government.

    February 16, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. Ken Golphin

    Really? We're at war, congressperson getting shot, fuel prices going up, Middle East in crisis, and this presidential candidate's issue is with breast feeding? smh

    February 16, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Chris

    What is Ms Bachmann talking about? Mrs Obama is PROMOTING breast feeding. For good reason. As far as the other issue goes, the IRS may give you a deduction, which is not even close to being the same as buying a pump. Is this Republican math again? Learn how to do your own taxes, Ms Bachmann , before you start fooling with mine.

    February 16, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Ruth

    I used to have respect for the GOP.

    February 16, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. SunnyD

    Seriously? She's getting a hard time for this? The multitude of things stuipid Americans don't know and we're giving a woman of power grief or doing what she feels is right to help this overweight country and to promote a practice, breast feeding, that not only may help prevent childhood obesity but also has so many positives for the growth and development of children...politics...Loud Mouth Bachman and No Brain Palin need to stop being so petty and try doing something good, for a change. They are two of the most selfish folks speaking to people.

    February 16, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. SF

    What is the big deal? the Repbublican party has it bad for the Obama's. Republicans are the devils advocate and promote keeping the poor poorer and rich richer, I wish they could walk in the life of a poor person so they would know how they feel. I guess they go to the firey pit they think they can take all their riches. You leave this world as you come in all be yourself and no riches with you.

    February 16, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Steve

    "Sarah Palin told Ingraham last fall that "the first lady cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat.""

    Right, because by looking around at the kids I see everyday, I can really tell that the parents give a crap what these kids eat, give me a break. Just because someone recommends that people should eat healthier, then they are trying to tell everyone what to do, and we all know that someone telling you to try to eat better food for you is tatamount to treason, or worse, *shudder* thinking of your health.

    February 16, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. Baloney

    Give me a freaking break. I was expecting to see that the First Lady actually made an offensive remark. But making a simpe statement (a truth at that) about breastfeeding?! She didn't say everyone should or that the only way to be a good mother is to breast feed. And Bachmann has the nerve to announce that she herself has breast fed five children! What is she taking issue with here? All it means is that she would have gotten a write-off! Unbelievable.

    February 16, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. Four and The Door

    Michelle Bachman has an excellent point. The scope of activities of the federal government has morphed beyond what is necessary and useful. Since the basic functions have been so poorly done and the cost has become a huge problem it is time right now to get back to the basics of government. Pull it in.

    But I think Michele Bachman has a great sense of humor and it will serve her well.

    February 16, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  23. DJP

    Doesn't Bachmann have anything better to do than this? Why is she even in office?

    February 16, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. dave

    She must have major contributions from companies that market baby formula. Opens her mouth often enough to change feet,

    February 16, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. Keep Them Honest

    Bachmann is a lizard, so is Palin. Breastfeeding promotion can be contorted into something bad? Ladies.... get some class.

    February 16, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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