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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  1. dcinnercity

    Michele Bachmann is THE WELFARE QUEEN OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. She receives about a quarter of a million US TAX DOLLARS a year in farm subsidies for her family's farm. Because she gets so much money from US (you and me) she does not need any extra money to buy a breast pump. She is a typical REPUBLICAN HYPOCRITE stealing our tax dollars.

    February 16, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. jen

    what is with CNN – Blasted, Raised Eyebrows, Causes a Stir.... Did your writer use to write for Batman?
    Ok, now I see – these Despicable GOPers will attack the Obama's over anything and everything. While big corporations use every loophole they can in an effort to AVOID paying their share of taxes, the GOP attack their First Lady for promoting breast feeding in infants by offering a small tax deduction for the supplies. The hypocracy of the right just never ends.

    Nanny state my eye.

    February 16, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. Robert

    Why don't you find some more interesting talking points Bachmann or shut your pie hole.

    February 16, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. Jonathan Gramling

    Why does CNN give free publicity to anyone who blasts the first lady? It is a proven medical fact that breastfeeding leads to people being healthier during childhood and as adults. Mrs. Obama is trying to make peoples' lives better and healthier. What is Bachman doing except trying to weaken the prsident by going after Mrs. Obama. Aren't there more important things to report? Has CNN become another conservative mouthpiece?

    February 16, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. john leddy

    if pres or mrs obama said that the earth is round – bachmann and the other wing-nut republicans would rush out to tell us that it is flat. they are so crazed that they lost the white house that they will say or do anything to get it back..

    February 16, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. DoctorV

    This is stupid. Of course it is a woman's choice whether to do it or not. But it's also medically superior to formula, which is why the first lady is promoting it.

    February 16, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. JWR

    Michell Bachmann claims to have breast fed 5 children and disagrees about breast feeding? The First Lady has not proposed a law, only some insight about breast feeding that may be helpful to some concerned mothers about their baby's obesity or health. Is it wrong or a crime in America, to share information. Are the Republicans trying to turn America into a western Iran?

    February 16, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  8. francesca

    Have we so completely lost touch with reality that we're attacking an advocate of american children's health? Oh yeah......almost forgot......political rhetoric preempted common sense.....what a shameful display of ignorance.....shame on ms Bachman...

    February 16, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  9. Midewesterner

    Is there really nothing else for this idiot to protest than a simple tax deduction to promote breastfeeding? We get it, you and Sarah Palin don't like The First Lady trying to better our society!

    February 16, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. Chuck

    Does anyone else find Bachmann's logic completely flawed? Go ahead and run for the President, she'll make it easier for everyone.

    February 16, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. Rush L

    Ahhh, there is NO issue in which this whack job isn't willing to pander.

    February 16, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  12. jeanne

    can we also please get a tax refund for 40 years p/women of tampax and maxipads tax?....

    February 16, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  13. Joe

    This woman is a lunatic. There are tons of evidence that breast-fed babies are healthier (which is probably, at least partially, the reason why Bachman elected to breast feed her own children). The First Lady's support for programs that will help mothers with the necessary tools to breast feed is a way to help improve the health of children and cut health care costs over time. I knew that the GOP was supporting the notion of a more stupid America by proposing massive cuts in education, but now it seems that Bachman is against health children. Maybe healthy children and school age children need to hire a lobbyists and get a PAC. Maybe they need a big office down on K Street (which is where Speaker Boehner admits to spending a lot of his time) so that they are no longer getting screwed by the GOP's proposals.

    February 16, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. eunice

    michele bachmann needs to be home with her own kids instead of running the country promoting hate

    February 16, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  15. Tim Thorntron

    The wicked witch of the North. Considering what politicians and corporate America write off as 'tax deductions, I'd say a breast pump to enhance a child's health in the growing process is a small item in the nation's budget. How many breast pump deductions will it take to amount to 150,000 dollars (the amount the other wicked witch from Alaska spent on her wardrobe)?

    February 16, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  16. Alesia Brady

    Lmao... Is this the best critisim that this possible presidential candidate can think of. I think Palin jumped out of her body and into Michelle Bachmanns. I don't think persons of interest for president nominees should even get media attention unless they are smart enough to use their time on camera to talk about what their original ideas are to fix this country. Not to slam other peoples harmless comments. I think Ms. Bachmann is just mad because she didn't get to count her breast pump off on her taxes. And you know she would have if given the chance !!

    February 16, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  17. USA

    Good grief! I want to deduct the THOUSANDS of dollars I spend to send my kids to PRIVATE school, saving taxpayers the cost of educating my kids.

    February 16, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |

    Shut up Bachmann. Your ignorance and narrow mind is hanging out again. God save us from these right-wing, hate filled lunatics!!!!

    February 16, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  19. NG

    She clearly doesn't know what a tax deduction is.

    February 16, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. Diane

    MIchele Bachmann is an IDIOT pure and simple....there is no way in this world that fool will ever see the inside of the oval office....except if maybe they let her in on a public tour!!! Just wish she'd shut her ignorant pie hole and fade away into oblivion!!!!!!!

    February 16, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  21. Lawrence

    So wait a second, Bachmann is criticizing the promotion of breast feeding by letting us know she breast-feed all of her children? She is a complete loon. I want her to run for President – the absolutely wackiness she brings to the table would make for great TV!

    February 16, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  22. Brian

    Typical of the far right to completely forget an entire segment of the population that may not be able to afford a breast pump and nursing supplies, and can't afford health insurance. Do these mothers and babies deserve a lesser quality of health care?

    February 16, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  23. McCy

    Every time I think Bachmann has finally reached the pinnacle of insanity, she goes and opens her mouth again. Bravo, congresswomen. It's quite a feat to be the craziest person in politics considering some of the competition.

    February 16, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  24. Tim in Austin

    Wow. It's like she and Palin are trying to out-stupid each other. What a sight to behold. I would hope that a sitting Congress woman would know the difference between a tax-deduction and "the government buying it for you." This is the face of the modern Republican party.

    February 16, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  25. OhioConservative

    I have been heavily conservative for years, but the Republican party is looking rediculous. Encouraging healthier choices and giving tax breaks are not a "nanny state." none of you Rs were saying Mrs. Bush was telling you how to raise your kids by promoting reading. There are real and serious issues in this country. You are arguing over non-issues like breast feeding and and superbowl menus. Try developing a belief system that goes beyond attacking the other side for anything they do.

    February 16, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
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