Liberal activists crash Bachmann's carefully choreographed NH rollout
March 12th, 2011
01:11 PM ET
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Liberal activists crash Bachmann's carefully choreographed NH rollout

Nashua, New Hampshire (CNN) – In a surprise clash of conservative activists versus liberal activists, advocates for the president's global AIDS plan crashed Rep. Michele Bachmann's carefully choreographed speech to a gathering of New Hampshire Republicans.

As the Minnesota lawmaker spoke to the GOP state committee on Saturday in Nashua, a line of liberal activists burst into a chant and waved signs that read, "Michele Bachmann, We Insist! End AIDS treatment waiting lists."

The activists were incensed at proposed budget cuts to PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

As they attempted to circle the room, getting closer to the platform where the congresswoman was speaking, conservatives in attendance sprang into action – booing, shouting down the activists and ushering them out of the room.

After they were ousted, Bachmann lashed out at them.

"They just brought the buses in from Madison, Wisconsin," the congresswoman said, an apparent reference to recent protests over bargaining rights of most Wisconsin state workers.

"Get ready, we're seeing this kind of response because the left knows that we're coming," Bachmann said over loud applause.

"And we're serious about 2012. We're serious. Bring it on. We're ready for you!"

The melee followed a question-and-answer exchange on the subject earlier Saturday in Manchester. As Bachmann spoke to a crowd gathered at a school, one questioner ripped into the plan to cut PEPFAR funding.

"That could result in over a million deaths due to AIDS alone," the questioner claimed. "It is not who we are, to cut this funding. So I'm wondering, if you will agree, to make sure that we have this funding."

Bachmann responded, thanking the young woman for her compassion on the subject. But Bachmann also said that the issue involves serious choices.

"The United States is the most generous nation on earth. We have to have a balancing act between our benevolence and our prosperity. And our prosperity today is at risk," Bachmann said.

"We will not survive if our benevolence allows the treasury to not only be empty – but to have us be a debtor nation greater than we have ever been before," she added.

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • New Hampshire
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Kenneth

    Maybe the activists should have exorcised their second amendment rights to get their point across.

    March 12, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Mountaineer

    The U.S. is the most generous Nation on earth when it comes to the wealthiest corporations and Rich! Now that they have theirs through their greed and deceit, it is time that they cut services to the needy worldwide and at home! Michele Bachmann is a witch!

    March 12, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. wwf

    Running in 2012 so that she can make a killing after losing like Pailin has pedaling BS. Personal greed at work here. Ask people in MN how they like her.

    March 12, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Phillydan

    Michelle Bachman doesn't know what she is talking about. Despite all of the rhetoric about the deficit, we are not remotely close to being a debtor nation. America's assets far outweigh our deficit. No one, including the media ever talks about the National Assets of the United States. Examples like our Strategic Oil Reserve, we are the number one nation in the holding of Gold, our holdings surpass that of the next four countries ranked behind us. The value of the lands owned by the Federal Government and State Governments. The value of our Intellectual Property. Republicans like Michelle Bachman like focusing on the deficit because they rather talk about negative things. They prefer the negative to the positive and that is what makes them so despicable! She is a tool of the wealthy and the elite. In addition for all of her education, she is very clueless and never met a fact that she couldn't twist into a lie.

    March 12, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Shannon

    Yes, she is serious, the GOP is taking money from aids patients, transplant patients, heating assistance programs, education, the EPA and many more programs that help average Americans, poor Americans, and sick Americans. What are they doing with the money, they aren continuing their support of big oil. They are doing this with tax subsidies of 59 billion dollars. It wasn't enough to apologize to them, for making them pay for their own clean up, the GOP insists that they keep their 59 billion dollar gift from the American tax payer as well. They are giving more tax cuts to huge corporatons, and don't forget their gift of tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans. How does an average person support these people, I will never understand.

    March 12, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Kevin Cantu

    Hate to break it to you Ma'am, but the Liberals and the Democrats are ready for you guys on the right to bring it as well...Oh man it's going to get ugly next year. I expect some people to even get killed over their hard core beliefs. Yes America their will be blood on the streets of our nation come next year before and after the election.

    March 12, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Larry

    So far all of the strategies being pushed to address our deficit and the long term solvency of Medicare and Social Security leave the top 1% largely unaffected. In every case it will be people earning less than $400,000 who will be affected. Why is that?

    Michele Bachmann is pathologically dishonest. It's hard to find something she's said that can't be refuted by facts and/or valid logic.

    March 12, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Matt in DC

    Good for the activists! Many of the proposed cuts coming fromTea Partiers like Bachmann would end programs that save lives for relatively little costs. PEPFAR (which was one of President Bush's greatest accomplishments) is a prime example. Without it, people will die, and African countries will face greater disarray, which may provide great openings for extremists.

    Short-sighted and mean-spirited–that's Michelle Bachmann and her Cuts Caucus!

    March 12, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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