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. video guy

    Other than maybe a good Pool Dancer with Sarah the Tramp, this woman is useless.

    March 12, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Zip

    Hound this woman to the ends of the earth.

    March 12, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think Michelle knows that the buses in Madison were paid for by the Kochs and Turd Blossom Rove to give Fox something to report. They have been busing baggers around for two years. Michelle should take the $6000 etiquette class that Boner failed. Fire Boner 2012.

    March 12, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. dude

    This is one of the biggest dips on the planet.

    March 12, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Funny how Bachmann and the tea party people can dish it out but can't take it. Furthermore, this stupid woman is talking about benevolence when she herself is only speaking on behalf of her own benevolence; ching, chang, pass the collection basket around.

    March 12, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Joan

    How about still caring for and helping those people who are less fortunate and not being so gullible and generous to the rich people , big oil companies and big business? That sounds like the compassionate and sensible thing to me. Also, that is what the Bible preaches.

    March 12, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. LuigiPastrami

    Yeah! Turn the Tea Party on it's pointy little head. Any resistance to the right wing agenda of this creature and her Republican counterparts will earn us the titles of, "rude, thug, liberal, socialist," to which I proudly say- WHATEVER. Push back, because being nice doesn't work with these ideology driven dingbats. Witness the lies in Wisconsin. Take it back, America, or loose it.

    March 12, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. WiredwierdinSF

    If there is one thing democrat liberals can't stand it is someone who does not reflect their thoughts (which are controlled by corrupt union thugs) and freedom of speech. By thuggery and destruction of property they will drown out the sane voices so that their own drug crazed mutterings will be heard. And since they are all non working, non taxpaying welfare frauds, the have plenty of time to get their act together and of course the corrupt democrat liberal and union bosses are the greatest sheep herders ever.

    March 12, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Colorodan

    Wow, where were all of these budget conscious Republicans when Bush was doubling the National Debt (after inheriting three consecutive surpluses from Clinton) and Reagan was tripling the debt?

    March 12, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. BILL, WI

    Was this an example of the new American political discourse? Can anyone point to an incident when conservative activists crashed a liberal candidates speech. Just wanting to know what to expect until the 2012 elections.

    March 12, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Bob

    What a complete childish act by Liberals. If they want to be heard, do it in a manner that is mature, not 8th grade level. No wonder Independents like myself can no longer take the radical Left seriously.

    March 12, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    Did anyone see Bachmann on Meet the Press last week? There's something wrong with this woman. No matter what questions were being asked, she just stayed on message about the "slush fund" in the Health Care Act. Kind of creepy. Do Republicans get their talking points in a memo on Saturday night? She obviously takes them to heart.

    March 12, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. marylandvoter

    the latest, trend in republican party: revamping it's right-wing, reactionary politics and policies (the so-called Tea Party ("old wine in new bottles")), i.e. Palin, Bachmann, bring on the pretty feminine faces with the ugly message!

    ipso facto, therefore, it becomes the "truth"! oops, i almost forgot: to mention, that it is all done in the name of: god's will, patriotism, lowering the deficit, and supposed love for our children's and grandchildren's futures.

    March 12, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. catmom

    WOW, more tea party like antics from Liberals. I suppose we should thank the tea party for showing Liberals how it is done.

    March 12, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. annie s

    It's time for ALL liberals and moderates to rise up against the fascist Republican agenda. These people want to protect every tax loophole and every single hand out to the rich and the big oil corporations, but they want to cut programs that save American lives, and slash 700,000 jobs. Their attacks on the poor, the ill and the working classes has gone to far.

    March 12, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. Midwestmatt

    "They just brought the buses in from Madison, Wisconsin".

    You, Miss Bachmann, just came up against Democracy, not people from Wisconsin.

    Actually, you just came up against people exercising their rights granted by the OUR Constitution. In other words, you just got whacked by REAL Americans.

    March 12, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Grundoon

    Ms. Bachman, if you are serious about fiscal matters then why do you support tax cuts for the wealth. Here are some cuts for you, if you're really serious:

    End tax breaks for the wealthy;
    Cut your own pay;
    Pay for your Own Benefits, like most of us already do;
    End your pay and benefits when you leave office;
    End farm subsidies, especially those you benefit from;
    End energy subsidies, they are making billions in profit already.

    There – that's a start and I bet that would cover this program, WIC, Leap and the numerous other programs helping the vulnerable and getting the ax.

    March 12, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. RichColorado

    "But Bachmann also said that the issue involves serious choices." Does this candidate EVER answer the question?
    She can't even say whether she believes Obama was born in the USA.

    I hope she runs

    March 12, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. fayse

    No Michele, America has seen what the Tea Party is all about and you may be serious but you have no chance. You can r'ewrite history to suit yourself but, it won't work Americans will take our Country back from the radical TP in 2012

    March 12, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. KRS1

    When liberal "activists" burst in and start chanting and get in the spotlight I think it does nothing but make the party look silly. This is the petty crap the GOP pulls every week and as we're seeing people are growing tired of it. I think these types of stunts really compromise the credibility of the party. Not acting like this is what sets the left above the right, taking the high road when they still want to cry about birth certificates. So please, quit.

    March 12, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Suzanne

    "Bring it on," she said. Just like W! Their politics is one of confrontation and fear-mongering. And then she has the gall to talk of compassion.

    March 12, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. rashinal

    "We have to have a balancing act between our benevolence and our prosperity. And our prosperity today is at risk"

    Then why are you so opposed (or afraid) to taking money from the wealthiest Americans, the banks, bankers, pharma or oil companies ? Instead you let people die, you let the middle class sink and strip programs that benefit the middle class.

    March 12, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Indy

    Just another Koch sucker spewing lies and fear based on the Republican mantra of taking the middle class out. Heaven forbid a Republican from doing anything good for mankind if it is not profitable to the corporate run Republicans

    March 12, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Bill from GA

    I love the comment: "We have to have a balancing act between our benevolence and our prosperity. And our prosperity today is at risk,". As we pass tax cuts for the rich, extend subsidies for big Oil, take away bargaining rights for school teachers.

    Out-of-balance minds yield out-of-balance policies.

    But really, I would truly like to see Michele as the repug candidate. To look at trump or Newtie on TV at dinnertime for a year or more is tooooo much.

    March 12, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. The Dude

    We will survive just fine...Your greedy way of life? Thats another story.

    March 12, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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