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. GOP Supporters = People Too Stupid to Know

    Michelle Bachmann looks like she's pretending to be important. Much like Palin. But your wannabe 15 Minutes, like Palin, will end with the next election. Scripted talking points and choreography can only take you so far. In the early Republican primaries you'll be embarassingly shown how little you appeal to the majority of Republicans and you won't even make it to be shown how little you'd appeal to the majority of America in the general election against Obama.

    Trash. Absolute trash.

    Obama/Biden 2012 and Infinity

    March 12, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Joshua Ludd

    "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,"

    Yes, if only Republicans hadn't gotten us into record debt through the "benevolence" of giving tax cuts to the wealthy for 30 years and billions in bombs dropped on poor brown people on the other side of the world.

    March 12, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. John J. Puccio

    "We will not survive if our benevolence allows the treasury to not only be empty – but to have us be a debtor nation" –Bachman

    And we will always be a debtor nation if we continue to allow the rich to steal money from the middle class. When rich individuals and corporations stopped paying their fair share of taxes (first under Reagan and then under the Bush tax cuts), the government had to take more and more from the middle class. Today, the rich pay less tax than any time in the last seventy years, and because of the effectiveness of the Republican propaganda machine, the middle class gladly lines up to the rich saying "May I give you some more, sir?"

    March 12, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Alina77

    "Get ready, we're seeing this kind of response because the left knows that we're coming,"-– Oh, no Bachmann we know that you are here,you are very noticeable guys. People in this country made big mistake allowing you and people like you to open your mouth again and again, and we all I am sure are going to pay for it, we already do.

    March 12, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. sean

    I don't condone what was done by the crashers here but Bachmann' looks like too much of a hypocrite after consistently endorsing Tea Party rallies in all shapes and sizes, for a party that says its founded on principals, I'm more reminded of the child that wants their cake and to eat it too, aka a lack of perception in reality

    March 12, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Bill Arnold

    Ahh, a good christian woman. Help the needy, poor and long as it doesn't get in the way of my rich donors making more money. As a Minnesotan, she embarrasses me.

    March 12, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. gar

    Bachmann's priorities are tax breaks for oil companies and billionaires. She's part of the problem, not the solution.

    March 12, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. David

    As a moderate I half to say that Republicans have over stepped their bounds and yes this will cost them in 2012.

    March 12, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. diridi

    GOP will crash like crazy and hell....because it totally destroyed this nation like hell....o.k. I am voting for Obama in 2012!!!!
    He is the best 100 years....after Bill Clinton...

    March 12, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. roro

    Oh, please, and all those people shouting down the Dems during those town hall meetings was acceptable behavior – not to mention the ones toting guns. But here they're "ushered out" by the conservatives, who refuse to let them have a voice. Typical Republican hypocrisy.

    March 12, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. rob

    Bachmann makes a great point in a reasonable way. The US is the most generous nation in the history of the planet, President Bush increased funding to fight AIDS in Africa. The country has to bring our financial situation under controll or we risk becoming deminished and unable to keep our promises to our population as a whole. Every program has people who will argue that they will be harmed if funding is cut or stopped. In most cases Democrats and their friends in the liberal media will amplify the harms and parade victims of Republican "Budgets Slashing" infront of every camera they can find to score political points.

    We cannot allow them to scare people to the point that they win in the politics because that will mean the country loses.

    Nov. 2012 may be the most important election in our history.

    March 12, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. vwman

    What does MB know about compassion?

    March 12, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. dejah_thoris

    So, Bachmann is in favor of death panels?

    March 12, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. HorkusMac

    EVERYBODY wants a slice of the prosperity pie but NOBODY wants to help finance it.
    Special interest groups should be funded by private donations.

    March 12, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Reush

    There's not going to be much of a treasury if we have AIDS victims dying left and right! Stop thinking about your own pockets and think of the people you want to represent!

    March 12, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. Liberal Elite= Anyone with an education

    Now you've done it Cons. You woke up the lazy left who slept through the 2010 elections. Prepare yourselves for a 2012 Democratic landslide.
    You could have actually created some jobs, like you promised, but no, you had to waste time redefining rape, pandering to the corporatocracy, busting unions, re-launching Mcarthyism, and obstructing forward progress. Now, instead of energizing your base, you energized the Democrats base for them, which they couldn't do on their own- and for that and only that we thank you.

    March 12, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. navalia

    The Republicans AND the Republican Tea Party really don't care for or have compassion for any other person except themselves! They willingly and with great gusto voted to fund two wars that should have never been waged, which have kept us at war for 10 plus years! They spent billions of dollars on earmarks and every other thing one can imagine during the George Bush administration (2000-2008), and in the end we were closer to a GREAT DEPRESSION that we ever have been since the big crash in 1929!! When President Clinton left office we had a surplus!! When Bush left we were in debt up to our EARS!! So IMO the Republican Party and the Tea Party are the most SELFISH AND SELF SERVING people on earth!

    March 12, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. Jimmy-James

    Tell me she really isn't surprised that when the actual lives of people are threatened (by removal of assistance for life-saving medication) that said people and those in their care grow angry.

    March 12, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. GonzoinHouston

    Michelle Bachman and AIDS activists; oh, it's going to be a fun year!

    March 12, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. mickey12345

    Get used to Bachmann. The working people of this country are tired of your support for corporate America and we are prepared to take this country back from people like you.

    March 12, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. tstorm

    Anything to interrupt this clown, Bachmann, is good news.

    March 12, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. john TN

    How about forming a band...Bachman-Turner -nosedive. I wonder if she's writing a book entitled-The Bachman-Turner Diaries...a sequel to the Turner Diaries....same mindset.

    March 12, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. KatR

    Gee willikers. Wish I'd been there. We need to see more protests against the fascist propoganda streaming from conservatives.

    March 12, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Dave

    I always love it when these doltish conservatives like Bachmann have to actually face their opposition. Their gatherings are so carefully scripted because they can't think on their feet and they have no real reponses other than lame typical talking points with no substance. If she really thinks she can be elected President, she is either dumber than dirt or incredibly arrogant. It's probably a combination of both. Either way, it will be pure theater to watch her implode.

    March 12, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. lisa

    Befor any cuts...Obama slashed gEOREG Busch amount for AIDS.

    March 12, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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