Bachmann to appear with Haley at South Carolina Tea Party rally
April 6th, 2011
08:03 AM ET
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Bachmann to appear with Haley at South Carolina Tea Party rally

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, will extend her upcoming South Carolina trip to speak at a tax day Tea Party rally in Columbia alongside Gov. Nikki Haley, according to a Republican familiar with her plans.

The April 18 event on the steps of the South Carolina State House is being organized by the Columbia Tea Party. State Sen. Tom Davis and Treasurer Curtis Loftis, two rising stars in the state’s Republican ranks, are also slated to speak.

Bachmann is the first potential GOP presidential candidate to join the rally, expected to be one of the biggest Tea Party events of the year in the state.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will be in the state this weekend appearing at county Republican conventions in Greenville and Spartanburg.

Bachmann, meanwhile, had already scheduled a two-day visit to the early primary state beginning April 15 for a fundraiser and a pair of rallies in the Hilton Head area.

Haley, one of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s top surrogates in the state during his 2008 presidential bid, has said she will endorse a candidate before the South Carolina primary.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. AEK

    So this is it? Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and Donald Trump? No legitimate moderate candidates from the Republican Party? The party of Lincoln, Nixon and Reagan. Just waiting to run in 2016, I guess? So many questions...

    April 6, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Misery loves company!

    April 6, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  3. ted

    Here is a combination of "Teaparty" Extremism. Haley runs a State with one of the largest population of "Poor and Uneducated? A large percentage of people in S.C. "can,t even read or write,never had a job,in their lives? Bachmann is "going to have talks" with Haley, on "How" to do that for the lower 48 sates! I,m sure you will learn alot Bachmann,How to stick the middle and poor,for your gop errors,the last 10 yrs. Thanks for the Debt Gop!!!!

    April 6, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Does anyone know what Bachman's voting record is in Congress? She seems to spend an awful lot of time on the road making appearances for this, that, and some other thing.

    Has anyone besides me noticed the timing of WHEN and WHY the Tea Party started? TEA stands for "taxed enough already". Candidate Obama had the campaign pledge to do away with the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Candidate McCain (I do not blame him for the TP) for the GOP had the campaign pledge to make the Bush tax cuts permanent.

    Candidate Obama had also pledged to retain the Bush tax cuts for the middle class. The Tea Party is a reaction to the more liberal tax policies advocated by Democrats. Right?

    The Tea Party wants you to believe that they are made up of just "ordinary people" who did not want their taxes increasing due the Bush tax cuts being allowed to expire. But, "ordinary people" were not facing a tax increase over the Bush tax cuts. Only a small segment of people were facing a tax increase.

    So, I ask you. Whose interests was the Tea Party really representing when it was first organized? The elite 2% who were facing tax increases associated with the Bush tax cuts expiring, that's who. Some of their assembled masses are just haters and agitater. Most are ordinary people who have been bamboozled into believing in something that does not have their best interests at heart.

    April 6, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    So, I would like to know if Bachmann will be traveling along any interstate roads... That is federal money that shouldn't be used. How about US routes? The same thing with those roads. I'd like to know how much she knows of what the government does that the rich wouldn't dream of doing. Does she really understand all the various programs that support the poor? I have a feeling she doesn't care.

    April 6, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  6. Eli

    Bachmann is only a 3-term member of Congress and has never been an executive. She hasn't served long enough in the Congress and lacks the exeutive experience necessary to compete against that long-tenured congressional legislator and experienced executive Barack Hussein Obama.

    April 6, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  7. video guy

    Her job is at the Capital entertaining the Speaker of the House and his friends. Not running for Chamber Maid at the White House.

    April 6, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Tea Party on, dudes. Tea Party on, babes. I wish you the best of times in these worst of times. Be careful not to invite any party crashers who would distort your tax message and turn your meeting into a circus. Don't give the main stream media any reason to broadcast verbal gaffes, which some of you would call ammunition. Oops, too late.

    April 6, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Jersey Bob

    It looks like another sorry day for South Carolina politics.... Where's Sharron Angle or Christine O'Donnell when we need them???

    April 6, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    And the moral of this story is??????

    All of this ACTION is only to get a Republican candidate to run against President Obama in 2012!!!! Jeez!!! And the sad part about it – it has TP written all over it!!! LMAO

    April 6, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. rusty155

    The Tea Party Is Just a Waste of time, they keep saying they are taking for American people. the truth Is they Only talk about 15 to20% of American People.the KOCH'S BROTHER only pick unqualified people that he can control.

    April 6, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. DAW

    South Carolina, lets use that as the shining example of what America could be, poor schools, low wages, extremely conservative leadership, anti worker regulations, an environmental record to be scared of etc. and now look whose coming to visit??????

    April 6, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. kevin

    Look out Tea Party, the indipendent moderates are coming for you. Oh, we also make up over a third of all registeted voters. We have been unerrepresented by radicles on both sides, and we're pissed!

    April 6, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. Cardog

    Anyone who has watched and listened to Michelle Bachmann, has to know that this woman is nothing but "Show". She couldn't deliver a speech without exhorting what she calls "Obama Care". While doing that, she includes fiction, spoken as facts.
    My question is this? Why does MSNBC continue to give this woman so much press? You know, as well as I do, that while she is indeed a kook, she's dangerous as well.

    April 6, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. No tea, coffee only

    2 ditzes on stage together, wooo we can hardly wait. Doesn't Bachmann have a job in MN to tend to?

    April 6, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. Ernie

    Look for Nikki Haley to play a small but very important roll for Michelle Bachman's bid for the White House.

    April 6, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    South Carolina, birthplace of nullification, secession, and the idea that the rights of states supercede the authority of the federal government, even though every one of these points has been conclusively, and bloodily, put down. Lovely state, lovely people ( for the most part), but the birthplace of American treason. Bachman will fit right in, since facts, evidence, history, and the Constitution mean nothing to her ideals.

    April 6, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I almost miss the good old days when Karl Rove told the state Republican Committees who was going to be nominated from their states! At least we wouldn't have to deal with this crop of inbred, uneducated non-entities and their infighting. The only nationally electable Republican (Romney) keeps getting slammed because he prefers Perrier to that Caffinated beverage that is not allowed by his religious beliefs.

    April 6, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. MiddleOfTheRoad

    I have a question for the 6th district of Minnesota.....................WHY?!?

    April 6, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. gord

    if palin can make millions talking stupid to dumbpeople so can i

    April 6, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. SayWhat

    Oon the steps of the South Carolina State House? Why not at one of those restored antebellum plantations where they can unfurl their plans to return to the plantation economy with the middle class working the fields while the top .2% of America's wealthiest sit on the veranda and sip mint juleps with corrupt politicians? "You all get back to work now, we took away your Medicare so you better work hard or we won't give you no elixir when you get real sick."

    April 6, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. MAhole

    Welcome to the dumb & dumber show – but tell me – which one is which????

    April 6, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. rusty155

    The Republican and the TEA PARTY keep saying It the Democrats that want a government Shut down. But I haven't heard one Democrats that say shut It down. But I have Heard the TEA PARTY and two Republican house member that have say It. The two house member are MICHELE BACHMANN and INDIANA MIKE PENCE , so don't tell me It the Democrats FAULT because It Isn't. It the Republican and the TEA PARTY. They are the one that are not Compromise and want the Government too shut down.

    April 6, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |