Bachmann: A one-term president
April 11th, 2011
02:56 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann: A one-term president

Washington (CNN) – Michele Bachmann just may be a one-term president.

That's what the Minnesota Republican is pledging should she ultimately decide to run for president and win the White House, providing she can "turn things around" in that time frame.

"I'm a principled reformer, and my goal is to see the country turn around," Bachmann told the Des Moines Register in an interview published Monday. "I'm also committed to being a one-term president if that's what it takes in order to turn things around, because this is not about a personal ambition."

"It's about getting our financial house in order and to become respected again in the world on an international scale," she added.

Bachmann's comments come the same day she is in the Hawkeye State to deliver a speech to social conservatives in Pella.

On Monday, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Rep. Ron Paul will deliver speeches in Iowa, she to social conservatives in Pella and he to a Family Leader group in Sioux Center.

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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Tan Huynh

    hahaha...let's not get far ahead of yourself.. ...what a clown

    April 11, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. carrotroot

    Setting the bar really low I see ... how about we ensure that you remain are a never elected President.

    April 11, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Me

    "I also believe Congress is full of anti-Americans, New Hampshire is where the Revolutionary War started and our founding fathers ended slavery"... even though many of them owned slaves. Oh my, much like Tina Fey recreating Sarah Palin's interview for SNL, much of what I just typed is verbatim.

    April 11, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Rickster

    The democrats will react to this by their usual fingernails-on-the-chalkboard chirping about how bad Bachmann(or any other non-democrat) will be. Dems need to sit down and lower their voice. They got their ultimate dream in Barry Obama and, just as conservatives predicted, Barry has been a complete and total failure.....on EVERYTHING. Talk about the opposite of the Midas touch........that's Barry!

    April 11, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. John L.

    I wouldn't worry too much about it Michele.

    April 11, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. badcyclist

    She can stand at the back of a long line of candidates who promise to serve for one term and then renege on that promise when the time comes.

    Fortunately, we don't have to worry about whether she is telling the truth or not (she isn't, btw, and wouldn't know the truth if it introduced itself to her), because she is unelectable.

    But she has inspired me to pledge, right here and right now, that I will serve just one term as president when I am elected in 2012.

    April 11, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    What an excellent approach. I like what she is saying. It will not be about her or her party or their special interests. It will be about the American people and the country. This would be a refreshing change. It will not take 8 years to put the federal government back on the right course and working again for the good of the nation, the people and the future.

    April 11, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. kylefromohio

    Got to get a term to be a one-term president; Duh your winning!!!

    April 11, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. BMT

    Woman Please! tell that lie to some else

    April 11, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Bill

    This woman needs psychiatric help. Her goal is to see the country turn around? From what, the beginninsg of a recovery created by failed GOP policies, unfunded tax cuts and wars? Nowhere do I ever hear mention of the 1.4 million jobs added in the last year nor the continued improved job market. Micky Mouse has a better chance of winning the presidency. Run, baby, run.

    April 11, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    She already wants to be President for Life? I've already picked out a spot for her memorial, its a cowpat in the pasture across the road, at least that will biodgrade UNLIKE her lies.

    April 11, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. Jon in Rochester NY

    I think that the Tea Party needs their own candidate. Why are they riding on the coat tails of the Washington established GOP? If they really wanted change, they would run their own candidate that shares their values. Right now, they appear to be just the extreme right wing of the Republican Party. No Republican can win the nomination without the vote of the moderate Republicans. No matter who the Tea Party supports in the Republican primary, that candidate is not going to get the nomination because the moderates are not going to vote for someone that is extreme. They would have better luck running their own candidate that sincerely shares their values and not someone pretending to share their values to get the nomination. Once those type of candidates get the nomination, they turn into a moderate to win the election.

    April 11, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. rick

    You know – I wasn't planning on voting for her, but now that she has promised to be a one term president I may change my mind.

    Am I too late for April Fool's jokes????

    April 11, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Greg in Arkansas

    The entertainment factor in Presidential politics is the only thing that keeps me from switching from CNN to the Cartoon Network for my daily grins & giggles.

    April 11, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Bachmann's own words provide the proof as to her lacking qualifications to be president.

    April 11, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    The 6th District Psycho has been sniffing too much glue. I wonder when she had the pipe dream she'll ever be POTUS. That's like Levi Johnston being the chairman of an abstinence campaign.

    April 11, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. Steve

    Obama supporter, 2012

    April 11, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. ACE

    My prediction is she will be a no term President, Americans will not elect a retard to run the country

    April 11, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Bachmann says she'll be a one-term president "providing she "turn things around" in that time frame."

    Bwah-hah-hah-hah! Quite the caveat there, Bachmann.

    Totally nutso, this one ...

    April 11, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Mark in Seattle

    Better make that "A no term" dingaling.

    April 11, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. T.J.

    What needs turning around is Ms. Bachmann. She needs to turn around and head for the exit before she embarrasses herself and American even more than Ms. Palin has.

    April 11, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. Frank

    She'll never be a one-term President, but she will ALWAYS be a FULL-TIME NUTCASE.

    April 11, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    There's a double edge behind her words. Can you hear it? You know how much she has described Obama using those exact words, and now she is applying them to herself....with a caveat. That's double edge.

    Her words imply (without actually coming close to saying so) that if she were not successful in fixing the economy, that she would simply not run again. Can you hear the double edge now? She is actually saying the Obama should be a one-term president. That he should not run for office for the good of the country. That running for a 2nd term means gloom, doom and destruction for us all. Can you hear it now?

    April 11, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    In a post regarding another article, someone wrote in regard to balancing the budget:"Will they go after the millions of people driving $50,000 SUV's to the grocery store and paying for their food with food stamps?"

    It's this kind of idiot that makes up Bachmann's base. Very freakin scary to think these people are allowed to vote ...

    April 11, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Mad in CT

    We've now witnessed what happens to already compromised brain tissue after long-term hallucinogen abuse. Where is a death panel when you need one?

    April 11, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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