Bachmann: Fox apology not accepted
June 27th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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Bachmann: Fox apology not accepted

Washington (CNN) – Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota didn't exactly accept an apology from Fox News' Chris Wallace following an interaction she felt was "insulting" on "Fox News Sunday."

Wallace asked Bachmann "Are you a flake?" in a Sunday interview and later apologized via web video.

"A lot of you were more than perturbed, you were upset and felt that I had been rude to her," Wallace said on his website. "And since in the end it's really all about the answers and not about the questions, I messed up, I'm sorry. I didn't mean any disrespect."

When asked about the apology on ABC, Bachmann, who will announce her presidential campaign Monday, said it is "insulting to insinuate that a candidate for president is less than serious."

"I'm a very serious individual. I have a strong background, a strong resume," Bachmann said. "Those are the small issues, I'm focused on the big ones."

Filed under: 2012 • Fox News • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. DrewL

    He probably could have found a more appropriate way to phrase the question, i.e., "There are some who refer to Michele Bachmann as a flake, a nut, a loon. How would you respond to comments like those?" Nonetheless, she really does make Sarah Palin look moderate in comparison.

    June 27, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    To All:
    All replies thus far have missed the mark. This is the GOP spin machine at work, people. Michelle Bachman is now walking around carrying a "victim" flag. Any and all future questions about her suspect comments will deflected by that same victim flag.

    June 27, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. chill

    Bachman is the Queen of Rude. She should talk. Or rather, she should stop talking over other people and constantly interupting. Ears are a waste for this woman.

    June 27, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. George B from Ohio

    Wow Chris ... I take back some of the things I've been saying about you. You wimped out by apologizing though.

    June 27, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Don_J

    ...I know this can't be the first time that she's heard that... or worse.

    June 27, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. edpeters

    With the GOP it's like cereal; Once you get through the Fruits and Nuts, you're left with the Flakes!

    June 27, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. David

    Say what you will about Bachman, but she appears to actually BELIEVE in something. Obama just goes where they point him to. If anyone thinks Obama is the real deal, go back and look at some of the debates he had with Alan Keyes during the Illinois Senate race. Keyes absolutely destroys Obama.

    June 27, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Joan E. Dayton OH

    Chris: You get an F in professionalism. Would you have asked this question of any other candidate? It WAS INDEED insulting to Ms. Bachmann and a BIG EMBARRASSMENT for you. Wise up!

    June 27, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Russ

    Stupid question because she would have to tell the truth to answer it. So as usual with her and Palin, she side stepped the answer. At least she didn't lie and say no!

    June 27, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. photo op

    got your panties in a knot, better get used to it, there is more hatred from others coming your way, if you cannot handle the heat then you better not come in the kitchen. This No Girly show Michelle its real life, get over it.

    June 27, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. dirtyharry1971

    Bachman should name Palin as her running mate and start a new party, the super flake

    June 27, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. George

    Fox Propaganda News asks one of their own a stupid question, expecting her to blast the democrats with her answer, but the dumb tea drinker bites the hand that feeds her.

    June 27, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Archie Mercer

    And so it starts......the character assisanation of another Republican candidate. It seems to me that the Democratic party only election strategy is to ignore the issues and attack the candidates on a personal basis. If you can beat them in debating the problems of the country, redefine them as stupid, racist, homophobic, or just whack-jobs. I guess when the Democratic leadership has been so insipid over the past three years that they can't even agree with each other, well they sure can't run on their achievements. It's the first time in history that one part owned the presidency, and both houses and managed to create their own stalemate.

    June 27, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. David

    This is VERY smart political ploy on the part of Bachman. Conservatives love her no matter what happened with the Wallace interview and by pushing back against Fox she comes across as more independent and not just a tool.

    June 27, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. volksmaniac

    After reading all of the postings in this forum , I am truly amazed at how each posting spouts the same talking points with very few stated facts . Do you all work out of the same talking points encyclopedia ? Why do all the postings consist of personal attacks ? I think it's because you are intimidated by intellegent , straight talking , conservative women .

    June 27, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Personally, I found it amusing that a journalist on Fox, asked a hard question, of a GOP candidate. Just proves that not all of Fox's journalists are totally GOP oriented.

    June 27, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. wishing

    I agree with her. She was very serious when she said that Lexington and Concord New Hampshire where the sites of the start of the Revolutionary War against the British, and the shot heard round the world. What this means is that she is seriously uninformed, seriously uneducated, and seriously delusional about her abilities.

    I would like to hear more about the two dozen young teenage foster girls she and her husband got paid to 'treat' in their home because her husband is licensed as a counselor.

    June 27, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. puddy

    What a colossal waste of time and money.

    June 27, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. James

    As long as Palin is still waffling on her presidential bid, it's not the least bit insulting to insinuate someone running for president is less than serious/intelligent.

    June 27, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. JK

    Her actual real world qualifications are well beyond "community organizer".

    June 27, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Jack

    Does CNN do all its own postings or are there really this many hateful posters? Dems....... the party of socialism!

    June 27, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Spacial

    Chris Wallace has more intelligence in his little finger then this lady does. But America's sheeple will think she is the greatest.

    June 27, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Michelle Bachman

    Its great to see Chris Wallace ask a very legitimate question that nearly everyone in America would like to ask me, and then because of Fox News' complete lack of journalistic integrity and ugly political bias, force him to HUMILIATE himself by apologizing to me!! Serves him right! He's on Fox News for heaven's sake! If he wants to be a journalist, even for just a few moments, he should go work for someone with standards.

    June 27, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. kyle

    She is so use to the spoon fed Faux news question, what happened!!!!!!!!

    June 27, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. Senor Ed

    I just looked up "flake" in the dictionary and there was a picture of Michelle Bachmann!

    June 27, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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