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. puddy

    This is just a prelude to her reality teevee show.

    June 27, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. sue

    She as much a flake as Palin, so why do they still have Palin on their Payroll......she and every other right wing conservative will take this country back 100 womens rights, civil rights, economy, education, enviroment, the only thing they will excell in is WARS and taking away medicare and social security from the elderly.....they say they support the Veterans our men and women in the military....but once they are in they will strip the VA Benefits and their medical needs to NOTHING........Think about that.....all the while they will give big corporation, big busniess, and the rich tax cuts making them richer while we get poorer.......

    June 27, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Former Republican, but never again!

    If she were any flakier, her last name would be "Kellogg".

    June 27, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. mypitts2

    She's a flake. She's made some extreme statements that call into question her fitness for Congress, much less president. But that's not the point. It was an unprofessional question. I do, however, wonder why she won't accept Wallace's apology and move on, unless she's trying to milk this. She doesn't want to get into whiny Sarah Palin territory - she has avoided that pitfall so far and claims to have a "Titanium" spine.

    June 27, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Rob in MO

    She is very dangerous.

    June 27, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Marie MD

    What is it with these rethug women? They can't handle the truth? She better grow some more botoxed thick skin because this is only the beginning because she is such a wacky target.
    She has a LOT of skeletons in that closet. It shoukd be fun, fun!!!!

    June 27, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    Oh, I so hope you get the nomination, Michelle! That would result in a landslide win for Obama. Ha, ha!

    June 27, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. David

    Is there such a thing as a "super Flake"?

    June 27, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Rod Wagner

    Based on Michele's prior statements, the question begs an answer. She dodged the legitimate question by pretending to be insulted.

    If anything her many positions are an insult to many Americans. Yes, She is a flake and that is putting it mildly!

    June 27, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Greg

    I have to be honest there is NOBODY on the Republican ticket who is getting my support. Romney has just gone through a makeover to get votes. Sorry – All the REPUBLICANS Running or hope to run are Flakes! I'm curious to understand why people get so excited on the Republican side when someone talks about God!?!? Somehow that rallies the base up and people get excited and want to vote for someone who speaks of God. What happens when a Buddhist, Muslim, Jew, B'hai or other people of faith start running for president? Will that rally the base on the republican party then? Me thinks not! Republicans have to move away from this faith, God, Country, Eagle with the American Flag in the background stuff and work on the issues! I won't vote for anybody who speaks about their faith. One wears their faith in their heart not on their sleeve to get votes!

    June 27, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Uncle Joe

    Pour milk on Bachmann and she goes snap, crackle and pop; that's how much of a (corn)flake she is.
    This great country has produced leaders such as Washington, Lincoln, FDR, Reagan, Eisenhower, TR. Those were giants. Today we have a circus full of clowns seeking the highest office in the land.

    June 27, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Sherri

    I would just like to see her answer one political question. Putting down Obama is not an answer to the questions that she has been asked by various interviewers. She is very frustrating to watch because she won't answer the questions that she is asked.

    June 27, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. Rich

    It was a legitimate question. Many Republicans want an answer to that question.

    June 27, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. granny11

    The nerve of Chris Wallace, he should know better. Would he have done that to Obama? Actually, President Bachman sounds really good to me. And she has such a sensible manner that she'd probably be more successful at bipartisanship than any man would, plus she's smart and has a grip of what America should be. She is not the least abrasive as Nancy Pukosi is extremely so. Go Michele go!!!

    June 27, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "I think it's because you are intimidated by intellegent , straight talking , conservative women ."

    No. It's because we can't find one. The rabid, extremist, right wing ideology the GOP has decided to throw at America in an attempt to drag the entire country to the right in answer to Obama's election has prevented intelligent, straight talking conservative women (and men) from taking the forefront. I personally would love to talk to them, but they've been branded heretics and blasphemers and excommunicated from the Church of Norquist. Ergo, we don't hear their voices and the media doesn't give them one...after all, it's all about what's MOST controversial. Nobody wants to watch a news story about a Dema and a GOPer having a calm, reasonable and educated discussion. THis is how the GOP controls the narrative and the substance of the debate: giving the media the red meat it craves by generating rampant poppycock and garbledigook that drowns out everyone trying to say something that even remotely makes sense.

    June 27, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Anonymous


    Wondering how long into a Bachmann presidency we'd make it before the gays are in internment camps and abortion is a capital crime. "Flake" doesn't start to describe the levels of extremism that she represents. She may have toned it down a bit as soon as she started thinking presidency, but she's a religious extremist. A vote for bachmann is a vote for Armageddon.

    Bradly, As a person with deep spirituality (don't like the religious corporations); I couldn't agree with you more.

    June 27, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. jamison

    If you took Palin, Bachman, Sanatorium, and Cain you could fill a box of Kelloggs Corn FLAKES.

    June 27, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. AndyF

    Why did you apologize Wallace? More value comes out of a manure spreader than her mouth, and she's got a greater potential for polluting America! Seriously, I hope the media asks some actual questions of actual issues and asks them what they actually plan to do instead of providing a platform for their psychotic ramblings. That, and if asking something like "what do you read" is attacked as being a gotcha question, please, please or reporters laugh loudly in their faces and call them idiots, dweebs, something overtly insulting, and don't apologize for it!

    June 27, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "Pour milk on Bachmann and she goes snap, crackle and pop"

    Pour Head & Shoulders on her and POOF, she goes away.

    June 27, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. Chuck

    She wants to take rights away from Americans that don't fit her conservative right wing christian mold. She is dangerous and the fact that she "is" a tea party flake was what Wallace was referring too. He didn't need to apologize, as she has never apologized for the hate filled rhetoric out of her mouth on a daily basis. I hope she does get the nomination as it will only energize the democratic and independent base that has long believed that the far right is just that, very far in right field and in their own little sick world.

    June 27, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Bart

    Was it insulting to insinuate Donald Trump was not serious? Or just because it happened to you, Michelle? It is obvious you are serious because you have changed your demeanor and moved more to the middle.

    June 27, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Austin

    I wonder if Palin planted the question.

    June 27, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. Mike

    That's aquestion I would expect to hear if they were interviewing a democrat, but not a republican. The only difference is ther would not have been an apology if it were. And that is a very non-journalistic question.

    June 27, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. StoopidIzAzStoopidDuz

    Calling her a flake is a compliment.

    June 27, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. GOP Tea Party Say NO to Killing Terrorist Ghadaffi But Say Yes to Killing Grandma Medicare and Social Security

    Bachmann is a FLAKE!!!

    Even the poster child for everything that is wrong with FAUX NEWS knows that this Tea Party NUTjob is a flake!...maybe that "titanium spine" is withering under the exposure of sunlight to hard hitting questions!?

    I wonder if Bachmann is always gonna be asking for apologies anytime she's asked a softball are those $260,000 plus $30,000 govt welfare checks working out for her family? Any answer to that question yet?! I doubt IT!

    Chris Wallace just apologised to the GOP Tea Party "chosen one"!...remember how quickly they cut off the microphone when that comedian started making jokes about Michelle Bachmann @ the NRC conference?!

    Chris Wallace will be losing his job soon!! Fair and Balance indeed!

    Go figure!!!

    June 27, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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