Bachmann won't commit to 'Cut, Cap and Balance' pledge
June 29th, 2011
08:55 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann won't commit to 'Cut, Cap and Balance' pledge

Rock Hill, South Carolina (CNN) - Nearly every Republican presidential candidate has pledged to sign the "Cut, Cap and Balance" pledge to slash government spending, but U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is not ready to commit.

Her reason? It doesn't go far enough.

The pledge, backed by more than 150 conservative groups and a dozen GOP Republican senators, demands that Congress not raise the debt ceiling unless it passes "substantial" budget cuts and spending caps along with a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney became the sixth GOP candidate to support the pledge on Wednesday.

Bachmann, though, said she wants it "to go a little further." She told a town hall audience in South Carolina that she wants to add "the full defunding of Obamacare" to the pledge first.

She revealed that U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, a leading conservative backer of the pledge, had asked her to get on board.

She and DeMint had "a wonderful conversation" about the pledge during a phone call last week, Bachmann said. She only told him, though, that she "would take a look at it."

Filed under: 2012 • Budget • Debt • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Wait until she sees how much money her husband's clinic makes as a result of the Obamacare. Then see if she can be as much of a hypocrite about that as she is about medicaid!

    June 29, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin they won’t follow DeMint they will go on their Hwy

    June 29, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  3. Clwyd

    Michelle now hears the party members saying they are not satisfied with the candidates. She is trying to trade in her firebrand nut case mental condition for Miss moderation. Sorry, Michelle, we have seen, we remember and we know the true you!

    June 29, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |

    Good lord, Michele. Lay off the make-up. You're looking more and more...clownish.

    June 29, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Guess the Koch brothers will have to shell out even MORE money to her than they did to Romney. $$$$$$$$$$ anyone?

    June 29, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  6. John

    Michele Bachmann you are a bigger Idiot than I thought you were. Rise of the dept ceiling doesn't have any thing to do with Obamacare. what going to happen Is you Republican are going to mess around with the dept ceiling and the America Credit Rating Is going to drop and we will have to pay more Interest on are dept. So you tell me how You Republican are saying that going to save money, because It going to cost America more money and may take a long time to get are credit rating back. What could be done Is get the Dept ceiling taking care of and than go though Congress and try to do what you want to do to Obamacare. Right now I "m not proud of being a Republican and of now you all have lost me. I think you should worry more about what good for America and for American people ,Instead of worry what the TEA PARTY going to think or the KOCH'S Brother, Right now you Republican and the one that are back by the TEA PARTY are selling America to the KOCH'S Brother and that why you will lose and lose bigIn the House and for President In 2012.

    June 29, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  7. JohnnyAngle

    Dumb and Dumber are more intelligent than all 6 GOP contenders...

    June 29, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. Jeff in Virginia

    who is peter hamby, a paid employee of the RNC?

    June 29, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  9. windwardtack

    That is nonsense because it says unless you 'at least' get certain concessions. Ron Paul has never voted for an unbalanced budget in all his time in the House. Bachmann has. Ron Paul signed the pledge and is sure to do much better than it demands. Bachmann appears to be ducking.

    June 29, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  10. Doug

    The republicans are not concerned about the national debt when its time to reward those who fund their campaigns, with tax cuts. In June 2001 the GOP cut tax rates. Then in October 2001 the Afghanistan war began, followed by the Iraq war beginning in March 2003. With these two wars going, requiring $-trillions in spending, the GOP cut tax rates again in May 2003. With GOP senate filibuster power, in December 2010 they forced the extension of these tax cuts.
    Now we face the possible disaster of congress failing to raise the U.S. debt ceiling and the U.S. then defaulting on its debt. So the Tea-Party Republicans seize the opportunity to hold U.S. financial standing hostage, by refusing to raise the debt ceiling if there are not major spending cuts to government programs combined with absolutely no added tax-revenues. [Note: the debt ceiling was raised 7 times during the George W. Bush administration.]

    June 29, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  11. Grundoon

    Yeah, and she'll go right along with the hijacking of our country for the sake of the wealthy.

    June 29, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    So, what would she cut? Would it be Medicaid? I don't think she would do that since it is a part of her husband's business income. How about research for renewable energy development? I think she'd do that because there is an infinite amount of oil, coal and her hot air about humans not changing the climate. The problem is that she would cut social services so quickly that there would be no way for non-profits and charitable organizations to step in and pick up the peices. That is assuming there are people to support them.

    June 29, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  13. William

    Let's hope that cut and cap means no more medicaid funds for her husband's "Christian Counseling" business and cuts out loans to ranches like her family received. Also, we need to cut out funds for foster care. How hypocritical can she be? Oh, I forgot she is a Republican running for public office.

    June 29, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  14. Bill in Florida

    Bachmann continues to ensure that she;ll never be elected to higher office. But I'm still wondering about a Romney-Bachmann ticket.

    June 29, 2011 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  15. vet in tx

    The FACTS are taxes for the rich are going to go up, obama care is law, and the GOP does nor have a credible candidate who can beat Obama. These are the only goals pursued on behalf of the american people by the GOP. They have only succeeded selling gold, emergency food, computer security software, flowers, and now actual tea by mail (i know I can't believe it either). Yet its Obama who is supposed to be wrong for the country? you have to account for the beginning 11 trillion and what we got out of it before you disect 14 trillion, 2000-2006 will show you. & Rush says liberals are leaches......

    June 29, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  16. Republicans - The "Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    Ms Bachmann just a few days ago claimed she was a "serious" person. Well, serious people don`t engage in gimmicks like this.

    To ammend the Constitution requires 67% approval in the House & Senate. Then it requires 75% approval in state legislatures. How likely is that? Especially for a partisan, Republican driven gimmick like this which has polarized people because Republicans refuse to have the top 2% of taxpayers pay their fair share.

    June 30, 2011 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  17. roscoe

    I wouldn't trust Michele to balance my checkbook. If she's serious about cutting government spending, then how about a big pay cut for Congress and an elimination of their special healthcare and retirement perks. Put them on social security and medicare and you'd see those programs fully funded in a hurry.

    June 30, 2011 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  18. peace

    come on ms. blackmon sign your soul over to deminted like the rest of the gop fools. than it want matter because u dont have a soul u sold it a long time ago.

    June 30, 2011 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  19. SB

    She doesn't seem to understand the nature or spirit of the pledge. But I suppose this is not surprising because she doesn't seem to understand much of anything.

    June 30, 2011 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  20. Alfredo Fla.

    This woman needs some serious help. Everything with her is Obamcare... Raise the debt ceiling as they have on 34 previous occasions and pay the bills we have accumulated. Its not future debt..its current. Spending cuts today have no effect on it presently. It will only affect future spending in which should be handled separately as it has been in the past. Its amazing that people have not questioned the fact that every republican raised it numerous times under Bush..they all voted yes. The difference now.... the current president is not acceptable to them and they are willing to sacrifice the country's and the worlds economy under the guise of cuts for the rich. Well, the rich will not be rich if they don't raise it. Nothing patriotic about destroying the country's economy and cutting millions of jobs in a fragile economy that they wrecked. I guess Bush is the gift that keeps on giving. We had a budget surplus and would not have had any debt if he hadn't cut taxes on the rich and give billions to the prescription drug giveaway. Oh.. starting to unfunded wars didn't help.

    June 30, 2011 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  21. Mike D

    Bachmann, though, said she wants it "to go a little further."

    It doesn't punish the poor enough to get her Crazy-Seal-Of-Approval.

    June 30, 2011 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  22. MarineVet

    Will Bachmann demand cuts in Medicaid subsidies, and taxpayer subsidies for corporate farms, that provide almost 450,000.00 per year to her family??????????????????
    Is it just the old and sick who aren't rich that she wants to defund??????????

    June 30, 2011 06:31 am at 6:31 am |