Bachmann blasts Obama on debt talks
July 13th, 2011
01:59 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann blasts Obama on debt talks

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said the White House is using military personnel as pawns in a political game surrounding the ongoing deficit reduction talks.

"Don't allow our military men and women to dangle over a fire and think they won't get paid," Bachmann said at a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

If President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders don't reach a deal to raise the federal debt limit by Aug. 2, the government will default on its loans, resulting in what the White House warns as a potential economic disaster.

Should that happen, Obama said in a CBS News interview Tuesday there would be no guarantee that payments of military veterans' salaries would go out after the deadline.

Bachmann said the president's comments were scare tactics used to push Congress into raising the debt ceiling.

"That's a dangerous game to play," Bachmann said. "Take it off the table."

On Wednesday Bachmann announced a bill she's co-sponsoring with GOP Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas and Steve King of Iowa that aims to ensure service members receive their paychecks on time.

House members made a similar proposal in April amidst concerns of a government shutdown.

Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Michele Bachmann • President Obama • Veterans
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Well, if what Obama is saying is only a scare tactic and isn't true, then why is it necessary to propose legislation to prevent that falsehood from happening???

    July 13, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Tony Z

    If you are really that concerned than make the deal happen. President Obama is letting America know their options by not raising the debt ceiling. Are you ready to talk revenue increase?

    July 13, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. bashaleebee

    Okay ho, who do you think should not get their checks? Our senior's and our children? How about you? You getting your check? Wish someone would use a right-winged twisted second amendment right on her arse.

    July 13, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. bashaleebee

    She's forgetting it's her party that has been playing games since Obama's been in office. Where were those big mouths when George W. was burying us into a bottomless pit?

    July 13, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. V in Chicago

    How can anyone take this flake seriously about anything. Maybe she should pray about the debt. I'm sure the money would just miraculously appear – at least in her simple mind.

    July 13, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. realist

    You havn,t got a chance in hadeas of winning a Bingo Game,Bachmann!!! The undercover investigations yesterday into your Fraudulent "Gonna Cure Gays Clinic""" lolololol Your husband calling the gay community "Barbarians" is sick!!!! Why did,nt you answer the media question about your "Clinic" What is "Barbaric" is your "Barbaric attempt to kill our Working Class,our childrens health care,their Education,and not pay our Brave Soldiers for protecting America???? You and your "Corporate Theives" are the "Barbarians"!!!! Elitist,Lunatic!!!!

    July 13, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Kirk1

    OMG! Michele needs to stop it! In other words, she is calling our Commander-in-Chief a lie. She is just utterly disrespectful. Answer some questions about your and your husband's clinic here in Minnesota. What is your plan, Michele. I have refrained from commenting, but this is just plain old ugly.

    July 13, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Gawd she's stupid. It's up the House of Representatives to present an acceptable bill (all money related bills MUST originate in the House of Delgates) to the Senate, and IF they approve it then goes to the President. She probably doesn't even know what she's supposed to do since she has not presented or even co-sponsored ANY bills in all her years sitting there posing for the cameras and bashing anyone she wants to. What an idiot. We learned that in 9th grade Civics (about 54 years ago). Maybe she has revised history so much she can't remember.

    July 13, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. diridi

    listen, cnn, I am so ashamed of Paul Braun, R-GA, talking that debt is not matter, regardless of Brook Baldwin showed the Data, from Reagan, Clinton, and Bush. Data clearly showed that by raising taxes, we can create employment, and reduce taxes. No wonder Obama is crying on Education, I do not know as to who voted these bastards into offices. Please do not vote none of these GOP thugs....O.k, CNN, pay attention, do not entertain such idiots, on screen. also stress on education in America....o.k, Obama2012.....Shame on you idiot, Paul Braun, R-GA....

    July 13, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Candy Taylor

    God Why can't that stupid bimbo SHUT UP!

    July 13, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. kakaraka

    This woman needs to shut up. Always blame, blame, blame without proposing any solution. If the government doesn't have money to pay, where do you want it to find money to pay military veterans? Where? That's the truth President Obama told. You don't want a debt ceiling raise, that mean, military personal won't get paid, ok? bs

    July 13, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. AEK

    And besides campaigning for President, what exactly has she been doing to contribute to an effective resolution. And while we at it, what revolutionary piece of legislation has she introduced in the House of Representatives to help the jobs situation in our country. The Republicans find it very easy to criticize others actually working on solutions and apparently very difficult to contribute to finding a solution.

    July 13, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. diridi

    i mean reduce debt....o.k,

    July 13, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Andy

    It's laughable that Bachmann call something scare tactics... "first remove the plank from your own eye..." to quote her favorite book!

    July 13, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Scott

    Michelle Bachman: "Just stand two "important look'n" dudes behind me so I look all "presidential" n' stuff... I don't care who. Also, Just make'm look good for the photo op. But too, next time shoot'em from the waste up... So you can't see that they're actually wearing shorts and sneakers..."

    July 13, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Dean

    Obama is such a jerkoff.

    July 13, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. Is Bachman for real?

    So ... I was not going to spend any money to anyone this year ... then I witnessed this garbage from the Republicans - Barack just got $100 from me ... Michelle is a twit ... a mindless twit ... and I think the GOP will nominate R Perry (and we should all be VERY VERY scared) ... I hope Obama wins next year ... because the prospect of the GOP reassuming the White House is just too scary as we are witnessing be the mindless boobs in Washington

    July 13, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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