Bachmann cuts Iowa swing short
August 1st, 2011
01:52 AM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann cuts Iowa swing short

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Michele Bachmann is cutting short her presidential campaign trip to Iowa to return to Washington for a vote on a debt ceiling deal.

Bachmann was to make two appearances Monday - a midday event in Newton and a late afternoon backyard chat in Dexter - but her campaign said she was instead flying back to be ready to vote against the bill later in the day.

The Minnesota Republican has opposed any increase in the debt ceiling during negotiations.

"The 'deal'... spends too much and doesn't cut enough," Bachmann said in a statement released Sunday after President Barack Obama announced the agreement with congressional leaders.

"Is this the deal I would have preferred? No," Obama told reporters. "I believe that we could have made the tough choices required - on entitlement reform and tax reform - right now, rather than through a special congressional committee process. But this compromise does make a serious down payment on the deficit reduction we need, and gives each party a strong incentive to get a balanced plan done before the end of the year."

"This isn't the deal the American people 'preferred' either, Mr. President," Bachmann said in her response. "Someone has to say 'no.' I will."

"Mr. President, I'm not sure what voice you're listening to, but I can assure you that the voice of the American people wasn't the voice that compelled Washington to act," she said in a statement after the president announced a deal with congressional leaders Sunday night. "It was you that got us into this mess, and it was you who wanted a $2.4 trillion blank check to get you through the election."

Bachmann may still get to call into the Iowa events, campaign spokeswoman Alice Stewart said.

It was the second time in three days the debt situation has forced her to change her campaign schedule. Bachmann also had to cancel Saturday stops in Iowa to remain in Washington for votes. Bachmann spoke on the House floor during the debate.

Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Debt • Deficit • House • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Brian

    This woman needs an exorcism,

    August 1, 2011 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  2. BeverlyNC

    Why? Bachmann does NOTHING as a Congresswoman except pick up her paycheck. She is clueless, uninvolved in any legislation work, and only shows up when she can be on TV to made her lunatic and historically inaccurate statements. She is a hypocrite who lives off government handouts and then slams the government. Why doesn't she just resign and go work with her gay husband in his govt-funded unlicensed clinic.

    August 1, 2011 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  3. Sam

    Just another "no" politician.

    August 1, 2011 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  4. Joseph

    Bechmann should quit lying, Republicans actually got us into this and they are not backing down yet. Which American people are you listening to?

    August 1, 2011 05:21 am at 5:21 am |

    She missed most of the other votes while lying all over the country.

    August 1, 2011 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  6. jim

    Are you rewriting history? Do you not realize that it was Republicans, mainly the recent Bush, that got us into this mess, NOT Obama. It's amazing how quickly people can forget what led us to this point, and now do not want to take responsibility for their actions. You honestly do not have a clue as to what you are doing. Please return home and leave the playing field to the people that understand the good for the UNITED States, not just their own personal interests and agenda.

    August 1, 2011 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  7. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    More lies from the loony Michele. The vast majority of Main St. Americans want tax increases mixed with spending cuts. Her position is well outside the mainstream, which is no surprise given her slavish devotion to the cult of corrupt corporatism that makes up today's' GOBP and its teatard radical rightwing extremists. "We care for the greedy and not the needy" is not the platform for a viable political party. Vile and un-American they are.

    August 1, 2011 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  8. GI Joe

    McCain Jr (that one NO vote is the most important thing in her life).

    August 1, 2011 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  9. Linda

    Not a Chance, Michelle! You are not Presidential Competent! Period!!! To Much Bigotry!!!!

    August 1, 2011 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  10. R.L.

    The Republicans got us into this mess and the President has added to it. Bachmann is an idiot and so are her Tea Party colleagues. They are holding the govt hostage and the Republican hierarchy do not have the guts to tell them to shut up!

    August 1, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |