Bachmann's debt vote pride hits TV
August 3rd, 2011
09:57 AM ET
10 years ago

Bachmann's debt vote pride hits TV

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann launched her third television ad Wednesday in Iowa, touting her vote against an increase in the debt ceiling.

"Barack Obama has driven our economy into a ditch. Someone needs to say 'no.'" Bachmann said in the spot. "I voted against raising the debt limit because it's time to balance the budget and pay down the debt. I mean it and you can believe it."

In her first ad in Iowa, the Minnesota representative pledged to vote against legislation that raised the U.S. borrowing limit. The new spot is a continuation of that campaign message.

Bachmann also asked Iowans to turn out to the high stakes Ames Straw Poll in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. The August 13 event is an early test of strength for campaigns that have their sights set on the caucuses.

"Won't you join me here in Ames for the Straw Poll, and let's send a message to Washington," Bachmann said in the spot that will air across the state, according to the campaign. Team Bachmann did not release other details about the size of the ad buy.

Bachmann, an Iowa native, has risen to the top of recent polls in the Hawkeye State following her June 14 entry into the race for the White House.

Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Mrs. Bachman, this is 2011, not 2010.
    The Tea Party is now politically incorrect.

    August 3, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Al

    This doesn't make any sense. Not raising the debt ceiling doesn't balance our budget or pay down our debt, it only causes us to default on it, and isn't that the ultimate goal in reducing debt? Keeping it within a manageable range so that we DON'T default? Amazing that so many on the right support this fool.

    August 3, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Iowa can keep her. Forever.

    August 3, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    "I voted against raising the debt limit because it's time to balance the budget and pay down the debt. I mean it and you can believe it."
    What a bold and refreshing approach Michelle is showing here. Imagine a politician actually talking about really taking control of our nation's financial destiny and not running scared from the challenge. So many people, especially the ones in Washington just dismiss this idea as impossible. Of course they do. Some people actually believe this and just accept $17 trillion of debt and the idea that it has to get bigger forever.

    I like what she stands for and I hope she does well.

    August 3, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Ken in NC

    Bachmann just doesn't get it. She is calling for everyone in Iowa to turn out for the Ames Straw Poll Vote. What she fails to understand is that everyone in Iowa is not as stupid as she is. What she is calling for in her "NO" vote equates to a family of 3 or 4 spending until their monthly debt is in excess of the monthly income so they decide not to borrow any money to help them pay for their purchases so they will pay only the bills they have cash on hand to pay and to hell with the rest. Her idea that they can opt to pay interest olny on their debt is about like the interior of her head. It is full of "HOT AIR". When I look at Rep. Bachmann, I can understand why Sarah Palin thinks she is smart.

    August 3, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. a in austin

    You are Washington and you are one of the biggest problems. You like to dish Washington but you also like to pocket the subsidies you receive from the government. Nothing but a hypocrite and no future for your political career. You're done.

    August 3, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. southillspgh

    Bush era tax cuts and two wars drove us into this ditch. Bachman please, your party has been at the helm for 21 of the past 31 years and this is where we are. Futhermore, I'd like to know why it's ok for tax-payers to give you 30 grand to train employees at your husband's 'clinic'. I'd also like to know why it's ok for you to collect 270 grand for crop damage and disaster relief for a family farm that you don't work, don't rely upon for income, and actually rent out to a dairy producer.

    August 3, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. Uninterested in Palin

    I can't tell if Congresswomen Bachmann is ill-informed or a liar.

    What kind of drooling idiot would want this woman to be our President?


    August 3, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Green

    The head of an American Terrorist organization speaks

    August 3, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. Green

    What about Bushes blank check??

    August 3, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. Gloria

    Does this woman still not understand that we have to pay the debt we already accrued? Doesn't anyone on her campaign team explain things to her? That's okay, Michele, we in Minnesota know how inept you truly are.

    August 3, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Sheryl D

    Let me see if I get this, we as tax paying citizens are actually paying her paycheck as a Congress person, while she is out spewing Lies about our President having a blank check....last article I saw about her quotes was the one in which she stated President Obama couldn't legally use the 14th amendment because Congress in the only lawful body to actually SPEND the money....did I miss something Mrs Bachman or are you going to be like Palin and try and stir Hate with lies........

    August 3, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    While a majority of Americans are breathing a sigh of relief, Bachmann has the audacity to brag about her just say NO vote. She and the other Tea Party hobbits almost drove this country over the cliff.

    August 3, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. diridi

    I do not have any kind of respect for this idiot. Nor to Tim Pawlenty. O.k, GOP thugs played drama on debt ceiling, just know this. We need to raise taxes on 250k or more makers, in order to raise revenue. Obama2012.....

    August 3, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. The Choobs

    Bachman has no clue what default means, and hence she shows no leadership, just intransigent ideological claptrap. Whatever you think of Obama, this woman is no viable alternative.

    August 3, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. Chris (DC)

    Maybe if Michele spent more time legislating than politicking and traveling (on the taxpayers dime – yes, we pay her salary in Congress while she is out spreading hate) she would realize that it is CONGRESS who spends the money. There is a little thing called the Constitution that gives all money matters to Congress. All ANY president does, R or D, is pay the bills authorized by Congress. The American public needs to stand up, toss out the teabagging simpletons and others from both parties more interested in getting reelected than they are in governing the nation.

    August 3, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Sheryl D

    Here it is:
    “Congress has the power to lay and collect taxes,” Bachmann said. “It’s Congress that does the spending. The President is prohibited to do that. If he had the power to do that, he would effectively be a dictator. There would be no reason for Congress to even come into Washington D.C. He would be making the spending decisions. He would be making the tax decisions. Clearly that’s unconstitutional.”

    Imagine that.

    August 3, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. Lori in St Pete

    You and your cowardly cohorts left town before funding the FAA, and it isn't just the 4,000 government employees who are affected. Tens of thousands of private contractors who were hired to build runways and demolish air traffic control towers will ALSO spend the next 5 weeks without a paycheck. They and their families will remember in 2012 who threw them under the bus – and it wasn't the President/dems.

    August 3, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. kakaraka

    This woman is the most irresponsible lady I ever known. She wants the United States goes to default with severe economic and financial consequences and she is proud of that? And she wants to be president? What happened to America? It's below normal moral standards this behavior. Totally irresponsible this radical an extreme position.

    August 3, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. mack

    if it is time to balance the budget and start paying down the debt then it is time to raise taxes because it is not possible without doing raising taxes and the longer we wait to do that the more taxes will have to be raised.

    August 3, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. BobAD

    Has she returned the farm subsidies she said she didn't receive? How about her husband has he returned the Medicaid money he received for Faith Healing? Or would that be a TAX INCREASE?

    August 3, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Sniffit

    ""I voted against raising the debt limit because it's time to balance the budget and pay down the debt."

    And the way to do that is by defaulting, earning a credit rating downgrade and exploding the interest rate on said debt so that the debt service payments balloon significantly and thereby consume an even larger part of the budget?

    Pandering moron. Truly. Brass tacks: "I know a lot of you out there are completely misinformed, don't really understand how the pieces of this debt/deficit/budget puzzle all fit together and are mad as hell that your simplistic, ideological cartoon perception of the real world isn't proving to be accurate, so here's your daily affirmation of your misplaced self-righteous indignation and bubbleheaded misconceptions, a pat on the back that let's you know we'll get that mean old reality to obey if we just keep yelling at it that we're right and it's wrong."

    August 3, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. BobAD

    Gee only 10 more days and they will be filling the air waves in some other state, glad to see them gone.

    August 3, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. Lori in St Pete

    Do any of these teabaggers have a clue? It took America 50 years to pay off WWII debts. The previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was totally against pay/go, so it's going to take a long time to pay off those two wars he started and all those tax breaks so gazillionaires could stash more $$$.

    August 3, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  25. Marie MD

    I meant to write my comment about the AK quitter, but these two peas in a pod twins have me seeing double. Were they separated at birth???

    August 3, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
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