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. jt_flyer

    she want to look like such a stong maverick. What she did was irresponsible.

    August 3, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Wes B.

    Ummm...the economy was already IN the ditch before Obama was elected. In fact, I'd say the economy being in the tank is the primary reason why Obama was elected by such a healthy margin in 2008.

    August 3, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Bachmann I know you don't deal with reality but it was a Republican bill shouldn't you be 'dressing down' your party?

    August 3, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. SecedingfromTexas

    "I like what she stands for, I hope she does well"
    Would that be before or after she and her husband have sucked all of the government benefits they can from
    Medicare/Medicaid for fraudulent "pray away the gay" treatments, or farm subusidies, or $400M fannie mae/freddie mack
    home loans at lower interest rates? She "stands" on shifting sands because that is what shifty people do.

    August 3, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. ana

    Shame on you Bachmann, its your Tea Party beggars who led this whole thing into ditch. I hope rethugs will have some common sense.

    August 3, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Joe in Colorado

    No, Michele. It was George Bush who drove our economy into the ditch. Please remember, it was YOUR party, which caused this economic disaster.

    August 3, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "Does this woman still not understand that we have to pay the debt we already accrued?"

    Yes, she does. However, she and her advisers also know that alot of their target audience does not. Put that together.

    August 3, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. bb8371

    Please stay in Iowa, if you think it is impressive to default on your are not President Material.
    Not to mention the short memory, how self serving to lay this entire issue at the feet of the current Commander in Chief !
    I wonder how he spent 14 trillion in 3 years ? So glad you clarified the I in Idiot.

    August 3, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Ohio man

    Wow .. i didn't Know Obama was / is the 1st POTUS .. hmm the 14 trillion is all him huh ? .. wow .. new news to me .. i guess .. she is such a silly woman .. the whole tea party thing will be gone come 2012 watch 80% of the american people are tired of them they are detsroying america unemployment has gone up since they took office/ stocks are going down since they took office .. and they blame Obama.. LMAO

    August 3, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. jnpa

    I don't think President Obama drove our economy into a ditch. Oh that's right, she's after his job so she has to say anything she can to get it.

    August 3, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. MSH Miami

    "I voted for default that would have sent this country into an economic death spiral." That's what she's REALLY saying. When the Iowan evangalists step aside and normal people who think with their minds and not their Bibles get a chance to be heard, this woman's campaign will be history.

    August 3, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Bill

    I'll vote for this lady. I don't care how crazy she is. If she's committed to ACTUALLY cutting spending, vs pretending to, and balancing the budget, then she's got my vote.

    August 3, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. Peter s

    Madam Bachmann! quit making false stories otherwise I'm confused whether you have migraines or crazy but one thing I will assure you me and my Almighty God won't let you ruin the Great United States of America she has been Great to me!! so knock it off and speak the truth!!

    August 3, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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?"

    Pretty much sums up the entire GOP/TP mindset, Sniffit. Anti-'merican, anti-guberment. Can't understand it myself ... guess that's why I'll never be a GOPer/TeaPer.

    August 3, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. John in MN

    The debt ceiling has NOTHING to do with new spending. Raising the debt ceiling allows us to meet obligations WE ALREADY COMMITTED TO! But Bachmann doesn't want to tell you that. She needs to raise her money. That way, when she finally quits the Presidential run (I look forward to that day!), she'll have tens of millions of dollars to destroy any contender in her congressional district for the next 20 years. She touts her "religious faith", but she's a cold harted, narcisistic woman that will stop at nothing to get her way.

    August 3, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. Tony in Maine

    This person is just further proof that were it not for lies, Republicans would be unable to speak.

    August 3, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Florida Joe

    Hold the press on the new dictionary, need to update it with her picture as the definition of CLUELESS

    August 3, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. Lynne

    It's OK Michelle, I'm not going to vote for you either!

    August 3, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. tony

    Like most Americans, I was personally there when minority elected "president" Bush decided he had a mandate from "the people" and drove our economy, and most hard earned 401K's, further into into the ditch than 1929, and gave us 10 years of "tax cuts to boost jobs". Now Adolf Bachmann is blaming the Tow-Truck trying to pull us out???? Get thou behind us T partyTaliban!!! You are "Un Patriotic and Un-American to the fullest extent possible

    August 3, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Ryan

    Michelle Bachman is a complete nut. I hope Republicans are SMART enough NOT to vote for her. She's a hypocritical liar and takes as much government hand out as anyone I've ever personally known.......disgusting candidate. The people of MN should be embarrassed to have elected her....

    August 3, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Larry L

    Her moronic comments just keep spewing out that pie hole. Any gutless politician can vote "no" on a bill that is certain to pass anyway – just to make points with the radicals. This twit will do anything to appease the American Taliban. This could be a big mistake, since America appears to have realized what damage can be done by a group of angry, bigoted, white trash funded by a few wealthy, ultra-right-wing economic terrorists.

    August 3, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. Michael

    Bachmann is one of those fools who actually thinks the debt ceiling is directly linked to the deficit; it isn't. Hey Mrs. Bachmann, raising the debt ceiling allows us to pay bills we've already promised to pay. How many economists have to explain that you before it sinks in?

    August 3, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    "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."
    Democrats feel the same way. They've been saying for the last decade when we were strong enough to do so. Now all of a sudden Republicans want to blame Democrats for burning down the house when all they have done has been to sound the alarm.

    Today, Democrats are trying to save the burning house by pouring water on it, while Republicans are saying, "Let it burn itself out." "Let the market forces balance out by themselves." "Chop off one wing to save the rest of the house."

    August 3, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  24. WatchDawg

    Say good-bye to the middle class...thanks Michelle...

    August 3, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. The Dude Abides

    The Tea Baggers do not understand history or economics (and many other subject areas for that matter). If this movement of outrage over 'out of control government spending' would have occurred during and directly after the Great Depression, we would probably not have the privilege of bickering on these forums as we are enjoying today. It is economics 101 that in times of prosperity, government spending such be decreased, Bush did the opposite. When the economy tanks, tax revenue decreases, because of unemployment and decreased demand. So the government needs to intervene to stimulate the economy by spending. Gov't spending creates jobs too! So Obama, being a college educated person, listened to the economic leaders and increased spending. Some may argue not enough to be truly successful, BUT it did prevent a greater depression. Tea Baggers need to understand that the budget will be balanced eventually, but it requires a balanced approach-both cuts and revenue increases (letting the Bush tax cuts on 250k+ households, expire) and ONCE the economy stabilizes. Don't jeopardize our recovery because you were brainwashed to believe "government bad, freedom good" by some smart wealthy capitalists.

    August 3, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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