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

    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.
    Spending isn't the problem as much as a lack of revenue. Are you aware of how much *less* revenue we have collected over the past decade, and especially over the last 2 1/2 years?

    August 3, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. A keen observer

    You can start by giving back the federal dollars you received for farm subsidies and federal payments to your clinic. Also your Congressperson's check because you have done nothing useful for your constituents. You have sucked on the govenment teat too long.

    August 3, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Steve

    Bachmann is simply irresponsible and trying to rewrite history. George W Bush drove this economy into the ditch. Clinton handed him a healthy booming economy – 6 years later with a GOP president and GOP controlled congress – we are in the biggest ditch since the great depression. Oh and the debt we are paying off? Bush's. Bachmann and Tea Party once again demonstrating their head in the sand approach to life and not willing to recognize that their party created this mess! Simply irresponsible.

    August 3, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    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."

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

    Sometimes I wonder about you – your post are thought through well and SOMETIMES, I MAY agree with SOME of what you say (very little 🙂 – But, you and I know that Michele Bachmann could not, would not and shall not be our President. Of course she is proud of saying what she thinks needs to be done – EVERYONE deep down inside truly knows what needs to be done. But it's not that easy and you saw what just got voted on!! Michele Bachman LACKS the whole package; she's a few French Fries short in a Happy Meal!!

    August 3, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. John in Brooklyn

    Please....oh please...we so desperately need elected officials who are grown ups...not silly needlers like this who don't know anything about what their talking about.

    August 3, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. JD in Moraga, CA

    "...and I take back my 'Yes' votes for the seven times we raised the debt limit under Bush..."

    August 3, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. AEK

    Tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and two UNFUNDED wars? I think that just possibly Mr. Bush's administration might have had something to do with the debt. Funny that Ms. Bachmann neglected to mention that.

    August 3, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. Four and The Door

    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.
    I think voters answered with a Republican victory in 2010 by a healthier margin, again the economy being the primary reason. His 'fixes' backfired.

    August 3, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Geoffrey Feldman

    Michelle Bachmans Tea Party, economic terrorists have driven this economy into the ditch. What has Bachman done in the Congress to create jobs? Nothing. Nothing. The "Defense of Light bulbs act" ... what is terrifying to me is that people actually believe that this woman is a credible leader of anything. Time for the real Republican party, wherever it is, to find real policies based on real numbers and real thinking and get their credibility back. Start by fighting for the people and the country over your party winning.

    August 3, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Michelle Bachmann and Al Qaeda have the same principles and goals...

    August 3, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. michael

    Raising the debt limit has absolutely NOTHING to do with our deficit it is the authority to pay for bills we have already made....IDIOT! Michelle you dont have a clue as usual..Iowa please keep her and plant her in a corn field as a scarecrow

    August 3, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. ClarasBeau

    Come to think of it, it's quite possible that Michele Bachmann serves our country well, when her ill-spoken thoughtlessness actually inspires debate and conversation among the constituency.

    August 3, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. Joe

    How can anyone say that the president has driven the economy into a ditch? There are two possibilities: Either they have absolutely no grasp of the facts, or they possess the cold cynicism and political ethics of Josef Goebbels.

    August 3, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Jack

    She obviously is adding nothing to the conversation. These are very difficult times. Saying you would not raise the debt ceiling is like saying you will stop paying the mortgage on your house. Tell me that's a bright idea.

    August 3, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "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."
    Um, we wouldn't be able to pay down our debts unless we raised the debt ceiling. The debt ceiling is what enables us to meet our fiscal obligations, i.e our debts, you know, the money we already spent, that debt.
    What we can definitely believe from you is that you don't know what the hell you're talking about. And we mean that.

    August 3, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. sortakinda

    Anytime that it's time to hear from Michele Bachmann, all of the clocks say "Cuckoo, Cuckoo."

    August 3, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. GI Joe

    “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.”
    Then WHY is she blaming President Obama? It's obviously the CONGRESS that drove us in the ditch (good thing she isn't part of the problem -- oh wait..............................)

    August 3, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. JP

    How can she honestly blame our debt on Obama? Has she forgotten the Bush policies? Was she paying any attention? Did she forget about the biggest tax cuts in American history for the wealthiest of all Americans along side two unfunded wars that Bush got us into? She is such a useless finger pointer. To boot, her ideas are in line with the richest of rich. Her position is directly in the face of the middle and lower class. What she stands for is absolutely disgusting, and flat out ignorant.

    August 3, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. SaintM

    Dear Ms. False Eyelashes – shut your pie hole unless you have real solutions to bring up that would trump anything the president does. You need to remember that Obama is the president and you are just a wanna be. Same thing with Romney, Palin, Perry, and all the other dip sticks that think they can outwit him. Obama is way out of your league–and actually holds the job that you will never have. You are frustrated and lashing out for no reason–other than you're frustrated. It's not Obama's fault your husband isn't man enough to keep you happy.

    August 3, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. GI Joe


    His fixes didn't backfire - the stimulus delayed the worst recession ever. However, now that CONGRESS refuses to do a anything at all (other than block bills and CAUSE more job losses), it's best to remember this is NOT a dictatorship. Put he blame where it squarely sits. THE HELL NO CAUCUS

    August 3, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. GI Joe

    Hey - give them the credit they deserve - they voted to name a Post Office before they went on a 5-week vacation. YAYYYYYY!!!

    August 3, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, Michele, honey, you might want to sit out further budget debate comments. Seems to be bit over the top for you, yes? Anyway, no since getting your head all a spinning. Better you take two aspirins, lay yourself down a spell, and rest a bit. Can't have a migraine interrupting your fundraising ... especially in the only state that'll have you.

    August 3, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. GI Joe

    Let's vote for a republican president so when the congress fails to act in the future, we can blame HIM. (sarcasm over now).

    August 3, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. BobAD

    If you look closely at the Republican campaign here in Iowa and the 2010 election they are all part of the Christian Taliban with nothing but a Social Issue Agenda and more government control. This group will do anything to install their new terrorist style of leadership. The Debt Ceiling / Budget was a distraction from the truth.

    August 3, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. SaintM

    Four and the Door. You silly thing, some of these republicans are up for re-election in 2012, and more people actually show up for a general election than a mid-term election. The republicans did not gain the house on merit, there was just bad voter turn out. Watch what happens when 70-80 percent of the country make their choices come Nov. 2012.

    August 3, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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