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

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soundoff (105 Responses)

    Disagree! I don't understand how doing the things of the past (tax cuts) will produce more jobs. Although the theory makes sense, if it works so well why didn't it work during the GOPs presidency? Why does this woman disregard the previous 10 years of legislation that helped get us to this point? I hate taxes as much as anyone, but businesses will not hire more people with tax cuts, they'll only increase their profit margins and keep cash on hand in preparation for the next dip in the economy.

    August 3, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Frank

    Thank God for people like Michelle Bachmann! I would have voted NO too.

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

    I thought she was from the state of Minnesota, not the state of Denial?

    August 3, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. NoTags

    Michele Bachmann is definitely a "few bricks short of a full load". The queen of the tea party and her group just cost American taxpayers $17 million in extra interest on "T Bills" because of their foolishness.

    She knoews she doesn't have a snowballs chance in hell of being elected, she's just trying to get whoever the GOP nominee may be to choose her for the VP slot.

    August 3, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. edpeters101

    Iowa straw vote = who pays the most to get people to participate! I really have to wonder who the people are that listen to the Flake from Minnesota/Iowa. Let's face it, she wouldn't be making all of these asinine statements if there weren't idiots out there that listen to them. And doesn't the media have an obligation to not repeat obvious falsehoods, cause when they report them some people actually believe them!

    August 3, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Bill NY

    The president has not driven our economy into a ditch. Our economy was broadsided into a ditch by Bachmann and her tea party buddies. If we want to finish destroying our country Bachmann as president is a really, really good start.

    August 3, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. vet in texas

    Bachmann is a fraud, anyone who thinks otherwise............voted for W twice, so you really know how to pick winners.

    What I find interesting about Obama's that he's spent $800 billion on the DOD, $834 billion to extend the Bush tax cuts and 800 billion for the stimulus (7% of the budget), and $100 billion in healthcare (Obama care each year)......looks to me based on FACTS......he's still spending the things Bachmann actually voted for. (execpt the least expensive Obamacare and stimulus).

    August 3, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Charlie in Maine

    If you want to see domestic terrorist look no further than the Tea Party. They held a knife to the throat of the American economy and threatned to kill it if they did not get their way. Bauchman is worse because after the President met all of the hosatage takers demands she still voted to kill the economy.If you wnat more of that, stay home during the next election and let the extreme Tea Party decide who will lead our nation. If you want to know what that would look like come to Maine and see for yourself. We've got a Tea Party Gov and legislature. We have never been worse off in our state government.

    August 3, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. JR

    This kind of stuff makes me sick. Raising the debt ceiling was the only choice to pay our outstanding bills. Voting against it would have only told the world we cant pay our bills. If would be like your electric bill showing up and you tell them "I won't pay it because I want to balance my budget!". I doesn't work that way. You have to lower your usage, but you still owe for what you have already used. If she truly wanted to fix the core problem, the federal budget is where you work on it because that is how you determine what we will pay in the future. She is just plain stupid and needs to find a rock to crawl under.

    August 3, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. M-AZ

    It is time to stand up to these Tea Party bullies!!!!!!

    Vote Democrat in 2012!!!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Indy

    A vote against raising the debt ceiling is a vote against America. Bachmann voted for failure and this must be remembered. She or anyone that would vote against paying the bills already racked up is to never be trusted.

    August 3, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    This drivel from the one who said if Obama raised the debt ceiling after Congress couldn't (as per the 14th amendment), that he'd be committing an illegal act. Utterly clueless. Go Bachmann. keep it going and win the nomination so Obama can wipe the floor with you

    August 3, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. patNY

    If this crazy loon ever becomes president, I'll jump off the tallest building around me!

    August 3, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Bob in Pa.

    I don't think Ken in NC gets it.
    What will that poor family do if there isn't a good paying job to support them ?
    What wil the do when taxes are increased due to our having to ppay off an ever increasing interest on debt ?
    This is a snowball turned freight train running downhill. No more borrowing until it is under control.
    Its time to toss and turn all the federal agencies on their heads and shake out the loose change in their pockets.

    August 3, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Indy

    If this vote was tied to the politicians personal credit rating it would actually mean something. Let Bachmann say no to paying the bills if it was going to cost her more personally then and only then could one take her seriously. If every person voting had their credit ratings affected by saying no there would not be these idiots voting to throw the country in the ditch.

    August 3, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. In Bad Taste

    @John in Brooklyn.
    Whats more grown up than saying, enough ! You already spent your allowance, you will have to wait till you save up enough to get your new toy. The child being Obama and Congress, spoiled brats, the whole lot of them.

    August 3, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. SDN

    "Barack Obama has driven our economy into a ditch." Short-term selective memory isn't necessarily pandemic, Ms Bachmann. I have reason to believe that a significant element of the electorate clearly remember the "Adventures of the Connecticut Cowboy". And, perhaps far more disturbing, a significant element has chosen to simply attempt to reconstruct history for those that will applaud.

    August 3, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Rob

    Bachmann's campaign is truly historic - she's the first cartoon character to run for president.

    August 3, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. In Bad Taste

    How come nobody is critisizng Dick Durbin here ? He said Dems wanted at least 4 Trillion in cuts after this deal was reached.

    August 3, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. vic , nashville ,tn

    “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."

    First she has to fire her campaign staffs; they didn’t have any clue that many republicans are unhappy about debt ceiling debate

    August 3, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Jeetu

    Ms. Bachmann, the fact is that you and your colleagues in congress approved every dollar and cent that was spent to create this deficit. You, your republican colleagues, and President Bush are responsible for the record deficit by giving tax breaks to the richest people, have two wars, and spend like hell. Now you want to blame what you did on President Pbama. Shame on you!!!

    The fact is having a debt ceiling is unconstitutional and hence not raising it is unconstitutional as well. Therefore, the Oath that you took to uphold the US constitution is violated by your not voting to raise the debt ceiling. Keeping this hostage is also unconstitutional.

    So, is your presidential platform based on unconstitutional grounds? It seems so and you have nothing to blame on Obama for your ow doings. I suggest you examine yourself anf your motives.

    August 3, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Poser

    Obama drove the economy into the ditch? She is trying to rewrite history again. The economy was in full meltdown in 2008 before President Obama was elected.

    As far as the debt ceiling, it's a vote to pay our existing bills or not rather than having anything to do with future spending. It's like a family sitting down and voting on whether they want to pay the mortgage this year. Failing to do so is irresponsible and costs far more in the long run.

    August 3, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. She was right

    The markets are plunging, I just dumped all my stock, cause the wanted cuts in spending but NO we were to greedy to give up the cash cow. Hold on to you back sides and plug your bung hole obama is comming after your savings and your wealth, social justice you know.

    August 3, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. ART

    Apparently Miss Bachmann seems to be suffering from amnesia, Obama is the one who saved us from total economic meltdown, now you and your tea bagger friends are the one trying to ruin the economy so some one more favourable to big business and the Koch brothers gets into the white house but I can assure you Michelle it won't be you, you just arn't smart enough.

    August 3, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. PacificView

    Congress appropriates every expenditure the US makes, not the president. It's this tragic woman and her like that are dragging us all into the ditch.

    August 3, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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