Bachmann involved in unusual campaign moment
August 12th, 2011
08:43 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann involved in unusual campaign moment

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann was at the center of an unusual campaign moment on Friday that involved reporters trying to ask her questions - and the Republican presidential candidate essentially being cocooned by a ring of protectors.

The Bachmann campaign insists they were only trying to keep the congresswoman safe and secure.

At issue: a scene that unfolded after the Republican presidential candidate briefly spoke at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.

After talking for about three minutes, Bachmann waded into the crowd filled with adoring supporters.

Moments later, as she tried to exit the area back to a waiting drive cart, Bachmann found herself in the middle of a mob of people: among them many supporters and members of the press including this reporter and CNN anchor Don Lemon.

As both CNN staffers tried to question Bachmann, Lemon said he was pushed by two members of Bachmann’s staff. Lemon also said that Marcus Bachmann, the congresswoman’s husband, pushed him.

“She came out, after speaking for just a couple minutes,” Lemon said. “There were other reporters and cameras there. And I asked her very respectful questions: ‘How do you think you did in the debate last night?’ and ‘How do you think you’re going to end up in the Ames Straw Poll?’ And her two campaign aides started elbowing me.”

Lemon continued: “I told them, asked them not to elbow me. And then her husband Marcus started doing the same thing. And then he elbowed me into the cart. And I said, ‘You just pushed me into the cart.’ And he goes, ‘No, you did it yourself.’

“It was just, I don’t know, why they would choose to do that. We weren’t asking any ‘gotcha’ questions,” Lemon added.

It’s typical for presidential candidates, especially ones as popular as Bachmann, to wind up in a crush of supporters and reporters at campaign events. But Friday’s episode was unusual.

Bachmann Press Secretary Alice Stewart was asked if she, or Marcus Bachmann, pushed Lemon.

Stewart repeated that, “Our number one priority is the safety and protection of Michele Bachmann.”

“It was just too crowded,” Stewart continued. “We were just trying to get her out in order for her to go to other events at the fair and that’s what we were doing.”

Bachmann hopes for a strong showing in Iowa’s all-important Ames Straw Poll on Saturday.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Guess I am not the only one who noticed the bad behavior of the Dems, in Iowa. The Dems are there in large numbers........trying to derail support for any and all of the GOP candidates. They have all of their top spin doctors and party elite there, doing that!

    August 13, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. NoTags

    Of course people in Iowa love Bachmann since they want someone who won't touch their farm subsidies. Michele will leave the subsidies in place because she doesn't want to give up the subsidy her family receives.

    August 13, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. Marie MD

    LOL! I guess that wild eye sharon angle look is really who is inside this flake.
    This isn't new. She has been avoiding REAL questions for weeks. As soon as somebody asks her a question she deems controversial she either walks out or stops the interview.
    Now she has "protectors"? This just tells anyone with half a brain that she might be getting closer to spewing more stupidity as she answers questions. Too bad she couldn't answer why she voted against the debt ceiling or why her husband runs a clinic to cure gays or why her family gets farm subsidies for the govement, or why she thinks gays are satan, or why she thinks that slaves had it so good. The list is endless . . . . . .I hope somebody from the media with some balls calls her out on every comment she has made including "revolution against the government".

    August 13, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  4. NoTags

    What's the difference is Bachmann and the "food on a stick" she has in her hand in the picture? The "food on a stick" has a higher IQ.

    August 13, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. davverizon.netey

    this is an on going setting when ever the reporters get close to her, she just can't answer the questions for fear of "foot in mouth disease"

    August 13, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    They were probably afraid she'd have a migraine attack.

    August 13, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. tp1776

    why face the press when it's so much easier to throw raw meat buzz words at adoring fans? this smells like Hitler on the rise in Germany. Presidential candidates in this country don't need handlers and thugs to campaign. and btw, I don't think the question about submission was off base at all. She made that statement way before she was running for president, so she was not parsing every word then; it has the ring of truth. Why didn't she say back then "I respected my husband's argument, so I decided to study tax law"? no, she made the submissive because she believed it and now she should live with it, and the voters (especially women) ought to consider that when voting.

    August 13, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. kschegan

    Those staffers should have attended Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity last fall. In a much larger, more crowded group, everyone who I encountered said "excuse me" and "thank you" with a smile on their face, and nobody pushed or shoved or yelled. Sanity is a good thing! 🙂

    August 13, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. vet in TX

    the fact that she is even considered speaks volumes, but then again.....they voted for W twice. this has nothing to do with her gender, but more to do with here dillousions of actually being a good politician. "the right to choose your lightbulb act" can't be serious, W signed it into law in 07....she is a fraud, period!

    August 13, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. terry,va

    Another dumbocrap plant. This time from the offical Barack Obummie news site.....CNN.

    August 13, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. dd

    Shades of sharon engle? or safety who knows...but if it is shades then soon she will not talk to anyone but fox...oh she does that already? well there are alot more people in the usa than just her fans. did not work for engle either...

    August 13, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. hilroy

    That is what i call playing with fire. You do not do that to Don Lemon and win any converts. I would have pushed Marcus right back right on camera. Marcus is lucky it was Don Lemon and not Roland Martin or Joe Madison.

    No respect for any one black even someone who was sent by CNN to do his job..I would have charged Marcus for assault. Don Lemon was no threat to anyone It goes to show who these people are.

    August 13, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. Tea Party Patriot

    Typical Liberal, can't handle a little push

    bachmann cain 2012

    August 13, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. JS

    Is this an indication on her foreign policy approach? Shove the minorities out of the way?

    August 13, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. FM

    This is totally unacceptable. The candidates are at work so as reporters. To treat reporters like this is disgraceful. What has my lovely country has become? And where are we heading to?

    August 13, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Seattle Sue

    What is it with Bachmann and Paul Ryan with their eyes always looking up, as though they are looking to see if God is sending a bolt of lightning to them for lying.

    August 13, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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