Bachmann: I don’t compromise my principles
August 14th, 2011
09:40 AM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann: I don’t compromise my principles

(CNN) – Fresh off a win at the Iowa straw poll, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann stood by her principles Sunday, saying in an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” that she won’t compromise her values on “big issues.”

Facing criticism that tea party members resisted compromise to reach an agreement on the debt ceiling, the Republican presidential candidate was asked to identify legislation that represented a compromise between herself and lawmakers of an opposing or alternate view. “I stand on a core set of principles but you want to continue to move in a positive direction,” Bachmann told Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. “I’ve done that throughout my legislative career.”

“On big issues, I don’t compromise my core sets of principles.”

And in her experience, the public doesn’t favor a compromise between spending cuts and raising revenue through tax increases as a method of battling the deficit.

“I haven’t gone one place in Iowa or South Carolina or New Hampshire where anyone said, ‘Please raise my taxes,’” she argued. “Never happened.”

“People are not saying yes, raise the debt ceiling, we want you to borrow more money - it doesn’t happen…people are very upset and nervous about where the economy’s at right now.”

And for Bachmann, a win at the straw poll in Ames, a contest that measures candidate strength and organization in Iowa, also communicated a bigger message.

“People sent a message to President Obama. They said, ‘We are done with your policies, we want something very different.’”

Bachmann believes that the 2012 election will be an “economic selection,” in which she will fare well because “people want to know who can turn the country around.”

“People want job creation,” she stated. “They want the economy to turn around and [they want to] work. I have that background.”

And if she reaches the White House, Bachmann said she would revisit the policy that prevented gay service members from openly serving in the military known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

“The ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy has worked very well,” she said. “I would be in consultation with our commanders but yes, I probably will [reinstate the policy].”

Though she hasn’t yet decided whether to end the gas tax when it expires in September, Bachmann did say that on the matter of gay marriage she thought it imperative that judges refrain from “legislating from the bench.”

“I think it’s more important that people have a right to weigh in on the laws that they choose to live under,” she asserted. “That was the problem here in Iowa.”

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soundoff (425 Responses)
  1. NoTags

    What is really sad is this twisted, warped mind woman actually believes she can become POTUS. Hopefully in 2012 the American voters will put the tea party and their candidates out of the spotlight permanently.

    August 15, 2011 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  2. sky

    Michelle Bachmann on meet the press she just lie, lie, lie as a INDEPENDENT voter, we are the people who see the truth, that the Republicans are not willing to bargin or raise taxes on Million Airs and Billion Airs to get the economy working. Getting 98% of what they wanted, and have not created any JOBS! yet, But what the Republicans-Tea Party have caused S&P to down grade our country credit for the frist time in our nations history. Independents who are self-reliance not committed to a political party will take the stand again, Since the 1st day in office the Republicans main goal was to get Obama out of office instead of giving a hand with the wrost economy our country has ever seen. The Party of no, did 1 thing right to show the American people their willing to strip us of everything we have worked for. INDEPENDENT 4 Life

    August 15, 2011 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  3. Jared, Fort Madison, Iowa

    Michelle Bachmann and the rest of the Republicans do not want to move this country in the right direction. While I do not agree with every decision President Obama has made, I will support him again in 2012 because I am not willing to allow this country to go backwards in time and that is what conservative principles and policies support. If Bachmann had her way, women would not be allowed to vote, blacks and whites would not be allowed to marry, and segregation would exist, all while gays and lesbians would be forced back into the closet. Wrong course for America, Michelle, Mitt, Sarah, Newt, Rick, and all the others. Wrong course for America.

    August 15, 2011 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  4. BD70

    Wow – imagine if she were president. Unless a bill explicitly matched her principles the veto pen would be brought out. Bet not one bill would get passed. And to allow people to vote on a law a nightmare that would be. Depending on the district and the majority is who would pass or fail it. That is why we have Courts to decide.

    August 15, 2011 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  5. James

    Anyone who cannot compromise has no business in government, because that's how things get done. One cannot run an effective government from an extreme position; one has to meet somewhere in the middle, which is what the Left constantly criticizes Obama for doing, but that's another topic. As far as Bachmann goes, her own public statements show her to be a Social Right extremist and bigot, campaigning on her gender. To hell with social issues; what we need is someone who can govern from the middle to help get this country's business and economy back on track. That isn't Bachmann, period.

    August 15, 2011 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  6. Chris

    No compromising? Then she shouldn't be elected. We're in the mess we're in because our "leaders" won't compromise. They each stay pegged out left or right, pleasing their constituent interests. We need leaders who will come to the middle, walk across the aisle, and work this out. "Not comprising" is easy... being willing to do what's best and right... now that's hard.

    August 15, 2011 06:28 am at 6:28 am |

    Snookie Palin is coming for Bachmann's money . Snookie Palin won't compromise about getting that money.

    August 15, 2011 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  8. markiejoe

    Bachmann talks like she's answering questions in the Miss America Pageant.

    August 15, 2011 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  9. mike

    Look another uneducated tea bagger running for president isn't sad to see how uneducated the religious right is and that is why we have wars in this world if they are not willing to compromise with people in there own country what does that mean if she became president with the rest of the world this country was never ready for global economics with people like her

    August 15, 2011 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  10. Peter

    A wise leader knows when to compromise for the good of the country. A leader who does not is called a dictator.

    August 15, 2011 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  11. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    That's right, she doesn't compromise on core values, UNLESS OF COURSE it benefits her. She is firmly against big government, unless of course it involves farm subsidies or Medicaid payments that benefits her family businesses. She hates big government, and please ignore the fact she has worked for the government her whole life. It will be fun watching her explain that - that is, if the lamestream media cares to bring it up.

    August 15, 2011 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  12. "The GOP biggest deception is getting the Poor and Middle class to believe they are out to help them"

    She, Romeny, Rick, and pretty much the entire field of GOP candidates at the most are distractions!!! None of them are giving any answers to what they would do if given the chance to be in the White House!! Most of them can not relate to the average American all, since most of them basically have money or came from money!! I think I will stick with someone who came from nothing to be something....Obama 2012!!!

    August 15, 2011 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  13. Tad Pole

    It is ashaming that someone like this can hold public office, muchless be leading in the polls to be the next candidate for the POTUS.

    August 15, 2011 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  14. Craig

    "We The People" maybe you should re-read the Costitution again!

    August 15, 2011 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  15. don

    Tea Party needs to change its name to the Kool Aid Party. Thats what they're driniking if they think America will elect a Perry/Bachmann ticket. Wake up America. The Price we pay for bottled water is much more then the amount the EPA would cost us to keep our drinking water clean.

    August 15, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  16. Jason B.

    Here's what I got out of that: "I don't care what the American people want. If I don't agree then I'll just ignore them." And as for job creation, yeah, our lovely GOP made lots of promises like that here in KS. And since the election it's just been job loss after job loss. Closing SRS offices, cutting school funding causing numerous loss of jobs in school districts, and even more that I can't recall right now. Oh, they did give jobs to out of state Republicans for the KS Art Commission though. (after firing all the existing people).

    August 15, 2011 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  17. AnnonUSA

    And this is what this country needs right now. A leader afraid to compromise. There is not enough gridlock in this country.

    The truth is the 2012 Election is the Republicans to Lose. After the four years of Obama's change you would think it would be easy to oust him, but with the candidates the Republicans have to offer, Obama should sleep well at night. Ron Paul is the only candidate with the ideas that make sense, and he is ostracized by the press, instead of being treated as an equal.

    August 15, 2011 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  18. John

    “On big issues, I don’t compromise my core sets of principles.” . . . . well Michele Bachmann, just what sort of small issues would you compromise your core set of principles????

    She has as much room in her mouth for her own foot as George W. Bush did.

    August 15, 2011 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  19. Ronald

    The big problem with Michele Bachmann is that she believes that her values are what everyone in the country should believe in, her ideology is what the country should believe in, her religious beliefs the country should believe in. I afraid Ms. Bachmann that you are sadly mistaken like the rest of the GOP candidates. You believe that the majority of the country is with you but the reality is that you are starting to believe your own lies. We have a great tradition of separation of church and state in this country and I for one thing it is the right thing to do. Look at Iran if you think religion belongs in governance. Your moral compass is not the countries. Only a egomaniac would think that everyone in this country thinks like you do. Fortunately most of the country thinks you are another Republican./Tea Party extremist.

    August 15, 2011 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  20. AnnonUSA

    Oh, And I am willing to bet, the Straw poll is likely to be the only thing she wins....

    August 15, 2011 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  21. extremely moderate

    And in her experience, the public doesn’t favor a compromise between spending cuts and raising revenue through tax increases as a method of battling the deficit.

    “I haven’t gone one place in Iowa or South Carolina or New Hampshire where anyone said, ‘Please raise my taxes,’” she argued. “Never happened.”

    Please raise my taxes! Please put the money into our crumbling infrastructure! Please put the money you already get to better use!

    I'm in Colorado, so come find me! I'm right here! In the open! You can't see me because you only pander to others like you! And you're blind!

    August 15, 2011 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  22. Mark L.

    Michelle Bachmann running for President of the U.S.A. is like Eva Braun running for Chancellor of Germany !! ZIG HEIL !!!!

    August 15, 2011 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  23. Charlie in Maine

    Calling her "clueless", although it is fun, solves nothing. She is dangerously brilliant. The morals of Sarah Palin with the brains of Newt Gingrich. Think George W Bush in a skirt with no need for Karl Rove because he is in there already. There are only three ways to stop a politican like this. Vote, vote vote! (BTW tea baggers I am not suggesting "voter fraud" one should vote only once in each election)

    August 15, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  24. Robert

    This woman recites her lines very well. I saw her on Meet the Press, Face the Nation and CNN and she did not answer any of the questions. She has learned a script and if you squeeze the right hand she says one thing and if you squeeze the left she'll answer something else. Since when does submissive mean respect??? Sumissive means DO AS YOUR TOLD.

    August 15, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  25. Purnell Meagre

    save us from ideologues of all stripes; History is littered with their victims.

    August 15, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
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