Bachmann makes top ten in list of Congress’ most conservative
August 26th, 2011
01:55 PM ET
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Bachmann makes top ten in list of Congress’ most conservative

Washington (CNN) – Just how conservative is tea party darling Rep. Michele Bachmann?

According to new rankings released Friday by Heritage Action, sister organization to the Heritage Foundation, a Washington right-wing think tank, the Minnesota congresswoman is the ninth most conservative congressional member.

Described as “a comprehensive and revealing barometer of a lawmaker’s willingness to fight for conservative policies in Congress” on the organization’s website, the Heritage Foundation’s legislative scorecard ranks members based on decisions made through “30 votes and 5 co-sponsorship scores in the House and “19 votes and 4 co-sponsorship scores in the Senate.”

The scorecard compares each congressional vote against a “preferred” vote by Heritage Action, the grassroots arm of Heritage Foundation, one of the oldest and most-recognized conservative policy centers in the nation.

South Carolina GOP Sen. Jim DeMint takes the top spot as the most conservative legislator, but Bachmann is the highest ranking 2012 GOP presidential contender with a score of 94 percent.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul scored 76 percent, followed by Michigan Rep. Thad McCotter at 68 percent.

Filed under: 2012 • Heritage Foundation • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Copper's Donut Shoppe

    I still don't get one thing. Why do all the Republican women pols feel the need to smear a ton of makeup all over to the point where they look like tr0ll0ps?

    August 26, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. willard

    I'm belive that bachman will be great more interest for presdient
    Please obama and biden need stop blame on tea party about terroist well I ask biden what about on black or afracian american are keep ganster for terroist

    August 26, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    And all of these folks are really PROUD of this and want to make all of America like them!!!! Jeez!! Too bad they are the minority!!!

    Obama/Biden 2011!!!

    August 26, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    That's great news! After having Obama, the Senate's most liberal member, in the Whitehouse for 4 years and witnessing the devastation he has brought upon this country, we could use some conservative common sense in the Whitehouse. Our very survival may be riding on it.

    August 26, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    She's #1 in my book for being the most uneducated congresswoman ever.

    August 26, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    Have you noticed that in every picture Bachmann takes she's looking UP into the sky?????? Did someone tell her that was her best looking POSE??? Or is she waiting for a RAY from HEAVEN to come down on her to tell her – "NO, Michele, NOT NOW – Don't run for President yet because I have not yet sent you the calling!!!!!""

    August 26, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    President Reagan could not get a passing grade on this test. Enough said.

    August 26, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    The fact is Heritage Foundation doesn’t know the meaning of conservatism

    As a conservative I see real conservatism in moderate democrats from red states and moderate republicans from blue states
    Rush Limbaugh, Fox news and tea baggers conservatism are self motivated fake conservatism

    August 26, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. zhawk88

    This woman is nuts. End of discussion.

    August 26, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. rs

    No surprise here. I am impressed that they can measure anyone so far off to the right!

    August 26, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Marc

    Good luck appealing to moderates.

    Radical left is better than radical conservative any day.

    August 26, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. G D

    IIt's too bad they don't have a least-in-touch with reality list. That's the one place you could find both Pelosi & Bachmann ;leading together.

    August 26, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Conservatism is like a cancer. It no longer deals with fiscal well being, but focuses on denying women's rights, denying religious freedom, denying equality, and encouraging class warfare while catering to billionaires and big corporations.

    August 26, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    Well duh!!! I am surprised she is not number one on the list. This is news?

    August 26, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. bigwilliestyles

    Translation: "South Carolina's senator jim demint is the most obviously racist bigot, while #'s 2 thru 10 have better developed their ability to pretend their racism and bigotry are some sort of "political position".

    August 26, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    It's really not saying much (these days) that she makes the top 10 conservative list is it? I'll go further and say she makes the top 10 list in these categories as well:

    1) Racist
    2) Bigot
    3) Evilness
    4) Deception
    5) Welfare
    6) Pixie (her views are way out there)
    7) Extremist

    I could go on and on but she isn't worth it.

    August 26, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. thomas

    When did conservative mean close-minded ?
    Yep , she's on the top ten list !

    August 26, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Marshall

    Michelle Bachman is the female version of Elmer Gantry the hypocritical religious huckster in Sinclair Lewis' famous novel. She will try to adulterate science classes with religion, thereby making a mockery of both science and religion.

    August 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Many conservative principles are similar to Taliban beliefs.

    August 26, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    God told her to run for president, vote against the poor people, deny the uninsured health care, support wars in the middle east, and destroy the middle class. God also told her to support the wealthy and big business. Kind of makes you wonder who her God really is.

    August 26, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. wgf

    "right wing think tank" is an oxymoron

    August 26, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Name king

    Most conservative does that mean most right reaching lunatic?

    August 26, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Matt

    This is an obvious dupe if I've ever seen one. Out of all the GOP candidiates, Ron Paul by far wants the have the smallest federal government and limit federal spending, which is the core of conservatism.

    August 26, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. NVa Native

    "the eyes are the windows to the soul", so what's with the crazy eyes?

    August 26, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Yep, no support for human rights, the environment, veterans benefits, workers rights, education, women's and children's health. Sounds presidential to me.

    August 26, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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