Bachmann's warning to South Carolina voters
August 26th, 2011
08:23 AM ET
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Bachmann's warning to South Carolina voters

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann was firing on all cylinders Thursday evening, dismissing competitors' management experience and laid out, in dire terms, how the 2012 presidential race is a "last chance election" and why she's the only candidate who has the chops to make the U.S. "the big dog" in the world.

The congresswoman from Minnesota, who secured a first place finish in a crucial Iowa straw poll two weeks ago, trails Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the latest national Gallup poll sizing up the Republican field.

She told hundreds gathered at a Charleston town hall that her proven record of standing up to special interests trumps a background of governing that Perry and Romney bring to the table.

"That's the experience you want to have," Bachmann said, referring to her stand-up record. "Not someone who's going to just manage all of this big government. Because you can put a Republican in there to manage big government but you're never going to have the United States as a big prosperous, big-dog-in-the-world again if you do that," she said.

Bachmann stressed the need to repeal President Obama's health care reform law, or so-called Obamacare, before it "metastasizes" like a cancer and "we will not be able to get rid of it."

"You can't put socialized medicine into a country and think that ever again you can elect a Republican as president – or a conservative or even a tea partier as president – and think that somehow we're going to get back to limited government," Bachmann said. "It won't happen because socialized medicine is the definition of big government."

The three-term congresswoman believes her time inside the Beltway, challenging Democrats and rank-and-file Republicans, is how she can change how Washington works.

"I'm so absolutely concerned because I've been there. I've been on the front lines," Bachmann said, comparing her legislative experience to a battlefield. "I have wept in Washington, D.C. watching what's happening to our country. This is real."

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a fellow Republican, showed up at the town hall and asked a question about a labor dispute as "an undecided voter" from Columbia. Bachmann was also asked about "reigning in" federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department. In another answer, she said she would support a federal amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

Bachmann, who was also asked about her position on illegal immigration, told the audience she thinks it is possible through legislation to stop the "anchor baby" problem of children born to mothers living illegally in the United States. When that happens she said, "A whole new set of implications arise for the United States. I do not believe that the American taxpayer should be paying benefits to people who are in the United States illegally."

Bachmann wrapped up questions from the 90-minute town hall, hosted by South Carolina GOP freshman Rep. Tim Scott, with a heartfelt pitch to back her candidacy.

"I think it's a last chance election if you ask me," Bachmann said. "So think about it very carefully. We need a miracle right now. I'm a praying woman, a believing woman, and I believe we need a miracle but I also believe that there's a God big enough to give us that miracle."


Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • South Carolina
soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. Bobad

    Eliminate Government control on corporations so they can do what they wish but push for GOVERMENT CONTROL OVER YOUR PERSONAL LIFE... This is the way of the Christian Taliban……

    August 26, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. NuwanSam

    What I know is that we have a last chance to save this country from a group of hobbits called Tea Party who's extreamist agenda is destroying what this country is.

    August 26, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. ChrisM

    ??? Is this the best the Repubs can do???

    August 26, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  4. DLH

    ......and we all thought Bush was incompetent. Bachmann makes Bush look like Einstein!!!

    August 26, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. Jack

    Socialized medicine–does she mean Medicare and Medicaid and free VA health care?

    August 26, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Wow! She is really bringing all the hate, racism and right wing religious crap out, isn't she?
    I guess going from first to third place is not going over very well with her. Poof, poor delusional flake.
    Glad that you pray but that isis another reason to keep as far away from the WH as possible. The only miracle you might be asking for is that big boy mascurnstays in the closet somyiu don't lose the small percentage of cretins in this country who think you should even be in politics. Yes, that goes to all those in MN who keep voting for this lunatic.

    August 26, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  7. Name king

    I heard some one saying that Ronald Reagan was called an extremist and that his trickle down policies worked. The reason why it probably worked the was because America was a closed economy then, and the trickle down had no choice but to trickle down to us. Now we are in competition with India and china for affection of america's corporations. The overseas powers have a better position than us because they can demand big companies to sell their souls to do businesses in their country. All we have to persuade big corporations is their patriotism. The problem which is the master of all evil doesn't mix with patriotism, especially when their share holders keep screaming more more more from their corporations, greed is way more powerful than what the repugs are trying to bull crap the American people to believe. When we give corporation free tax money by jumping over consumers and small business head depriving them to touch the money, and stop
    them from running competition with each other. They are less likely to invest in America.

    August 26, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That's the experience you want to have," Bachmann said, referring to her stand-up record. "Not someone who's going to just manage all of this big government. Because you can put a Republican in there to manage big government but you're never going to have the United States as a big prosperous, big-dog-in-the-world again if you do that," she said.
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    What the hell is she talking about?!

    August 26, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  9. Let's get rational now

    Bachmann and Perry are the same. Its just that Bachmann is a little more polished in her delivery. Look at her response in the Boeing answer. Taking 1,000 jobs from Washington and putting them in South Carolina is not job creation. You are just moving numbers. This is Perry's job creation mumbo jumbo. He stealed from peter to pay paul. That is easy to do at the state level but you cannot do that at the national level. Are we going to steal from Mexico or Canada or Europe? Nope. You know why? Because they have universal health care and it is cheaper for companies to operate there. How do I know this? A while ago I called a Microsoft help line and was connected to Halifax, Nova Scotia. I was surprised why they were not in India. The operator stated that the reason was that Microsoft felt Canadians gave better service and with the universal health care the costs were comparable. When will the republicans ever learn?

    August 26, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  10. Katy

    The very idea that someone as clearly incompetent to hold the office of the POTUS as is Bachmann is actually running and WON a (fairly inconsequential, but still) straw poll in Iowa is stupefying. And the fact that this no nothing, far right, religious wacko is being taken seriously by anyone in this country is very scary. What has happened to the GOP? Where are the moderate Republicans? I must say, though, that I would love to see Bachmann in a debate with Obama!. Obama 2012!!

    August 26, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  11. Indy

    Does Bachmann realize that almost every country with Government healthcare is doing quite well and not one of these countries would ever go back to corporate controlled healthcare.
    I am very happy Bachmann has promised $2.00 gallon gas and promises to put the country in grave danger by shutting the doors of the EPA< because now we know it is impossible for her to ever get majority support. Bachmann not only has crazy eyes, she is just plain and flat out CRAZY. The Republican supporting Forbes magazine has just revealed to the world that they are useless and not worth the ink they use to print their laughable list with Bachmann and Palin beating out real working people that actually have power.

    August 26, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  12. The Elephant in The Room

    She`s right. This is a last chance election for war mongering, fear mongering, race-bating, homo-phobic politicians.

    Every 4 years, America gets more brown, more black, more yellow, Younger voters of ALL colors enter adulthood and they have not been raised to embrace the dog-whistle code words that the Teapublicans use to rile their dwindling base. In 2040, the last children born under a President Obama will be 24.

    They will have known only that ANYONE, of ANY BACKGROUND can be the leader of this country. Once that genie is out of the bottle, there is no going back to the good ole days.

    If Bachmann were a woman of the caliber of Elizabeth Warren, she could contribute positively to the liberation of the Genie. Unfortunately, she`s not. if I were female, I`d be ashamed to have MB on my side of the chromosome chart.

    Independents, re-elect Obama and America will be better off. The Republican Party will moderate to compete. They`l finally develop candidates with solutions again. They`ll rediscovery smart leaders again. Give the President fillibuster-proof majorities in Congress and then, if you don`t like the results, fire the whole lot in 2016.
    We can elect a woman that we can all be proud of as President then.

    August 26, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I have wept in Washington, D.C. watching what's happening to our country. This is real."

    Apparently it hasn't yet occurred to Bachmann that she is herself part OF the problem, and certainly NOT the solution. Keep praying for that miracle, Michele. It worked really well for Tammy Fay, bringing HER all the wealth and fame she felt she deserved, being the good christian women she THOUGHT she was and all. Well, it worked for Tammy for a few years anyway.

    August 26, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  14. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Sounds like a female George W Bush.

    August 26, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  15. Qev

    That's what they do, isn't it..make dire warnings about what will happen "if"? Curiously, they never like to talk about the things that actually HAVE happened...you know, in reality, under their watch.

    August 26, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. Cedar Rapids

    "I think it's a last chance election if you ask me," Bachmann said. "So think about it very carefully. We need a miracle right now. I'm a praying woman, a believing woman, and I believe we need a miracle but I also believe that there's a God big enough to give us that miracle."

    Shes going to claim god put her in place if she wins. Just what we need, a god's messenger type.

    And I wonder if her closing down the EPA is how she hopes to get $2 gas......close them down and remove all the safeguards required that costs money.

    August 26, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  17. Seattle Sue

    Did Bachmann really save the old fashioned light bulb? If she did, what a feat for mankind, What a record for 6 years in Congress, a real go-getter.

    August 26, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. Robert

    "Not someone who's going to just manage all of this big government. Because you can put a Republican in there to manage big government but you're never going to have the United States as a big prosperous, big-dog-in-the-world again if you do that," she said.

    So, wait, you're saying that if we put a Republican in, they won't be able to do the job? Because, when I read that statement, I'm reading: "You can put us in charge, but we'll never be #1 in the world if you do".

    August 26, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  19. TomNPitt

    Her selling point for leading Americans is that she fhas no problem fighting with everybody. That sounds like a formula for success. No body can abort a fetus, but she doesn't want the government to take care of any of them born to people without money or opportunity. That leaves more government money for people like her – religious people who set up businesses to attack other minorities. She's a jackal in the darkness.

    August 26, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  20. Independent In Albany

    Not ever, in a million years will she carry the center in the general election and that is all that matters.

    August 26, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Bachmann, who was also asked about her position on illegal immigration, told the audience she thinks it is possible through legislation to stop the "anchor baby" problem of children born to mothers living illegally in the United States.
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    I think it is "possible" through sheer visualization to make you and the Dingbat from Wassila dissappear, I mean come on! HOW do you see this legislation written? What do you see in this legislation? And WHY would someone who is all talk about being agains Big Gubmint want THE GUBMINT to legislate away, unchecked, and quite intrusively?
    All this stupid talk about you will NEVER have a Republican President unless you repeal Obama Cares is all designed to make the 23 morons that still call themselves RethugliKKKlans throw their vote your way. Pathetic and unhinged discourse is all you can offer Michelle, and a proven record as a Teatard nut.
    You're a delusional idiot Michelle. If t the media would just shut up about you you'd realize how completely inadequate you are to throw your hairpiece into this Presidential race.
    I thought The Quitter was an embarrassment.......Jeesh!

    August 26, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  22. diridi

    while she is stupid, we need to make tough on immigration to India, these idiots are cheating here, o.k, We need strict monitoring on Temples, who knows what is going on,, Mosques too....Nikki Haley says she is white, open and truthful lie, lie, lie, she is an Indian lady...o.k, GOP lies, lies, lies, and lies....

    August 26, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  23. Larry L

    It's a sad state of affairs when anti-environment, anti-labor, anti-science, bigotry, and homophobia are considered positive attributes by the Republican Party. The Republicans still have time to rally around a rational person, but they just can't get that person by the radical Tea Party. If America has a chance to successfully deal with the issues of a complex and changing world, President Obama is that only chance. The Republicans seem to want to return to 1950.

    August 26, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  24. bb

    Bachmann, speaking in Charleston, SC – one of the two regions (out of 3 in total) that historically vote democrat. Charleston County that voted for Obama in '08. Either the audience was a small Republican sampling of the region or they were bused in. Bachmann is speaking to the press pretending to represent the area.

    August 26, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  25. Doug

    I just sat down to enjoy a cup of coffee and it has sugar in it and I am thinking to myself about that shaved peach I had the other night.... hmmmmmm.

    August 26, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
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