Bachmann to react to Obama's job speech
September 8th, 2011
10:24 AM ET
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Bachmann to react to Obama's job speech

Washington (CNN) - She didn't get a lot of camera time in Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate, but Rep. Michele Bachmann may be in the spotlight Thursday night, following President Obama's jobs speech in front of Congress.

The three-term congresswoman from Minnesota and GOP White House hopeful announced Thursday morning that she will hold a news conference on Capitol Hill to react to the president's address.

Bachmann, who is admired by many in the tea party movement, has been a very vocal critic of Obama and his performance on the economy and jobs.

Bachmann formally launched her campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in late June and soon began to rise in most public opinion polls. But on the day of her biggest victory, her win at a crucial GOP straw poll in Ames, Iowa, she was eclipsed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry's announcement that he was jumping into the race for the White House. Since then she has seen her standing in national surveys drop as Perry has risen in the polls.

–CNN's Paul Steinhauser, Deirdre Walsh and Kate Bolduan contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Jobs • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Oldie in TampaBay

    pack it in Michele. The Bachmann debacle is almost at its end.

    September 8, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Silence Dogood

    I had heard that there wouldn't be a Republican response. Could this be another case of "LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME!"?

    How can you respond to a speech's talking points right after it's given? You either know the speech ahead of time to prepare a rebuttal, or just use your same talking points that you've been giving all along without listening to the aforementioned speech: not making a rebuttal, just extemporizing and saying, "I can talk, too."

    September 8, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Russ

    She just doesn't know when to shut up. As you could see by last night's debate, no one really cared what she had to say. She can kiss her hypocritical campaign goodbye. Never talks much about her ideas, just complains about everyone else.

    September 8, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. DJ

    Umm. I'm a GOPer, but I will be watching football, and so will most of the country

    September 8, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. V in Chicago

    Great! The peanut gallery speaks again. . . She must realize she doesn't stand a chance even being nominated, much less winning the presidency. That just goes to show you how truly clueless this woman is.

    September 8, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |

    Why bother? Her campaign is toast!

    September 8, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Kris

    She hasn't heard the speech yet, but she already hates it. 😉

    September 8, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. once upon a horse

    why not just give the response NOW Michelle? We know what it's going to be. "I don't like it" "it's a job killing bill" "we don't need to raise taxes on the job creators" yada, yada, yada, same old tired GOP taling points.

    September 8, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    So what. It's a press conference from a minor member of Congress. The Republican Party has already announced that it will not make a rebuttal to President Obama's speech.

    The Tea Party is not an independent political party. It is a subset of the Republican Party. It was wrong to give Republicans two rebuttals following the State of the Union Address.

    It would be wrong to grant the Tea Party equal air time in response to Democratic air time. It gives the Republicans twice as much air time as what they normally would have had. If the Tea Party wants air time, they can go work for Fox News Channel.

    September 8, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. RINO Bil

    Why doesn't she give the speech before Obama gives his? It's not like she hasn't had it written for her already.

    September 8, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. Bill

    Your campaign is toast bimbo. Goodbye.

    September 8, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Alec H

    I wonder if she will look into the camera this time..........."sigh"

    September 8, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Doug in NYC

    Is she going to look at the camera this time or off to the left like in her last response?

    September 8, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Are you kidding me ?

    Why do we even have a rebuttal to a speech ? Hardly anyone ever sticks around to watch it after the speech and basically the same people usually go to their favorite news outlets and talk about the speech anyway ! I'm interested in what the President has to say and that's it ! I can form my own opinion from that !

    September 8, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Kira in VA

    Well one thing is for sure, they are persistent... Thank God her end is near & hopefully sooner than later....

    September 8, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Repeal Obamacare, blah blah blah. You sound like a broken record. You have absolutely no substance and don't have a clue. $2 gasoline! Really??? You're becoming more and more irrelevant as each day goes by.

    September 8, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. who cares what she says

    She is a total disaster. She has no ideas. All she knows cut spending, lower taxes and i hate everything about obama. She doesn't back up any of her statements with facts. I was amazed she was a leading candidate in the beginning. She is absolutely terrible.

    September 8, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Four and The Door

    Michele Bachmann is a serious candidate for the Republican nomination and this is entirely appropriate for her to do. For one thing, this is pretty much a televised campaign stop for Obama anyway. Anyone who thinks he is doing this because he thinks it will do any good for the economy needs to pay closer attention. Michele Bachmann is showing some leadership by jumping out there with a rebuttal and I applaud her for that.

    September 8, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Beverly - NYC

    Thanks for the heads up CNN, I will add to my list of what NOT to watch. Save the air buy Michelle, we already know what you will say while gazing blankly into the tea bag camera and reading from a teleprompter. Whatever the proposal , you hate it all, cost too much, not enough swag for the already rich, blah blah job creators, blah blah future generations, blah.

    September 8, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. Lynda/

    HER again? Apparently channeling God isn't working for her anymore.

    September 8, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. John in MN

    Crash and burn, Michele! Crash and burn.

    September 8, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    HER again? Apparently channelling God's advice isn't working for her anymore. Next in line ... resurrecting St. Ronnie as her new "guidance" adviser.

    September 8, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. GOP hates Middle Class

    The socialist queen is going to babble. Great. Is she going to tell us in depth about how she will get that $2.00 gas in January 2013?

    September 8, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    Sorry about my previous post. Got carried away and hit post before I was finished. Too much Bachmann nonsense to handle, even on the best of days.

    September 8, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "The three-term congresswoman from Minnesota and GOP White House hopeful announced Thursday morning that she will hold a news conference on Capitol Hill to react to the president's address."

    The three-term congresswoman from Minnesota and GOP White House hopeful announced Thursday morning that she will hold a campaitgn advertising event on Capitol Hill to react to the president's address.


    And btw, isn't that illegal?

    September 8, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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