Bachmann: Social conservatives 'don't have to settle' in 2012
September 22nd, 2011
04:05 PM ET
12 years ago

Bachmann: Social conservatives 'don't have to settle' in 2012

Orlando (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said Thursday that the 2012 presidential election is "a window of opportunity" for social conservatives because President Barack Obama is so politically vulnerable.

Republicans have a chance to nominate the most conservative candidate possible and still take back the White House next November, she said.

"Of any election, this is the one where conservatives don't have to settle," Bachmann said at a rally in Orlando organized by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the group founded by conservative activist Ralph Reed.

"President Obama's approval numbers are the lowest they've ever been, and I am here to tell you, they are going lower further," she said. "So we don't have to go to the side, we don't have to sit on the back of the bus in this election. We need to stand up and be counted and have a candidate who is truly a social conservative who will stand for our issues."

Bachmann, once the darling of social conservatives in the 2012 field, has seen her standing diminished in the wake of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's entrance into the race.

Since then, she has pitched herself as the true conservative in the race and has been trying to raise questions about Perry's conservative bona fides.

The rally took place just hours before the Republican presidential field takes the stage for yet another debate, this one sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida, Fox News and Google.

Also see:

Issa endorses Romney

New ad targets GOP candidates over health care

Perry fights back on secession claim

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Jake

    she's so disgusting! keep your social conservatism all to yourself in your churches and private schools, you moron!

    September 22, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Blackman in America

    What a WICKIT I guess it is true there are 2++++America's. Good news...............non-CONs vote in high numbers also.

    September 22, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Oh yes, flake, a "truly social conservative who will stand for our issues". What issues would these be? Telling a woman what she can do with her body. Making women pay for their rape kits? Keep wasting money like big boy marcus is doing trying to change people from what they truly are? Make sure that religion is taught in every school whether the parents want it for their children? Electing crazies who have visions and talk to "their god"? Speaking out of term because some other lunatic came to you with a bogus story about her daughter becoming retarded after an injection?
    You are done! Start thinking what you will do after the people of MN (I HOPE) send you and your minions packing. At least you will have a job at your husband's "clinic".

    September 22, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Sara Pallin

    Kind of fun to watch her squirm as she becomes more and more irrelevant. Glad I'm not her

    September 22, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Sara Pallinski

    Kind of fun to watch her squirm as she becomes more and more irrelevant. Glad I'm not her. I'm much more ethical and kind hearted.

    September 22, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. pmk1953

    Yeah, but when you ride the short bus like Bachmann, you don't sit too far back anyway.

    September 22, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    All I hear when her gums start flapping is the teacher from Charlie Brown at this point. I think my brain decided it needed to create a block as a defense mechanism.

    September 22, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. al in memphis

    AS opposed to some one who is truly qualified.
    People wake up, when politicians tell you things about the polls but leave out the other facts-that just means it's all about the impressions that are created from negative campaign ads. Why do you think they don't want to have an open conversation about the issues? It's all about what they can make you believe - and what they believe is that we're dumb enough to believe whatever we are told.

    September 22, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. SP

    I love watching her try to become more relevant as she goes further down the tubes. SSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad I'm not her and everyone likes me. Think I'll write a book

    September 22, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Sarabaracudawitz

    Oh, no. I thought it was all about red meat. What did she do with that corn dog????????????? Can I get one too???????????

    September 22, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
1 2