Bachmann keeps pushing GOP: Don't pick 'compromised' candidate
September 26th, 2011
05:22 PM ET
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Bachmann keeps pushing GOP: Don't pick 'compromised' candidate

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (CNN) – On the same day that tea party darling Michele Bachmann lost out on the first big tea party presidential endorsement, the Republican presidential candidate continued to swing against those things menacing her campaign.

On Monday, the Minnesota congresswoman suggested that front-runners Rick Perry and Mitt Romney are "compromised" candidates, put a positive spin on her falling poll numbers – and even outright dismissed a closely-watched straw poll in Florida.

All of it happened at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Bachmann, speaking to a small group of supporters, began her comments by re-stating a warning to Republicans: don't compromise.

"We can't settle, this time, on our candidate," Bachmann said. "We need a fighter, this time. We need a champion, this time. We need someone who's been in Washington, who's actually seen what these problems are and who's actually fought against these problems."

While she did not mention names, her political targets were clear.

Perry has publicly blasted the idea of building a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border, instead favoring a "boots on the ground" approach. The Texas governor also stands by his state's law that provides in-state tuition assistance to the children of illegal immigrants. At her rally, Bachmann told reporters: "We…need to make sure that we have a candidate who is committed to securing the border in the United States all across the border. And we can't have a candidate that is anything less than committed to taking away the magnets and the inducements at the federal level – and at the state level – that are drawing illegal immigrants into the United States."

"I will build the fence and I will not have the mandates, the taxpayer-supported mandates, to bring illegal aliens into the United States," Bachmann added.

Perry has defended his decision behind his 2007 executive order that would have required young girls to get an HPV vaccination against cervical cancer. The Texas governor has since apologized for how he tried to enact the measure – and staunchly denied any claim he did it for political gain or campaign contributions.

And yet Bachmann continued to launch political missiles.

"We're finding out that there are candidates that are compromised when it comes to political donors," she said. "That political donors have given them money and then a lot of political appointments and a lot of deals have been given back to those political donors. And our candidate can't be compromised when it comes to owing political favors to political donors."

Meanwhile, Romney has stood by the health care law passed in Massachusetts during his term as governor. It includes an individual mandate that requires state residents to purchase health care or pay a tax penalty.

At her rally, Bachmann said: "In 'Obamacare,' there's an unconstitutional mandate. So whether it's at the state level or at the federal level, we cannot have our nominee compromised on the issue of healthcare."

And apparently blasting both Perry and Romney, who've both said they'd repeal the nation's health care law by issuing an executive order if they become president, Bachmann said: "Our nominee needs to understand that we cannot deal with 'Obamacare's' problems simply by issuing an executive order or by a waiver. We can only deal with 'Obamacare' by repealing it, root and branch."

The Minnesota congresswoman was asked about her falling poll fortunes. The latest CNN/ORC International poll puts her in seventh place – with a paltry four-percent – even behind undeclared candidate Sarah Palin.

Bachmann was asked: is she concerned that her campaign is flagging?

"No, not at all. We're very grateful with where we're at right now," Bachmann said. "I think what we're seeing is that other candidates, at this point, are making changes in their campaigns."

"We think we are positioned perfectly right now."

The candidate also addressed her last place finish in a Florida straw poll – by outright dismissing it.

"We did not participate in the Florida Straw poll," Bachmann told reporters. "We put our effort and our money and our time here in Iowa, in the [Ames] straw poll, because this straw poll here in Iowa was crucial. This most reflects a general election, a general caucus or a general primary. Because here, anyone with an Iowa driver's license had the ability to come out and vote in the straw poll."

Bachmann continued: "In Florida, there was a select pool of individuals who had to pay to be in that poll and it was not reflective of the general population of Florida."

Bachmann asserted that she's been warmly received in Florida as she's recently campaigned there.

Bachmann was asked about losing the first big endorsement from an influential tea party figure. The congresswoman is the head of the House Tea Party Caucus and frequently pushes the movement's message.

"The marvelous thing about the tea party is that it is not a central organization," she said. "There are many tea party organizations…so I anticipate what you will see are numerous endorsements that come from around the nation to various candidates."

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Republicans
soundoff (52 Responses)

    Somebody's in denial. . . . LOL!

    September 26, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Greenspam

    Bachman says, "elect an extremist, elect me!"

    September 26, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Andrew

    "I will build the fence and I will not have the mandates, the taxpayer-supported mandates, to bring illegal aliens into the United States," Bachmann added.


    With what money exactly? I thought the Tea Party was about no government intervention, and cutting spending severely...
    Please explain to me how she will pay for a wall across the entire south?

    September 26, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Vern for Prez

    If any cantidate wants to listen to me I can fix the economy and have the country back to work within 1 year

    September 26, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Ben Dover

    Just say goodbye and go away!!!

    September 26, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Caption: "My crazy is this tall."

    September 26, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. chelle

    Ws compromised the word of the day???

    September 26, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. GOP Failed America

    Without compromise we don't have a government "for the people.". Since the GOP/Tea Baggers led by people like Bachmann and Perry balk at the idea of compromise, we have the current do nothing govnerment. Americans needs to answer the GOP, Bachman and Perry come next year when the masses will get out in droves and vote out the Tea Baggers..

    September 26, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. CNNMoney Headline "GM adding 6,400 jobs under UAW deal". GM is a true government success story

    She is just a single nut. What is crazy is that she actually has supporters.

    September 26, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. enodot

    Just another example how hipocritical Teas are. A few days ago I was speaking with two Tea party members and the conversation was light. Once I said I followed the Tea/Republican parties then the all hell breaks loose barrier was dropped. The comments were nothing but "what's in it for me, all about me, I want mine and only mine", them the racial bombs started dropping like it was raining! These two individuals, truly at their core, are racist, predjudice towards other religions too. They hate that was spewed by these two Tea partiers was very sad to say the least.

    September 26, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. vet in texas

    Funny, she is compromised based on her taking of subsidies and her husband taking medicare/medicaid.

    She has just shown you the reasons that make virtually all of these candidates unelectable, but the hatred of all things Obama is making people forget key principles and make the lesser of 8 evils (candidates running). The only person who is electable is Hunstman, and because he insn't a yeller or a liar he isn't at the top of the others but he's also Morman so he was unelectable in the first place.

    in 2008 137 million people voted
    in 2010 97 million people voted. Of the 97 million ALL conservatives voted
    who do you think the missing 40 million along with recent 17-19 year olds will vote for?

    It won't be pray for rain Perry, won't be Corps are people to Romneycare architect, it won't be arm Iran Paul, it won't be "I didn't know what that was" Cain, and it won't be $2 gas Bachmann.

    Once us adults start doing the math of actual voters, along with the map of electoral votes of each state, you will start to realize why we are now having all these voting requirements without tangible proof of need due to fraud. You can't blame ACORN for this, when it was Palin who ran off people with the Couric interview and her "gotcha questions", you can only blame yourselves for lack of cooperation, and wanting things all conservative based on a flawed voter mandate.

    September 26, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. Larry L

    Her message is clear "Nobody else is as crazy as me!". Wrong – Rick Perry is not only as crazy, he's even less intelligent. He's the perfect Republican candidate – a clone of "W".

    September 26, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Len

    GOP/Tea Party are hypocrites and do not care about America. UNPATRIOTIC!!!!!!

    September 26, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    The FL straw poll said a lot. Bachmann lost her credibility with unfounded, desperate attacks on her opposition.

    September 26, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. Katy

    Bachmann has had her 15 minutes. She is completely unelectable. The GOP really has nobody. I intend to vote for Obama. I know how much he has accomplished and how much he's done to clean up the mess of the last administration and anyone who is swayed by the constant barrage of criticism from the party of NO is not doing their homework.

    September 26, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. Ron

    LOL. Foolish woman. Why WASTE money building a fence when all the Mexicans will have to do is fly to Canada and WALK across the border??? Just like the terrorists have been doing for some time now. Another GOP Red Herring.

    September 26, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. Jon G.

    I can think of no Presidential candidate more mentally compromised than Rep. Bachmann.

    September 26, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Bushs economic policies failed. Obamas economic policies failed. Its tea time. Time for a change to the teapartys economic policies. If we vote a teaparty candidate for president our country will recover from the failed bush and obamas economic policies.

    September 26, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  19. Jake

    SNL nailed it! I can't wait to see more of Kristin Wigg as Bachmann! i've been waiting all summer for this!!

    September 26, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. Mindie from India

    SHE is the thing that's menacing her campaign.....funny and she doesn't even know it – kinda like the tea baggers who are being used by the GOP to get their failed agendas thru. They can't even figure out the politicians are COUNTING on your bigotry. Ya'll a bunch of geniuses.

    September 26, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  21. mikenoal

    "This most reflects a general election, a general caucus or a general primary. Because here, anyone with an Iowa driver's license had the ability to come out and vote in the straw poll.""

    yeah that and $30 bucks to buy a ticket to vote....

    September 26, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  22. JPNAmerican

    I would bet a lot of money she'll be using those same words to endorse Perry or Romney if they get the nomination

    September 26, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. GOP = Greed Over People

    "The Minnesota congresswoman was asked about her falling poll fortunes. The latest CNN/ORC International poll puts her in seventh place – with a paltry four-percent – even behind undeclared candidate Sarah Palin."

    "We think we are positioned perfectly right now."

    And so does every SANE voter in the entire United States.

    September 26, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    Wow, she's really starting to wear a lot of makeup! Must be to cover up how bad her skin and eyes are getting from all the migraines ...

    September 26, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Me thinks that this woman speaketh with forked tounge!

    September 26, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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