Bachmann: Border fence is no joke
October 17th, 2011
02:43 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann: Border fence is no joke

(CNN) - Rep. Michele Bachmann wasn't laughing Monday at Herman Cain's "joke" about building an electrified fence on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Speaking to the media in Phoenix, the Minnesota congresswoman gave a full-throated endorsement of a border fence, but said that joking about the matter detracted from the gravity of the issue.

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"This is no laughing matter, the border fence," Bachmann said. "We've seen jokes made by presidential candidates about the fence. It is not a joke. This is a real issue, and this is a serious issue."

On Sunday, former Godfather's Pizza executive Herman Cain said remarks he made about an electrified border fence between the United States and Mexico were a joke.

Cain made the original comments Saturday at a rally in Tennessee during a bus tour through the state.

"When I'm in charge of the fence, we going to have a fence. It's going to be 20 feet high. It's going to have barbed wire on the top. It's going to be electrocuted, electrified," Cain said. "And there's going to be a sign on the other side that says it will kill you."

On NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, Cain said he was joking.

"That's a joke," Cain said. "I've also said America needs to get a sense of humor. That was a joke, OK."

On Monday, Bachmann said determining how to build a border fence was of the utmost importance for American security.

"It is important that we actually do complete the fence in every portion," Bachmann said.

She continued, "We need to look at terrain of the fence, and make sure we have the most appropriate fence that there is, and the most appropriate human intelligence on the ground."

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Filed under: Herman Cain • Immigration • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. What!!?!

    Does anyone see the irony? The age of trans continental missiles and nuclear bombs. And we wanna make sure we have the best security fence available.

    October 17, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Phillip M

    Mrs. B you are the Joke, you want to build a fenceas well, but your joke on the HPV shot i am still waiting to see the parents of the kids that got hurt. that is the joke on you still no proof.
    Your fall from grace was not pretty but you fear cain and so does everyone else, because he comes from the people and he is not what the problem we have are caused from Career Politicians like yourself. Move on Mrs. B your time has come and gone

    GO HERMAN CAIN they are afraid of you

    October 17, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Dick

    Fence itself aside, it was the killing aspect that certainly is no joking matter. At least to people with compassion, i.e. Christians?, the answer to problems is not to kill people but to find win-win solutions. Guess the Teapublicans, black and white, don't fit into this category.

    October 17, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. K Parks of Denver, CO

    Funny how Michele Bachmann thinks that gay bullying is not a federal issue but rather a state issue (on one hand) and then turns around (on the other hand) and co-sponsors a federal bill banning the federal government from recognizing the state's right to determine what a marriage is. She campaigns on the idea of less government interference. Bachmaann said 'No one wants the government to come between a doctor and a patient.' then turned around and proposed a bill that would REQUIRE doctors to preform an ultrasound and REQUIRE patients contemplating an abortion to view that ultrasound as well as hear the heart beat of the fetus before being allowed to have a medical procedure done.

    Now she wants to put a fence up around the United States and expects that simple solution to solve the immigration problem. Why doesn't she just line the boarder with missionaries who can pray the illegals away.

    October 17, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Meowmeowmoewmoew

    At first i was like "LOL"

    but then i was like "Really?"

    October 17, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Me

    Ah, the fence the GOP loves so much. I can't wait to see the looks on the GOP faces if they have to hire non-immigrants to build it. What, you didn't know "legal" costs more?

    October 17, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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