Bachmann accuses Perry camp of 'stealth' political attack
October 28th, 2011
08:54 PM ET
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Bachmann accuses Perry camp of 'stealth' political attack

(CNN) - Michele Bachmann accused Rick Perry's presidential campaign Friday of a "stealth" political attack - a charge the Texas governor's campaign flat out denied.

"If Gov. Perry has something to say to me, he can come out to the debates and say it," Bachmann said in an interview with CNN. "But this is egg on the face unfortunately for the Perry campaign."

At issue: tea party sponsor American Majority's urging for Bachmann to drop out of the presidential race. On Thursday, the group's executive director Matt Robbins told CNN that Bachmann's White House bid "is not a serious presidential campaign." His comments coincided with a blog statement from American Majority president Ned Ryun, who outlined reasons why "it's time for Michele Bachmann to go."

Among other claims, Ryun wrote that Bachmann's emphasis on social issues was damaging the tea party movement.

In an interview with CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," Bachmann fired back, targeting the Texas governor.

"Well, of course, we found out that this is really a misstep on the part of the Perry campaign because these are Perry supporters that came out," Bachmann told CNN. "This was a clumsy move."

Bachmann continued: "This was meant to be a stealth move to make it look like this was tea party."

"It certainly isn't a blow to my campaign because I've had nonstop support coming out of the woodwork from tea partiers all across the country ever since this came out," she said.

When asked whether Bachmann had evidence that the Perry campaign was involved in American Majority's statements, Bachmann replied, "No."

"This is something that people have told us," Bachmann said.

Both American Majority and Perry's campaign deny they were working together.

"We learned about this from news reports today. We were not aware or involved in the group's action," Perry campaign communications director Ray Sullivan said in a statement to CNN.

The group's president called Bachmann's assertion "bizarre."

"I have no connection with the Perry campaign," Ryun told CNN, although he did publicly express support for Perry's tax plan revealed earlier this week.

Ryun also said it's "wildly illegal" for his nonprofit group to endorse a candidate.

"American Majority does not endorse. I'm not working for or with any campaign," Ryun said.

"It goes back to let's focus on the substance of what this whole debate was about to begin with. Where are your substantive ideas to actually advance the ideas of the tea party movement?" he added.

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soundoff (357 Responses)
  1. SiriusVH

    This is getting good. The 'Dimwit-in-Chief' Bachmann letting her imagination run wild. Maybe God told her in a dream that Perry was behind the TP's call for her quitting.

    October 29, 2011 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  2. jjdejj

    Michele can you help me? I think I'm gay.

    October 29, 2011 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  3. jjdejj

    Michele can you help me? I think I might be g@y.

    October 29, 2011 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  4. strangerq

    It certainly isn't a blow to my campaign because I've had nonstop support coming out of the woodwork...

    ^ ROTFL! Out of the woodwork, perfect description. This lady just gets more and more wacky. 🙂

    October 30, 2011 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  5. ahetch

    This woman is the worst gossip I have ever heard or seen. She says "I heard that...." 'Someone came up to me and said.."

    She's like a neighbor, sitting at the window, into everyone's business.

    October 30, 2011 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  6. please stop!!!

    What is it about conservative republican women? Are they ALL nutjobs? PLEASE Michele and Sarah....GET HELP!!! There must be someplace in this country that runs a "detox" for stupid!!!!

    October 30, 2011 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  7. NotRepublican

    It's been more difficult for me to consider either candidate seriously ever since I heard that Perry dines on human flesh, and that Bachman drinks human blood right before each debate. Ewww.

    October 30, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
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