Bachmann: No surprises
November 2nd, 2011
05:26 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann: No surprises

(CNN) - At a time when two Republican front-runners in the presidential race are taking heat over changing their political positions, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann hailed her record as consistent on Wednesday.

"I have a core conviction. I don't deviate. I am consistent," Bachmann said in an interview with WHO Radio in Des Moines, Iowa. "There are no surprises with me."

Her radio interview echoed earlier comments she made Tuesday night at a campaign stop in Iowa, where–in an apparent knock against Herman Cain–she said the party needs a nominee with "no surprises."

"We have to have a candidate that we know that when we put them in office, we can trust them with their record, with what they have done and who they are," Bachmann said. "I have that record. I have stood strong on those issues."

The former Godfather's Pizza CEO is facing a firestorm over sexual harassment allegations made against him when he led the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s.

On top of the accusations, both Cain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have been under fire for waffling in their answers on issues ranging from abortion rights to foreign policy.

Bachmann continued the "surprises" line on Wednesday, arguing that voters won't see any changes in her positions.

"I have always been pro-life. I've talked that talk, but I've walked that walk in my life," Bachmann said in the radio interview. "You won't have to worry if I'm changing my position"

Meanwhile, Bachmann has continued to drop in national polls. Despite winning the much-watched Ames Straw Poll in Iowa nearly three months ago, she now hovers in the mid-single digits.

According to a CNN/TIME/ORC International poll in late October, Bachmann took 6% of support among registered Republicans in Iowa.

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Tired of the nonsense

    I am consistent," Bachmann said in an interview with WHO Radio in Des Moines, Iowa. "There are no surprises with me."

    That's the first thing she's ever said that I agree with. She is consistently moronic, stupid and clueless. There's no surprises there because she's never surprised us with a sudden show of intelligence or common sense.

    November 2, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Florida Joe

    Bachmann......... ""I have a core conviction. I don't deviate. I am consistent,". I believe it! Her values are consistently screwy. She hasn't deviated from that one inch!.

    November 2, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Florida Joe

    Yep Consistently NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Rob327

    she is consistently clueless is what she is

    November 2, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Jake

    it's true! she hasn't deviated from her hate speech since she took public office...RIGHT ON TRACK, Michelle! (it's nothing to be proud of!)

    November 2, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. no1atall

    Bachmann/Cain, the Driving Miz Daisy ticket.

    November 2, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Mitt Romney @ Bain Capital posing with Dollar Bill$$ like a Gangstar while shipping American jobs to China

    Bachmann is still here...thot halloween is over and this witch is GONE!!!

    November 2, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Voice of Reason

    "I don't deviate. I am consistent."

    Read: 'MY piano doesnt have 88 keys. My piano only has ONE key. And I play it as often and loudly as possible. People who dont look like me or think like me – Need not apply.'

    November 2, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Justin Leone

    True enough... I'm never really surprised by anything she says. She's consistently a moron. I don't exactly agree with Cain or Romney's politics, but at least it seems like they're making attempts at being informed and intelligent, or at least appearing that way.

    November 2, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Jolene

    Yup, consistent. As you consistently can't fix stupid.

    November 2, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. rs

    True. She is consistently crazy.

    November 2, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Ricky

    Buchmann is to beautiful to be the president.

    November 2, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Larry L

    Her handlers need to tell her to change strategies. When your behavior is failing consistency isn't a virtue.

    November 2, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. chuck weidemann

    I think Bachmann is being truthful. She has no new thoughts. Least she admits it!

    November 2, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. Justaminit

    Consistent ignorance and blunders are not impressive or validating as a Presidential candidate. The dying gasps of voice in the darkness.

    November 2, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Betterdeadthanblue

    As a loyal Democrat, I pray that she's nominated.

    November 2, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. timz

    It would be a major surprise at this point if Ms. Bachmann turned out to be intelligent and competent, but I'm afraid she's right . . . there won't be any surprises with her.

    November 2, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  18. connieb

    "I am consistent. There are no surprises with me." She knows what she believes and she is stickin with it. Don't anyone try to confuse her with the facts.

    November 2, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. Mike in Tennessee

    "I have a core conviction. I don't deviate. I am consistent," Bachmann said....

    How does that saying go again? Oh, right: "Consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds."

    Thanks but no thanks, Bachmann. I still remember the disaster this country suffered from the last inflexible President who "stayed the course" rather than admit he'd made a huge mistake.

    November 2, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  20. jc

    Michele has a snowball's chance in heck to become the GOP Presidential nominee. Her hat has been handed to her for several weeks. Time for her to back it in.

    November 2, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  21. GonzoG

    I will not question her intelligence.

    I DO question her core beliefs. They are INCONSISTENT with a FREE SECULAR SOCIETY. She and those who surround her are as much CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS ZEALOTS as the Wahabi and Taliban are Muslim zealots.

    I have the utmost respect for Christians who hold with the values and teachings of Jesus, BUT THEY WILL NOT RULE ME TO FORCE MY ADHERENCE TO THOSE VALUES, PRACTICES, AND BELIEFS.

    November 2, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. Clwyd

    Michelle, are you sure your core convictions weren't the words of God speaking to you and through you? When her staff in NH quit and some questioned her sanity that should have been enough for the rest of you, but ignorance runs deep and lasts forever!

    November 2, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |