Bachmann: It's time to 'let a woman speak'
November 21st, 2011
11:07 AM ET
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Bachmann: It's time to 'let a woman speak'

(CNN) - Michele Bachmann, the only woman running for the Republican presidential nomination, questioned Monday whether sexism was a factor in the amount of questions she receives at debates.

"Sometimes you wonder about that," Bachmann said in an interview on NBC's "Today" with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. "I have no way of knowing."

Programming note: GOP presidential candidates face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 22, in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C.

After the last presidential debate, held in South Carolina on Nov. 12 and co-sponsored by CBS and National Journal, Bachmann cried media bias and blasted out an email chain that showed CBS News political director John Dickerson expected Bachmann to receive fewer questions than other candidates.

"I don't know if it's because I'm a woman. I have no idea. I know they deliberately chose not to do it," Bachmann said.

In response, CBS News said Bachmann stood at 4% in national polls at the time and the amount of questions she received fairly reflected her standing in the GOP horserace.

The Minnesota congresswoman frequently touts being the first woman to win the closely-watched Ames straw poll in Iowa, which measures organizational strength in the state that holds the nation's first presidential contest.

But after Texas Gov. Rick Perry jumped in the race in August and candidates such as Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich have surged to the top tier, Bachmann's numbers have dropped to the mid-single digits in most national polls.

Bachmann will take the stage again Tuesday night along with seven other candidates in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C.

"It's unusual to have a woman candidate. We've never had a woman on the Republican ticket running for president at this level before," Bachmann said. "So I think it's time to let a woman speak."

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Reggie from LA

    I agree. Maybe it is time to let a woman speak, but not this woman and not at this time because no good will come of it. Bachmann has had plenty time to come to terms with reality, but it is jaded by her experiential view of our nation. From what I've seen, her objectivity is terribly jaded and backwards. Not everyone gets to be the president needless to say, but she has had her fame which from all indication, has done little for Minnesota. In this case silence is golden.

    November 21, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. keith

    She spoke, we listened, we laughed. She spoke again, we listened again, we laughed again. She wants us to keep listening, she must think we are fools. Perhaps those who are still listening are.

    November 21, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Michele Bachmann is a Volunteer , not a Victim !

    She is a statistic on what happened when former President Ronald Reagan cut mental health funding !

    November 21, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Russ

    Just look at the embarrassment they saved you by not asking you questions that you would give stupid answers to.

    November 21, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Roger

    Hearing from my wife this morning was enough. Surely do not want to hear anything from this thing.

    November 21, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. charles duncan

    i wish i could find a handlful of poeple to do my job everytime the kitchen got hot so to speak. we pay these people (why i don't know) to do a job and they pawn it off on a select few that have no political future. seriously? fire the lot of them.

    November 21, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Independent Voter

    Michelle is worse then Palin will the both of them leave our country. Michelle you will never be president.

    November 21, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Ferret out the B.S.

    Unfortunately the so called "debate" is controlled by television media that operates on "return on investment." Apparently Ms Bachman doesn't bring in good ROI or numbers that would put her in a leadership position. In reality no matter how much she whines about it she still won't get the attention until she produces the numbers that bring in the money. Maybe she should start acting the fool like Herman Cain, grope a few guys or do something to generate some real controversy.

    November 21, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    If someone has something intelligent to say, go ahead. In Bachmann's case, that is not the problem. Her outright lies, exaggerations, and complete ignorance of anything is the problem

    November 21, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Robin Bray

    Maybe, but not you.

    November 21, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. tracyk

    um anybody remember elizabeth dole? In October 1999 she was polling second (albeit distant) with 11%, higher than michelle's numbers before. So once again bachmann doesn't have her facts right when she says republicans have never had a woman running at the presidential level before. geez.

    November 21, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Voice of Reason

    How about we let an intelligent (or at least sane) woman speak? I think that precludes Mrs. Bachmann. But dont worry Michelle, there are MANY MANY much better representatives of the feminine viewpoint, who i am sure would be more than happy to speak.

    November 21, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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