Bachmann: Gingrich the most liberal GOP candidate
November 23rd, 2011
09:35 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann: Gingrich the most liberal GOP candidate

(CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann on Wednesday furthered the attacks on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over his immigration policies, saying that he moves the most toward the left among the GOP presidential candidates.

"He probably has the most liberal position on illegal immigration of any of the candidates in the race," Bachmann said in an interview with "PBS NewsHour."

Gingrich made headlines Tuesday night in the CNN National Security Debate when he called for fewer restrictions against longtime illegal immigrants.

Arguing that the GOP should adopt policies that avoid breaking up families who have lived in the U.S. illegally for decades, Gingrich said he was "prepared to take the heat" for going against his own party.

"Let's be humane in enforcing the law, without giving them citizenship, but by finding a way to create legality so that they are not separated from their families," Gingrich said at the GOP debate in Washington, D.C.

His opponents onstage quickly pounced, saying that Gingrich's position amounted to amnesty and dismissed the rule of law.

On Wednesday, they continued the offensive, with Mitt Romney saying that Gingrich supports giving illegal immigrants a "special path" to citizenship.

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Filed under: 2012 • Immigration • Michele Bachmann • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I like the idea of letting those that have been here become legal residents without being made citizens. The question is making sure that these people don't have violent records either here or in their home country. How far back are we going to go and who will be doing these background checks? It sounds great in theory, but it will be costly. How do we also verify that they have been paying taxes and belong to the community? Does the FBI and ICE really have the time and resources (people & money) to do all this?

    November 23, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. Azzy

    This headline is a lie, saying his immigration policy if the most liberal is not saying he is the most liberal.

    November 23, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. JT

    If the Republicans nominate Gingrich, they might as well stay home one election day. Obama will win in a landslide.

    November 23, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  4. JimS.

    That's it. Just feast on each other. You can do it, you whack jobs.
    Democrats everywhere thank you.

    November 23, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  5. MarineVet

    Ah, yes. Spoken from the queen of the chicken-hawks.

    November 23, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. otermbachmann

    Ouch that really hurt, a real low blow, he is not a liberal. Don't be so cruel o'weird one.

    November 23, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Dishonest attack from Bachmann. That will cost her in the polls.

    November 23, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  8. Name king

    These repubs and their stance on bringing a policy as far right as possible, and their notion of not compromising nothing is destroying this country. How the hell can you run a Democratic country without the aspect of compromising. These repubs need to get a class on compromising and stop blowing smoke on the most gullible American who take their none sense as gold.

    November 23, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  9. Robert

    He is the "most liberal" because he cites "humanity" for his position. We agree: humanity is a liberal value; lack of humanity is a conservative value. Thank you, Michele, for clearing up the confusion.

    November 24, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  10. Not fooled

    I agree with Newt on this one. Families should not be torn apart. Anyway it will be impossible to get rid of 12 million illegals. President Obama has it right. Get the criminals first and then figure out what to do with the rest.

    November 24, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    NEWTron had to say what he did. If he would have said anything different, he would have been recorded as a "Flip-Flopper." ginGRINCH was with President Reagan and that amnesty process therefore, unlike Romney who would have FLIPPED to satisfy the far-RIGHT, ginGRINCH stuck with the program!!!

    This might destroy NEWTron because the NEW Republican is "Head Strong and Dead Wrong," self-centered and believe diehardily that it's "their way or the highway."

    Obama 2012

    Obama 2012

    November 24, 2011 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Democrats made a mistake a long time ago when they let the Repubs change "liberal" into some kind of slur.

    "Liberal" comes from the Latin, "liber," meaning "free." You'd think that Repubs would want that, being the freedom-lovers that they profess to be.

    November 24, 2011 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  13. chuck weidemann

    Newt knows! Headlines everywhere didn't cost him a dime! The man's a career politician,says one thing while knowing full well he's going to do another!!! Wait that already has happened....good thing peoples memory are short!!! It would be nice to think the big Newt had changed an become warm hearted and compassionate,but his history is so not that way. After all he is an " historian" and wouldn't he "advise", not "lobby" us to take into account the history he has made for himself. I am sure only a small fee would apply!!!

    November 24, 2011 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  14. DoNotWorry

    Nonsense. My entire 57 years, candidates have said they will shut down our border and they never do. There are laws in place right now to shut that border down and they will never be enforced. Corporate masters say leave it open. There is no possibility that this government believes we are under any terrorist threat and they would leave our borders wide open. $1 trillion annual "defense" budget supports over 700 military bases overseas for aggression and we have wide open borders while they fight for corporate outsourcing. ONE TRILLION EVERY YEAR TO SUPPORT OUTSOURCING... War against terror? 67 corporations moved manufacturing into Pakistan... there is no war on terror.

    November 24, 2011 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  15. DoNotWorry

    There will be no shutting down of our border. LIES to get votes.

    November 24, 2011 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  16. Indy

    He might be the most Liberal but his poll numbers prove that right wing dinbats like Michele Bachmann need not apply,when you only have 2% approval rating like Bachmann it is time to realize you are a back bencher and always will be. Putting down the top contender is all Bachmann has, other then her mail in law degree

    November 24, 2011 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  17. diridi

    GOP is bunch of Clowns. I am voting for Obama2012.

    November 24, 2011 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  18. Tony in Maine

    If Bachmann is correct – and I don't think she remembered the most moderate and, dare I say thoughtful, candidate – Jon Huntsman. Huntsman aside though, if The Grinch is the most liberal candidate in the field, or even the second most, it says a lot about where the Republicans are.

    November 24, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |