Bachmann on flip-floppers
November 29th, 2011
05:50 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann on flip-floppers

(CNN) – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann didn't directly comment on the controversy surrounding GOP rival Herman Cain and his presidential prospects Tuesday, but aimed an arsenal of criticism at the current frontrunners for the 2012 presidential nomination.

Trumpeting her credentials as a “consistent conservative” on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Bachmann said both former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich “have a lot to answer for the voters on being on both sides of the issues.”

In an earlier interview on Iowa radio, Bachman observed that Cain's campaign is "looking at the viability of their effort going forward, and they're seeing that their support has really dropped out from the campaign because of those questions."

"And that goes back to the message that we've been trying to get out to folks across Iowa is that fact that I do have a core of conviction," she said.

When asked on CNN what she’d tell Cain supporters in the event their candidate drops out of the race, Bachmann said she’d woo them with consistency.

“I would tell them that I’ve been the consistent conservative from the beginning of this race,” she said.

“You can look at the other candidates, you see a lot of inconsistencies, a lot of flipping back and forth. You don’t see that with me,” Bachmann asserted.

She took aim at two candidates at the top of the GOP presidential pack, currently Romney and Gingrich, according to recent national polls. Criticizing Gingrich for what she called “inconsistent” positions on immigration reform, Libya, the Troubled Asset Relief Fund, health care and global warming, Bachmann followed up with a stinging critique of Romney.

“It’s highly doubtful to think that our Republican nominee could have championed the individual healthcare mandate, have taken millions of dollars to advance that mandate, and then think that they're actively going to work to repeal Obamacare," she said of Gingrich.

Calling Romney's Massachusetts healthcare initiative a “pattern for Obamacare” she continued, "On issue after issue Gov. Romney has been on both sides,” including abortion and same-sex marriage in her list.

Boasting a campaign that’s featured “no surprises,” Bachmann said of her own record as a congresswoman in her third term, “I’ve had a very consistent walk and talk in Washington, D.C.”

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. mark

    The best thing about reading this article on MB is that I didn't have to hear her say anything.

    November 29, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. Pinkie Pie

    She's an evil enchantress! who does evil dances, And if you look deep in her eyes She'll put you in trances Then what will she do? She'll mix up an evil brew And she'll gobble you up In a big tasty stew! Sooo... WATCH OUT!

    November 29, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. Leonid Brezhnev

    Yeah, look at her record....she hasn't done ANYTHING for her constituents. Just a waste of space.

    November 29, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  4. sandra

    What else do you have to offer besides consistency? You have swindled the government to acquire wealth in America with no thought of the middle class. What's different from you and the other Republican canditates besides making yourself a fat CAT?

    November 29, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  5. AlaskaPalin

    She has been consistent! She understands the needs of americas (conservative) women. she is crystal clear about her stance on the social issues. she reminds one of the british Margaret Thatcher! She will undo; correct and rebuild after obamas economic mess. She is indeed 'Wonder Titanium Woman'. She is the stuff good american Presidents are made of. Bachmann 2012!

    November 29, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. loathstheright

    And anyone really trusts anything this twit says? She just pulls "Her Facts" out of thin air without a thought in the world if it is true or not.

    November 29, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Gotta love this freak show!

    November 29, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  8. rickinmo

    Consistent all right. Consistently on the Wrong Side of Every Issue!!!!!

    November 29, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. Jeb

    Consistently crazy.

    November 29, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  10. Dave

    Bachmann needs to give up her race. She can't negotiate or find any common ground for a compromise.

    November 29, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. scott

    Talk about hypocrites, her and her husband took hundreds of thousands of Federal dollars in aid for their "Gay Clinics".

    November 29, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    Flake, it doesn't matter what any of those guys have done. We all know they have baggage bigger than your eyelashes. The problem is that you should have bowed out like the lady you are not about two months ago. You have not got a prayer (pun intended).

    November 29, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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