Bachmann on flip-floppers
November 29th, 2011
05:50 PM ET
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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. usualone

    She is correct that she has been consistent while others have not been that way. But who wants to be consistent when he/she is dumb about simple facts. Also, the minority want to follow her way of thinking.

    November 29, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. MTATL67

    Bachman so cold and callous she wouldn't give a 2nd thought to ripping a family apart. She thinks the word HUMANE as a dirty word.

    November 29, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Bobby Ray

    Bachman has always been consistent in her message. Whatever is the stupidest, craziest position, there she is.

    November 29, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. cf

    Speaking of flip floppers, Michele Bachman says she is against welfare and handouts and redistribution of taxpayer money, but she was more than happy to receive and quietly accept $250,000 of welfare in the form of farm subsidies on the backs of the American taxpayers.

    I guess handouts are "socialism" and "wasteful spending" if it's for poor people who actually need it, but okay if it is for millionaires and rich farmers/ranchers like her?

    No more welfare for the wealthy! No more GOP!

    November 29, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |

    While Bachmann complains about the flip flops just keep one thing in mind. At least the flip flopper is bound to be correct 50% of the time as compared to Bachmann who is wrong 100% of the time.

    November 29, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    She has begun chopping on the front runners. She finally figured out that the 11th Commandment was a strategy to disarm opponents, not protect the party's nominee. Reagan had the name recognition, but plenty of flaws. Once he took flaws out of the discussion, his opponents had nothing to bring him down or lift themselves up. Reagan played his opponents for suckers and won.

    November 29, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Mikey

    You've got to hand it to Michele – she's consistently bloody insane!

    November 29, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. Indy

    Bachmann's track recored thinner then her skin, she has no record other then saying no to everything,lying about the POTUS and coming up with big fat lies about how she is always the victim. Her only other claim to fame is that she took government hands while telling everyone else they should not take government money. Bachmann has done well at ditching her government job but keeping the pay checks. There is not one thing that is Presidential about Bachmann

    November 29, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. International_Bro

    True! Consistent with far fetched ideas. I'm sorry but I know when the Tea Party formed they had the best intentions but let's admit it, it has been hijacked by corporations. The Koch brother and Grover Norquist have the claws so deep in the Republican party its crippling their base. I know we have a useless congress but let's be honest, Obama would mop the floor with a majority of the Prez hopefuls. In my opinion the only one who would have a shot if back by the party is Jon Huntsman but that's. My opinion

    November 29, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. JohnW

    "Consistent conservative" AKA "completely unable to see more than one side to any issue whatsoever."

    November 29, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Trumpeting her credentials as a “consistent conservative”"

    She's consistent alright: doing/saying the same things over and over and expecting a different result.

    November 29, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. Bob

    She's consistent alright. Consistently WHACKED OUT.

    What a loon.

    November 29, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. logic in LA

    She doesn't flip-flop- she is consistently a hypocrite. Government paycheck and benefits for her, Medicare funds for her husband, farm subsidies for her family and foster care funds for her kids, but she is opposed to government intervention into our lives- just not hers obviously

    November 29, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. CAW in MD

    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.”

    Can't argue with that - she has said and done the most consistently dumb things. $2.00 gas, prayin' the gay away, no tax increases EVER under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES...

    November 29, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. J.T.

    She is indeed consistent. Consistently at around 4% approval rating for her party's Prez candidacy. In statistics around +/- 4% means margin of error and thus nothing meaningful. So it is with her run for the presidency–meaningless. Time to fold up the tent and go home, Ms. Bachmann.

    November 29, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  16. ArmyCSM

    Willard M. Romney, he has flipped and flopped like a fish out of water but, I just can't get that look on his face when he was spanked by JHuntsman at the debate. "...didn't you hear what I just said..." That look stays on my mind. It was a look of pure shock that someone would scold him, he was visibly shaken and could not re-group fast enough for a response, reminded me of McCain. That would be a no-go in a debate with Obama.

    November 29, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. Maxpayne

    "Core of Conviction"...aka using ANY media attention to plug her new book. MB is a shameless huckster who doesn't know when to leave a party.

    November 29, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  18. Lobo Joe

    Ho hum, losers hitting on losers, thank you Republigoons for insuring President Obama will have a second term

    November 29, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  19. Reed

    A true Conservative never flip-flops. They believe in December exactly what they believed in January, no matter what has happened in between

    November 29, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  20. Mike Hawthorne

    It's true that Bachmann has been consistent.  She keeps saying dumb things.

    November 29, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. vic , nashville ,tn

    Only in CNN candidates who don’t have money gets air time good job CNN I appreciate that
    2012 GOP primary about who are the best Flip floppers

    November 29, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. Voice of Reason

    I'll give her this: Bachmann has consistently said that she is consistent.

    Unfortunately for her, she has also consistenly proven that she is unable to do anything of substance. Her inflexible stance on everything means that she has zero chance of ever getting anything done. Add to that her nutty and neurotic statements about all kinds of issues (terror babies, $2 gasoline, CO2 is harmless because it is natural, Light Bulb Freedom Act, stating that intelligent design had won multiple Nobel prizes, etc etc, etc...).

    Michelle Bachmann is trying so hard to be relevant. But all the wishing in the world wont make an apple into an orange.

    November 29, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  23. Handofdoom

    Criticizing, loling , sorry I feel that there should be more than Criticizing Gingrich . Now whne is comes to Obamacare, " repeal is no where what should be done ! I feel protesters storming the White House & Congress for all the Anti-American crap coming from this TWO FACE DYFUNCTIONAL SO CALLED GOVERNMENT !

    November 29, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. wayne

    No one can ever call Bachmann a "flip-flopper".........she has remained consistently and devotedly stupid from the first day when she deluded herself into thinking she was presidential material !!!!

    November 29, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. SA in OO

    As her positions are based on a religious adherence to simplistic beliefs, uniformed by any real understanding of the complexity of the way the world works, it's easy to be consistent. But I'm not sure that's a virtue.

    November 29, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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