Battle of the buses: Bachmann, Perry cross paths
December 17th, 2011
05:11 PM ET
10 years ago

Battle of the buses: Bachmann, Perry cross paths

Algona, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry continued to crisscross Iowa this weekend, and Saturday afternoon their respective buses crossed paths with each other.

The candidates were making their way through traditionally conservative northwest Iowa, where both happened to be in the town of Algona at the same time.

No word of any awkward run-ins on the street, but Bachmann was asked about the coincidence by a member of the press on how she plans to persuade Iowans to choose her over Perry.

"There's real questions and real problems with Governor Perry," Bachmann said.

She called the Texas governor "tarnished" and accused him of taking part in the practice of "pay for play."

"He was involved with the manufacture of [the HPV vaccine] Gardasil, and also he was involved with other companies who had made donations to him, and then there were laws that were passed and special grants that were given," Bachmann said, referring to a short-lived 2007 executive order by Perry that required sixth grade girls in Texas to receive the vaccine aimed at preventing cervical cancer.

In September, Bachmann accused Perry of accepting hefty donations from the company that made the vaccine. Perry has since argued that it was only $5000 and has stood by his effort to require the vaccine, though he admitted regret over signing the executive order to issue the mandate.

"We can't have that, and I don't believe in crony capitalism," said the Minnesota congresswoman, adding that she is the "true outsider" in the race. "I've fought in Washington, D.C. I'm a real person, and I've fought against Washington and I've stood strong."

Bachmann, in the midst of a 99-county whirlwind bus tour, made the comments after a visit to a coffee and chocolate shop where she shook hands and made brief comments. The entire meet-and-greet at the local joint lasted no more than 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, Perry is on his 44-stop tour through Iowa until Dec. 31, as the GOP presidential candidates make their final push before the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Rick Perry
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Who cares? Two losers on two buses in the same town. Whoopee-teee-doooo.

    December 17, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. Namejkane

    If I was craze, is vote for bachmann over Perry any day. But sence I'm not, I'm going to vote for Obama!!!!

    December 17, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. AK_steve

    Two nobodies crossing paths in rural nobody-ville. Who cares?

    December 17, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. rs

    But the real issue CNN is: are these guys poling around Iowa in real-live American buses, or are these (gasp!) Canadian buses? Worse- could these be buses from those once-behind-the-Iron Curtain countries? Get on it will you? This was a burning issue when it was Obama's bus.

    December 17, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. cisco4

    Ask the Repubicans how they intend to reduce the USA gov.Corn and soy bean subsidies to all those rich Iowa farmers.. Come on you can do it.. tell us..Better yet somebody please please ask them the question will ya?

    December 17, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. Indy

    If these two ever collided there would be nothing but stupid matter covering the streets for miles and miles. You know education is major concern when the likes of these two can actually have supporters sending them money for a run at the most difficult job in the world.

    December 17, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. B

    The Pot calling the Kettle Black.. They are both a waste of time and money-

    December 17, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    i use to like bachmann a little....use to

    December 17, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. AgrippaMT

    Two bad the two busses didn't crash into one another on the freeway at high speed.

    December 17, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Richard W.

    One can almost feel sorry for Perry and Bachmann. Almost but not really. So filled with delusion.

    December 17, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. DENNA

    Seriously, aren't there any better candidate.? It's like they are from the Island of Misfit Politician. They insist on crisscrossing the country bothering people left and right. Go home, all of you and find someone who has a prayer of beating President Obama. LOL as a liberal, I actually like these people and I hope it's a Perry/Bachmann ticket. Now that would be seriously funny. Obama 2012!

    December 17, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  12. Wait What?

    She just admitted that she's been a fighter in Washington D.C.

    How does that make her an outsider? Every single one of those people except Herman Cain has served in a high ranking political office. Cain wasn't qualified anyway, but still.

    Having experience in politics can be an asset, but doesn't appear to be so in Bachmann's case.

    December 17, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. John

    She is just jealous that no one wants to buy her.

    Seriously, this not about "pay to play." Its about her using code language to push a wedge issue.

    December 17, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. Amindang Bailan

    They call that "money laundering." A private citizen would be tried and convicted. The federal government is exempt from integrity.

    December 17, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  15. NH Grandma

    Both of them need to just give it up.

    December 17, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  16. Thomas

    And they are both such loving evangelical Christians , Sown from the same cloth !

    December 17, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  17. jim

    Gov. OxyCodon vs 'I turned my husband gay' Bachmann. What a hoot! My guess is Perry's too blasted, and Bachman too stupid, to last past Iowa. If the GOP really wants to make headway, it has got to get the dreck out of the field, and get a real candidate to run against Romney. Huntsman, anyone?

    December 17, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    She raises a good point about Perry. It just looks dirty and should not have been done. Besides, he's had as many flubs as George W. Bush had during his campaign. This makes me worried if Perry gains momentum.

    December 17, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  19. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Who's doing their jobs while they travel all over the nation, and still drawing a paycheck from taxpayer dollars???

    December 17, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. DaveT

    I'd take a shot at these Republican teabaggers but it would just be so redundant.

    December 18, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  21. Lenny Pincus

    Bachmann. What a tool. Anyone who doesn't agree with her is "pushing an agenda." What, she isn't? She appears to be a Christian fanatic whose concept of history and politics is entirely agenda-driven. Perry is collecting a government pension while supposedly serving a governor of Texas, even though all he is really doing is running one of the worst presidential candidacies of all time. I'm surprised their buses didn't simultaneously run out of gas.

    December 18, 2011 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  22. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    I think a woman who makes her family business "Praying out the Gay" really shouldn'ttry to take the high road over Perry.
    At the very least the products he was for actually do help the folks they are aimed at. Not that I think Perry has the morals of a mountain goat, but he did do his best for the folks he thought worthy in Texas.
    Unfortunately, his best is only slightly better than hers.

    December 18, 2011 02:34 am at 2:34 am |