High-profile Bachmann backer deals blow to her Iowa campaign, endorses Paul
December 28th, 2011
09:36 PM ET
10 years ago

High-profile Bachmann backer deals blow to her Iowa campaign, endorses Paul

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - One of Michele Bachmann's most high-profile advisers in Iowa announced Wednesday he is pulling his support away from the Republican presidential candidate.

Instead, Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson announced at a Ron Paul rally that he now supports the Texas congressman. Sorenson - who had been frequently seen by Bachmann's side and who had frequently spoken in her defense - appeared to surprise the crowd of a few hundred Paul supporters with his announcement.

"Tonight's a little tough for me; I've been serving as Michele Bachmann's state chair for the last year," Sorenson said. "And while Michele has fought tremendously for my conservative values, I believe we're at a turning point in this campaign. I believe that we have an opportunity to elect a conservative, someone who holds our values dear."

"While the Republican establishment is going to be coming against him over the next several days, I thought it was my duty to come to his aid," Sorenson continued.

"It's difficult, but it's the right thing to do. Because he fights for the values that I hold dear as well. And I just want to tell you guys I'm going to do everything in the next few days to help in Iowa and beyond. And we're going to take Ron Paul all the way to the White House 2012."

Adding to the dramatic surprise is that Sorenson appeared with Bachmann at a campaign event in Indianola, Iowa, just a few hours before he announced he would support Paul.

Responding to the developments, Bachmann released a statement saying the switch “was a deliberate move by the Ron Paul campaign to discredit our campaign and our growing momentum,”

She continued, “Ron Paul is in trouble in Iowa and his campaign is worried about people learning about his dangerous stance on foreign policy and how he will make America less safe.”

Bachmann also accused Sorenson of changing teams for money.

"Kent Sorenson personally told me he was offered a large sum of money to go to work for the Paul campaign,” Bachmann wrote. “Kent campaigned with us earlier this afternoon and went immediately afterward to a Ron Paul event and announced he is changing teams. Kent said to me yesterday that 'everyone sells out in Iowa, why shouldn't I,' then he told me he would stay with our campaign. The Ron Paul campaign has to answer for its actions.”

Sorenson flatly denied Bachmann’s allegations Wednesday.

Paul and Bachmann are locked in a tight race for votes six days before Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential caucus.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Ron Paul
soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. Squigman

    Back biting, back stabbing and outright lies. The republican credo.

    December 28, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. Herewego

    We will be seeing more defectors from other campaigns to support Ron Paul.
    Ron Paul is the only major GOP candidate left who vocally opposed the corporate bailouts that Bush-Obama gave away and he has been championing the effort to expose the fraudulent activities of the Federal Reserve through their purposeful debasement of our currency.
    Romney is just another name for Obama which was just another name for Bush –> Bailouts, Wars, Trillion dollar deficits, Patriot Act violation of civil liberties, etc. etc.
    We don't need more of the same Obama/Romney, who would continue to grow the federal government so more corporate lobbyists can camp out on their front door and cheating the American people.

    December 28, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. Steve

    If you build it

    December 28, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  4. Debbie

    Hmmm "a real conservative." Ronald Reagan would be out!

    December 28, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  5. SK

    Bachman (and her husband) scares me. But all of the GOP candidates are not very desirable, either. IA will be interesting.

    December 28, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Fun to watch republican’s establishment and Fox news are shocked they couldn’t resist Ron Paul surge
    Ron Paul 2012

    December 28, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. GregD

    "Paul and Bachmann are locked in a tight race for votes six days before Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential caucus."

    This makes no sense. The latest Public Policy Polling's Iowa poll released the 27th show Ron Paul in the lead with 24% and Bachmann all the way back in 4th with only 11%. Even Mitt who in 2nd is still 4 points behind which makes it hard to say he is 'tied' with Paul.
    Since it is looking like Paul is most likely to win Iowa, I real question becomes if it will give Ron Paul the momentum to come in 2nd in NH. I don't think anything at this point can cause Mitt to lose in NH so the real race will start afterwards.

    December 28, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. dagoberto

    No surprise here. Liberals will go to Romney and conservatives will go to Paul.

    December 28, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. nintex

    It's getting ugly, folks.

    December 28, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Owe, the sense of betrayl is huge. Was there any indication that he was going to jump ship earlier? I know that she must be angry. I can't blame the guy because Bachmann is on her way out. Paul is doing much better and still has some teapublican support. Bachmann rose too early and couldn't maintain it. Other people could see that as well.

    December 28, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. markiejoe

    Hey Michele O'Bachmann, how's it goin'?

    December 28, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  12. Marla

    It is amusing to watch the repubs eat their own. Pass the popcorn.

    December 28, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  13. skarphace

    Ron Paul will win Iowa. This will surprise everyone but those who already support Paul, and more will listen to his message of fiscal responsibility and peaceful foreign policy.

    Paul is the only candidate that has risen consistently over the months in the polls. The more people hear his message, the more support he gets. This says much about his message because he definitely isn't rising in the polls due to his looks (no offense, Ron, but you don't look have the natural good looks that usually count so much).

    Vote for our constitution. Vote for a balanced budget. Vote for peace. Vote for Ron Paul in 2012.

    December 28, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. krissmith777

    She also accused her former chair of being paid off saying he even told her Paul offered him money....Oh yeah, as if anyone would be so stupid as to make such a confession to the candidate they are dumping. This woman obviously just wants to ruin the guy who dumped her...as well as the man he now supports.

    She has a history of such ridiculous claims. She also accused Newt Gingrich of buying Tea Party support......pathetic.

    December 28, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  15. Donkey Party

    What do you call a rat that flees one sinking ship to board another sinking ship? Doomed.

    December 28, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  16. Pat

    I have no doubt Michelle doesn't have the funds to run a campaign but it just sounds like she is being petty. On the bright side Ron Paul had a huge turn out at his veteran's rally tonight. Good luck to all of his voters in Iowa! God bless our troops.

    December 28, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  17. Chuk

    Yeah, looks like "titanium spine" herself is imploding. I see an important announcement in not too distant future.

    December 28, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  18. GonzoinHouston

    "Good night, Michelle, the party's o-ver!"

    December 28, 2011 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  19. minellimu

    Wow... from the frying pan to the fire!

    December 28, 2011 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  20. willie floyd

    Do all Reps. flip flop on those they once supported as easily as they flip flop on issues?? Can't believe I voted Rep. some years ago, but as people say, "this is not your grandfathers' party.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    December 28, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  21. Ashley

    Ron Paul all the way.

    December 28, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  22. smum

    Typical conservative "moral" values. And so-called "value voters" elected this man? Give me a break. By the way, I'm not a fan of MB, since I believe that she is unbelievably unqualified and lacks even minimal intelligence. But what this man did to her is just plain wrong and inmoral. "Have you any shame, sir?" Go ahead GOP stick to your evangelical, christian base haters spiting morality all over the place. This people do not even know the definition of morality. They would kill their mothers if that brings them what they want. Scary!!!!

    December 28, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  23. James Ruston

    Love it.

    December 28, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  24. kevinco1

    Way to stab someone in the back Sorenson. In the long run you will not have a friend in the world. You will be unemployed in a few weeks.

    December 28, 2011 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  25. enuff

    Is she sure that is what he said or did she just hear it from a third party like everything else she quotes as fact in her campaign?

    December 28, 2011 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
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