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

    Good! It is time we all woke up and smelled the roses. We can no longer go on listening to the lies the democrats and republicans tell us and the President that really only wants to create a world to his liking, but not one that will be good for us in the long run.
    It is time we took back our government and listen to the man who is willing to give us a good dose of medicine that won't taste good, but will save us from ourselves. Vote for the Doctor and get this show on the road...we are long overdue and running out of time.

    December 28, 2011 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  2. Gaven

    Growing momentum, Bachmann? Really? I think even Sorenson knows a sinking ship when he sees one. The only reason why Bachmann had any media exposure is because of her involvement with her husband's "gay reprogramming" clinic. That, in and of itself, should be reason enough to laugh at that woman with reckless abandon and dismiss her as a viable candidate to represent ALL Americans.

    December 28, 2011 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  3. Henry Miller

    A little more common sense breaking out...

    December 28, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  4. anagram_kid

    Bachman said, “...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.” Why did she not fire him on the spot after he made that statement?

    December 28, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  5. William dodge

    Bachmann needs to pray to her gods they will protect her !,,

    December 28, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  6. Alex

    That's what you get for fear mongering Bachmann.

    December 28, 2011 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Dog eat dog

    December 28, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  8. Nocturnal

    They must have taken a page from "Survivor"... A blindside if there ever could be one.... Or is this just the new age of Republican politics? Either way, he just diluted party strength by picking one loser over another...

    December 28, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  9. Scott

    Someone is lying.

    Why would Sorenson admit being offered big bucks, speak of selling out, then switch campaigns, then deny the payout. Even more so, why would the Ron Paul campaign try and bribe someone over and not think that if they refused it would discredit them.

    December 28, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    IMO he just left one crackpot to support another...only difference is one wears a dress. Neither one will ever be POTUS.

    December 28, 2011 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  11. Mark

    “was a deliberate move by the Ron Paul campaign to discredit our campaign and our growing momentum,” .....what growing momentum? her campaign is already all but dead.

    December 28, 2011 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  12. lulz

    republicans just will not let a woman or a black man run for them will they. obama will win, gop cannot put anybody up that isnt far right crazy, or even anybody that appeals to moderates.

    December 28, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  13. dave5361

    This article ends with: "Paul and Bachmann are locked in a tight race for votes six days before Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential caucus."
    Which poll did you use to derive at that statement?

    December 28, 2011 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  14. Larry L

    When you really don't have a winner you make a "statement" about your conservative values. This is political theater.

    December 28, 2011 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  15. sofunny

    Dairy of a Mad White Congresswoman.........................so sorry! He just got screwed by our own!

    December 28, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  16. Jay

    State Senator Sorenson realizes something that Iowa Governor Branstad does not.

    The Iowa branch of the movement Ron Paul has built will still be in Iowa long after the Caucuses. If it can hand Paul a caucus win, it can make or break no few number of Iowa politicos.

    December 28, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  17. Jacob L

    Ron Paul will get at least 30% of the vote. Just watch.

    December 28, 2011 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  18. Ron

    Ron Paul should be embarrassed that someone who was stupid enough to support Bachmann is now supporting him. This whole primary campaign continues to be one big circus.

    December 28, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  19. MaryM

    is there mutiny amoungst the ranks?

    December 28, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  20. Matt

    Very Good move...

    See she's so weird, she's going no where with her bizarre ideas. Very god move Sorenson! Congratulations in order.

    December 29, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  21. Keith

    I thought I heard her throwing another temper tantrum.

    December 29, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  22. Time to Revolt Against the Swamp on the Potomac

    Who is Michele Bachmann to call someone else a sellout when she sold the American people out to the Israeli lobby a long time ago? Other than Ron Paul, every other candidate is a bonafide traitor.

    December 29, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  23. Realist

    Kent should sue her for libel if her quoted comments are not true. The guy just saw the writing on the wall and would rather back a winner.

    December 29, 2011 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  24. tcaros

    Poor Bachman. She's a cuckoo, but you feel sorry for her being dissed like that.

    December 29, 2011 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  25. tcaros

    Calista Flockhart still backs her though.

    December 29, 2011 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
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