Candidates react to Bachmann campaign suspension
January 4th, 2012
11:46 AM ET
11 years ago

Candidates react to Bachmann campaign suspension

(CNN) – Presidential hopefuls reacted to Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's decision to suspend her campaign on Wednesday after a sixth place finish in the Iowa caucuses Tuesday night.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney

“Ann and I salute Congresswoman Bachmann. She ran a campaign to advance the principles of limited government that I hold dear. Michele is a friend and a strong competitor. Her tenacity on the campaign trail and her fierce intelligence in the debates have left me no doubt that, as advertised, she does indeed have a titanium spine. Michele inspires millions of Americans by the way she has lived her life, raised her family and served her country. With leaders of her caliber coming up the ranks, the future of the Republican Party – and the future of the country – is bright.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in Concord, N.H.

"She was courageous and she had – I hope she will either run for re-election or will run for statewide office. She is a considerable talent. She has great courage. I agreed with many of her issues. She was a leader in opposing Obamacare. She is a leader in trying to repeal Dodd-Frank. These are issues that she and I were in total agreement on. She did a great job in one of the debates in pointing out how disastrously misinformed Ron Paul's foreign policy is. I thought she was superb in walking through the reality of terrorism at a time when Congressman Paul seems to have a fantasy foreign policy that is enormously dangerous to American national security."

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman

"Michele Bachmann brought an energetic and passionate voice to this race, and she should be proud of the ambitious solutions she offered to reduce our national debt and rebuild our economy. I wish Michele and her family nothing but the best, and know she will continue to be a powerful force in the fight to defeat Barack Obama and restore America’s greatness."

Also see:

Paul: Gingrich a 'chickenhawk'

Iowa outcome: What it means for the president

McCain backs former foe Romney over Senate colleague Santorum

Army soldier rallying for Paul violated military ban on political activity

Romney NH ad alleges Obama broke promises

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Jon Huntsman • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. NewsGeek

    Our Chance of getting $2.00 gas is over.

    January 4, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. ja

    i guess she got to see the country, should have never stepped out as canidate

    January 4, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. GI Joe

    She didn't "suspend", she 'QUIT'. $arah, meet your Fox Noise replacement.

    January 4, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well darn it all, here she comes, back to her adoptive state of Minnesota. So, having "suspended" her presidential ambitions, Michele will once again continue her play-acting role of Minnesota Representative. So much for those strong Republican women you keep throwing at us, huh, GOPers?

    January 4, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Voice of Reason

    And from sane people everywhere: "It's about time."

    The real question is, are we now going to have to suffer through endless news coverage of the minutia of her daily activities like we did for Sarah Palin? For future reference, CNN – 'Michelle Bachmann says we should repeal Obamacare' is NOT news....

    January 4, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Ohio man

    She is a 1 State Candidate.. lol...

    January 4, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. gg

    she hates obama care-maybe her clinic is part of the waste that he wants to cut

    January 4, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Mikey

    Good. She was not nearly as entertaining as expected. They kept her on a fairly tight leash to reduce the number of totally wacky, but funny (in a somewhat perverse way), statements. No investigating Congress for un-American sentiments. No Kenyan references about the President – although Gingrich took care of that bit of stupidity.

    If she could just take Perry with her. It may be fun, but not very nice, to laugh at someone with a frighteningly low IQ.

    Are we now down to (1) the flip flopping corporate raider, (2) the addlepated, wacky anarchist and isolationist, and (3) the religious extremist who wants to outlaw birth control?

    January 4, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. A Repulbican

    Like Bachman, I too thank god, but I thank him for ending her campaign.

    January 4, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Robert J

    Want to know what is wrong with politics – It is the "politically correct" crap that is spoken instead of fact based addressing of issues. Bachman has not spoken a word of common sense, twisted facts on purpose ,stumbled on facts
    stupidly, and offered no concrete direction but has blabered plenty of criticism. So I guess this shows how intelligent and enlightened these two morons praising here here are. Here's an idea-sometimes it's better to just shut up!

    January 4, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    God Bless Her.

    January 4, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. Keyser Soze

    Keyser Soze's reaction: Good. About time. Now if she'd stop feeding at the government trough while shrieking about government spending then we'd be getting somewhere.
    Bachmann: a no-term President. Bye now.

    January 4, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. JohnW

    They'll miss her almost as much as America's comedy writers...

    January 4, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Expat American

    Maybe now she’ll be able to focus her attentions on re-writing the Bible.

    January 4, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. TomInRochNY

    I'm glad she finally got a clue.

    January 4, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Jonny Luck

    I notice Newt managed to use this little blip statement as a time to stab at Paul a little. Way to go Newt. Always a class act.

    January 4, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    the response from thinking Americans.....cue the happy dance. Go back to District 6 and pray away the .... Michelle. In November 2012, you will be able to do this full time since the people in your district will toss you out like an old sock

    January 4, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Stacey

    Bachmann was never a threat to win the nomination. Nice try though.

    January 4, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Bama Girl for Obama

    Way to go Michelle!!

    January 4, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Thomas

    I'd like to thank Michele Bachmann's decision to suspend her campaign , There were just too many clowns in the car.

    January 4, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Indy

    The greatest achievement is that Michele Bachmann has proven that outright lies from politicians will not be tolerated and maybe the rest of the candidates should take heed from her incredible disater.

    January 4, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. larry simpson

    nobody really cares about the dinky state of New Hampshire, Get em Perry

    January 4, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. the Situation

    It's about time this bobble head dropout. Forget about it's not her time. She isn't electable not this time, or even when Hell freezes over.

    January 4, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. krp321

    I thought Gingrich was conducting a positive campaign? But now even when he congratulates a candidate for bowing out when it was her time, he can't help but hit Ron Paul. Such an angry man Gingrich is.

    January 4, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. John Henson

    Thankful.. Truly thankful.

    January 4, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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