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

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

    See ya, crazy eyes Bachmann.

    January 4, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Independent_me


    You, Herman Cain and Rick Perry all said that God told you to run for the Presidency...

    Herman got smacked down for that lie...You and Perry either need to talk to God... or admit that you lied...
    He seems to be messing with you!

    January 4, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Kyle

    Wow. Gingrich never misses an opportunity to take a dig at an opponent, does he? Take note: This is what it mean to have a "positive campaign".

    January 4, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. petena

    She needs to go home permanently. Not go back to congress. She demonstrated her brain is empty.

    January 4, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Bill

    I hope this same "reality" will set in with Perry soon too. These folks are simply not "Presidential Timber" or ready for prime time, as the saying goes. She's cute when she gets kinda' angry, though, and some of her ideas and references were entertaining at least.

    January 4, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Not suprised at Anything

    Republicans only want women in the bed and in the kitchen.

    January 4, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Mariso

    Anybody can beat Obama in 2012 do not matter Perry or Romney or else..not to worry

    January 4, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. dina

    Such liars, these candidates. Why don't they say what they really mean about Bachmann leaving. So one down.Who is next? Perry, Gringrich? Now she has to be defeated in Minnesota for her next term.

    January 4, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Here's our reaction: 'bye!

    January 4, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. nintex

    ". . .fierce intelligence in the debates. . ." GAG!

    January 4, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. ShawnDH

    Buh-Bye Crazy Eyes.

    January 4, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Doesn't this really mean that she's goihg to run for re-election to the House?

    January 4, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Mikey, you forgot (4) the serial adulterer who never met a mirror or a camera he didn't love, (5) the clueless wonder / former "yell-leader" that Karl Rove is pounding his head on the desk about, and (6) that guy from Utah.

    As for Congresswoman Bachmann, if I was from her district in Minnesota, I would demand that she return all the Congressional pay she received over the past year. After all, she spent just about every day since her reelection NOT representing her district because she was too busy bopping around Iowa, New Hampshire (where she thought she was in Massachusetts) and South Carolina (where she didn't get Gov. Nicki Haley's support).

    January 4, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Fact checking and that famous liberal media bias ended her campaign.

    January 4, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. Jamie from Riverside

    Well there goes my laugh (or gag) of the day.

    January 4, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Frank Cardenas

    these guys are just so much b.s. she is a nut case who has done nothing as a Congresswoman and the people of Minnesota would be stupid to reelect her!

    January 4, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. stars

    @gg I think you may be on to something here. She is afraid that because Obama cares for the small ppl that she and her gay husband want be able to con all of these guy and gals out of their money. good call !

    January 4, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. Jamie from Riverside

    Now Marcus won't get to be First Lady.
    I hope he can return his Inagueral Ball gown.

    January 4, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. RINO Bil

    Bachmann's speech was totally self-serving, filled with her faulty knowledge of American History, and totally without class. Even Herman Cain's speech was better and he was accused of adultery!

    January 4, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. john smith

    finally koko Or (kkk) is out of the race now she has time to look and admire obama everyday

    January 4, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Boink

    Now she can take off the makeup and the dress,
    and we find underneath........(rim shot).....Rick Perry !!

    January 4, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Laurie in Spokane

    That god she's out of the race. Now I shouldn't have to hear any more about her, and her husband and their nonsensical ideas about just everything, and her misrepresentation of information, and flat-out lies. Gooooooood Riddance!!!!

    January 4, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. ACK

    Michelle........the Obama hater. How does it feel you are gone and the President is still there and will continue to be your President until 2016. HAhahahahahahahaha!

    January 4, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. Boytjie

    Now she can go shopping for more doggy sunglasses with Marcus!

    January 4, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. ACK

    Breaking News..Michelle Backy, you have been disinvited at Obama 2013 2nd swearing in.

    January 4, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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