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. ThinkAgain

    The downside for all the remaining candidates is with BS Crazy Bachmann gone, they and their failed policy ideas will look that much more ridiculous.

    January 4, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Lora Anne

    An embarrassment to her gender and US electoral politics.

    January 4, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. The Unsub

    she was a flat out LIAR!!!!!!

    January 4, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. The Unsub

    Please heed the prophetic words of Mr. Coulter..."if we don't vote for Christie, Romney will get the nomination and we will lose."

    January 4, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    I was so much looking forward to exorcisms in the White House.

    January 4, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. rta

    Thank god, she suspended her maybe the good people of minnesota will retire her permanently as a favor to the rest of the country. she is just as crazy as her mentor, sarah palin. neither one has the brains to put in a thimble.

    January 4, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Straight Shooter

    One down, six to go.....

    January 4, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. BL

    Blah, blah, blah, she's a hypocritical idiot. They're all hypocrites too, of course, since they can't stand her.

    January 4, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Enitan

    I just collected $100.00.

    I bet with someone that this bubble bigot was not going to make it past New Hampshire and it turns out out i was more than correct, what a waste of money, i hope we tax payer did not pay for her stupidity.

    She along with Newt are the biggest hypocrite running for President under the Republican banner.

    It just bothers me, how and why these fools insult out intelligent.

    January 4, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Barry Marson

    Whack job!! Thanks god you are gone. Now you can dedicate your time to your 23 slaves and your gay husband and collect your Government welfare oln your farm and your Government hand out; AKA Congressional Pay Check.. Get out of here WHACK JOB. "YOUR CAKE IS BAKED." And you'll NEVER BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT of these united states..

    January 4, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Dutch

    I think politician is definately not her God given talent. Thank you God for sending her the message.

    January 4, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    dang so much for Bachman/Palin 2012

    January 4, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. ART

    Oh so sad to see the bobble headed crazy eyed woman drop out,no more stupid talk about socialism and Obamacare.

    January 4, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Rickster

    Too bad. Bachmann would have been a good president. Actually the blueprint to being a good president is already in place.....just do exactly the opposite of what Obama does and you are guaranteed to be a success.

    January 4, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. FedUp

    That's really too bad. She would have been a fighter for the country. Maybe next time Michelle. Maybe VP????

    January 4, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Phil in KC

    Romney and Paul must be disappointed. She was helping to splinter the voters who were not voting for those two. It just helps to consolidate their opposition. The thing I find interesting is that Perry went to Texas to reassess his candidacy and the next thing we we hear from him is 'next stop the Palmetto state' (guess he forgot about NH). But Michelle tells her supporters she is looking forward to NC, then suspends her campaign. Talk about mixed signals.

    January 4, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. raymond

    Jay Leno said it best. "The country is not ready for another Nit Wit President from Texas".

    As a Texan, I wish he had enough sense to quit and quit embarassing all Texans. He knows nothing about the justice system, geography, the international arena, civics, etc. He was even corrected by that crazy governor from Louisiana when discussing his own flat tax provisions. He couldn't remember what he proposed as deductions. Really.

    January 4, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. Jim in San Mateo

    "Fierce intelligence"? Bachmann? Really? How can you tell Mitt?

    January 4, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. jamison

    Good Riddance. Another air head bites the dust.

    January 4, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. jamison

    I feel sorry for Jay Leno. He will have less material for his show now.

    January 4, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    This is what they DIDN'T say: I need your voters Michele and good riddance. Such hypocrites – one and all.

    January 4, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. madmaninthemiddle

    In some ways this helps restore my faith in the wisdom of the people. I was actually surprised to see her slide in the last 4 mos. Like Sarah Palin, she takes extreme conservative views, emphasizes her conservative Christian values and blames everything on Obama. Unlike Palin, she can hold her own in an interview – she knows how to deflect a question and "stay on message" (i.e. the semi-related talking point she has memorized). I thought that would help her, but I think the voters saw through the canned responses and decided she was not as "genuine" as the much folksier Palin. Good for them.

    I did hear an in-depth interview with conservative Christian veteran caucus goers a few weeks ago where a woman said "If she were "Michael Bachmann" I'd vote for her. Woman aren't meant to be leaders." Sad. But as Not suprised at Anything said "Republicans only want women in the bed and in the kitchen." It would seem there may be some truth to that.

    January 4, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. madmaninthemiddle

    I'll bet a nickel Santorum was on the phone with her in no time asking for her endorsement ...

    January 4, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. Voice of Reason

    Man! First Palin, then Trump, then Cain, now Bachmann, and who's next? Gingrich? We're quickly running out of complete idiots on the Right that are fun to laugh at. Robo-Romney better loosen up a bit or this campaign just wont be any fun anymore.

    Ah well – we're assured to hear planty from this wingnut in her new gig on FoxNews...

    January 4, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  25. kenny

    Mitt "The Flip Flop" Romney spoke of her fierce intelligence. He had to mean her fierce stupidity. I have rocks in my back yard that are smarter than Michele Bachmann.

    January 4, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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