Bachmann: GOP is extremely ‘pro-women’
February 19th, 2012
12:30 PM ET
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Bachmann: GOP is extremely ‘pro-women’

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Sunday railed against critics who say the recent birth control controversy reflects a Republican Party that holds suppressive views toward women.

“There is no anti-women move whatsoever. The Republican Party is extremely pro-women,” Bachmann said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “What we saw was President Obama's signature piece of legislation, which is ‘Obamacare,’ demonstrated 3-D.”

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Her comments came after major Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates lambasted the Obama administration over a policy that would have required religious institutions to pay for contraception coverage of employees. The rule also took heat from some Democrats, notably Catholics whose religious teachings ban contraception.

The White House, which views birth control coverage as a “right,” has since said it would revise the rule and require insurance companies to offer contraception at no charge for women working at religiously-affiliated employers.

However, the issue has dominated political rhetoric as a larger social debate both on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail in recent weeks.

Bachmann said the debate over contraception coverage had more to do with the president’s agenda than social narratives.

“The 3-D full-court demonstration is that now ‘Obamacare’ means that one individual, the president of the United States, has unprecedented breathtaking authority to make a decision about whatever health care service, whatever health care product, if he wants it offered or not offered,” Bachmann told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana, who flirted with a presidential bid last year, appeared on the same program Sunday and agreed the birth control issue would not hurt the Republican Party in the fall, as long as it was approached in the right manner.

“These are the questions that I think Republicans can unite on. They do have to be framed, as they really are, as the defense of individual freedom against the right now limitless power of the state,” Daniels said.

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. REG in AZ

    The real question is, can she say that with a straight face?

    February 19, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. The Greedy Old PIgs declared class war on US!

    LOL! That was huge heapin' of crazy dialed up to 11. And what's with her "3D" comments? That lady barely exists in one dimension; the rest just confuse her. And we're still awaiting some evidence her GOBP deathcult is "pro-women". Examples please!

    February 19, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Tired of republican lies

    Please quit your lying Michele...All the news this week has been anything but against pro woman...Your coservative friends have been bashing everything we as women have fought for for the last 50 years...pffftt

    February 19, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. stevetall

    Is Michelle Bachmann still around? Hopefully, not for much longer. This woman is a classic example of why we need better education in our schools. What a narrow-minded, intolerant, reality-bending person. It's hard to sy why she is opposed to healthcare, freedom of choice, and empathy for her fellow countrymen. Shame on Minnesota for electing such a dolt.

    February 19, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Emmy Skaddittle

    They were got rid of her pretty quick? How come Sarah isn't running?

    February 19, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. lily longflower

    michelle, where can i get some of what you are smoking?

    February 19, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Emmy Skaddittle

    Just be cause they have tokens doesn't mean that take you seriously, None and Done

    February 19, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. larry

    The 3-d comment is another little bumper sticker like "one term president".I find it funny that this woman is speaking out on this issue.She has said her husband basically dictates her life to her because thats god will for women to submit to their husbands.Very archaic,very scary,and very WRONG

    February 19, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Alex in Wisconsin

    I believe Bachmann is saying that women do have a place in the Republican Party.... as long as those women know their place, are appropriately submissive to their male counterparts, and don't sound too intelligent or sane. The Republican Party will always except women without any original thoughts and who aren't swayed by Facts. Michelle, I will start taking you seriously as soon as you start talking about the government overreach in Virginia. Same goes to all the other "small government" conservatives.

    February 19, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Thomas

    She looks like she walked out of a wax museum .

    CNN , Is it true Tucker Carlson thinks she is hot ?

    February 19, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    yep sure were a lot of women up there on that committee the other day. The GOP is pro SUBMISSIVE women, you know the Stepford Wives type. They already have a candidate out there that seems to want to keep them "barefoot and pregnant" and somehow I don't think telling a woman she HAS to have an ultra-sound before she may agree to have an abortion nor telling her if she is pregnant due to being raped that she HAS to carry that child full term sounds very pro-woman to me Michelle.

    February 19, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Noodle Nose Johnson

    So this is pretty much as we figured – Michelle Bachmann ran for President simply to promote herself and get her lunatic opinions into the media spotlight.

    February 19, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    “Severely conservative” Mitt Romney
    “GOP is extremely pro – women” Michele Bachmann
    “Severely” “extremely” that mean they are not
    How did women individual choice became war on religious that is not pro woman

    Michele Bachmann follows the exit sign after Iowa but Hillary Clinton stayed end of the race got 18 Millions votes and Obama got 18 Millions votes that proved only Democratic Party care about woman

    February 19, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Donettes

    She's not Pro women, she's Pro Life which is against a "womens choice of her life".

    February 19, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. ST

    Even after her fruitless campaign, Michele is continuing lying???Women are more cleverer than what she thinks they are. They know very well who is in their side and who is not.

    February 19, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Emma

    Michelle, it looks as though you and Sarah are both going for brokered GOP nominations for Commander in Chief. How entertaining!

    February 19, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. RKN

    Michelle is a classic example of why we need better education and access to birth control.
    Maybe an IQ test for anyone running for office – except that would look like we are targeting the republicans.

    We will all respect your opinions when you stop making stuff up Michelle.

    February 19, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. he said what

    Do republican women really want this blowhard as their spokesperson? She has no grasp of the real world, has a fake bible degree in law, and still believes she is the perfect candidate. Why is it she thought she didn't make it further in the republican primaries?

    February 19, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bachmann's claim to fame is having fostered children should make her be the first to standup to the GOP and ask "how many unwanted children have you fostered/adopted". If she had a brain in her head she would shutup or stand with Obama on this one.

    February 19, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Keith

    The GOP is ABSOLUTELY SHAMELESS in their lying propaganda. Absolutely unabashedly shameless. Every independent woman in the country just said "WHAT?!?!?!!"

    February 19, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. larry

    Republicans or Pro-them.They try to wrap their sick twisted social policies in the cloak of religion.Laws that date back over 2000 years and beyond.They say God never changes,I won't argue that but society has changed.If you want to live in a place where you are ruled by these rules then go to Heaven.I believe if Christ was here today his core message would be the same but I think his veiws on social issues would surprise many.I do believe his message of love,and compassion and acceptance would remain the same

    February 19, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. Keith

    Oh wait, didn't Ms. Air Head mean to say "severely pro women"?

    February 19, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |

    I would rather have her tell us where she gets her eyelashes curled than listen to her nonsense

    February 19, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. sjmbiggs

    "recent birth control controversy reflects a Republican Party that holds suppressive views toward women." you want an even more suppressive, condescending view towards women? Vote for Mitt, the mormon church is as suppressive against women as it gets!


    Women are not allowed to hold a position in the hierarchy of the mormon church (quorum of the twelve, etc.)

    mormon hierarchy hand picked mormon women delegates instructed to vote "no" on the ERA Amendment in TX years ago.

    mormon are absolutely not "pro choice!"

    mormon bishops instruct and counsel battered wifes to: "look within and to not repeat behavior that may provoke their husband."

    members of the mormon church excommunicate any "gay" member, along with their family, if the family does not abide by disowning the "gay" child.

    women are discouraged on every level from working or seeking a career other than one in the mormon church.

    i worked many years in network news in utah, these are facts...look it up!

    February 19, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    I would disagree with that opinion.

    I don't think either party is very "pro woman". One wants to restrict women's human rights, and the other wants to keep them on welfare. Both are wrong.

    February 19, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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