Skip to comments.Rep. Michele Bachmann: Palin a friend, not a competitor
Posted on 05/31/2011 12:06:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
As former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is generating a lot of media buzz with her bus tour despite her vagueness about a 2012 presidential run, what does this mean to the rest of the Republican field, particularly potential candidate Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann?
On Tuesdays Good Morning America on ABC, co-host George Stephanopoulos asked if the Republican field was big enough for both her and Palin. (h/t The Right Scoop)
Oh sure, I think theres room for a lot of contenders, Bachmann said. I think theres no question in 2012 the Republicans will field a wide bench of contenders against President Obama and I think that the comparison will be very favorable.
Bachmann explained she didnt view the former Alaska governor as a rival. But instead, she argued she should be compared to President Barack Obama.
Well again, I compare myself to Barack Obama, Bachmann said. Not to any of the other Republican candidates. First of all, I want to say I like Sarah Palin a lot. Were friends. And I dont consider her a competitor. I consider her a friend. But my comparison ultimately is to Barack Obama. I created a successful company. Im a tax litigation attorney. I raised 28 children in my home. I have a number of wide experiences that I bring to the table. And thats my comparison.
When asked if by Stephanopoulos if she had a problem with running against a friend, she said she didnt.
No, not at all, she replied. Not at all.
(VIDEO AT LINK)
I have a feeling they’re going to be drafting partners and its gonna be good for us.
Its a good strategy, its also something thats been done before, and it can be effective, if thats the plan.
I think both of these candidates are big enough to run on their records and compliment each other. They’re on the same team, after all. When I went out on debate team, my job was to present myself in the best, most informed and strongest light possible. I was not there to demagogue the others from my school who were also competing.
It will be a historical first for two women to appear in a primary debate - watch the liberals go to town with piggish comments as a result.
Anyway, isn’t the media narrative going to be that Palin is the more mainstream candidate between the two? The idea that they cancel each other out isn’t based on much more than their gender, and their Tea Party support.
It’s the stalking horse strategy. I believe Huckabee was McCain’s purposeful stalking horse in 2008. I don’t like the method, but it is effective at times.
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