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Rep. Michele Bachmann: Palin a friend, not a competitor
The Daily Caller ^ | May 31, 2011 | Jeff Poor

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 Tuesday’s “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 there’s room for a lot of contenders,” Bachmann said. “I think there’s 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 didn’t 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. We’re friends. And I don’t consider her a competitor. I consider her a friend. But my comparison ultimately is to Barack Obama. I created a successful company. I’m 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 that’s my comparison.”

When asked if by Stephanopoulos if she had a problem with running against a friend, she said she didn’t.

“No, not at all,” she replied. “Not at all.”



TOPICS: Minnesota; Parties
KEYWORDS: 2012; bachmann; obama; palin

1 posted on 05/31/2011 12:06:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have a feeling they’re going to be drafting partners and its gonna be good for us.

2 posted on 05/31/2011 12:07:12 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek
Michelle Bachman attacks Romney and Obama, with a take no prisoners style, and gets to say things that Palin would not, or might not be able to say without drawing heat, which allows Palin to provide her vision of America, and keep an upbeat and positive campaign theme.

Its a good strategy, its also something thats been done before, and it can be effective, if thats the plan.

3 posted on 05/31/2011 12:16:15 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.

4 posted on 05/31/2011 12:17:17 PM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.

5 posted on 05/31/2011 12:21:30 PM PDT by harmonium
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To: Sonny M

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.

6 posted on 05/31/2011 12:29:37 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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