Skip to comments.Michele protests: Iím no Palin clone (Claims "former Palin backers" now going for Bachmann)
Posted on 06/28/2011 10:53:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
RAYMOND N.H. New GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann charmed a backyard of Granite State voters yesterday with her trademark straight talk but bristled at comparisons to fellow Tea Party star Sarah Palin, telling the Herald shes got a style all her own.
We both have unique skill sets. I have great respect and admiration for Gov. Palin, I consider her a friend, but I have a unique skill set that I bring to the table, said Bachmann, 55, after announcing her presidential campaign to New Hampshire voters yesterday morning.
Andy Schwargler, 45, of Orford, N.H., drove more than an hour to see Bachmann, saying he appreciates her down-to-earth style.
I like the fact that she speaks her mind. I dont get the feeling that everything coming out of her mouth is a political calculation, he said.
Granite State political observers said in yesterdays Herald that former Palin backers are warming up to the Minnesota congresswoman, a claim that Bachmann supported during a wide-ranging interview with the Herald.
Weve made multiple trips here to New Hampshire and the momentum is only growing and building and exploding and people that we have talked to have called up and said they want to leave the candidate they thought they were going to support and support me, Bachmann said.
Both Bachmann and Palin are anti-abortion Tea Party favorites known for their independent streaks and challenging business as usual in Washington, D.C. Both also have a blunt, tell-it-like-it-is speaking style that resonates with voters.
Bachmann said that while shed like Palins endorsement, she wont be reaching out to her.
I would love to have Gov. Palins support in this effort. I dont have her cell phone number so I dont know how to get in touch with her, but I wish her well, Bachmann said. She added, The field is wide open . . . people can come into the race, but I also know that people have resonated with my message.
Bachmann dismissed claims that her high-profile gaffes have undercut her campaigns credibility. She said Monday that movie legend John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa, when it was actually serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
Those are the small issues that quite honestly no one cares about, because everywhere I go people are concerned about the economy, Bachmann said.
Exhibiting her feisty no-nonsense style, Bachmann told the amped-up New Hampshire crowd that shed run the White House with a titanium spine while touting her economic know-how and her ability to load a shotgun and speak on the fly.
President Bachmann will be banning the teleprompter from the White House, she said in a dig at President Obama. The American people have had enough. Theyve had it up to here. . . . President Obama, you are a one-term president.
pride cometh before a fall...had she been smart, she’d be aspiring for something like a Senate position or Speaker of the House...and endorse Palin...now with all the scrutiny and true colors being exposed: Bachmann risks wrecking her political career as a whole.
If Bachmann gets any snarkier, the MSM are going to love her up royally...............until Palin gets in and dethrones the self proclaimed "QUEEN OF THE TEA PARTY", as well as all the others.
Bachmann begged Palin to come and help her, during the last election, because she was having trouble. I think that the people who know her best, those in her own state, see her for who she is.
The media has been trying since the beginning to have a Palin Vs. Bachmann..because they want to get rid of them both. I even posted last week, that the media is waiting for Michele to say ONE bad thing, one nasty thing about Sarah Palin and they have won, because that is what they want and Michele is falling into the trap. Seriously, she doesn’t have her phone number?? The second I read that one it made no sense..unless Sarah changes her phone number every few months she has the number. I think the praise Bachmann has been getting from the press is giving her a big ego, which is what the media wants to have happen
That being said, it'll be a one sided fight, as iyt has been thus far, because I can't see Palin lowering herself to fight in the gutter with Michele. Palin will just beat her in the debates, in how much money she raises, and by wining the primaries; GOD willing.
I really doubt that Mrs. Bachmann will make it to February 2012. She is a ticking time bomb.
I think she will come up with come wild accusation that the press is badgering one or more of her foster children and quit for the family.
She beat out a sitting governor ( no, I won't attempt to spell his name, I know it, but am too lazy to go look it up right now ), but how?
Oh that oil reserve statement of hers had me picking my jaw up off the floor. Gaffes are one thing, mixing up Concord Mass. with Concord N.H. is stupid, calling John QUINCY Adams a FF was also stupid, saying that John Wayne was born in her hometown was wretchedly stupid, but the strategic oil reserve comment? THAT WAS COLLOSSALLY IGNORANT, NOT TO MENTION MORONIC!
So many of Mrs. Bachmann's whoppers come in prepared, supposed researched and validated/verified, remarks. That just blows me away.
She can't talk well without a telepromter and I wonder if she can even use one.
Like it or not, FRiend, she's the real deal.
That is exactly how they needled her into this disaster of a campaign against Palin. They used Palin to enrage the green-eyed monster. and it doesn’t say much for bachmann that it worked so well.
Bachmann can dream on, but IMO she is going nowhere,
There's precious little evidence for her being articulate, none for the competance, and I'm struck by how quickly the "I'm a lawyer" enters her pronouncements. (She's almost as bad on that score as John "did I mention I served in Vietnam" Kerry.) And why you want someone who "knows DC" when DC is the source of almost all of our problems today is unfathonable.
Michelle Bachmann is a nice lady, a fine mother, and appears to have mostly decent values. She also is a back-bencher with virtually no legislative accomplishments at either the state or federal level. But I'm concerned by her lack of character, evidenced by her failure to speak up for Palin during the post-Tucson pile-on and her unleashing of the sleazeball Rollins to trash her. Palin helped Bachmann in the 2010 campaign; in return, MB appears ready to throw her under the bus to advance her own candidacy. If she becomes the GOP candidate, I'll vote for her - anyone is better than Obama - but without enthusiasm.
I’m sorry, I’m just not seeing the vitriol coming from her. I see a good, conservative, optimistic, informed America-loving patriot running for office and focusing on big issues. People like her: PPP released a poll yesterday showing her leading in Oregon and Montana - and that just a smattering. She will continue to rise - esp. if she has the spine of titanium to which she alludes.
The whole thread following this article is one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen here. I’m sure President Obama would enjoy the spectacle. Governor Romney probably even more. I’m not sure even Mr. Obama deserves the verbal beating that Representative Bachmann is getting.
She should have stopped after the first sentence because NO ONE believes a single word after that.
If Michele doesn't know how to get in touch with Sarah, then Chris Wallace was right.
Former Palin Supporters? They are Former only in the Sense that Palin has Not announced she is running.........YET!
They will rapidly become FORMER Bachman supporters should Sarah decide to run,that includes me and My wallet
bachmann is correct... she IS NO PALIN CLONE.
From The Hill: [empahsis mine]
Bachmann was a Jimmy Carter Democrat
Speaking to the St. Cloud Times about her growing role on the national stage, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) references her past as a diehard Carter-Mondale supporter:
Q: Youve been described as Democrats Public Enemy No. 1. How do you feel about being a target?
A: In being forceful and fighting for the positions that Im standing for, I obviously must pose a threat for liberals advancing their agenda. I say that because I grew up a Democrat in a Democrat family. My husband and I both worked on Jimmy Carters presidential campaign. The first time I ever came to Washington was to dance at Walter Mondales inaugural ball. It was a thrill for my husband and me, and we were both happy to work on behalf of Walter Mondale and Jimmy Carter. We really believed in them when we were in college. So in some ways I dont understand why the Democratic Party would be opposed to me, because I stand for the same values that my parents stood for when we were Democrats”.
Remember... this is only two chapters of the 1980 democrat platform which is the democrat value system she still supports.
Here is Chapter ONE:
“Chapter I: The Economy A Commitment to Economic Fairness
The Democratic Party will take no action whose effect will be a significant increase in unemploymentno fiscal action, no monetary action, no budgetary actionif it is the assessment of either the Council of Economic Advisers or the Congressional Budget Office that such action will cause significantly greater unemployment.
In all of our economic programs, the one overriding principle must be fairness. All Americans must bear a fair share of our economic burdens and reap a fair share of our economic benefits.
High interest rates impose an unfair burdenon farmers, small businesses, and younger families buying homes. Recession imposes an unfair burden on those least able to bear it. Democratic economic policy must assure fairness for workers, the elderly, women, the poor, minorities and the majority who are middle class.”
I will include a snippet from Chapter Two... but if you stand for the values espoused in Chapter One... then one stands for the marxist policies of wealth redistribution.
To meet the goals of a program that will control costs and provide health coverage to every American, the Democratic Party pledges to seek a national health insurance program with the following features:
Universal coverage, without regard to place of employment, sex, age, marital status, or any other factor;
Comprehensive medical benefits, including preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, health maintenance and rehabilitation services, and complete coverage of the costs of catastrophic illness or injury;
Aggressive cost containment provisions along with provisions to strengthen competitive forces in the market place;
Enhancement of the quality of care;
An end to the widespread use of exclusions that disadvantage women and that charge proportionately higher premiums to women;
Reform of the health care system, including encouragement of health maintenance organizations and other alternative delivery systems;
Building on the private health care delivery sector and preservation of the physician-patient relationship;
Provision for maximum individual choice of physician, other provider, and insurer;
Maintenance of the private insurance industry with appropriate public regulation;”
“In the 1980s we must move beyond these existing health care initiatives and tackle other problems as well. Long-Term Care
We must develop a new policy on long-term care for our elderly and disabled populations that controls the cost explosion and at the same time provides more humane care.
We must establish alternatives to the present provisions for long-term care, including adequate support systems and physical and occupational therapy in the home arid the community, to make it unnecessary to institutionalize people who could lead productive lives at home.
We must support legislation to expand home health care services under Medicare and other health programs. Visits from doctors, nurses and other health personnel are a cost-effective and necessary program for the elderly who often cannot travel to medical facilities. Without home health services, many elderly citizens would be forced to give up their homes and shift their lives to institutions. Multilingual Needs
We must support the utilization of bilingual interpreters in English-Spanish and other appropriate languages at federal and state-supported health care facilities. In addition, we support broader, more comprehensive health care for migrants.
These programs must increase the presence of men and minorities in nursing, and must be targeted toward women and minorities in other health professions. Minority and Women Health Care Professionals
We recognize the need for a significant increase in the number of minority and women health care professionals. We are committed to placing greater emphasis on enrollment and retention of minorities and women in medical schools and related health education professional programs. We are also committed to placing a greater emphasis on medical research and services to meet the needs of minorities, women and children. Reproductive Rights
We fully recognize the religious and ethical concerns which many Americans have about abortion. We also recognize the belief of many Americans that a woman has a right to choose whether and when to have a child. The Democratic Party supports the 1973 Supreme Court decision on abortion rights as the law of the land and opposes any constitutional amendment to restrict or overturn that decision. Furthermore, we pledge to support the right to be free of environmental and worksite hazards to reproductive health of women and men. We further pledge to work for programs to improve the health and safety of pregnancy and childbirth, including adequate prenatal care, family planning, counseling, and services with special care to the needs of the poor, the isolated, the rural, and the young. Financially Distressed Public Hospitals
Frequently, the only sources of medical care for much of the inner city population is the public general hospital. The ever-increasing costs of providing high quality hospital services and the lack of insurance coverage for many of the patients served have jeopardized the financial stability of these institutions. Immediate support is required for financially distressed public hospitals that provide a major community service in urban and rural areas. In underserved areas where public hospitals have already been closed because of financial difficulty, we must explore methods for returning the needed hospitals to active service. We must develop financial stability for these hospitals. Our approach should stress system reforms to assure that more primary medical care is provided in free-standing community centers, while the hospital is used for referral services and hospitalization. Medicaid Reimbursement
The Democratic Party supports programs to make the Medicaid reimbursement formulae more equitable. Unnecessary Prescriptions”
Bachmann will NEVER Get my phone. She angers me daily. Not a fan