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Minn. Rep Bachmann calls talk show appearance `big mistake'

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. – Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann says she regrets using the term "anti-American" while discussing Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's views, a remark that could threaten her re-election bid.

    Bachmann told the St. Cloud Times on Tuesday that she "made a big mistake" by going on MSNBC's "Hardball," a show she said she'd never seen before her appearance last week. Her statement to host Chris Matthews that Obama "may have anti-American views" drew condemnation and helped her opponent, Democrat Elwyn Tinklenberg, raise more than $1 million in just a few days.

    During an interview with the Times' editorial board, Bachmann said she walked into a trap and did not bring up the term "anti-American." Still, she said, "I should not have used that phrase."

    Earlier in the day, Bachmann told St. Cloud Rotary Club members she would like to "take back" the statement.

    "I did not say that Barack Obama was anti-American, nor do I believe Barack Obama is anti-American. He loves his country, just as everyone in this room does," she told the crowd. "Nor did I call for an investigation of members of Congress for their pro-American or anti-American views. That is not what I said."

    Bachmann said that while she didn't question Obama's patriotism, "I'm very concerned about Barack Obama's views. I don't believe that socialism is a good thing for America."

    The Rotary Club luncheon was her first formal public appearance since Friday's interview, in which Matthews asked Bachmann if she believed Obama held anti-American views.

    Her response was: "Absolutely. I'm very concerned that he may have anti-American views. That's what the American people are concerned about. That's why they want to know what his answers are."

    Bachmann said Tuesday she probably should have watched "Hardball" to see what it was like before she went on it.

    Democratic state Sen. Tarryl Clark, who attended the luncheon, said she didn't hear an apology from Bachmann.

    "The facts are the facts about what she said and she can't erase them," Clark said. "She can apologize for them, but that's about it. People don't have the time for this. I thought she was denying what she said."

    Before Friday's "Hardball" aired, Bachmann was favored to win a second term. National Democrats, sensing opportunity, announced Monday they would pour $1 million into TV ads in the district, which lies on a corridor from the Twin Cities northwest to St. Cloud.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081022/ap_on_el_ho/minnesota_congresswoman
  2. Wheat

    Wheat Philosopher

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    sucks to be her.

    From what is reported. Her district is hurting a lot with the economy.......and she went out and said that.

    If she loses, its her own fault.
  3. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    She can regain her patriotism by paying more in taxes... ;)
  4. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed...part 2 Zone Supporter

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    coming from the side that clamored how hard they have the right to speak out against the war, the sure seem to get upset when free speech goes against their own views.

    people that run to their freedoms while taking it away from others bother me.
  5. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    Do you not see the irony of what you're saying? She's basically saying that people who don't share her political views should be investigated.

    No one is saying to take away her right to say it, but since actually running for re-election, they can sure as hell donate to her opponent and get her out of office.
  6. Wheat

    Wheat Philosopher

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    What are you talking about?

    This woman didn't do anything illegal. She did something stupid. She suggested that a lot of our elected leaders are anti-american.

    If she losses....that will be why.

    She has the freedom to be an idiot parrot with her talking points.
  7. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed...part 2 Zone Supporter

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    i find it very ironic and just a flip of the bit. i understand obama also sues people who write negative things about him also. i hope i've been clear i hate it when either side plays that game.

    i just wonder when we'll grow up and stop the "well he did it first" parents won't even let last that long.
  8. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed...part 2 Zone Supporter

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    who said she did do anything illegal? did i disagree about it's stupidity value? no. i didn't go that deep cause i find these topics stupid and dead ends before they start.

    i need to go back to self-regulation and stay out of the topics i know will go nowhere and seems to just be venting.
  9. Wheat

    Wheat Philosopher

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    Just heard the GOP is pulling ad support for Bachmann in her district.

    ouch, talk about falling apart if she loses.
  10. Beast_from_East

    Beast_from_East Well-Known Member

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    The GOP smelled loser-dom and cut her lose.
  11. MilesAustinforMVP

    MilesAustinforMVP Benched

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    Oh don't get us wrong. We think she is well within her right to say what she wants. However, we are well within our rights to respond economically and verbally. That is our own freedom of expression. But she can go on saying that liberals hate America. In fact I would encourage her to make many more statements on the matter.
  12. Maikeru-sama

    Maikeru-sama Mick Green 58

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    She has the right to say whatever the hell she wants.

    And her constituents have an equal right to vote her out of office.

    However, I don't think her saying "Barack Obama may have anti-american views" is all that big of a deal, I have heard worse at McCain/Palin Rallies.

    I am more concerned with her comments regarding investigating the government for anti-americans or whatever her comment was.

    But I am sure someone will come in here and talk about how Joe McCarthy got a raw deal.
  13. ZeroClub

    ZeroClub just trying to get better

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    So he's not anti-American, he's merely a socialist. :)


    Bachmann's political career is toast. As it should be.
  14. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    Has anybody else noticed that this woman is a dead ringer for Katherine Harris??

    Man, she stepped in it BIG TIME, LOL... and now, her opponent has seen a tidal wave of new donations, and the RNC has abandoned her... I'll be watching with great interest and some glee to see her lose her seat in Congress (which she's not fit to hold, with her McCarthy-esque views)...
  15. Wheat

    Wheat Philosopher

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    She deserves to be blown out......and be used as a message to everybody on both sides that questioning Patriotism or "Americanism" or whatever will eventually backfire in your face.

    If you are strong on the issues, it should be all you need.
  16. bootsy

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    She got caught up in the moment when she said those things. McCain and his supporters were making a lot of statements about 'Real America' and all that stuff and she thought going on Chris Matthews show and following up with it wouldn't be noticed and pressed for more detailed questioning from Matthews. Matthews gave her a chance and she continued to jump in the fire.
  17. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Exactly.
  18. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    I'm am so sick and frickin tired of this questioning peoples Patriotism or whatever.

    That frickin crap has been going on for far too long and needs to be punished when it happens now.

    Just like she's being punished.

    If there's a God in Heaven she will get blown out and have no one to blame but her own stupid *** self.
  19. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    She's in serious trouble now.

    http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/10/new_poll_bachmann_fighting_for.php

    New Poll: Bachmann Fighting For Political Life

    By Eric Kleefeld - October 23, 2008, 11:24PM

    The first independent poll is out in Minnesota's Sixth District, which has been put into contention thanks to Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-MN) McCartheyesque rant on Hardball last week -- and it shows a race that could be tightly contested all the way to Election Day.

    The new numbers from SurveyUSA: Democratic candidate El Tinklenberg 47%, Bachmann 44%, and Independence Party candidate Bob Anderson 6%, with a ±4% margin of error.

    Bachmann could still win this thing, as the district voted 57%-42% for George W. Bush in 2004. But the race has really been upended. After Bachmann's remarks on national television, and then her ham-fisted attempts to deny she ever said them, Tinklenberg has raised $1.45 million from donors across the country -- and the DCCC committed $1 million on top of that. And the NRCC has pulled their ad reservations, leaving Bachmann to fight this one out on her own.

    Meanwhile, the Family Research Council's PAC put out a statement condemning the NRCC for pulling out of this race and that of Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO), another champion of the Christian Right: "It appears that the NRCC is abandoning social conservative candidates and the issues for which they stand, particularly if they are championed by some of the most promising female legislators in the Congress. This is no time to cut and run from a fight."
  20. SuspectCorner

    SuspectCorner Bromo

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    Michele Bachmann... now there's a sympathetic figure. :shoot5:

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