By Holly Wagner, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Some of the nation’s top conservatives are in Washington right now, and many of them are eying the White House in 2012.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota kicked off the Conservative Political Action Conference’s three-day event.

The CPAC is seen as the first major event for potential 2012 presidential candidates to test the waters.

Bachmann told the crowd “Obama Care” is the “crown jewel of socialism” and that repealing the health care bill is the “driving motivation in her life.”

She also urged conservatives to come together to win what she called the “White House Triple Crown.”

“You helped pry that big gavel out of Speaker Pelosi’s hands. Did anybody see that?” Bachmann said.

Rep. Bachmann told the crowd they helped win the House, now it’s on to the Senate and the White House for 2012.

However, Bachmann didn’t come out and say whether she will run for president.

She did spend a lot of time talking about the need for conservatives to unite over fiscal, social and national security issues, in an effort to take control of Washington in the next election.

“The all-important must have for 2012 is this: Making Barack Obama a one-term president, right? Stand up, stand up,” Bachmann said.

Roughly 11,000 people are expected to attend this three-day event.

New York businessman Donald Trump, who has been rumored as a potential presidential candidate, is speaking Thursday night. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will speak Friday afternoon.

Other people who will be part of the conference include former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Comments (86)
  1. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

    She called that one right

    1. Johnbob says:

      Thank God we have Michelle for comic relief!

    2. Charles says:

      Mark! You’re a clown!

    3. Jennifer says:

      Bachmann is the crown jewel of Idiocy.

  2. GLP says:

    Bachman is just another WWH maybe if Congress had the same health care the rest of us have she might just SHUT UP. Why do I have to pay for her health care oh I forgot she’s WWH and better then the rest of us true HARD WORKING AMERICANS. Another bought and paid for politician. Gee we sure do have the best politicians that the insurance companies can buy. Just leave it to the Greedy Old Partty oh I’m sorry the Tea baggers

    1. deb says:

      I agree. I just wish someone would get her to shut her big fat pie hole.

  3. Shelley says:

    Conflict of interest? She & her husband own a counseling clinic and she is may be concerned that the health care bill might cut into their profits. Apparently federal handouts are ok if she is getting them. As a member of Congress she doesn’t seem to mind having her health benefits.

  4. Tony says:

    I like Michelle Bachmann, but she’s one of the crazies from both parties so as far as I see it, not really Presidential material, she’d be the Republican Barack Obama. Take a close look at “The Donald” He’s been running businesses and making a profit for year, and he isn’t no friend of China and what their doing to their currency. We need someone with just a bit of common sense to run things not another political ideologue of “either” party.

    1. JG says:

      I’ll go with you on that one Tony. We need people that will govern with common sense. There are other parties out there that do just that. People just believe that voting someone from that party is “Stealing Votes” from whom they want in that office.

    2. Melissa says:

      I like Donald Trump as well. This country needs a very successfull business tycoon to get us out of the hole we are in. No more gov bail-outs, no more wasteful programs, no more waste. I think this man could do it, but is America ready?

  5. JG says:

    People, look up Socialism and look up Facism. Which party is which? Remember it was the GOP that went after the consitution and our rights. Look up the Patriot Act. We are nowhere near socialism in the USA. Capitalism is alive and thriving, just not doing real well right now. More companies get money from the government than people do.

    1. markH says:

      Perhaps, but keep in mind that Social Security and even our tax codes are products of socialistic thinking-I don’t hear anyone calling for an end to Social Security (even though the average retiree will draw his entire contributions within 4 years, then it’s others who are supporting his continuing paychecks from Uncle Sam), and I can’t tell you how many people I know who get federal tax refunds that EXCEED what they actually paid in federal taxes. This IS socialism, but the idiots out there want to criticize Obama and call him a socialist? Jesus H. Christ-get real folks!

      1. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

        @markH You really don’t know much about economics do you?

      2. Dope says:

        I have heard people say that about federal tax refunds before & I can’t believe there are still morons out there that believe it’s true.

    2. Brad J says:

      Excuse me? Being forced to buy a service is capitalism? How about the President says you must by 4 oranges a day or else you are fined. His health care plan says just that(minus the oranges). You will not convince me otherwise. Socialism is alive and doing very well in the USA! I am glad all the people are standing up for our rights and will fight this healthcare bill tooth and nail. Because that my friend is what America is about!!! Sticking together and protecting our freedom! That is what I love about our country!

  6. Tony says:

    Oh and as far as Obama-care goes…well lets just make sure it goes into the dustbin of history and just chock it up to a bad idea. Thanks to Obama-care we “Lost” our health insurance coverage. Within 30 days of that bill being passed into law my wife’s employer jacked up our premium from $400.00 a month to $1400 a month. Thats an amount we cannot afford to pay, so we had to drop it. Thanks alot…I’ll leave the rest unsaid

    1. PL says:

      how can you drop your health care..we do not have the option unless we can prove we have insurance else where. We are forced to pay and take this health care and it was like that durning Bush has NOTHING to do with Obama. and Bachmann please move we dislike you so very very much in mn. I’m surprised shes married who would want to climb into bed with that she devil.

    2. Sorry Tony . . . says:

      This is some BS propaganda . . . “Within 30 days of that bill being passed into law my wife’s employer jacked up our premium from $400.00 a month to $1400 a month.” NONE OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL TOOK EFFECT THAT FAST. My Grandma died minutes after the Patriot Act was signed into law – that must be related too.
      REPUBLICAN former Senator Dave Durenberger AN EXPERT on healthcare said that the new health bill was a great step in the right direction.

      1. eric says:

        I agree…..Nice story Tony, but either you are lying or your wife’s employer is open to be prosecuted…. to prove you’re not lying, repost with the name of the employer and I can verify in 3 hrs.

  7. helper says:

    Bachmann is the Crown Jewel of Minnesota ignorance.

    What a laughing stock!

  8. DENNIS says:

    If you would take everything that Bachmann says about healthcare and impliment it. There would be no health care for the seniors, wash out medicade etc. and then let only those that can afford a health policy have one. How many people would agree with Bachmann then. How many terriblely sick people would we have in this country, how many of these tea party people would take over the responsibilty of their parents, chiildren etc. in their own homes?? The health care issue is real, it is over whelming the country and it has to be enacted,

  9. Tom says:

    Well Since Bachmanns insurance is threw the gov’t someone should ask her how she feels being socialist. Everybody becomes a socialist when they reitre and start collecting social security and medicare.

  10. Tea Anyone? says:

    @Tony….WELL SAID! I agree…Bachman does have SOME good ideas….but she is really going too far! Bachman is to the RIGHT what Wellstone was to the LEFT! Both a little too far out there….

  11. JB says:

    The ONLY republican worth his salt and worth voting for for President is RON PAUL.
    RON PAUL has been consistent in what he stands for which is Freedom,Liberty, and Rights. RON PAUL is the ONLY man who would put a stop to this Police State that we now have.

    1. JD says:

      What about Huckabee?

  12. Irishfae says:

    She should get together with Palin and run for office.

    1. dally says:

      or shoot porn but im sure they would just as bad at that as anything else they do

  13. JD says:

    Michelle Bachman is just full of Michelle Bachman. I wonder, if she had a pre-existing medical condition would she be singing the same tune?

  14. Tom says:


    Is Ron Paul for rights, freedom, liberty for all? Or just a select few?

  15. Mark says:

    The one thing people seam to forget is that Bachman and her husband own several health clinics. This health care reform would kill her cash cow!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Peter says:

    Repealing the health care bill is the “driving motivation in her life”? you’d think her husband or kids would be, not taking healthcare away from the poor.

  17. Nancy Aleshire says:

    Michele Bachman does have a pre-existing condition. It is called “diarrhea of the mouth”. I am shocked she went to law school at ORU. I used to live near Oral Roberts University and it is a beautiful school and the people of Oklahoma were very caring. We had people give us food, clothing and furniture. It never rubbed off on Michele, though. She has no idea what it is like being poor or homeless.

  18. NancyFancy says:

    Nancy, are you poor or homeless?

    Seems we all can grasp an idea…

    Liberals are just upset that she’s the hot potato. I am so sick of people whining and complaining about things. Grow up – focus on your life and make something of it. When you have enough common sense, vote republican.

    1. pondering this nitwit says:

      if she’s the hot potato then you folks to the far right are totally fricked. Today and the next 20 years.

      She’s what they call Skanky. Right there with that skinny skanky Ann Coultier.
      Kinda hope they run into Hitler and Stalin when they get to he!! myself. They can all play tootsie

  19. Sad day... says:

    Reading these comments from one side and the other side makes me wonder if it is at all about our policies we wish to support and those polititians who side with us. It is really about the desire to meet one another on the street for a fist fight – the winner gets their way. It is sad.

    1. tea anyone? says:

      @sad…..I think this is a good forum to voice your opinion! We may all be a little vocal….but fist fight? Not in MN….remember MN Nice? With the cold we have to deal with…..we HAVE to be nice to each other! I may disagree with a LOT of what people have to say…..but…your all still my neighbors…..

  20. tea anyone? says:

    @Nancy…so…she went to ORU an worked her BUTT off to FINISH school….OK..there may have been some money behind her…but she worked hard I am sure. I just don’t see ANYONE’s right to question her sucsess? let alone her ability to care…..
    Again…..I think she is a little whaco…..but I think her voice needs to be heard! It’s a little “too right” for me..but…with the FAR LEFT in charge….you fight fire with fire…

  21. Govt HealthCare?? says:

    Wow, some of you should do you research on what this is going to cost businesses and/or yourself. Geez wake up people.

    1. more tea says:

      I have to agree…..SO I try my best to keep in shape…eat well…..take care of myself…but when the crack smoker has heart issues from abusing his or her body for years….we spend $200K for a temp fix..only to have then back on the pipe and back for another $200k worth of FREE health care! I guess….Maybe we should change our state motto: “MN where we have the healthiest/richest homeless people in the world!” ENOUGH! Quit spending MY money, and I’ll quit giving people advice!

  22. JD says:

    Trump/ Ventura 2012.

  23. David J. Conklin says:

    >Bachmann is the Crown Jewel of Minnesota ignorance.
    Make that Tea Party ignorance and leave our state out of it. Too bad we can yank her citizenship.

  24. Dave says:

    Bachmann is a living example of corporate America winning! She doesn’t represent people of Minnesota but she does represent corporate America. But so is Obama care! The battle is over. There is no democracy anymore!
    Do a Utube search on Chris Hedges. Think for yourself!

  25. Ginger Shepla says:

    Thank goodness for Michele and others like her willing to fight for the hard working people of this country. We need to desperately repeal this horrible mistake of obamacard and get real health care reform started. What about cafeteria style health care, after all, why should people have to pay for things they will never use? I know progressives are very much against this as they want everyone to share in the pain except for those that don’t like to work. Please Michele, keep fighting for us. I hope someday the hard workers of this country are rewarded for their hard work instead of being continually penalized. Otherwise, there will be no hard workers left, it will just be easier to sit back and let someone else bear the burden.

    1. eric says:

      OH Ginger…..PLEASE do your homework before posting!!! Progressives are absolutely Not against a “cafeteria style health care”… Who is? Every single insurance provider in the nation…and since they control 90% of the Republicans in the House and Senate, that’s why something like that can’t get passed.

    2. PAUL says:


  26. Murph says:

    Several “rookie” GOP legislators vowed to pay their own healthcare premiums.They quickly found out that being fairly young and healthy their monthly premiums alone were about 1200 dollars not counting co pays ! So If Bachmann has not done the same she is a big hypocrit! People just cannot afford to live in America anymore and many of these do nothing politicians do not deserve to live here or rule here.They had better change their ways or change will come their way! Welcome to the hunter gathering era in America people! Shove your Fox news vaudevillans right up your pahtooties! The high rollers get giant tax break and everyone else gets the shaft! Didn’t work so well in Egypt and is bound to cause unrest here at home too!

  27. David J. Conklin says:

    >Liberals are just upset that she’s the hot potato.
    Actually, they love her! She exposes you guys for the idiots you are–the problem with Wall Street is “hyper-regulation”–do you remember that lie? Now look up Rev. 21:8, 27 and 22:15 for the end result for liars and those who love to hear lies.

    1. tea anyone says:

      Hey….I think it says in the bible that Obama care is wrong! (Just as valid as your points)I love how you quote bible versus yet call us “idiots”… sir….are a moron……

  28. Victim Du Jour says:

    Obama Care will turn into a career for hypochondriacs. Most people don’t need healthcare.

    “Gimmie my free pills so I don’t have to work, they make me dizzy”

    1. RobJ says:

      Most people don’t need health care? Are you on drugs, stupid or delusional?

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        Most people are healthy and don’t use healthcare.

        Free healthcare is popular among people who like pretending to be sick.

      2. max says:

        Don’t worry, Victim is just trolling.

      3. Victim Du Jour says:

        No, I saw Social Security Insurance turn someone into a blob of health problems, over a span of 15 years.

        Mostly from not being active during the day.

  29. terry says:

    She is a true dummy, This is going to have a great reflection on our state once Leno gets a hold of this one.

  30. jon says:

    Please do every Dem a favor and run for president in 2012.

  31. GOP Wing Nuts says:

    Everyone has a right to their own opinion, and mine is that anybody that is fooled by Bachmann is either an idiot or a nut job, pick which one you want to be you wacko’s.

  32. Jane says:

    Looks like Michele woke up on the crazy side of the bed again.

  33. Mark says:

    Reading all these comments makes me wonder just who voted for this clown!!! We had a choise and should have taken it. Can you just imagine this women as president? We would all be wearing grey jump suits and working for $3.00 and hour. If she has it her way that is just what will happen.

    1. JG says:

      That is what the Tea Party wants.

  34. John says:

    She should spend less time worrying about socialism and start spending more time explaining all of those farm subsidies she and her family receive as well as explaining the unaccounted for $6mm in campaign contributions.

  35. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

    Lets have that Tea Party! I love these Liberals always wanting something for nothing. I have had many of laughs at these fools. But I would like to help them, remember to ask if you want fries with that LOL

    1. Julie says:

      Your point being that you work at McDonalds and that Liberals are customers of McDonalds and you are going to ask them if they want fries with their orders? Teanderothals often have issues communicating clearly – you seem to be no exception.

  36. Victim Du Jour says:

    Nazis used to accuse dissenters of being crazy, and sterilized people for mental problems at the Hadamar Clinic.

  37. Dave Campbell says:

    Bachmanns idea of less government is her spending all of her time outside of Washington and not doing her job. Her an Palin are helping the economy grow by creating work for lots of comedy writers. Am betting SNL doesn’t run out of material for a long time!

    1. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

      @Dave Campbell Why all the hate? just wondering Maybe you could bring something to the table

    2. Victim Du Jour says:

      GE gets TARP, Bail-outs from the Feds, and billion dollar subsidies. Is that why Leno and SNL only makes fun of Republicans?

      Media Fascism?

  38. Dave says:

    “Inverted totalitarianism” That’s what this is all about. Bad things are coming! Next step totalitarianism !

  39. There's worse... says:

    For the most part I agree with Bachmann when it comes to her stance on issues, but I agree that she is a bit of a loudmouth pain in the backside and she puts herself before others. Palin is very similar in that aspect along with Newt and plenty of others.

    That being said, I would MUCH rather be represented by Michele Bachmann than my current representative Betty (party line) Mccollum. She’s a lackey for the party and won’t even debate those running against her.

    Unfortunately I live is a far to liberal part of the state, but am looking to move to a more “right” place.

    At least you know where Bachmann stands and she is willing to take a stance against the GOP.

  40. Middle Man says:

    She’s making Pawlenty look really goodf

    1. There's worse... says:

      Don’t say that, TPaw is a politician that would lie to your face and kick your dog to get elected. Bachmann is honest, just a bit crazy.

      I would MUCH rather have an honest crazy person than a politician.

  41. John says:

    Look at that Picture – It say’s it all. That Womans Pie hole is always wide open with nothing good somming out of it!!!!!

  42. Ronald P Pauly Shore says:


    1. There's worse... says:

      I wish

  43. betty says:

    Ms. Bachmann. My COBRA is running out. I can’t find a job. I get interviews and get now where. Just found out that I have a heart issue going on. Will you help me pay for my medical costs? I DOUBT it. Why are republcians so against everyone having the right to have healthcare. Maybe because their election pockets were lined with $$$ from the insurance issue. What has Bachmann done in the almost 6 years since she has sat in Congress other than critize. No ideals! She is a do nothing congresswoman. What is wrong with the voters of her district. They must all be idiots or white trailer trash.

    1. Matt says:

      Betty, I don’t want my health care run by the same people running: The post office, social security, fannie Mae, freddie mack, the war on poverty, (which has increased poverty) medicare, medicaid and Amtrak

      Show me something the government does that actually works.

      1. betty says:

        Will you pay for my medical costs now that my COBRA is running out? You don’t want it but I need it. Pay my bills for me then. You are like Republcian politicians: The Republician Health plan:
        1. Pray to God you don’t get sick, 2. If you do go to the emergency room.
        Republicians controlled the, as the idiot Ms. Bachamann states the Triple Crown from 2000 throught 2006 and they controlled Congress and Senate from 1994 to 2006 and did NOTHING about healthcare. The issue here is they do nto want Obama to suceed nothing else.
        Why do people like her? She has done nothing in congress for almost the 6 years she has been there. She is a do nothing politician. I can’t wait until her 15 minutes of fame is gone.

  44. young days behind her says:

    She is looking more and more like the Joan Rivers of the Tea Wankers.

    Boooooootox time again Michelle …… have them do the whole torso huh!

  45. Richard M says:

    Who has the contrat to clean up all the bullchit off the floors when this group of misfits leaves town?
    Hope you get paid in cash. lol

  46. L. B. says:

    Did I hear correctly that she’ll be buying drinks tonight for everyone attending her conference today? With that kind of fiscal conservatism she’ll be racking up $200 million a day in expenses long before Obama ever could.

  47. Phil says:

    “CCO could you be more biased? I’m deleting the link and moving to KSTP or KARE or anyone else…. God help you!

  48. Nancy Aleshire says:

    To answer the questions made about me–yes I was poor and homeless while living in Tulsa. We were living in a mobile home in tornado alley and we got hit by a storm. I had to pawn my wedding rings and diamond earrings to buy medicine for my son.

    1. JG says:

      That is exactly what the Tea Party wants. They want you to be in that position so they can force you to work for nothing and if you or your kids die then so be it. They claim they area family values party but far from it. They don’t want to allow you to have an abortion but they don’t want to help you pay for your birth control or healthcare for that child. They want to revert to what this country was like nearly 100 years ago. Working conditions that are appalling and work for little to nothing and then to death and replace you with someone even cheaper. They also want to bring our country like the old mining towns where everything is owned by the company and you always are in debt to them. Look at how they talk and the bills they pass. That is exactly what they are pushing us to.

  49. Bobbie says:

    President Teddy Roosevelt’s motto was “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Name the President whose motto is “Jigaboo for Jihad and not for Jesus!” (For a related web article that some have banned, Google “Obama Fulfilling the Bible.”)

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