PELLA, Iowa (AP) — .S. Rep. Michele Bachmann said Monday that she supports the ideas behind a GOP budget plan to slash $5.8 trillion in spending over the next decade, but the potential Republican presidential contender stopped short of endorsing the proposal.

The plan from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan would cut spending in part by making significant changes to Medicare and Medicaid. When asked about the proposal, Bachmann told The Associated Press that she supported the plan “in principle, yes.”

“The aspirational goal of making Medicare and Medicaid sound and secure, yes, I support that,” said Bachman, a favorite among tea party activists.

The Minnesota congresswoman, who was in Iowa for speeches organized by a conservative group, noted that she hadn’t read the entire proposal. Bachmann said she was preoccupied last week with the outcome of talks between Congress and President Barack Obama on cuts to the current budget.

Although many Republicans weighing 2012 presidential bids have praised Ryan for addressing entitlements in his budget blueprint, few have commented specifically on his plans for the politically sensitive programs for the elderly and poor.

Ryan’s proposal for the budget year that begins Oct. 1 would convert Medicare, the health insurance program for older people, into a subsidy or voucher system for people under age 55. It also would make Medicaid, a health insurance program for the poor and disabled, a state-run program financed by federal block grants. The plan was unveiled last week.

Bachmann, one of only two U.S. House members actively weighing a presidential campaign, said she supports in theory providing a Medicare subsidy for Americans under age 55, while assuring older people their guaranteed benefits will not change. However, she wouldn’t say whether she supported all the proposal’s specifics.

“It’s an aspirational document. It’s not a piece of legislation,” she said.

Other Republicans eyeing the White House have taken similar stances, praising Ryan without specifically endorsing his plan’s provisions — with the exception of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. He endorsed the Medicaid and Medicare pieces, and in a statement called the Medicare plan “right on target.”

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, also considering a 2012 bid, praised Ryan’s Medicaid proposal during a phone interview Monday with the AP, saying he believed “block grants to the states is the only plausible strategy for Medicaid. … Nobody believes you’re going to come up with a national solution.” He said he differed with Ryan on details of his Medicare proposal but declined to elaborate.

Support also has come from Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who has said the national debt is the country’s most glaring domestic problem. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who praised Ryan for drawing attention to the issue of government spending, said he supports the idea of giving states grants to run Medicaid. Daniels and Barbour also are considering seeking the GOP nomination.

During her visit to Iowa, Bachmann also said she planned to vote against the budget-cutting measure agreed to last week by congressional leaders and Obama, in large part because it did not remove money to finance the federal health care law enacted last year.

“I was very disappointed with the bill that came through. And that’s an understatement,” Bachmann said during a speech at Pella Christian High School, one of her stops during her swing through Iowa. “Voters expected us to defund Obama-care.”

Bachmann has said she plans to announce whether she will run for president by June, though she has already begun lining up key supporters and staff in Iowa. The state’s precinct caucuses are expected to begin the GOP nominating sequence next year.

She was in Pella and Iowa City on Monday to speak at events organized by The Family Leader, a group that has attracted a string of potential Republican presidential candidates. She planned to meet with Republican officials on Tuesday in Des Moines.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments (68)
  1. Pavel says:

    Just like always, she insists on having it “her” way. How anyone can belileve in this person surprises me. All mouth in my book!

      1. andy1300 says:

        Bachmann, does’t have enought brains to balance her own budget.
        She just going after big business money, doing whats good for them and only
        them !

    1. Tell the truth Rusty, says:

      This is why it is hard to have a discussion of issues.. Mark can’t come up with anything other than uncivil drivel

    1. todd helland says:

      So obvious this is a lamestream media site….repubs bad, Bachman bad, Obama good, Soros good etc etc…blah blah…see you all in 2012 🙂

      1. tom hasbrouck says:

        Todd… you are an idiot.

        1. Ali says:

          tom hashbrouck used to be helper…

          Disregard this persons comments. No matter what the issue they
          offer no intelligent insight or relevant information. It is always just name calling.

          1. Paul Solinger says:

            Ali, good luck finding any posts from any person that are not name calling. I think I count 15 uses of the word, “idiot”. The WCCO message board is not a place to come to if you are looking for rational debate.

  2. lefty says:

    i hope she gets defunded next election she is such an idiot. It makes me ashamed to be from Minnesota

  3. DENNIS says:


    1. Amanda says:

      More than Obama not being republican, what is really killing her it’s the fact that he is not White…. take a look of the district she represents… nothing but Whiteys there

  4. Geno says:

    Total nutbag, how could anyone vote for a person totally devoid of intelligence or without any basis in reality?!?!

    1. would not get wood from her says:

      those with a dither of intelligence didn’t …. that means the 6th is NOT the brightest district around as they say. lmao

  5. Edward says:

    She needs to home and stay there and bake a cake or pie that should last her until 2012.

  6. Nate says:

    Geno… This is the same nation that voted in Obama. Anything is possible.

    1. Lori says:

      Thank God they did or we would be in heap of trouble with Mac and palin trying to figure out which window they should be looking out.

      1. Derrick says:

        The one on the right side, looking into a tunnel.

  7. john doe says:

    This is to all of you in Minnesota that voted for this moron you should all be ashamed of yourselves for electing such an ignorant person. She has no knowledge about any thing she opens her big mouth about. Yes there are a couple of Lexington’s and Concords in this country but even the idiots that go on Am I smarter then a fifth grader would not have gotten that wrong.

    1. KM says:

      Well, I think a fifth grader would have known the three branches of government, unlike Democrat Senator Schumer who thinks there is the house, senate and the president!!!!

  8. Me says:

    Woo hoo, way to go Michele! That’s showing Obama who is boss. Now, tell me again how the Rev War started in NH and the founding fathers ended slavery…

    1. Rev. AJ Bachmann says:

      L M F A O
      😉 😉 😉
      go ditzy …………………….. a ditzyhead. Not a diitohead but a ditzyhead.
      Michelle Bachmann, TeaParty DitzyHead

  9. Dave Campbell says:

    Edward. Michelle Bachmann has no idea where home is. We haven’t seen her in the sixth district for months. I would guess that if President Obama came out against his health care initiative, she would then be in favor of it. She really has no clue. The only bill that she has passed concerned the right to choose what kind of light bulb you use. It’s to bad the bulb in her head is burned out!

    1. Amanda says:

      But you keep voting for her…

  10. DL says:


  11. tom hasbrouck says:

    Why doesn’t she just go away. She’s an embarrassment. Oh yeah…Tea Party idiots love her. Go figure…

    1. CR says:

      Disregard this persons comments. No matter what the issue they
      offer no intelligent insight or relevant information. It is always just name calling.

    2. notadem11 says:

      remember to cash YOUR welfare check.

      1. LLP says:

        How do you know got one yourself?

  12. MountainPeak says:

    Michelle Bachman &, Sara Palin would do well to heed the words of Thomas Jefferson – “Better be quiet and thought stupid than opening your mouth and conforming it”
    Can u imagine this wack job thinks she is Presidential material.

  13. Tom D. says:

    Maybe her district should recall her…that would give her more time to brush up on some history before she tries to run for the White House. She’s gonna make Mondale’s loss look like a photo finish.

  14. Lefty Frizzell says:

    Palin/Bachmann 2012 — the B O O B ticket. Get your bumper stickers now.

    1. Ralph bets they sagging says:

      I would but they wouldn’t they look droopy?? lol 🙂

  15. rayjay says:

    An embarassment to anyone with any smarts, which leaves the Tea Party folks out. Jessie in Drag?

  16. DAR says:

    sounds like a lot of you are lost. obama is the real problem. talk about stupid. look what has gone on the last two years. are
    you guys blind? the country is bankrupt and he still wants to spend more money. what can’t you understand?

    1. rayjay says:


      1. Ron says:

        RayJay, at some point you need to grow up and take it like a man! Bush has been out of office over 2 years and the Democrats having been running the show ever since they took over the House and Senate in 2006.

        1. Huh? says:


          The Republicans are blaming the fall of the housing market on Bill Clinton. Is your missive only a one way street?

    2. RDR says:

      DAR — Of course everyone’s entitled to their own opinions — but when it comes to economics in troubled waters, I’m very happy to have to someone like Obama at the helm.

  17. Malcom in the Middle says:

    The GOP will not have a woman represent them. It’s going to be an older white man!. As for recalls? Cut this out. We should be ashamed of this. This is not what demaocracy is about. Let Wisconsin be the state that has no respect for democratic elections, NOT Minnesota.

  18. DAR says:

    The tea party wants to stop the spending and follow the constitution and they are the bad guys? you have been listening to too much of the liberal media. For heavens sake start thinking for yourself.

    1. LLP says:

      I do the tea bagger and repubikkkns are bought and paid for by big Corps. and the banks. America has the best politcians that mone can buy. If you think they care about you are SOL.

      1. Jeff says:

        Little news flash for you, If you look it up in the last election and even when Obama got elected big Corp. Donated more money to the Dem’s.

  19. j fee says:

    Geez DAR we are only spending 1.5 trillion over our income. What’s the problem? Are you worried that our deficit total is now more than what we produce for an entire year? Oh your one of those “were bankrupt and nobody wants to buy our worthless debt guys. Welll open up and swallow a few more trillion. LONG LIVE BIG GOVERNMENT!

  20. Helper says:

    The real idiots are the ones that voted for that coco Bachman….

    It’s fun to laugh at her!

    1. Rusty Shakelford says:

      That’s how 85% of us feel about Obama.

      1. snowman says:

        85%?? surely you jest

        1. Roxanne says:

          No jest. It’s the truth. 2012 will tell all.

      2. Tell the truth Rusty, says:

        If Obama can capture the love and affection of 15% of your friends, then he is doing well.

    2. Sammy says:

      Disregard this persons comments. No matter what the issue they
      offer no intelligent insight or relevant information. It is always just name calling.

  21. MplsResident says:

    Please tell me how are we going to continue to pay other foster Moms, Moms just like Mrs. Bachmann, the support they receive for fostering children as she continues to push for all these program cuts? She received taxpayer money for being a foster mom, money which no one in their right mind would argue she didn’t deserve. Yet now she keeps lobbying to cut all government spending, forcing agencies to reduce or eliminate the very money she relied on to raise her own kids. She is a hypocrite, by definition.

  22. Tea and pea heads says:

    seriously – no need to laugh at her.
    just roll your eyes, chuckle and realize she’d fricken a headliner that’s insane and in love with herself. Some people have needs that not even God can grasp . 😉

  23. Jon says:

    Do the republicans even have a serious contender for next year yet? They are going to have a tough time I think if Trump, Bachman and Palin are their cream of the crop.

    1. BBrooks says:

      It’s a shame they don’t as the country is so helter-skelter right now in what the THINK they want it would be a perfect time for them to regain the Office.
      Trump can’t even make a business make it w/o bankrptcy so he can’t be taken seriously. Palin and Bachmann — I’d actually vote for Obama first I think.
      Newt? come on ….
      So we a ship adrift ….. rudderless and with a broken sail. Bachmann’s doing damage to the party and she’s getting way to much press for what she offers. Which is actually what anyway??? – a load of far fetched crazy statements is what I associate with her name.
      I sense we are in deep trouble in ’12 …… in many ways beyond politics too

  24. upnorth says:

    most people can see +’s and -‘s with any subject or topic. This person only see -‘s around her. what I see is a head of hair surrounding a mouth. Add Plenty of Pain and the wrestler and we have a max load of embarrassment for MN this year. I agree with BB we are a ship adrift.

  25. Cache says:

    WOW reading all the “lame brained morons” on this site make me understand how we got the political losers we have: Monkey boy Obumbler, Freeky Franken, Loopy Klobuchar, Go lay by my dish Dayton and book of other clowns. What a bunch of maroons! Folks you better buy gold, silver, guns, MRE’s, and ammo!

    1. Wimpy cache is empty says:

      @Cache …. you must be selling AK’s and such huh?
      Per chance can I rent space in your bunker? Hate to get caught outdoors if peace and harmony ever take hold again in America. We gotta keep electing the hawks and ultra conserv’s to continue the hateful ways of American politics…..
      I know, you indeed like this and may pose a problem for me as you have the weapon in the bunker but …. I was smart enough to toss the ammo.
      a wuss like you is noooooooooooooooooooo problem when unarmed. 😉

  26. Greg says:

    Bachmann = Martin Sheen in “The Dead Zone.” Really scary.

  27. Murph says:

    Ahhhh, Michele we did not like the part that made it MANDATORY! We said nothing about not funding it! Nor did we say anything about paying the rich folks taxes for them either! Nor anything about breaking up the unions.The GOP made this all up and are making a mockery out of this nation and a lot of one time GOP or TEA voters. So going into to convulsions and mental malestorms about things you do not understand or are just plain acting out a role on, is really dippy!

  28. Yes this is a lame stream media site and all the libs are out with all of the hate speech.

    How about Obama stating that he wanted to campaign in all 57 states and the lame stream media did not touch him but Quale who was looking at a misspelled flash card the press crucified him.

    Oh and this Harvard trained lawyer told a group of navy corpsmen (pronounced coremen Obama called them corpesman 3 different times. To the Navy’s credit they did not bust a gut laughing in his face.

    And did you knkow that is igrounds for immediate disbarment if a lawyer knowingly has a client sign a doucment that they have not read and did not undeerstand, where was the lame stream media and all you libierals calling him out on this. I suppose his Harvard education an affirmative action admission.

    John Wilder

    1. Paul Solinger says:

      What does any of your incoherent babbling have to do with the article? Who cares what the press did to Quail 25 years ago? Also, if you’re going to criticize how people speak, you should at least proofread.

    2. Tell the truth Rusty, says:

      In regards to hate speech, look at the love that people like Rusty or Mark or even your own post spreads to people who have a different opinion than you.
      Quayle was insistent he was correct when he was corrected, that is where the fuss came about.
      Did anybody correct Obama at any point in his two errors?
      Speaking of errors, did you proofread your piece to check if it was coherent?

  29. Lost for Hope says:

    If republicans were a lot more socially liberal I would vote for them. Not this not job but other smarter ones. It’s the republicans stealing my right and my friends fright to happiness and prosperity that turns me off so much. I would rather swing democrat where I at least know their agenda won’t force me to take a radical view of all people unless they are rich. Let’s also not forget who’s fiscal policy got us in them mess. Clinton left with budget surplus, Bush tanked the economy twice and opened up the regulations that got us where we are today. Sometimes it takes money to fix what was broken, Bush’s waterfall economy just made the rich richer. For example, ending overtime for millions Americans. Don’t blame the guy who has been trying to fix the economy for the past 2 ½ years that was a disaster in the making for the past 8 years. Please, don’t forget who signed the TARP law, that’s right, the same man that said “we have to do something about these people living paycheck to paycheck” and Children’s do learn”. So republicans, please spare me your complaints, Bush got everything he wanted, look where that got us.

  30. Citizen says:

    Lee Iacocca for President in 2012!

  31. John Wilder says:

    Yes I have tyos in my post. That is because I type fast and accidentally hit the send button before I could proof my piece.

    It is amazing that Michelle got ekected in the land of the liberals, Minnesota. All you libs fancy yourselves as the intelligentisia while viewing conservatives as ignorant aned uneducated.

    How then is it possible that so many libs actually elected her since you judge her to be stupid and incompetent? All you libs do is call people names and engage in hate speech rather than to converse intelligently about the issues.

    John Wilder

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