Teen Claims Threats Over Bachmann Debate Challenge

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey teenager says she’s received threats since challenging U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to a debate over the Constitution.

Ann Myers challenged the tea party favorite in a letter dated April 29. After it started getting media attention last weekend, commenters on tea party websites have threatened to publish her home address and some have threatened violence.

The 16-year-old from Cherry Hill says several commenters have called her a “whore.”

Her father, Wayne, says he’s concerned for his daughter’s safety.

But Cherry Hill Police Lt. William Kushina says anonymous online threats like these are usually empty.

Myers says the Minnesota congresswoman misstates or distorts facts about the Constitution. Bachmann’s office told The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill that it won’t respond to the debate challenge.

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  • Sue

    Bachmann won’t respond to the debate challenge is because she knows she would lose. Biggest Loser!

    • Chuck

      No legistlator is going to have a debate with anyone off the street!
      They have no motivation to do so, why would they be willing to do that with you or me? It will never happen, so why expect her to do it now with this kid?

      • Tea, pee and poop

        Well – she clai,s to be the self-professed person who totally GRASPS all the political history, facts, laws and interpretations so I guess if she wants to make such claims, challenge and attack others who she says DO NOT KNOW things…. then maybe the big mouthed fact twister super BLABBING CONTORTIONIST of facts and truth just should accept the challenge to show all she knows what she claims to know. lmao
        She knows what she wants to know, claims to know all and frankly might not really know the difference between the TP and tp.
        just saying and stating the obvious ;-)

    • Phid

      Sue, I challenge Barack Obama to a debate!

      According to your logic, if Obama doesn’t respond, he is also a “loser” (and probably the “biggest loser” of them all, right?).

    • tuna-free dolphin

      This is a great example of how serious they dems are. I don’t know a thinking person who would take this seriously. I have some rather pointy questions I’d love to ask the president. Think he’d answer my calls? If Michelle is hoping to get a crack at debating Obama, why would she worry about a fourteen year skull full of mush? Actually I like watching liberals being silly. It’s good fun.

      • travis

        yes… a 16 yr old shows interest in the government… an old hag republican congresswoman refuses. Lesson learned: liberals are dumb. where do you people get your logic? or do you even have logic? you hate liberals and obama for no other reason than they are liberals and obama.

      • alan

        I think you could have stopped with “I don’t know a single thinking person”. Period. Hard stop.

    • Sue

      Thank God for Michele Bachmann!

      • Ork


        Thank blue and red fin aliens for your stupidity.

      • Good Ol Boy

        Sue, I’ll bet you anything you’ve never met Michele Bachmann and you’ve never spoken to her. I bet you don’t even live in Stillwater.

        How’d I do?

      • oinky oink

        Sue …. you one of the old babes she keeps in her harem? blaaaaa blaaaaa

    • Linda Conroy

      It’s like getting Obama to debate-do you think he would? No because he won’t have his speech writers telling him what to say. He can’t think or talk with out the telecomp- not smart enough to talk on his own. If you watch him talk he has a earpiece in his ear telling him what to say-he is just like Carter another one of our worst presidents.

    • st paul

      Sorry but Obama didn’t want to debate Rush Limbaugh either, as he would have been schooled like you wouldn’t believe.

      Fact is, you wanna dabble in politics, you need to be able to take the heat, or get out of the kitchen.

      • Matt Gassler

        rush is a fool lier and michelle b. a complete moron.

        • Corum

          Well said matt, i also hate those, um, liers and dem dere people who dont conjugate dem sentences properly. You caint take them seriously.

  • Todd W. Olson

    Of course she’s received threats. The Tea Party reserves the right to 2nd Amendment remedies at any time. Michelle Bachmann says we need to be “armed and dangerous”.

    • jimmy

      Since Glen Beck told his audience that you have to shoot them in the head. Then some tea party nut opens fire shooting people in the head in Arizona every threat has to be taken seriously

      • Linda

        Jimmy- where have you been living. It was shown on several media outlets he was a left wing nutty.
        Facts they suck don’t they

        • travis

          linda… fox “news” told you the guy was a liberal and you believed it. True, several years ago he registered as a democrat. I think when I was 18 I may have registered as a republican… God knows that isn’t true. If your only source of news is fox “news” then you really aren’t informed… you are indoctrinated.

        • jimmy

          Please name your media outlets that reported such silliness.

  • James

    Agreed, it would be the best tv reality show, and since Bachmann has a direct connection to God (unlike the rest of us) she would surely win. HA!

  • How is Hope and Change working for ya all???

    For one she is 16, I wouldn’t debate a 16 year old either because she isn’t old enough to vote so why waste my time. Second you know darn well it is her parents telling her that Bachmann doesn’t know what she is talking about. I will vote for her I can tell ya that unless someone else comes into the race that is just as good. People just can’t handle the truth and she speaks it like it is plain and simple.

    • Jim

      It’s working out great for me, thanks for asking.

      It’s obvious that Bachmann doesn’t know what she’s talking about, especially to a 16 year old who is studying the Constitution.

      • Hope and Change my big toe!!

        Oh Jim, how sad I feel for you. I bet it is working out for you because the ones that it is working out for are the same ones I am paying a boat load of taxes for. You’re welcome.

        • Stillwater resident

          So am I Hope and Change – and it bothers me NADA for what I have all around me.

          America is truly a great place – keep the freaky haters on the TP trail — you all can head back across the ocean for all I care. Hmmmmm – for all that most of America cares.
          Take the hate and sail away ….. don’t forget to load up MB for the trip. ;-)

        • Jim

          As a full-time employee and Minneapolis property owner I pay plenty of taxes. You’re welcome. The difference between you and I is that I don’t whine and moan about paying my fair share on internet message boards.

          • Oh cry me a river, why don't ya

            And exactly what are you doing? hmm looks to me like you are whining about the tea party. I must be reading someone else’s posts I guess. Well I congratulate you on your “full time” job there Jim and the property you own in Minneapolis. I guess that should speak for itself on why you are such a high level democrat. Oh and by the way I am not a tea partier just because I like Bachmman doesn’t mean I follow their party. I am however a republican who thinks she tells it like it is and doesn’t try to spin things so people like you won’t get offended like a certain other party does.

            • Jim

              Read my posts again. I’ll wait… See? I’m not “whining” about the TP or anything else, really. I think Bachmann is an idiot. If that’s what you call whining, so be it.

              I’m not a “high level democrat.” I’m not a member of any political party. Where do you come up with this stuff? Why post such nonsense?

              I don’t care if you’re a TPer or not. I really don’t. I know that most Republicans don’t want to pay their fair share of taxes, TPer or not.

              • Oh cry cry cry some more

                We republicans don’t wine because we don’t want to pay our fair of taxes we wine because we pay enough of it to begin with. Most people that whine about we republicans not paying our fair share are usually the ones that don’t pay hardly any of the tax burden and want more for free. I don’t get a return because I make too much so yes I am complaining that I should not have to pay for free loaders not paying their fair share. If you want to be so kind and give your taxes to the government each year then let them keep all of it, don’t accept the return. Instead you would rather people like me pay even more so that the people that don’t get off the couch and make something of themselves can have free health care, free phones, free heat, free cable, free food, ect.

                • Todd W. Olson

                  You think your taxes are OK so naturally you believe that a 16 year old girl should receive death threats? Got it.

                • Jim

                  “You think your taxes are OK so naturally you believe that a 16 year old girl should receive death threats? Got it.”

                  What an asinine comment, “Todd.” I can’t even tell who you’re responding to. I haven’t seen anyone here post that they think it’s OK for a teenager to receive death threats.

                • Jim

                  Taxes pay for roads and other public works, defense, fire fighters and police officers, etc. I don’t get why Republicans can’t talk about taxes without bringing up freeloaders and losers. I don’t want my tax money going to people who are freeloading either, of course. Who does? If you think that I’m fighting for people to sit on the couch and get free cable TV when they could be out working, then you’re deluded.

                • Disappointed in some peoples' selfishness

                  I have something to say about this so who exactly do you consider one of these people to be? Are you talking about all of us who don’t have jobs? I am personally on government assisstance. I’ve many jobs over the past ten years yet can’t seem to hold one for long because of medical issues that I run into and I personally resent that statement. It is not right in any way to generalize things like that. I get free health care and free food. BECAUSE I have medical problems that prevent me from working sometimes. I can’t get disability because it isn’t always bad enough there are times when I can handle having a job. So I’m so sorry that lucky people like you who have no issues with their health are made to help out those unlucky enough to not be completely healthy.

                • Selfishness???

                  Disappointed in some peoples’ selfishness: That story sounds very familiar with me, I was out of work for 7 years while battling health problems so what did I do? I got up off the couch no matter how bad it hurt and how much I couldn’t breathe and went back to school and got my bachelors degree and then my MBA so that I could do a job that didn’t require a lot of physical labor. I to was on SS for about 5 years but told myself I wouldn’t live on it forever and I didn’t. Yes I had to pay for it but I now have a job that I make darn good money and every day I wake up in pain, most days don’t sleep in bed I sleep in a chair(which my wife hates) but I still get up and go to work. There are laws in place for people like us that if whatever condition we have we can take off work for a few days and not be penalized. Unless I was on my death bed would I live off the tax payers for a prolonged amount of time. It isn’t being selfish when I talk about free loaders it is about standing up and making something of yourself no matter what. Nothing wrong with having to use what is out there for people but for the ones that do it even though they can I have a problem with.

                • Victim Du Juror

                  @ Oh cry …
                  gotta ask ya this. Are you on meds? I don’t hold that against ya myself as I’m also a TP wanna be. I’d just like to know what ya got and when can we hook up.

                  btw – maybe 80% of the liberals don’t enjoy people not paying their fair share. Thing is maybe 50% of that other 20% don’t have any to pay and then that losy 10% who are free loaders …. they pizz us off to.
                  That stated – so does GE and all the other great corporations who don’t. And the bulk of these corporations own the TP and GOP voters so …….
                  face it chump. They on both sides of the aisle

                • who's the selfish one

                  @ disappointed in people’s selfishness. What did your friends, family, and church say when you asked them for help? You must have done this before turning to government charity, right?

      • IWonderIF

        Its working fine for me.. And before some moron stands up and start complaining about how much taxes he pays and blah blah blah… You know that thing Obama talked about ” you + your spouse make over 250k a years then pay more taxes”.. well he was talking about my wife and I. So no, I don’t need your pennies…. But back to the topic of this article, I’m on the fence about this lady. She has strong educational credentials yet she says some of the oddest things. So I have to ask , is it to drum up drama? Does she do this to appeal to her constituents know that the mass majority in her districts are operating at a 7th grade level? Or may she is just another nut job?!? Any ways TGIF .

    • GOPSUX

      Maybe you wouldn’t debate a 16 year old because you know darn well you would get youe a** handed to you. Also, nobody knows darn well that her parents are telling her what to do. However I suspect darn well that rush limbaugh is telling you what to do.

      • Darn well, darn well, darn well

        Well darn well better, well darn well this and darn well that. I tell ya darn well I don’t listen to Rush. Darn well free loaders I tell ya all want something for free. I darn well wouldn’t even waste my time with a darn 16 year old.

        • Jim


    • Good Ol Boy

      The truth?

      Look at that picture.

      Where are the people who are claiming she’s super hot and that’s why people discredit her, rather than her bizarre statements and stances?

      Time to raise your standards, people. Ouch.

    • Paraplegal

      Its being blocked by a minority of short-sighted, greedy republicans in the pockets of lobbyists and the wealthy.

      • Me

        What’s a paraplegal? A paralyzed paralegal?

    • Stephanie Levasseur-Duszynski

      Great for me, too. Thanks.

    • Mike

      Michelle Bachmann is a lunatic.
      My favorite quotes from her;

      1.) “Not all cultures are created equal”
      2.)”I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America?
      3.)”Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.”
      4.)”There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design.”

      • Citizen

        @Mike. LMAO! Those are fantastic quotes. My son is a physicist, and Bachmann drives him totally crazy. Ya gotta think of her as comic relief….

    • Good Ol Boy

      Working great for me. I just got a job with a 60k per year raise from my last job.

      It’s instilled a much greater sense of “hope” with the “change” my life has gone through.

      In short, it’s been great for me and my family lately. Thanks for asking!

      • Doubt it

        Is this a result of Obama?

  • Jim

    The story is about her supporters, not her. Nowhere in this story is there any hint of blame placed on Ms. Bachmann.

    • Curtain call for the toilet paper crew

      ya got it right — no blame thrown at her in article.
      but …. we all know the (b)witch flies on a broom above her wanna be wenches and henchmen and they don’t even take a pee wee without her saying “you can pee know junior”
      Bachmannitis – a disease that leads to blindness. Just look at this board lol

    • stace34

      But where is her responce to someone being threatened bt one of her supporters, or in this case more than one. I don’t blame her for the threats I do blame her for her inaction when a teenager was threatened.

  • Jim

    You found a typo. Nice work. How much does Internet Grammar Police work pay, anyway?

  • PJ

    And why is this news? Congressional reps get all kinds of requests and challenges as public figures. Oh yeah, I remember. WCCO takes any opportunity real or trivial to portray conservatives in a bad light. It also gives idiots like “wondering” an opportunity to vent their hatred by condemning entire groups of people.

  • Jeff B.

    Exactly. This is a ridiculous non-story. WCCO should be ashamed for throwing Bachmann’s picture up there…as if she or someone on her staff were the one making threats.

    • Tears, Tea Pee and Depends

      Ok – so they and the party just have their geeks and goons take cameras undercover. And send emails. And lies and deciving BS on twitter. And ….. damn it all. I just may vote for a lib next time as my soon to be (ex) party is full of BS and more BS today just like the libs are. Nothing seperates them …. except for the fear tactics and hate that the right has.
      Hot dang … movin’ on

    • Don_J

      …Really, I wouldn’t want that picture of me if i were her, because that photo depicts her as the shrew that she really is.

      • Claire

        Don J,

        Most straight men over 45 find her very attractive. You must have married Ms America.

        • Will

          I am straight and 48. I find her hidious.

          • Good Ol Boy

            Amen. There is NOTHING attractive about that “woman.”

            • Lars

              LOL – nope. She’s butt skanky. Palin had some looks but she had the Bachmann flake so ….
              The GOP has definitely tried to present eye candy but instead presented Frosty Flakes

              • Will

                No, palin is even uglier than bichman.

  • dan

    So everyone that comments on a Tea Party website is a member of the tea party? I dont think that eveyone that comments on CCO is a democrat even though ever story is slanted that way.

    • Jim

      Yeah, it’s the media’s fault, as usual. Or liberals posing as tea partiers!!

      It must be hard to be a Republican and see the bogeyman around every corner. I feel bad for you guys.

    • Travis

      the truth is too liberal for conservatives… surprise!

  • Chris

    Where are you coming from… talk about being horrid with that comment!

  • Chris

    By the way, the threats they are referring to are just like some of the stupid comments that appear right here… if these were taken out of context or broadcasted, some would sound pretty bad and would embarrass the posters!
    That is what this is about: over the top bloggers that take cheap shots!!!

  • legs

    I agree…Bachmann doesn’t know what she is talking about 1/2 the time. No guts

  • Paraplegal

    I don’t doubt this kid is receiving threats. Of course Bachmann wouldn’t accept the debate challenge – no politician would. What makes this a worthy news story from the beginning is that Bachmann is so ignorant of the Constitution and American history, that a challenge from a sixteen year-old girl is just downright amusing. Let’s not forget one of Bachmann’s many brilliant moments when she stated that Franklin Roosevelt used his presidential authority years before he became president to push through the “Hoot-Smalley” Tariff Act and was therefore the cause of the Great Depression.

  • Can't we all just get along??

    Can’t we all just get along, you have your view I have mine. Can’t we just agree to disagree? It doesn’t seem to matter who is in office they never do what they say they are going to do, unless it is Obama (yeah right). (Sorry just had to throw that in). I think politicians are all corrupt and since I have been old enough to see what they are all like it really shows how corrupt both sides are. We need some non-political people to run for office, people like us that are posting on this site. We need fresh new people that weren’t born with a political spoon in our mouths.

  • Brian

    Jeff B: They threw up Bachmann’s picture because she STARTED the Tea Party Caucus in the House and is the FACE of the Tea Party. They’d do the same thing to anyone who is the de facto leader of any group or party.

    It’s akin to when your boss gets in trouble, or even fired, for your serious mistakes at work. You bring the issue directly to the person ultimately responsible for the behavior of the group. It is the leaders job to keep the group somewhat in-line.

    This hatred isn’t on an individual, person by person basis in the Tea Party. It is clearly systemic among that group.

  • Brian

    Jeff B: They put up her picture because she STARTED the Tea Party Caucus in the House and is the FACE of the Tea Party. They’d do the same thing to anyone who is the de facto leader of any group or party.

    It’s akin to when your boss gets in trouble, or even fired, for your serious mistakes at work. You bring the issue directly to the person ultimately responsible for the behavior of the group. It is the leaders job to keep the group somewhat in line.

  • John Sherman

    I wonder when she might decide if she still wants to be a congresswoman for the state of Minneota or Iowa? and being a an elected official of this state what is she doing for this state and the needs there of or should we hold a special election or re call of her to preform her duties for which she was elected and if she wants to run for pres. fine but step down from her office.

  • Sam I am

    Why are liberals such whack jobs. Look at your leader Barack Hussein Obama – throws Israel under the bus.

    • Jim

      What a misguided comment, “Sam.” President Obama threw Israel under the bus by giving a speech? Please. Get back to me when this country stops giving Israel billions and billions of dollars a year in aid.

      And for those of you still blinded by partisanship, here’s a quote from George W. Bush in 2004: ”The agreement must establish Palestine as a homeland for the Palestinian people, just as Israel is a homeland for the Jewish people.
      Achieving an agreement will require painful political concessions by both sides. While territory is an issue for both parties to decide, I believe that any peace agreement between them will require mutually agreed adjustments to the armistice lines of 1949 to reflect current realities and to ensure that the Palestinian state is viable and contiguous.”

      Weird. That sounds vaguely familiar to something I just heard…

    • Look who's talking whack job

      We wonder the same thing about you guys.

    • travis

      glenn beck, shaun hannity, and fox news told you barrack threw israel under the bus. your a blind goat.

  • Don_J

    …so she can trash the President of the United States over ANYTHING he says or does… but is afraid to answer the challenge to debate a teenage girl on the U.S. Constitution… good show Mrs. Bachmann!

  • JLgolfer

    Don’t worry. There won’t be any debate. Bachmann, being the good Christian woman she is will be going to heaven tomorrow, that is, according the the religious nutcase doomsday predictor.

    Not being a good christian, if doesn’t rain, I will play golf Saturday.

    • Don_J

      HA!..According to Harold Camping, he corrected himself and said that “the Rapture will actually begin like a rolling brown out across the globe at 11 p.m. PST on Friday, May 20th.”…

  • Brandy

    I think she should accept the challenge simply because of the fact that most politicians wouldn’t. No this girl isn’t old enough to vote, YET. In two years she will be and she will remember that this request was ignored. Bachmann would earn a lot of respect simply by showing that she cares enough about real people and their views simply by accepting the debate.

  • Waiting for her to fail and start a reality show

    You know, I’m not a republican but it’s people like her that really endanger the credibility of the republican party. It’s now turned into a sideshow circus that’s almost reflective of Hollywood tabloids. Like I said, I’m NOT a republican but I feel bad for any who are since it’s now the Bachmann, Palin and Trump show and other special guests from FOX. You don’t see anything else when people say “Republican”.

  • Tc Radiodj

    The problem with Bachmann is that any 16 year old or even a 7 year old could easily take Bachmann in any debate. This woman is a nutjob!

  • tom

    I really hate the tea party bs. The people involved are so arrogant and stuck up. They care more about themselves than the damn country.

  • Pavel

    I don’t care if she looks great or not. She is a joke! Her statements are filled with lies, deceit and mis-information. To pass herself off as a leader who should have a “leadership” role in the House shows what a fool she really is. Check the credentials….her law degree was from Oral Roberts. That guy’s elevator did not go to the top floor either.

    • Good Ol Boy

      “I don’t care if she looks great or not.”

      What? Look at the picture again… Come on…

    • Bob Ganz

      And from where is your law degree?

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