How Bachmann did at last night's Republican debate

Bachmann took the opportunity to announce her candidacy to the nation.
Michele Bachmann appeared to be glowing at the beginning of last night's Republican debate in New Hampshire, and it didn't take long for us to find out why. Bachmann skipped the first question posed to her by stealing the thunder of the entire room.

"I just want to make an announcement here for you, John, on CNN tonight," she said. "I filed today my paperwork to seek the office of the presidency of the United States today, and I'll very soon be making my formal announcement."

The declaration was received with booming applause, which pretty much set the tone for the night. Throughout the debate, a polished, clearly well-prepared Bachmann appeared to consistently impress the audience and political pundits.

We had thought everyone pretty much knew her by now, but analysts were calling the debate Bachmann's introduction to the country. And she nailed it. An instant CNN poll gave Bachmann second place, losing only to Mitt Romney.

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Bachmann earned her second round of applause when asked about whether the Tea Party alienates less extreme Republicans.

She asserted that the Tea Party wasn't actually so extreme, but merely a group of disenchanted Democrats, independents, and non-political types who "simply want to take the country back."

Bachmann's definition doesn't exactly jive with the statistics. A 2010 poll found that most Tea Partiers are in fact rich, white males who share a similar "very conservative" ideology. Nonetheless, it was good enough fodder to spin into a jab at Obama.

"We need everyone to come together, because we're going to win," Bachmann declared. "Make no mistake about it. I'm going to announce tonight: President Obama is a one-term president!"

Not a bad way to win over the audience of a Republican debate.

During the second half of the evening, Bachmann made a little less noise, but stayed on key. One question that likely resonated with Minnesota voters was whether she would try to overturn same-sex marriage laws in New Hampshire.

Bachmann said--unsurprisingly--she believed that marriage was the bond between a man and a woman. But she followed by tactfully explaining she doesn't think the role of a president is to interfere with state law. This earned her yet another hardy round of applause.

A few minutes later, she hedged slightly, adding she did support the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

All told, Bachmann managed to avoid the oft-extreme rhetoric that has contributed to her celebrity. Let's see if she can keep it up.

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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Bachmann - Cain for PresidentPersonally I would like to see Bachmann as the VP, because she could whip the Senate into shape.

If you oppose these two, well, we have taken note of the idiocy of the democrat party.  Calling anyone who opposed Barack Obama a "racist".Nice can of worms you opened there fools!Now For opposing these two, you will be considered a racist and a sexist.  That's just going off the democrats own standards...

Mn voter
Mn voter

Great Job, Michele Bachmann. Way to represent Minnesota! If your on the Republican Ticket in 2012, I will vote for you.


Kirk -since you believe what shelly says then why don't you lock yourself in an airtight room and stay until all the oxygen is used up and only CO2 remains-shelly said that it is a harmless gas so if you believe she is smart you should be fine!

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Um, I don't think she ever said one wouldn't need oxygen.  But I'm sure, many liberals share your viewpoint, Zeromcbrains.  Quit being such an "EVIL POLLUTER"; just stop breathing.

See people, eventually liberals all crack, and admit their true goals...


NOOO!!!!! Worst possible response! Never stoop to his level!


jerk,jerk,jerk-spin it any way you like -but either you believe her when she said it was a harmless gas or you have to admit she is wrong-so put up or shut up.


you are right,but since facts, logic and reason have no effect on him, sometimes its just fun to poke him to get a response!

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