October 12th, 2011
11:57 AM ET

Bachmann implies Cain plan could be devil's work

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - A handful of Republican candidates took aim at Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan at Tuesday night’s presidential debate, but only one went so far as to imply it could be the devil's work.

“When you take the 9-9-9 plan and you turn it upside won, the devil is in the details," Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said during the New Hampshire debate, alluding to the number 666, which is commonly connected to Satan.

The New Testament’s Book of Revelation identifies 666 with the mark of the beast, sometimes referred to as the antichrist or the devil.

According to the popular biblical study site biblestudytools.com, the Book of Revelation refers to two beasts, one of which “forces the worship of the antichrist and brands those who do so with the mark” of 666.

Cain, a former Godfather's Pizza executive who has recently surged in national polls, has proposed a plan to eliminate almost all national taxes and set corporate, sales and income taxes at a flat 9%.

Bachmann, a longtime evangelical Lutheran who recently left her church, is well-known for her professed deep religious convictions.

In an earlier presidential debate, Bachmann was asked about the biblical mandate that wives should submit to their husbands in an exchange that many Republicans called unfair.

"Marcus and I will be married for 33 years this September 10,” she replied. “I'm in love with him. I'm so proud of him. What submission means to us, it means respect. I respect my husband. He's a wonderful godly man and great father."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Bible • Christianity • Herman Cain • Michele Bachmann • Politics

soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. PDXmum

    LOL I sure get a kick out of that crazy broad.

    What does not amuse me is the idiots in this country that have allowed her to get so far.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  2. Reggie from LA

    Cain's upsidedown 9's wasn't the only "devil" on that debate stage, I assure you...Bachmann might have a....

    October 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  3. ART

    Cain is an idiot, Bauchmann is just plain stupid, Mittens says whatever he needs to to get a vote Perry is pitiful. Obama is the man, a visionary who will take us into the future and not bring us backwords and unable to compete internationally.Left to these red neck republicans the devide between the rich and the poor would continue to expand like the Grand Canyon.We are the 99%

    October 12, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Anglican


      October 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  4. hippypoet

    Hey Michele Bachmann , just so you know, this is how the rest of the intelligent world knows of you, your the anti intelligence chick ,seriously, we love you for it. keep making those retarded comments and your fame will never die!

    love ya, you and Palin... you chicks make the worst statements ever, but it makes my life more fun.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      Don't forget O'Donnel...I'm not a witch....just a ditz.

      October 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      But I love how all these GOP nutjobs keep giving Bill Maher excellent material.

      October 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • J.W

      What happens when there is a Bachmann/Palin presidency? what will we do?

      October 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • hippypoet

      oh hell yea, he truly is the funniest man in politics... he should run for the pres.
      do you ever see his movie, i think its called religioiousity or something... beyond funny! he takes the camera crew into the hight of insanity, its a museum where the people truly believe that we, humans, rode the dino and kept them as pets.

      October 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      The apocalypse of course...

      October 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Translation


      October 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      It's Religulous and I agree...very funny(but true) stuff.
      If you ever want to see something REALLY scary watch JESUS CAMP.(not Bill Maher related)

      October 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  5. J.W

    I think she is a satanist. She will go to a place of eternal fire when she dies. If she repents she will got into a place completely the opposite of eternal fire, probably eternal ice.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    It was meant to be humorous, nothing more. The media is taking Bachmann much too seriously. The voters have already dismissed her as a serious candidate as shown by her poor poll numbers.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • J.W

      Wouldn't it be better if some of these republicans that we know are not going to win would just drop out of the race so we could just listen to the real candidates?

      October 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  7. Joe from Boston

    As much as I loathe Michele Bachmann, I think the crack about 666 was meant as a joke. For her sake, I hope so. If she wasn't kidding she may be an even bigger cuckoo than previously suspected!

    October 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  8. Snuffy

    JoeyShabadoo: of course we know it is a phrase, but doe she? Michelle Bachmann has *never* let a little thing like actual facts get in the way of what she wants to say, and I have no doubt at all that she viewed this as a chance to insunuate something. The strategy of innuendo is alive and well in the American political system, and she plays that game quite well. Hopefully more Americans can see through it than are swayed by it.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      Alas... that is the big fear. Common sense isn't truly common unfortunately.

      October 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  9. TRouble

    Love that this makes the news. It really shows CNN going out of there way. This is no big deal at all.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  10. Kathy

    I pray for intelligent human beings on this planet. I hope no one is seriously considering what this dim wit is suggesting. Good grief man, are there ANY intelligent candidates out there?

    October 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • Anglican

      The whole process is contaminated. I worry there will never be a true statesman again. If there were, the system would render them ineffective. Just look at what the powers have done to the current administration.

      October 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  11. John Richardson

    Michelle Bachman's magically disappearing candidacy has taken another shot. She just doesn't know when to stop.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      And a hip-hip-hooray for that.

      October 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  12. Geoff

    It's not 666, It's 9-9-9 idiot.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  13. Anglican

    What makes me sick about this bunch of conservatives is that they claim to be Christian, but their rhetoric is not Christ-like. They love war, guns, capital punishment, and the rich and powerful. None of these have anything to do with the teachings of Jesus. Peace to all.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • Kathy

      Exactly and does anyone else notice this, if not WHY?

      October 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • Anglican

      It is what I call the Holy Huddle. Conservative fundamentalist are really only concerned with their little huddle and what ever protects that huddle. Plus they will believe anything that is preached to them. They would never touch or care for a leper. Is not one of them. Thus, not Christ-like. Peace.

      October 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  14. Martha in CF

    It is just a matter of time before we don't have to listen to Bachmann the blow bag......Oh let's say 999 is really 666. She must be grabbing at straws for recognition.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  15. AtheistSteve

    This was expected the moment Cain said "999". It was just a matter of when and who would do it. That it turned out to be Bachmann is also no surprise.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    And remember Michelle.....the secret's on the back of the Declaration!

    We know it was a joke: the question is, does she?

    October 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  17. snow

    So why would anyone turn the paper upside down and purposefully misread what is written? Does Bachmann not know how to properly read? didn't they teach her reading in her church?

    October 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  18. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    If anyone would recognize the Devils work it would be Michelle Bachmann. Why don't we all just pray the 9-9-9 away?

    October 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  19. JoeyShabadoo

    "The Devil's in the details" is a phrase, right? You all know that? Meaning, the plan would fall apart due to its details, even if it looks good on the outside. I think this article grossly distorts Bachmann's attempt at being witty into a claim that the plan is Satan's own work. This is just yellow journalism.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Republicans Are The American Taliban

      You know that "jobs...jobs...jobs.." is just a phrase right? Meaning that if you vote Republicans into office based upon their promise to provide you with employment, their very first piece of proposed legislation will be to dissolve social Security, medicare, Planned Parenthood, and State Employee Unions.

      October 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • Cogito

      The Republicans who took an unprecedented number of seats away from Democrats in the House in 2010 on the promise (or more accurately, PREMISE) that "Jobs will be our first priority!" haven't done one single thing to create said jobs...All they have done is say "No" to anything coming from the opposite side of the aisle or the White House since they took office.

      October 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  20. Mike

    We ALL know

    We ALL know that as a black man Herman Cain would be personally attacked simply because of his race. The reference to '666' by Michelle Bachmann is not a coincident. As a religious fanatic she doctored her statement very subtly. Her reference implies that as a black man Cain is not to be trusted. Her equating his '999' plan to the mark of the beast is the most subtle form of racism I've ever seen in an election campaign so far.

    We haven't forgotten that she already suggested that African Americans would be better under slavery, than under freedom. The republican party is not known, however, to sympathize with blacks. Under the cover of a white man Cain took a BIG chance to chastise African Americans even to the point of calling them racist.

    Mr. Cain now realize from yesterdays' attack/experience how it actually feels to be racialized, and the worst is not yet.

    We ALL know this will happen. We are not surprised that Bachmann is the initiator. We are very much aware of her jabs and we expect more, not only from her, but from others among the vultures.

    Obama dealt with it and got a pass simply because he's more intelligent and he is a democrat. For Herman Cain.the worst is left to come.

    We ALL know it would happen. We ALL are not surprised. We ALL expect more not so subtle racial attack on the black man.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • Republicans Are The American Taliban

      Mormons believe that black people bear the "Mark of Cain", a sign from God, identifying them, so that all will shun and rebuke them.

      October 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
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