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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. david mann

    So according to Bachmann Cain is the Antichrist? And all of her redneck, racist, teaparty morons are nodding their heads like Bobblehead dolls and saying "I knew it. I just knew it". How can anybody be THAT stupid and get voted into office? Oh yeah! She's a republican.

    November 8, 2011 at 5:45 am |
    • Mirosal

      Personally, I'd rather vote for Randy Bachman than Michelle Bachmann ... because b b b baby you just ain't seen n n n nothin' yet

      November 8, 2011 at 5:54 am |
  2. Holy Moly

    You do know that it isn't 666, but 616, right? At least if you're going to prescribe to numerology, you should know what the real magic numbers are.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  3. ChuckFromAL

    Oh my God!!! The Bachmans have been married 33 years. If you multiply that by 22 you get 666!!! They must be the devil!!!! I knew it!!!

    November 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • ChuckFromAL

      Ok, so it's really 33 times 20.181818, but 22 just looks better.

      November 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  4. Bilbo

    Cain's plan looks satanic only to those looking at it through an inverted physiology.

    November 3, 2011 at 1:23 am |
  5. Mark

    Cool, so all you have to do is completely reverse the numbers he gives and that's proof his plan comes from a demonic origin. That's all we need to know, apparently.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  6. Nexie

    oho! That was funny, AGuest9, and soooooo true. she even gives Bush some appeal.....

    October 31, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  7. SPQR

    When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes… Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.” – Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, 1815

    October 30, 2011 at 2:20 am |
    • max

      yeah. all that proves is that napolean was tired of begging for money to fund his military campaigns... i think i trust bankers more than politicians, although it is close.

      November 8, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  8. kwirk

    I love to watch the GOP eat their own. They're soooo good at it. It's like watching an episode of the Walking Dead.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  9. NYPTBLUE

    She must be something else in the sack! You know how crazy women are. And by crazy women I'm not saying women are crazy but the ones that are.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  10. Iconoclast

    Bachmann's a nut job, it's official. This is race baiting at it's worst, black=satan. What do you see when you look in the mirror Michelle? I don't think Cain is Abel to be president (pun intended) but since neither god nor satan actually exist, well I think you catch my drift there...

    October 28, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • JomoDaMusicMan

      Bachman is only stating what she has been taught, The Good Ole Boy White Christian Pasters preaches & teaches that the black race started because of a curse, This is their doctrine and this is one reason why I think., that any Black person who has a White Paster is either retarded or a damn fool. A White Paster in a Church outside of Cin'ti OHIO told his congression that Obama was of the Devil and don't vote for him. Most of his black members walked out after hearing this. Mr. Cain is going to be in for a big awakening.

      October 31, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  11. Santa Fean

    Ronald Wilson Reagan. There is your "666". Each name has six letters...pretty funny no? He was the first openly "puppet" president controlled by his VP. Then along comes GWB who was also controlled by HIS VP. Prescott Bush? Look up how he was sanctioned and why. Bachman is just a clown and she is funny in a Ha-Ha way.

    October 28, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  12. Fookin' Prawn

    She can't be real. She can't be real. She can't....be....omg pls someone just tell me she's trolling the whole nation.

    October 26, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  13. Tom

    If you flip the middle 9 over, it becomes 969 which is a naughty 3-way.

    October 26, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  14. littleriver2

    May we please Dear God, get past Bachmann??????

    October 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  15. stanton

    WHO SAID THE DEVIL WAS A MAN MS.BACHMANN YOU AND THE REST OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ALL HAVE HORN'S HOOF'S AND A SPLIT TAIL!!!! AND YOU KNOW IT !!!!!!

    October 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Ashley

      ..violent much?

      October 17, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
  16. desert voice (troubledgoodangel or Nathanael or Voiceinthedesert)

    Bachmann may be up to something. I don't like pizza selsmen. They are very good at catch phrases. But the Nation's problems require super mings and supercomputers to solve!

    October 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  17. webangel81

    Bachmann IS satan... no?

    October 16, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  18. Sad Indeed

    Sad to see this Republican circus carry out its sad act before the American people when they don't even know how to deport themselves much less have a plan to manage the very real affairs of this country! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!

    October 15, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  19. Reality

    How did the Republicans end up with such a group of sorry Christian "rednecks" running for the presidency they cannot possibly win.

    With respect to the Book of Revelation:

    "Nineteenth-century agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll branded Revelation "the insanest of all books".[30] Thomas Jefferson omitted it along with most of the Biblical canon, from the Jefferson Bible, and wrote that at one time, he "considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams." [31]

    Martin Luther "found it an offensive piece of work" and John Calvin "had grave doubts about its value."[32]
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    October 15, 2011 at 9:26 am |
    • JomoDaMusicMan

      How about Kings James Version of the bible was actually written & edited by the one & only Wm Shakespear. Since King James was practically illiterate and Shakespear was the scholar with imagination well beyond that time and bibical times.

      October 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  20. Tony In Largo

    So does that mean that Romney is going to have the "Devil" as his Vice-Presidential running mate?

    October 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
    • AGuest9

      It just means that the more that Bachmann opens her mouth, the smarter she makes Sarah Palin look.

      October 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
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