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Iowa faith leader asked Bachmann to consider dropping out, campaign says
December 20th, 2011
11:31 PM ET

Iowa faith leader asked Bachmann to consider dropping out, campaign says

By Shannon Travis, CNN

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Prominent Iowa faith leader Bob Vander Plaats asked Michele Bachmann to dramatically alter her White House plans, according to the Bachmann campaign, including the possibility of dropping her presidential bid altogether.

"[Bob] Vander Plaats called us on Saturday and asked us to consider the possibility of merging with another candidate," Bachmann spokeswoman Alice Stewart told CNN. "He did not say whether we should be president or vice presidential candidate."

"And obviously, we didn't even consider that," Stewart added. "We said, 'Why would we do that?' "

Vander Plaats is the president and CEO of The Family Leader in Iowa, a Christian organization that holds sway over many Iowa social conservatives – a crucial voting bloc in the state's January 3 caucus.

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- Dan Merica

Filed under: Bachmann • Politics

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  1. wayne

    ....and this morning, my dog ran to the door and "asked" me to let her out to take a crap......same newswortiness!

    December 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
    • just sayin

      Not quite, your dog is probably more qualified to run for President.

      December 21, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  2. Avser Bastian

    NEW – NOT LIABILITIES OR DISCRIMINATION, BUT INSTEAD ASSASSINATIONS !!!

    http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/ LEARN TRUTH ABOUT EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION, UNITED NATIONS, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AS WELL AS NEW WORLD ORDER(MULTICULTURALISM = TERRORISM) GOVERNMENTS !!! NOT THERE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS, BUT TO DENY YOUR RIGHT TO EXISTENCE !!!

    http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/ ABDUCTIONS / RENDITIONS / BRAIN CHIP IMPLANTS / BLACKLISTING / BLACKBALLING / MK-ULTRA BRAINWASHING against civilian population TODAY / ASSASINATIONS and much more per WHO, WHY, AND HOW !!!

    WHY TO ACCEPT LIABILITIES FOR CRIMES COMMITTED WHEN WE CAN SIMPLY ASSASSINATE OUR VICTIMS(YOU) THANKS TO HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND FREE PRESS/MEDIA(most severe censorship ever !!!) !!?

    COMING NEXT: WHITES ARE NOT WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER !!! WE DON'T NEED YOU ANY MORE !!!

    OUT OF AMERICA WITH WHITES NOW !!!

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xGfYOAydjw&w=640&h=360]
    OR
    http://www.youtube.com/user/BostjanAvsec OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE RECORDED LIVE IN 2009 !!! These are hard facts about lunatic Obama/Bush's twilight zone administrations(HORROR) or genocide against whites per ZIONIST Washington DC and in complete agreement with communist Moscow !!!

    EXILING WHITES WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE AND IMPORTING NON WHITES IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS COMPLETELY FREE.

    THIS NEWS IS RELATED TO WALL-STREET PROTESTS...NOT ANTI WALL-STREET, BUT ANTI WHITES !!!

    ANTI WALL-STREET PROTESTS ARE ALSO KNOWN UNDER ZIONIST "TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP" IN AMERICA FROM HANDS OF WHITE AMERICANS TO SO CALLED "MINORITIES"(COMMUNISM). Wall street protesters are Obama's raise of the planet Apes army which spread from London per Zionist Washington DC and communist Moscow where Mr. SOVIET UNION NUMBER TWO or new Stalin is in place = PUTIN

    ANTI WALL-STREET PROTEST MOVEMENT IS LED BY SO CALLED "ANONYMOUS" !!

    Anonymous !!? REALLY !!?

    NOW TELL ME WHO IS ANONYMOUS IN A POLICE STATE WHERE WE ARE SURVEILLANCED 24/7 !!? WHO !!?

    NOBODY !!! ABSOLUTELY NOBODY IS ANONYMOUS IN A POLICE STATE AND NOR ARE THOSE WHO MADE YOU PROTEST FOR THEIR SAKE OR WHAT MULTICULTURALISM(animal Apartheid) IS !!! http://multiculturalismisterrorism.blogspot.com

    GREEK CRISES !!! We are all Greece...find out who wants to burn not only what is Greece, but is burning our countries for over 66 years now !!! http://burnbabyburnahaha.blogspot.com

    December 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  3. Avser Bastian

    NEW – NOT LIABILITIES OR DISCRIMINATION, BUT INSTEAD ASSASSINATIONS !!!

    http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/ LEARN TRUTH ABOUT EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION, UNITED NATIONS, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AS WELL AS NEW WORLD ORDER(MULTICULTURALISM = TERRORISM) GOVERNMENTS !!!

    NOT THERE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS, BUT TO DENY YOUR RIGHT TO EXISTENCE !!! 66 YEARS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITES WORLDWIDE IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE !!! STOP THE ANIMAL APARTHEID NOW !!! http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/ <== ABDUCTIONS / RENDITIONS / BRAIN CHIP IMPLANTS / BLACKLISTING / BLACKBALLING / MK-ULTRA BRAINWASHING against civilian population TODAY / ASSASSINATIONS and much more per WHO, WHY, AND HOW !!!

    WHY TO ACCEPT LIABILITIES FOR CRIMES COMMITTED WHEN WE CAN SIMPLY ASSASSINATE OUR VICTIMS(YOU) THANKS TO HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND FREE PRESS/MEDIA(most severe censorship ever !!!) !!

    December 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  4. Ungodly Discipline

    My write in vote is for an Avocado.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  5. J.W

    If I was gonna vote for a republican it would probably be Ron Paul. At least I know he would not send us to war.

    December 21, 2011 at 10:14 am |
    • Chuckles

      I will give you that Ron Paul sticks to his guns and firmly believes in no war. He's also a very crazy man that has only moved towards to the top of the pack and not looked so crazy becaue all the other candidates have lowered the bar so much. Seriously, look at his campaign in the past 2 elections when he's tried to run. He's run on the same platform saying the same things and everyone knew he was NUTS.

      Not to mention, he might avoid war, he would also be just outrageously isolationist in an era of globalization, I don't know if you need me to go further into that, but just that sentence alone outlines why he should not be trusted as being the head honcho of America. And this is just his foregin policy, his domestic policy is just downright backwards and idiotic.

      December 21, 2011 at 10:19 am |
    • J.W

      He would probably be in favor in allowing gay marriage I would think. Since he is a libertarian he would not want the government involved in social issues. But that is probably true about economic issues as well. Well I guess he probably would want to cut alot of programs too. Ok nevermind I think you are right on this one. I wouldn't have voted for a republican anyways though, just as a matter of principle.

      December 21, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • Chuckles

      Ha ha

      Yeah, there are somethings I think he makes sense on, mostly his drug policiy because I do think that should be something based on an individual basis and not the policestate like program that's in place now, however it's a nutter butter. I think if I were to vote republican at all, it would be for Huntsman. His stance can be a little too conservative for my taste (mostly on social issues) but he is articulate and has some well thought out plans, not to mention he is pretty moderate and I think in this day and age we need a centrist, someone who isn't afraid to work with both sides of the aisle instead of just playing party politics and only pandering to one half of the country.

      December 21, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  6. hippypoet

    really? REALLY? why is she still in the running in the first place??!?!?!?!!!?!?!?!?!? thats right, the average american is a moron and so identifies with her! However, i do see a future for her in Ron's next cougar flick...as long as she uses her giant mouth for something other then talking! Roar!

    December 21, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  7. Ungodly Discipline

    Someone as stupid as Bachmann could not possibly win the presidency. Oh yeah,
    Reagan and Dubya. Oh sh.it.

    December 21, 2011 at 5:29 am |
    • Round John

      Same realization I had, with the same 2 examples.

      I had better make sure I roll out to vote this time so it doesn't happen again.

      December 21, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  8. Colin

    Probably the one time in my life I will agree with a sky-fairy believer.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:19 am |
    • Alex Trebeck

      Colin the ground-fairy is awarded 1point for working the stupid phrase 'sky-fairy' into a reply.

      December 21, 2011 at 8:14 am |
    • Round John

      Believers in sky fairies will have 6.022×10^23 points deducted, for believing in sky fairies with no proof of their existence.

      December 21, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • SeanNJ

      A mole of points? Awesome.

      December 21, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • Round John

      SeanNJ, I've been out of Chemistry studies long enough that I had to look it up. Until I did that, I had the order of magnitude correct but I had the significant digits mixed up with those of the Coulomb.

      My excuse for my forgetfulness is that I'm an aging Physicist. Google to the rescue, as usual.

      Cheers.

      December 21, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      Avogadro would be so proud. 8)

      December 21, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  9. tallulah13

    She's still running for President?

    December 20, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  10. Reality

    Why the Christian Right no longer matters in presidential elections:

    Once again, all the conservative votes in the country "ain't" going to help a "pro-life" presidential candidate, i.e Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, Michele Bachmann, Newton Leroy Gingrich, Ron Paul or Rick Santorum, in 2012 as the "Immoral Majority" rules the country and will be doing so for awhile. The "Immoral Majority" you ask?

    The fastest growing USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million "IM" voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM.

    And all because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (maybe they should be called the "Stupid Majority"?)

    (The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and S-TDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer birth control methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.)

    December 20, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
    • .........

      why reality doesn't matter hit report abuse reality never mattered

      December 21, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • Round John

      ........., what do you disagree with in Reality's post?

      December 21, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • .........

      all of it stick around and see the useless waste he repeats endlessly

      December 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
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