Enemy #1: Michele Bachmann
October 26, 2010 - 13:08 ET
GLENN: Welcome to the program. Since we happen to be in Minneapolis, I don't have just us anyway. Since we happen to be in Minneapolis, Michele Bachmann, of course, this is her hometown and home state and so she's here to stop by and say hello. How are you?
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: I'm doing great.
GLENN: Hang on. Just have to figure out which
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Welcome to the great state of Minnesota. We're so excited that you're here, Glenn Beck, what an honor.
GLENN: Thank you. How are things going?
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: I think things are going great. I think people can't wait to get to the polls next Tuesday because they have looked at what's happened over the last two years and they are ready to rumble.
GLENN: You are one of the people in Washington who I think really get it. You have gotten it for a very long time. You are relentless and you know that you're causing them problems because the weekend, second time Bill Clinton was
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: That's right.
GLENN: in town.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: That's right.
GLENN: Obama has been in town, the vice president has been in town, Nancy Pelosi was in this weekend, right?
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: That's right.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Everybody. Every big gun they had, plus the head of the Democrat Party, the former head of the Democrat Party, the head of the Democrat congressional committee. Every single high powered Democrat in the country has been here to raise money against me. They raised $600,000 just this weekend.
GLENN: How are you are you worried at all about voter fraud or voter intimidation?
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Yes. Hey, this is Minnesota, remember? This is the state
GLENN: SOS. This is
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Two years ago, that's right. This was the George Soros Secretary of State project where George Soros had put money in to elect about five secretaries of state across the country. Ours was one of them. And our Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie, was endorsed by ACORN and given donations by ACORN, and our attorney general was as well. And so our attorney general and our Secretary of State were working with ACORN walking precincts in the last election.
GLENN: So what happens this time?
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: This time we do have a group called Integrity Watch and what they are trying to do is poll watching election judges. And remember we had the infamous felons for Franken program two years ago where we know that there were felons that went out and voted presumably for Al Franken. We had more felons vote than the margin of vote victory for Al Franken. So there are over about 350 felons or 600, somewhere in that neighborhood, that were eligible to vote. We know that about 350 did vote. And Al Franken won by just barely over 300 votes.
GLENN: Have you seen what George Soros is doing on the judges, state judges?
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: No.
GLENN: What is the name of this organization, Joe? Do you know? Justice for America? I'm not really sure. You need to look into this. George Soros has developed a new program almost like SOS. I think he senses that this state rights thing may move and so now what he's doing is he is dumping money into states to try to get the laws changed so that the governors appoint judges.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Oh, because it's nasty to have the people's voice.
GLENN: Exactly right.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Come into play, isn't it? It's all about George Soros.
GLENN: So we'll have all of the judges be appointed by governors of each of the states, and that is his latest that he's working on now.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Because the one thing he doesn't like is the independent will and voice of the American people.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: There's this freedom thing he has trouble with.
GLENN: Yes. It's really amazingly
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: It's nasty. To me, you know, there was that whole Juan Williams brouhaha that came up.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: The thing that was amazing for me is it's good enough for the taxpayers to pay for the bricks and mortar and all the other things for NPR but George Soros wanted to pay for the journalists.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: And so he gave up $1.8 million so that he could go out and hire two journalists for every state to do reporting for what? Probably in preparation for the 2012 presidential is my guess.
GLENN: And you know what's really interesting is there's an undisclosed amount of money that went from the Tides Foundation to the Huffington Post for the same kind of thing.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Jeez.
GLENN: Yes. So the Tides Foundation is now spending money on their what is that called, the Post's investigative arm? This is their investigative arm of the Huffington Post.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Oh, right.
GLENN: And it's funded by the Tides Foundation.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: But that's where you come into play because probably like no other commentator in the country, you have exposed this, and I'll tell you it is the infamous Glenn Beck chalkboard. That's where the American people have been learning the truth. I will tell you, members of congress have their TVs snapped on when Glenn Beck comes on in the afternoon. We learn a lot from that infamous chalkboard about what's going on.
GLENN: Are you concerned about the things that your colleagues I think we're living in a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington sort of scenario right now.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Yeah. This election cycle, yeah.
GLENN: This is it.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Real people. Real people who aren't perfect polished politicians.
GLENN: But they are going to come, but they're going to trust. They are going to trust, my guys are good, I think I'm I think I'm okay. How are you going to help them know who to trust exactly on because they are going to get Trent Lott said
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: What do you mean when they come to Washington, D.C.?
GLENN: When they come to Washington, there are GOP members that are going to coopt them and they will do it right as soon as they get off the airplane. They will say, you know, we want to help you, we want to help you so much.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Well, that's why the new members that come in need to remember who they are and why they came and then band together with like minded people. I'm the chairman of the Tea Party caucus. You know, we pretty much are standing for what we've seen people doing, getting up off the couch and trying to take their country back, reclaim the country under what the founders gave us as a republic. And to that end you and I had talked about this. I'm starting a class. We're bringing in legal experts to teach all of these wonderful well meaning people, this is what the Declaration means, this is the Constitution, this is the Bill of Rights. We'll do that the hour before we take our first vote and then try and come together because what will happen is if the Republicans take the majority, in order to pass a bill you have to have 218 votes. And so if we can keep a group of constitutional conservatives together, we actually can be a very effective rudder and unless the leader has all of the votes, if we decide we're not going to vote for something, he can't pass a bill. So I think it's really important that we stay together and we're like minded, and that will be a constitutional conservative caucus. So I'm inviting all of these newbies to come in, join the constitutional conservative caucus. That's your best anecdote I think from getting co opted in D.C.
GLENN: Is there a has anybody considered a political rape line that when you are sitting and all of a sudden you're realizing, oh, my gosh, they are trying to rape me of my values that they have a way to reach out to somebody? Because I think people are going to be cornered and they are not going to know what to do. And they may not even know that they've been co opted or until it's too late.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: That's why they have got to know that they have friends. They have got to know that they have friends. And so I'm going to be under an effort to, you know, phone these newbies, the new members of congress and also write to them and invite them. And I would think if they consider themselves a constitutional conservative or a Tea Party person, they might come and then we can let them know, you have a friend.
GLENN: How many people do you think are going to come? How many people are going to be
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: I am hoping for 70 to 80. I am hope because
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: I'm hoping.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Now, that may be inflated. That may be too many. There aren't very many fighters right now, I will tell you that. There are some.
GLENN: How many do you think there are now?
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: I would say there's actually probably a good thirty, maybe as high as sixty, maybe as high as sixty.
GLENN: In the house?
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Yeah. Maybe, maybe.
GLENN: Oh, my gosh.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Can you imagine like this new blood that's coming in, these great people? But if we can stay tight and if we can stay together.
GLENN: How many in the progressive caucus?
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Oh, I would bet there's like
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: I would say a hundred.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: And in our own Minnesota Keith Ellison wants to be the new head of the progressive caucus. So, you know, they are very bold about the progressive caucus, but that's something that you have done brilliantly. You have exposed to the world what progressivism looks like.
GLENN: It's ugly.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: You've named names, you've named organizations, you've exposed the dollar amounts, where the money is coming from. That's empowered people to actually go to Washington D.C. for rallies and actually get out and vote and run for office.
GLENN: Tell me, tell me what you know about bet I McCollum.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Well, that's one of our member locals of congress here. Yes, she's very, very progressive, very proud of it and she represents St. Paul Minnesota with Teresa Collett running against her who is a constitutional law professor who gets the Constitution.
GLENN: How is she doing in the polls?
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Well, I don't know what her polls are. It's a tough area but she's worked really hard.
GLENN: Here's what I you know that our faith is under attack.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Yes.
GLENN: God is under attack. The Creator's not mentioned by the president in I don't know how many speeches.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: In speech after speech after speech.
GLENN: There was a group of Satanists that got together in the Oklahoma City, what do you call it, the arena?
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: In the center part of town?
GLENN: No, in the arena.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Oh.
GLENN: They rented out the arena in town and the did a Satanic ritual in it, in the buckle of the Bible belt. I mean, what's going on is really frightening. We had last night the president say to a Hispanic radio station that we have to punish our enemies, meaning the Republicans. You didn't hear this audio?
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: No.
GLENN: I tell you what, we're going to take a break.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: I heard you say Republicans need to sit in the back of the in the back seat, sit in the back of the bus.
GLENN: Back of the bus. You heard that the same way I did. We're going to take a break and then, Pat, if you will, I want to play I want to play McCollum and the president's audio. And I want you to listen and tell me what you think this means because it's
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: This is amazing.
GLENN: We are heading towards dangerous territory.
CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Yeah.
GLENN: And I think dangerous territory.