VIDEO: The New Voice Of The GOP On Immigration

If you believed that Republicans controlling both houses of Congress meant that they would make efforts to work with President Obama and prove they could govern, I’ve got a bridge to sell you (but I’m going to need to see your papers first).

Nearly a year and a half ago, the Senate passed a balanced, bipartisan bill to fix our broken immigration system. All the Republican House “Leadership” had to do was put it up for a vote. But they’ve proven that that’s never going to happen, so President Obama used executive action to make progress.

So how would House Republicans respond? Did they finally pass their own comprehensive immigration reform bill? Of course not. Wednesday, they handed the microphone to de-facto Speaker Ted Cruz, Steve King, Michele Bachmann and friends, and yesterday, they voted to rebuke the President’s actions and call for more deportations. Some things never change.

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The Bachmann Files

Michele Bachmann’s presidential ambitions ended with the Iowa Caucus, where she just barely tallied as many votes as she had in the Ames straw poll five months earlier. Bachmann’s campaign left her with little more than debt, but it left American Bridge with a treasure trove of tracking footage. For all of her Minnesota constituents who suffered the indignity of her performance on the national stage, we present: The Bachmann Files.

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MEMO: The Consequences of Crazy, Volume 1: Michele Bachmann’s Presidential Bid

“There’s a woman who came up crying to me tonight after the debate. She said her daughter was given that vaccine. She told me her daughter suffered mental retardation as a result of that vaccine.”

– Michele Bachmann, FOX News, September 12, 2011

On August 13th 2011, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann secured a victory at the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, temporarily vaulting her to frontrunner status in the Republican presidential race. Almost exactly one month later, following a debate with her fellow primary contenders, Bachmann claimed in an interview that the HPV vaccine caused mental retardation.

Michele Bachmann is no stranger to controversial statements. She rose to national fame by calling for an investigation into her congressional colleagues to determine which Members of Congress were “anti-America.” But her decision to run for President moved her from fringe political bomb-thrower to one of the preeminent members of the Republican Party. And with that came an increased scrutiny which she was unable to withstand. These are the consequences of being crazy.

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POLITICO’s Arena: Why Did Michele Bachmann implode?

Michele Bachmann’s campaign imploded for exactly the reason that political experts in D.C. never took her campaign seriously to begin with and why many were so surprised by her victory at Ames.

As people who follow politics closely already knew, while her bombastic rhetoric may be ideal for riling up a crowd, her propensity for gaffes leaves her vulnerable once one stops and actually thinks about what she said. This is a candidate that actually told a crowd in South Carolina that the reason that she worked for the IRS is “because the first rule of war is ‘know your enemy.'” These type of outlandish statements and unforced errors may have helped her raise money as a backbencher congresswoman, but couldn’t hold up against the scrutiny of a national campaign.

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VIDEO: 12 Days Of Christmas, American Bridge Style

From gaffes to flip flops to crony capitalism, this has been a fun year to be involved with politics at American Bridge 21st Century. As 2011 draws to a close, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at just a few of the stories that have made headlines over the last 365 days.

“Between the Republican Presidential, Senate and House candidates, this has been a year of bountiful flip flops, gaffes and just outright craziness. As the year comes to a close, we at American Bridge would like to wish you a happy holiday and leave you with some of our favorite moments,” said Rodell Mollineau, President of American Bridge 21st Century.

Happy holidays from American Bridge! We hope you enjoy our take on the 12 Days of Christmas.

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Bachmann Proposed a Livable Wage in 2004

Our researchers combed through footage from Michele Bachmann’s time in the Minnesota State Senate and found this gem from 2004.

On April 13 of that year, Bachmann proposed increasing minimum wage to $9 per hour, which she described as a livable wage. “I actually wanted to make this $20 an hour if we’re realistically talking at having people purchase a home or being able to provide for themselves in a better way,” she said.

That perspective stands in stark contrast to Bachmann’s current desire to eliminate the minimum wage.

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Des Moines Register: Michele Bachmann’s ‘tax the poor’ plan won’t be flat or simple

On November 3, 2011, the Des Moines Register reported:

Michele Bachmann wants everybody to pay taxes — even the poorest Americans.


Bachmann didn’t offer many details about her proposal, but it seemed she was suggesting she’d accomplish this through the income tax. But she didn’t explain how she’d charge an income tax on people who have no income.

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Bachmann: We Can Legislate Away Anchor Babies

In this clip, Michele Bachmann claims that it’s possible to prevent undocumented immigrants from having children in the U.S., but she doesn’t explain how.

“It is entirely possible through legislation to stop the anchor baby problem,” she says. “There are hospitals in Southern California that have gone out of businesses because they’re bankrupt, they’re bankrupted by anchor babies.”

This video was captured by an American Bridge tracker in North Charleston, SC, on August 25, 2011.

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