What a difference two days make. Friday, Minnesota Congresswoman and former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann suggested that it was time to wrap up the GOP primary. Sunday, she’s saying the contest shouldn’t end until everyone has had their say.
It was during an appearance on “Morning Joe” that Bachmann made the statement that everyone was suffering from “primary fatigue” and it was time to start turning the battle to President Barack Obama instead. “There’s a lot of fatigue among our party…They are really kind of tired of this. They feel like the vetting is happening and they want us to kind of batten down the hatches and make the decision…[W]e are factionalized. That’s just the way that it is right now. We’ve got to come together and reach out to independents and disaffected Democrats.”
She then reiterated her point in another interview that day, saying “she’s hearing from voters across the country that they are ready” for a nominee. “They want us to get that person because now they want to pivot and focus on President Obama because I think everyone recognizes he can’t have a second term.”
But that fatigue apparently wore off quickly. Within 48 hours, Bachmann was then doing talk shows stating every voter should get a chance to weigh in on the nominee. She told ABC’s “This Week” that, “This is the people’s race and it is the primary voters who are going to make their decision…I think the quicker that the Republicans can unify behind our candidate and make Barack Obama and his failed policies the focus of this election the better off we all will be, but the people need to decide….It is up to the people. The people will make the choice, not the politicians.”
That was a pretty abrupt turn around.
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