Bachmann flees CNN cameras over questions about anti-Muslim attacks
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on Wednesday ran from CNN cameras as Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash asked her about her accusations that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, was infiltrating the U.S. government on behalf of radical Islamists in the Muslim Brotherhood.
Earlier on Wednesday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had taken to the Senate floor to rip Bachmann and four other Republican lawmakers for their “specious and degrading attacks” on Abedin.
“The allegations about Huma Abedin and the report from which they are drawn are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable citizen, a dedicated American and a loyal public servant,” the Arizona senator said. “These attacks have no logic, no basis and no merit. And they need to stop. They need to stop now.”
“When anyone — not least, a member of Congress — launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation and we all grow poorer because of it,” he added.
Bachmann nearly broke into a sprint in the Capitol Building as Bash tried to ask her about McCain’s comments.
“The good news is I can walk pretty fast in heels,” Bash told CNN host Anderson Cooper. “The bad news is Michele Bachmann can walk just as fast. And she proved to be pretty adept at not only avoiding my questions, but talking enough that I could barely get any questions out.”
“If a lawmaker tells me they’re going to get back to me and they just don’t have time but they will do an interview later, I try to take them at their word,” the CNN reporter explained. “She didn’t do that. Her office said, after several emails, that she didn’t have time in her schedule.”
Watch this video from CNN’s AC 360, broadcast July 18, 2012.