Coleman, Kline call Bachmann concerns ‘over the line’

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman and U.S. Rep. John Kline dismissed Rep. Michele Bachmann’s calls for investigations into the Muslim Brotherhood as “over the line” in a conference call with reporters Friday.

Both Coleman and Kline, two Minnesota Republicans, said they didn’t doubt Bachmann’s national security concerns were genuine, but said she went too far by publicly calling for an investigation into Secretary of State Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

“I don’t think any of us doubt that Mrs. Bachmann is concerned about national security,” Kline said. “I think that she stepped a bit over the line when she went after individuals by name … we need to be focusing on jobs and the economy.”

“I have no doubt that Congresswoman Bachmann is deeply concerned about national security and that’s what motivated her,” Coleman said. “I also worked with Huma when I was in the Senate and so I have deep concerns when individuals are singled out like that. There’s a better way to deal with those issues.”

Bachmann roiled controversy by asking the inspectors general of a handful of federal agencies to investigate the reach of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic group, in the United States government. She specifically naming Abedin as someone whose background might indicate she’s influenced by the group. Bachmann has been criticized by Sen. John McCain and a series of high-profile Republicans over the last few weeks, including her fellow Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulsen.

Coleman and Kline were on an RNC press call to discuss the economy. Both pointed to slow economic growth and weak consumer confidence numbers as reasons to vote President Obama out of office in November.

Asked about Tim Pawlenty as a potential running mate for Romney, both Kline and Coleman, an adviser to Romney’s campaign, praised the former Minnesota Governor. Kline called him “absolutely my choice,” and Coleman said, “I’d love to have Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty move this country forward.”

The pair also said Minnesota could be a competitive state for Romney in November.

“I think Minnesota is more in play than we’ve seen in a very, very long time,” Coleman said.

Kline, fresh out of a business roundtable meeting in the 2nd Congressional District, said, “small businesses are worried, they don’t like all this uncertainly, they don’t like the policies they’ve seen from this president and they’re looking for something different.”

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Comments (15)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 07/27/2012 - 12:57 pm.

    Regardless of what some politicians

    who’ve attended way too many Washington DC cocktail parties have to say, Huma Abedin’s mother is a leader of the Muslim Sisterhood, an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood, the founding fathers of Hamas and al Qaeda.

    As an American military veteran and a taxpayer, I demand to know how she was able to get the necessary security clearance and the appointment as the direct aide to the Secretary of State.

    What are they trying to hide?

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 07/27/2012 - 07:30 pm.

      Have you

      looked under your bed?

      • Submitted by Neal Krasnoff on 07/30/2012 - 12:51 pm.

        Have you ever talked to a salafi?

        If not, you need some “cultural enrichment”.

        A good conversation with one will be a wake up call.

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 07/27/2012 - 08:55 pm.


      Since this is a Republic (look it up), you might ask one of your elected representatives, such as Michelle Bachmannn. I’m sure that she could provide you with the information, since it’s part of her job.

    • Submitted by Bill DeCoursey on 07/27/2012 - 10:33 pm.

      Nothing is hidden

      When she married a Jewish man, what more can be said about whether or not Huma Adedin adheres to alleged radical islamist beliefs?

      • Submitted by Neal Krasnoff on 07/30/2012 - 12:54 pm.

        So what?

        So she married a Jew. Does that change her background, her family ties, her indoctrination, her core beliefs? Have you determined what she believes? Is there a legitimate security risk knowing who her immediate family is?

    • Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 07/30/2012 - 12:06 pm.

      your demands

      So you are demanding this of Minnpost? Or its readers? In addition to paying my fair share of taxes gladly for this country I am also a military veteran, in fact a Viet Nam veteran, and I believe that security clearances aren’t given away at the Democratic Headquarters or some Muslim Terrorist Jamboree. Maybe you should take your demands to a more appropriate forum like Rush Limbaugh’s radio show.

  2. Submitted by Brian Simon on 07/27/2012 - 02:50 pm.


    The so-called ‘muslim sisterhood’ appears to be a new bogey-woman made up by conservatives to scare one another into even more paranoid irrational beliefs.

  3. Submitted by Mark Stromseth on 07/28/2012 - 09:48 pm.

    “small businesses are worried, they don’t like all this uncertainly, they don’t like the policies they’ve seen from this president and they’re looking for something different.”

    Uh, except they’re not worried about uncertainty, because there is none, other than when Republicans are going to work with the President to actually help the economy recover. Something they’ve been loathe to do the whole time.

    No policy of President Obama has caused this problem; it’s the entire fault of Republicans who think that reducing taxes on the wealthy somehow creates jobs, except they can’t show any that have been created due to that belief in the entire time they’ve been beating that dead horse.

    Nope, the fault lies entirely with Republicans, and that includes their conspiracy-theory touting crazies like Our Gal Shelley Bachmann.

  4. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 07/28/2012 - 09:56 pm.

    The republicans send another strong message to the voters

    The republicans waited a long time to see if what Michele claimed had any useful benefit to the republican party. If not they would throw her under the bus. They must think it has some value because Coleman, Kline, and the rest of the republican’s calling her out put her under the spare tire rather than the bus. There should have been an unequivocal denouncement demanding she be taken off the intelligence committee. Her continuous outrageous and incendiary claims and the republicans response says a lot about the condition of politics in Washington. It is corrupt, phony as the day is long, and not doing a lick of good for America. This is one reason congress has a 76% disapproval rating. Voters the republicans have sent you a very strong message. The choice is yours in November.

  5. Submitted by Neal Krasnoff on 07/30/2012 - 12:56 pm.

    The Democrats have also sent their own message to the voters

    Especially to us Jews.

    I can go down the list if you want.

  6. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 07/30/2012 - 05:33 pm.

    It is an easy decision

    Far more important to me is a party that hasn’t changed its talking points since the George W. Bush admin. No way do I want to repeat that era. The republicans are a party that is unwilling to work for everyone because compromise has left their vocabulary. A party that has one answer for everything – NO. They are a party that strives to deregulate those who stole our 401K dollars. A party that continually wants to give tax breaks to the wealthy “job creators” with no evidence they do any job creation. A party that is driving the common sense moderates out of their own party. The party of self titled “Fiscal Conservatives” who stood silently by while Bush spent the country into oblivion. It is a meaningless party that has lost its way.

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