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March 5th, 2012
02:50 PM ET

Michele Bachmann to Piers Morgan: "Well that's rude"

Coming up this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Congresswoman Michele Bachmann for a spirited debate on subjects ranging from politics and religion, to the economy and family.

After airing a clip from Friday's program, during which actor Kirk Cameron calls homosexuality "detrimental, and ultimately destructive," Piers Morgan asks his guest for her response:

"I'm not here as anybody's judge," insists Bachmann.

"We'll, you got to have a view," states the host.

"Me? Hardly, hardly, hardly," jokes the Congresswoman.

Morgan then goes on to refer to Bachmann as "one of the most judgemental people in American politics," to which the Republican from Minnesota takes offense:

"Well that's rude. That's absolutely rude."

Tune in this evening at 9 p.m. ET/PT as the lively chat with Michele Bachmann continues on such topics as gay marriage, the economy, and Barack Obama.

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  1. Spence

    Piers...with all do respect to you're nationality. I don't understand why you as a British citizen were hired to cover American political and social topics on American television. You obviously have, what I would term a Socialistic view of politics and lifestyle. Almost every conservative guest is grilled about their stance on, "Gay Rights, Religion and Abortion". News flash. Contrary to the Liberal medias opinion. 80% of Americans identify themselves as Christian and you do nothing to represent our American views and in fact, I would say you were quite hostile to the Conservative view point as well as Christians in general. Couldn't you find a job in the U.K??

    March 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve

      Hey Spence, Piers is an American citizen, has been for some time now.

      March 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jim Johnson

        Piers is NOT an American citizen. If you have credible info to the contrary, please supply the link.

        March 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • joan

      just because americans identify themselves as christian does not mean that they are against gay marriage.

      March 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • frank

      Whatever happened to interviewers who could conduct balanced dialogue. CNN does itself an injustice to employ a foreign edtorialist with no personal interest in the U.S. He obviously wants to degrade people of principle who differ with his Europen sensibility; an ultra-liberal perspective that CNN obviously condones. It's obviously an embarrassment to the great profession of journalism. I for one will boycot the products on this CNN show until Piers is replaced by an entertaining interviewer who can extract great perspectives allowing the viewer to divide the word of truth.

      March 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • simmo

      No Spence!! Keep him! He's yours now!

      March 6, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Francois

      I think Piers Morgan's British nationality makes him the perfect host for a TV show discussing politics with Americans. He's fresh and different from all the other American talk show hosts. He puts a new spin on things and keeps the discussion interesting, relevant and non-biased.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim Johnson

      I agree that non-citizens look ridiculous when they try to speak as experts on American politics. How about an ancient interview I saw recently, where Jackie Collins (sister of Joan) who is an old woman Brit writer living in LA was criticizing Michael Moore for his 2003 Oscar speech. It was truly amazing to hear a Brit criticizing Americans for criticizing American government.

      Why do we let them take jobs away from Americans who are certainly qualified to do these jobs. I also don't care for Anna WIntour, editor of Vogue. Vogue is no longer an American magazine, with all her English pals lining up for interviews, features and stories.Tina Brown is another who can just go home.

      As for Piers, even if he were American he would be unwatchable. He's smarmy, self absorbed, arrogant, and meaner than a snake, a side you'll only see when he's at home in Britain. My prediction is the snake side will start to show itself soon. He is still in the honeymoon phase of his marriage with CNN. Just give him more time, he'll be gone.

      March 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Frank

      Spence,

      Well stated.
      Piers is so enamored with celebrity that he follows the Hollywood line on all things...politics, social values, faith, etc.

      I hear he is catholic.....heart-breaking.
      Piers, look at Catholicscomehome .org to get a refresher on what the catholic faith really is.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • rose macaskie

      CNN is an international television channel so the job of larry king, interveiwer of a good cross section of society, can come from anywhere in the world. There is a price to being the leading country in the world, things tend to get centred on your country which is a compliment and a nuisance for the North Americans.
      CNN is not a channel whose main bias is too the right so why should it put the emphasis on republoican points of veiw. New channels are meant to have a balanced point of veiw about the news so why should one news channel not be equally nice to speakers from the right say as another is, well if people feel that things go better if you favor the education of the poor say, have veiws such as, though the work is manual it will be done better by people with a high eduacational level than those with a low one or that the eduational level helps not just to get good jobs but also to produce more reasonable parents and neighbors and voters, or that people with a good educational level treat those with a low educational level so badly, as in, they cant even be bothered to really ask their opinion or listen to them, that it is unkind not to educate everyone, so ensuring that the less favored with riches and most burdened with work, at least get treated as people when they come home from the factory floor. People with these points of veiw, are, maybe, even willing to live in a poorer country to get theses things, so without being untruthfull they will have and argue very different points of veiw from those of people on the right and have little patients for arguements that convince people that unkinder policies are better and those people on the right really believe that mollycoddling the rich so much, as the right does, helps the poor, and though mollycoddling the rich does nto help the poor, communism also causes poverty, so mollycoddle the rich a bit but not too much is the right things to do or molly coddle the rich buyt molly coddle the poor too is right..
      If you read history it is hard to believe that countries are richer if they simply give all their support to the most successsful members of the country because that is what used to happen, always with very mediocre results. Giving handouts to the poor or educating and housing them, may seem counter intuitative as a measure that increases wealth but the truth is that since ideas that are the base of the wellfare states came into pratice the countries that employed these ideas got suprisingly richer and richer. A country that has houses instead of hovels for its population and a house is not as big as a palace but a well stocked country has an awfull lot of good houses, add up to more wealth than a palace or two do. Countries that can afford to educate and feed more people than they ever could before are rich countries. T
      The english before the last century had an empire and their poor were miserably poor, so we cant pretend that we in democratic countries are richer because we abuse the third world, we used to do that and remain poor. Actually giving money to the poor also called the workers, seems to help make countries rich so people who believe in the principles of the left can also argue that they are principles that bring wealth to countries, though maybe the very rich are less startlingly rich were wellfare states thrive suyh as in the nordic states and england untiull new lllllllendign habits broke tha country a bit, than the, Majarajees of India, say were. rose macaskie madrid.

      March 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Julian

    Steve, with all DUE respect, what does Piers Morgan's birth place have to do with the validity of his questions? He's not running for president! You stated that he doesn't represent American views, so is that what you expect from an interviewer in the USA? Do you expect an interviewer to just make a politician feel comfortable? Piers Morgan's interview style is pretty tame compared to the kind of grilling a politician could expect in the UK, whatever their political persuasion. Perhaps he is just emulating the interrogation politicians from left and right would receive from Paxman, Humphreys, Wark or Edwards in the UK.

    March 5, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Howard Hoyt

      Nice try Piers.
      You were interviewing someone (MB) who is hardwired to take the question, cross reference it to one of her ten talking points and spit out the canned response. Half of that is attributable to being a politician but the other half is a sadder situation related to the bubble she lives in.

      One could tell how (understandably) frustrating it was for you when you had the next guest (LB) on and you were able to commiserate.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim Johnson

      What American expect from interviewers is that if they are interviewing a politician, they come form a place that says they understand the American political system COLD. It takes maybe 30 years to learn all the history, how the government works, who the players are and their histories. it also helps to have lived through a lot of our history.

      Piers Morgan was an editor of a British tabloid, whose idea of investigative journalism was to pay a cop to give him a juicy story on an MP. He couldn't POSSIBLY understand our government well enough to comment on any of it. Send him HOME.

      March 6, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Julian

        Jim,
        If it takes 30 years to learn all of the history, are you saying that nobody under the age of 30 something years is qualified to interview a politician? I'm no fan of Piers Morgan, but the response to his style of interviewing seems more to do with the fact that Bachmann was uncomfortable with his style of interview, not his understanding. There was nothing wrong with the questions he asked, and you can bet that not only did the shows researchers and advisers have a history of watching and analysing US politics, but Morgan did too. The British press, radio and TV spend a great deal of time analysing US politics. Bachmann is a typically evasive politician and her lack of thought, and lack of logic deserve to be exposed by some blunt questions. I think he should've gone further.

        March 7, 2012 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. mng

    Michele Bachman can avoid answering a question and turn the tables as well as anyone. Thank goodness she is out of the race but she is still a real danger to freedom. What planet is she from stating that all women have access to contraceptives! She exemplifies the worst of us...

    March 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • charlie

      What planet are you from that believes she cannot afford it. Does she smoke, drink? All the po folks who feel they need me the tax payer to pay for food stamps, section 8 and welfare but refuse to give up their cigs, booze or drugs.
      That is BS

      March 5, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kf

        @Charlie I have to partially agree with your contraceptives statement. I do feel the same as you if someone can afford to support a habit like drinking,smoking or drugs they can afford to buy contraceptives. Unfortunatly in this world it's hard to decipher who needs it and who doesn't because there are so many people who take advantage of the system. If the Georgetown girl really couldn't afford birth control she should have walked down to the local health dept got a pap for free had the attending physician provide her with three months of free birth control and on her way out grab a free bag of condoms.....or use the best birth control of all.... abstinence....it's free!!!!

        March 6, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
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  4. Charlie

    Having MB on the show has raised the intellect level to new highs.
    PM is a twit and MB has soo much class does not fall into the lib trash trap.

    I am not a Rush fan but the media has made such a fuss about an out right left wing nut who went to Georgetown simply to make an issue of birth control.

    If she can afford $23grand a semester for law school, she sure as heck can afford to protect her body from getting prego. Of course she could always just kill the kid. Does she really think we believe she cannot afford birth control?

    She is just a shill for the left.

    March 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Rohan

    Peirs – I try to watch your show on most weekday nights. It is a good show but ... It is simply annoying to see you interrupt your guests constantly and talk more than your guests.

    March 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Ginny

    Piers – Michele has outshined you tonight by a mile or more. Your questions turned to ridiculousness – her answers were "grown up", intelligent and, I think, covered the "big" picture. You looked like you were trying too hard. I think you have forgotten that everyone can have an opinion – this is still America. I like your program, and I think you are a good interviewer, but tonight "you bad". Sorry.

    March 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Norman

      Ginny-youre an imbecile

      March 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • efe

        best answer anbody could give d fool. i like dat,laughhhh.

        March 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anita

    I'm having a hard tme understanding how Michele Bachman can get away with falling back on her "red herring" argument everytime she is pressed for an answer (i.e. Piers...the left wing constantly demonizes women like me...Christians conservatives, yack yack yack). Actually, look at the record...Christians are not demonized...just those hipocritical idiots on the right who call themselves Christians...please...would the right just shut up already...I'm not a leftist or in favor of Obama...I just can't stand the hipocrisy on the right...and since I am forced to choose sides as the right seems to want to make moderates do...I am compeled to support democrats. Can't the right see they are only pushing moderates further to the left. Where is the old Republican party when you need it...you know the one that existed before it was hi-jacked by right wing radicals.

    March 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Barb

    Piers – I watch your show quite a bit but you are out of line calling Michelle Bachmann "judgmental" because her opinion about gay marriage is different from yours. . It occured to me that you are the bigoted one.
    I believe gays should have the right to a civil union with the same rights as a marriage – and they do – but why do they have to call it marriage ?? Men and women ARE DIFFERENT! Vive la difference!

    March 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kf

      Michele Bachmann a Congress woman and a former Presidental candidate should know those roles come with certain obligations. I think whether or not she is being judgmental or expressing her opinion Americans want to know who they employ. I could almost respect her more for having the opinion sticking by the opinion, holding her ground and standing by her beliefs. I or many others may not like what she says but, at least we know where she stands. I also think there is a very fine line of having an opinion and being judgmental. You can't say you don't agree / disagree with something with no thought or judgment in it. I can see it now Michelle Bachmann in the Oval Office throwing a hissy fit and calling everyone rude every time someone asks her a sensitive question! When someone is asking you questions to your face you need to be able to try to answer them flawlessly and as gracefully as possible!..... I'm just saying

      March 6, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Greg

    Excellent interview Piers. Bachmann is a vile person. She is the rude one. She never answers questions that are asked of her by the press or anyone else, for that matter, when it comes to social issues. She hides behind her "traditional values" that in her mind allow her to "judge" people that are different from her. Yet, in the same breath she claims she does not judge. She is such a hypocrite.

    March 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  10. SC Guy

    Piers Morgan is simply a rude mouthpiece of the left. He adulates liberals and condemns conservatives. He's a creep and his British heritage certainly has something to do with that because many Europeans don't understand American values. It's said that about half of Britishers are atheists and I think most of the other half are pretty loosely defined in their religion. That's not the case in America. Every American has the right to their opinion and I applaud Michele Bachmann and Kirk Cameron for standing for traditional values. Piers is the bigot.

    March 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Norman

      SC-youre an imbecile-traditional values? huh? like slavery? women not workign or voting? blacks not able to marry whites? yoru religion orders women to marry their rapists (Deutoronomy)-your kind is DYING off-thank God!

      March 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • efe

        u re right mate.

        March 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Carlos

    Piers Morgan must really think we're stupid. He keeps saying "I was raised a catholic!", as if to inoculate himself from criticism that he is being overly harsh or even bigoted against people with deeply held religious views. But that doesn't say anything about who he is as a person today. As a matter of fact, Bill Maher, a frecuent visitor to CNN and to Piers Morgan's program was also raised a catholic ( he's half catholic, half jew) and yet, he is one of today's most outspoken anti-religious and anti-christian bigots out there.
    Furthermore, Morgan claims to have respect for Kirk Cameron, but then proceeded to trash him, and even say, ironically, that his position on gays was one that was not "normal"; interestingly enough, the same term that was often used in the past to referr to gay people. So, apparently, in the eyes of Piers Morgan it is CHRISTIANS now that think like Cameron the ones who are not "normal". How curious..., coming from someone who likes to present himself as a pillar of tolerance.

    March 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Mike

    I love watching American politics ...it is so comical. If MB is so religious why would she be so against health care for everyone? Does she not care about the less fortunate people?

    March 5, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Pat

    Thank God that Michele Bachmann is no longer a presidential candidate. The woman is an idiot and can side step a question better than anyone I've seen. And yes I'm a Christian but that woman is ridiculous.

    March 6, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Rob Couper

    I cannot see my post which was sent minutes ago. Please explain.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rob Couper

      Do you not allow posts that disagree with Piers blatant left wing bias. The Larry King Show ran for many years because the Host treated his guests fairly and with RESPECT!

      March 6, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Dan

    If this is public discourse in America, I don't want to live here anymore.

    March 6, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Dennis

    Pers is simply a trashy Brit ultra-liberal that never fails to denigrate any guest that does not agree with him. Way to go Michelle! He is unsefferably rude. Amazingly, however, when he interviews fellow brits in the entertainment industry, the camaraderie is palpable. Why doesn't he go back to tapping phones and listening in on other peoples misery as he did in the old country: it might lift his spirits. Meanwhile, we have stopped watching his floundering show.

    March 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Norman

      dennis, no one cares what you wtach-his ratings are higher than ever-he speaks for the majority-MB needs to die off-her hatred is poisonous

      March 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Dennis

    Piers, why did you not hit this nut with the clip of the young boy saying "My mother is not broken...." and expose her for the idiot she is. I cannot say I am amazed what goofs get elected. In my opinion, Dwight was the last real leader to deserve be President or any position in Government.

    March 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Debra Wiken

    As a fan of the Piers Morgan show, I'm tired of seeing coverage on the antiquated political system of the U.S. For a so- called super power, they take multiple months just to chose a party leader, costing billions which could easily lighten the economical burden of the country's growing jobless and homeless. Not to mention the billions that will go into presidential election, it's becoming a yawner to watch your show cover these so-called "opponents" go toe to toe against each other launching smear campaigns to gain more votes, only to do a 180 and be team players against the current administration. In most G-20 countries, the elected members of the party chose their own leader within their party, have election campaigns for about 4-6 weeks and get on with life. What a waste of money to watch these men bash away at each other around the States, spending billions that could put shelter, food and a way of life back into the very people that help put them in office. Cut it short GOP, chose a leader already and spare us the pain of watching and hearing anything more about a "Mitt" or a Newt".

    March 6, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Debra Wiken

    By the way,...I'm Canadian and can't take much more of this display of the "I'm a rich politician" and will do anything to get what I want on the backs of the very people who vote. Oh God and then there's the GOP Convention. Spare us the pain,...think I'll pop in a movie.

    March 6, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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