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According to CQ Roll Call’s Matt Fuller, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has become less quotable since announcing she won’t seek re-election to Congress.


10 Most Quotable Members of Congress

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Michele Bachmann

By Matt Fuller
CQ Roll Call
August 13, 2013

Excerpt with video annotations

Members of Congress say the darndest things. …

But these 10 members are among those who consistently make news with their potent language. Here are the top 10 most quotable members of the House:

1. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas


2. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla.


3. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa


4. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga.


5. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

Since announcing she won’t seek re-election, Bachmann has not been as quotable. Still, Bachmann has made too many notable comments in the past to exclude her from this list. After all, she said on the House floor in 2009 that there has not been “even one study” that shows carbon dioxide is a “harmful gas,” and she has asserted that eliminating the minimum wage “could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely.”

In 2011, Bachmann, who was born in Waterloo, Iowa, told Fox News that she wanted Iowa voters to know that “just like John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa — that’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.” Unfortunately, Bachmann was confusing movie star John Wayne with serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who was from Waterloo and who famously dressed up as clown to lure young boys to his home so he could rape and murder them.

Bachmann also told Pajamas TV that she found it “interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter. And I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.” Bachmann’s “interesting coincidence” is less interesting, however, when you look at the facts: The swine flu scare of the ‘70s broke out in 1976; Republican Gerald Ford was president.

6. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga.


7. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.


8. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas


9. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, D-Mo.


10. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas


Read the full report at Roll Call


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