In the past two days, GOP contender Michele Bachmann has made small veiled jabs at Herman Cain, the Republican frontrunner embattled in a growing scandal over sexual harassment accusations.
Twice in two days, Bachmann has said Republicans should choose a candidate without “surprises” in his or her record.
“This is the year when we can’t have any surprises with our candidate,” she said from the pulpit of a Marshalltown, Iowa, church on Tuesday, according to the AP.
In a radio interview Wednesday, Bachmann made a similar comment, saying: “There are no surprises with me.”
She followed that comment with an assault on Cain’s seemingly changed positions on abortion and exchanging Guantanamo Bay detainees for U.S. hostages – however, not with a frontal attack on Cain’s sex scandal woes.
“I’ve talked that talk, walked that walk” on being anti-abortion, she said. “I did not say we should release [detainees] at Guantanamo Bay.”
On Wednesday evening, following that interview, Bachmann headlined a tele-town hall hosted by a group of business trade organizations, including the National Restaurant Association, the group at which Cain worked in the 1990's when he was accused of harassment.
During the conference call, one caller asked her directly about Cain.
“I’m really concerned with the Republican candidates’ status, with Cain now having problems with his personal life, with Perry who can’t seem to debate and, according to the liberal media, Romney is now surging,” said Bill Shaw, a member of the National Association of Home Builders. “Why should I give you the vote, give you my vote?”
Bachmann, however, did not take the chance to comment on the Cain sexual harassment allegations.
“You’re asking the right question,” Bachmann said. “I think it is because what I have proved and what America is looking for is a leader with a core of conviction, who is going to do what they say they’re going to do and mean what they say.”
Asked Sunday night for a reaction to news of Cain’s scandal as first broke by Politico, a Bachmann spokeswoman told ABC News, “We’re not going to touch that.”