The Washington Times - December 11, 2011, 04:42PM

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican and GOP presidential primary candidate, spoke optimistically about former Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain’s 9 - 9 - 9 tax plan on Saturday night at the GOP debate in Des Moines, iowa at Drake University.  ABC anchor Diane Sawyer asked Rep. Bachmann the best strategy the Minnesota Republican had to create jobs in a particular time frame. Bachmann responded by citing a major component in Mr. Cain’s 9 - 9 - 9 plan. 

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“Well— one of our former competitors was Herman Cain and he always reminded us of the 9-9-9 plan.  And what I would like to do is have the Win-Win-Win plan,” said Rep. Bachmann.  “And the way that we can do that is first addressing the tax code.  I’m a former federal tax lawyer.  And that literally, we will create millions of dollars if we abolish the tax code and embrace a pro-growth policy not only by lowering the rates for businesses, but by individuals as well.”

After the debate, Bachmann campaign advisers Keith Nahigian and Alice Stewart met with reporters and spoke about Bachmann’s remarks about the 9 - 9 - 9 plan. Ed Morrissey at Hot Air asked them if Bachmann was reversing herself on Cain’s 9 - 9 - 9 plan, considering she previously criticized it as a 6 - 6 - 6 plan.

Stewart defended Bachmann’s remarks saying that Bachmann wants to revise the tax code and that there were some provisions of the 9 - 9 - 9 plan  that Bachmann believes deserve merit, including repealing Obamacare.

Stewart also confirmed to me that the Bachmann campaign has spoken to the Cain campaign since Mr. Cain suspended his run for the Oval Office. “More importantly, a lot of his staffers and a lot of his supporters have come over to our campaign, simply because a lot of things he stands for on the issues are very similar,” she said. 

“The Cain people are not looking for Washington establishment people,” Nahigian inserted.”They want someone with outside thinking and who knows how to turn things around. And I think they’re naturally attracted to Congresswoman Bachmann.”