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Bachmann Continues to Dodge 'Ex-Gay' Questions at National Press Club Event: VIDEO

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As her husband looked on at a National Press Club event earlier this afternoon, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) refused to answer a question about the Marcus Bachmann Clinic and its practice of "reparative therapy" for homosexuality, Igor Volsky at Think Progress reports.

Said Bachmann: "I’m running for the presidency of the United States. My husband is not running for the presidency, neither are my children, neither is our business, neither is our foster children and I’m more than happy to stand for questions on running for the presidency of the United States."

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  1. Why are we dogging this man? What is the GOAL? Do we want his wife to drop out of the presidential race? Do we want to shut down his reparative therapy "clinics"? Do we want to throw glitter at them? What is the PLAN?

    Posted by: will | Jul 28, 2011 3:03:27 PM


  2. In other words...Don't ask my anything about what I have said in the past or what I do as a "job creator"...
    In fact don't ask me anything just let me ramble off some more nonsense....It's what I do best cause I'm Cute, White, "Chirstian" and if it worked for Palin Why not me???

    Posted by: Michael | Jul 28, 2011 3:04:39 PM


  3. How does one tell a jot from a tiddle?

    Posted by: Gigi | Jul 28, 2011 3:09:28 PM


  4. "Remember it was Michele Obama who said she is only recently proud of her country and so these are very anti-American views. That's not the way that most Americans feel about our country." - Michelle Bachmann, commenting on the views of a presidential candidate's spouse in 2008 on on the MSNBC program Hardball with Chris Matthews.

    Posted by: Jere | Jul 28, 2011 3:09:28 PM


  5. Normally, I would say that she is correct that only her background, experience, and opinions matter, not her husband's, since she is the one running for president. However, she herself has said several times that she often does things that are counter to her instincts or that she doesn't want to do because her husband told her to do them, and her religion requires wives to be "submissive" to their husbands (Colossians 3:18):

    "Marcus told her 'to go and get a post-doctorate degree in tax law.' This was not a particular desire of Michele's ('Tax law? I hate taxes!'), but she was certain God was speaking through her husband. 'Why should I go and do something like that?' she recalled thinking. 'But the Lord says, "Be submissive wives; you are to be submissive to your husbands."'"
    (http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2011/07/05/michele_bachmann_claims_to_be_submissive_to_her_husband_.html)

    She can't BOTH say that she does things she "hates" just because her husband orders her to AND complain because people are asking her about her husband's opinions on things. If we elect any person who takes his or her orders from someone else, we deserve to know what that someone else's orders are likely to be.

    Posted by: Thomasina | Jul 28, 2011 3:10:57 PM


  6. To paraphrase a friend of her's "She can run but she cannot hide." Doesn't she sound totally robotic when she goes into her defense mode,"I'm running for the...blah,blah,blah."

    Posted by: PLAINTOM | Jul 28, 2011 3:14:37 PM


  7. No questions about anything, please. Doesn't work that way Michelle. You should know better. Your past and family are very important part of your campaign. Start talking.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jul 28, 2011 3:15:39 PM


  8. @WILL: The "goal" is the truth. We want this presidential candidate to tell us the truth about whether or not she co-owns a business that practices a dangerous "therapy" that often results in depression and suicide attempts. Is that clear enough for you?

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Jul 28, 2011 3:16:37 PM


  9. @Will, calm down and think of your blood pressure.

    What is the "PLAN"? Seriously? The "PLAN" is to keep her from being the President of the United States of America. The way that will happen is by exposing every criminal, immoral, unethical, fraudulent, hateful, delusional, hypocritical and generally un-Presidential aspect of her entire being. And, for her, that is one long list.

    On that list is the fact that she and her husband profit from a business -- using taxpayers' money -- that fraudulently claims to turn gay people straight and her husband, himself, who has a fake degree from a sham online college and is not either educated or licensed to practice in his chosen field, is a gay man.

    I hope that clears it up for you.

    Posted by: ohplease | Jul 28, 2011 3:18:53 PM


  10. @Will Sorry you're upset that people keep asking Mrs. Bachmann pesky questions. She and her husband own a clinic that takes money from the Federal Government yet she rails against gov't pork. Not to mention that they're using aversion therapy to "change" people from gay to straight - a practice that the APA has said is unsafe and possibly dangerous. Her refusal to answer questions about the clinic make it look as though she has something to hide. Which of course she does.

    Posted by: Gigi | Jul 28, 2011 3:20:07 PM


  11. Well, at the very least, this shows that socially conservative politicians are getting more and more uncomfortable and vexed regarding addressing gay issues of any kind. In the past it was so EASY. You gave your (bigoted) views and there was never any political fallout or payback. It was win-win, not just in the conservative bubble, but in the general population. Times have changed.

    Posted by: will | Jul 28, 2011 3:23:47 PM


  12. It is TOTALLY pertinent to ask her these questions, they are not "off-limits". She is nuts if she thinks she can skate by without answering these questions. I'm surprised Ed Rollins is telling her to continue with this. Oh well, she's finished after Iowa anyway.

    Posted by: brent | Jul 28, 2011 3:30:22 PM


  13. Yeah, because her religious beliefs and the fact that her husband practices a form of "therapy" called destructive and dangerous by all non-religion based medical/psychiatric groups has no bearing on her potential *cough BS* Presidency?

    Yeah, right.

    But she's toast anyway. So what have Mitt Romney and the other candidates who have a snowball's chance in hell of actually getting the nomination been up to? The Bachmann's are fun to poke with sticks but it's wasting energy on a sideshow while the main acts are gearing up and nobody's paying attention.

    Posted by: Codswallop | Jul 28, 2011 3:31:06 PM


  14. Michele? See how well refusing to answer questions worked for your soul sister Sarah. You're on your way to being box office poison soon enough.

    Posted by: JimmyD | Jul 28, 2011 3:31:09 PM


  15. I think it's fair to include candidate spouses for higher office. After all, their partnership is sacred!

    Posted by: David R. | Jul 28, 2011 3:32:30 PM


  16. Why are we dogging this man?

    Because it's funny. Duh.

    Posted by: nodnarb | Jul 28, 2011 3:32:58 PM


  17. Do excuse Will. Apparently he needs have everything spelled out for him.

    Posted by: Dan | Jul 28, 2011 3:35:30 PM


  18. If she doesn't like the question, she can pray that it goes away. That will work, right?

    Posted by: chuck b. | Jul 28, 2011 3:36:01 PM


  19. Why don't they just ask her, if you were President of the United States, do you believe that gays chose to be gay and if so, would you support legislation that pays for reparative therapy like the one your husband's clinic provides? Since obviously you have financially benefited from this destructive practice.

    Posted by: matt | Jul 28, 2011 3:39:08 PM


  20. Ok, we need to organize ourselves into factions: If Marcus Bachmann continues to run his reparative therapy clinic, we need some new-style "activists" to stalk him and throw glitter!

    And if Michele Bachmann continues to avoid uncomfortable questions, another "activist" faction will monitor her moves and throw additional glitter.

    I've taken the liberty of buying 6,000 pounds of glitter. I hope this lasts us throughout the summer.


    Posted by: will | Jul 28, 2011 3:43:08 PM


  21. Bachmann helped deny funding to Planned Parenthood based on a LIE about what P.P. does with the money it gets.

    Now shes been shown to be lying about what tax dollars have been used for at her husband's clinics.

    so, yeah. it's relevant.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 28, 2011 3:44:34 PM


  22. here's one michelle: did marcus undergo reparative therapy himself?

    Posted by: r | Jul 28, 2011 3:50:15 PM


  23. WILL, you're not funny. Do you really think only glitter spray has been done to her?

    Actually I'm assuming there is more....right? More strategy?

    Anyway WILL you won't know of the strategy because it would mean the Right would know it. That's why no one is going into extensive plans.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jul 28, 2011 3:50:36 PM


  24. Well, obviously such questions do not help her politically, and they're off-message for her. And, unless she's entirely brain-dead, which isn't impossible, she knows she's in a sham marriage with a homosexual who's running a sham clinic partly on the goverment's (that big evil government, except when it benefits her family) dime.

    Frankly, I'm tiring of the Bachmann stories. Even if she were to win some primaries, the Republican party will never in a million years let her get anywhere near the nomination. Her husband's clinic is a real threat to the poor souls who go there seeking false guidance, but in terms of the Presidency, the Mormons and Texans in the field need to be taken down first.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 28, 2011 3:56:24 PM


  25. What question does she suppose will be on the lips of every reporter from now on? The fourth estate doesn't just lie down because you want them to. If anything it makes reporters dig deeper and deeper and deeper...

    Posted by: Tone | Jul 28, 2011 3:57:21 PM


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