Bachmann pauses in Iowa tour to talk 'myth' of Kinsey Report
December 18th, 2011
06:45 PM ET
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Bachmann pauses in Iowa tour to talk 'myth' of Kinsey Report

Clarion, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann continued her super-charged bus tour across Iowa Sunday, attending several more events to shake hands and sign autographs.

Her events have been largely of the meet-and-greet variety - get in and out as fast as she can. The campaign has instituted a "no questions" policy at a majority of her stops this weekend to keep things moving, and that generally applies to both the media and to Iowa voters.

But at her stop at a north central Iowa Pizza Ranch restaurant, she and her husband Marcus were met with a woman wearing a Bachmann sticker who was holding a sign that read: "Gay-friendly Iowan."

"I was wondering if you would sign my sign?" the woman wearing the sticker, who identified herself as Kathy Schnell, asked.

"Gay-friendly Iowan?" Bachmann asked with a small laugh as she signed her name.

Schnell thanked her and followed it with a question that, in reality, was more of a comment.

"I wonder if you're aware that 10% of the population is gay. And if you have 28 children, then 2.8 of those kids are very likely gay."

The congresswoman, within definite earshot as she hovered over Schnell, at first seemed to avoid the question, trying to say "hello" to someone new.

Schnell turned to her friend and said, "She's not listening to me."

Bachmann must have heard that because she then turned back.

"Well, that's according to the Kinsey Report," the candidate replied.

Dr. Alfred Kinsey is best known for conducting interviews with thousands of individuals and publishing his findings in books on human sexual behavior during the 1940s and '50s.

Bachmann's husband, who runs a clinic in their district in Minnesota that has long been accused of conducting "reparative therapy" by trying to help gay individuals become straight, then chimed in.

"Your facts are wrong," he said.

"That's not valid?" Schnell asked back.

"No it isn't," Michele Bachmann said. Her husband added, "No, it's not at all. It's been a myth for many years."

The presidential hopeful then moved to the next table. Schnell pulled off her Bachmann sticker.

Schnell later told CNN she is a Democrat who is not happy with the current Democratic administration and the Democrats in Washington.

Asked if she was surprised Bachmann signed her poster, Schnell said no.

"I think she wants to be a very nice person," Schnell said. "She's adorable. But I just don't think she should be our president."

Schnell wasn't the only one in the room passionate about gay rights. A handful of college students were also on hand in the restaurant at the time, but did not try to raise a question. After the event, however, the group stood outside waving rainbow flags, a common symbol of gay rights support.

Quentin Hill, an 18-year-old student at the University of Iowa, said he wanted to ask her a question as she worked the room but was told ahead of time not to.

"They weren't taking questions today. I asked one of her staffers and I was kind of shut down as soon as I started asking," Hill said, adding that he wanted to ask her about the issue of gay teen suicides.

"I think if you want to be president of the United States, first of all you have to realize that you are representing all Americans including gay Americans and secondly you should be able to answer questions," Hill said.

"If you want my vote, I want to know what you stand for. So I think it's unfortunate that she comes and shakes hands and signs some signs and thinks she's going to get votes out of that."

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Filed under: 2012 • Gay rights • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (530 Responses)
  1. Bill Botwin

    Of course Bachmann wouldn't accept the Kinsey report. It was based on years of studies, surveys, and science. Most Republicans and Faux News hate that kind of educational fact like stuff.

    December 18, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. TM

    And what FACTS does Mr. "pray-away-the-gay" have to back up his position?

    December 18, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. Dita

    "One nation, under God, unless you're gay, in which case you should stifle what comes naturally and pretend to find the opposite sex attractive, with liberty and justice for all."

    December 18, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Indy

    With the Bachmanns trying to debunk the Kinsey report it is obvious they are against gays, otherwise they would have no reason to argue the report. I am not saying the report is facual either but if you are running for President you must treat everyone as equals and trying to say this report is a myth instead of saying the possibility exists that it could be true just proves they are against anything gay.

    December 18, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. Seattle Sue

    Bachmann is afraid of questions, someone might ask her how much money she and her husband has screwed the tax payers out of.

    December 18, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. Sarah

    Jesus wouldn't treat gays this way now would he, Ms. Bachmann? Afghanistan has its Taliban. The US the Tea Party.

    December 18, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. allanhowls

    "Nope, it's a myth. I can't disprove it or offer contrary evidence, but it makes me squidgy, so I'll just reject reality."

    She really does hate everything that America stands for.
    Bachmann for Saudi Emir, 2012!

    December 18, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. Rev. J.P.

    Questioner (Jesus in disguise.): "Ms. Bachmann, aren't gays human too and deserving of our love and care?"
    Ms. Bachmann, "That's not fact, just another myth."
    Questioner (Jesus in disguise.): "Get thee behind me, Sataness!"

    December 18, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. Stevie

    This is sad.

    December 18, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Bachmann will never let facts get in the way of her religious social conservative message about gays, illegal immigrants, and Moslems.

    December 18, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. Rod C. Venger

    Fascinating that this "gay-friendly Iowan" masqueraded as a Bachmann supporter. Ya think it was all a setup, from the question to this article?

    December 18, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. Squigman

    Amazing. Just a few statements from a republican or republican puppet, and years of research along with well thought out statistics are all but thrown in the trash. What next? If we're going to re-write history and science, lets go all the way and do away with republican politicians. This would cure may problems, and take less time and effort.

    December 18, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. Alex

    Reality is that both the pro-gay lobby and the anti-gay lobby are equally guilty of trying to impose their beliefs on the majority that just doesn't care. Just live and let live.

    December 18, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  14. CincyCapell

    Bachman is still fighting the Kinsey Report. She's permanently stuck in 1954.

    December 18, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. LouAZ

    "Some fellows (women) get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid.”- Kin Hubbard
    Onward christian Soldiers. Vote for me and I'll tell you what is fact and what isn't. Hallejulia Jeebus !

    December 18, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. ARC

    She is Palin 2.0 and doesn't want to sound stupid so she doesn't take questions. Her lack of knowledge in the issues at hand for the people is clear now. Light travels faster then sound, that is why some people appear bright until they
    open their mouth.

    December 18, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. NH Grandma

    Not happy with the one President who supports them? Go figure! I don't know what's wrong with some Americans. To vote GOP is to vote for our country to go backwards socially and back to failed economic policies on top of that.

    December 18, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. JD in Moraga, CA

    What about the myth that she's got her facts straight? Even the other candidates question her ability to manage basic, verifiable data.

    December 18, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. ken

    if every voter voted on one single issue then u would never ever get elected
    – no one agrees with every position of a candidate.

    December 18, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  20. dede

    I live in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, and this is nothing new for Michele Bachmann. She and her husband have shown time after time they are biased, and base their information on gay issues not on facts, but on their religious beliefs. The "clinic" (and I use that term very loosely) takes federal money and uses "therapeutic" technics that have repeatedly been called into question by her husband's peers, yet they continue to believe they are successful. Yet they cannot show any statistics (nor will they) that back up their claims of success.

    December 18, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  21. Lizzy10

    Why would anyone vote for her? Vapid, disingenuous, and really out of touch with the youth of today.

    December 18, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  22. Andrew

    The GOP don't care about human individual rights. If you don't follow their hardline distorted version of Christianity, your just a nobody to them. I just can't wait for HIM to finally get here.. and once he does it's going to change everything.
    People get ready.

    December 18, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. bert2012

    Sooooo, if Michele and Markus had 23 foster children, how many are gay and they don't know it . . .

    December 18, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  24. Jeff Spangler

    Whether or not the LGBT numbers are 1.5% or 15%, you cannot "pray the gay away" nor can Bachmann be the nominee at this point without Divine intervention. (He's not taking questions either.)

    December 18, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. Chuck

    "No questions policy." I wonder why.

    December 18, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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