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

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. Mystery

    Once again we see gay associated with teen suicide. People need to know that suicide is wrong. This is a violent act that is wrong for any reason. Whether gay, depressed, bullied or guilty suicide is wrong. Terrorists commit suicide to hurt and manipulate other people. Suicide is extremely destructive to oneself and to the living. Suicide is extremely wrong. No candidate should ever be manipulated by a threat of suicide. People need to be cared for regardless of their difficulties as a human being. Good People are not to be manipulated by threats of suicide.

    December 18, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  2. DJ

    She can't answer questions. They'd expose her as a person who is exactly as horrible as she is. She's a blight on freedom.

    December 18, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. joe

    Kinsey was wrong? Pray away the facts?

    December 18, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. Dominic

    Michelle Bachmann should be a myth, sadly she isn't. And her husband's extremist views are flat out lies. What a sad state this country is in that a bigot like Bachmann would be running for President.

    December 18, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    One of the republcan losers.

    Just one.

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

    The real 'MYTH' here is the Bachmenn family.

    December 18, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  7. Mike Buck

    Its a good thing for Bachmann her new tour was a meet and greet with no questions. That way it decreases the chance of another huge mistake by, oh about 10% !

    December 18, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  8. RCM

    When you are down in the polls say anything to get into the news cycle.

    December 18, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  9. Mike

    Just because she doesn't like the results, doesnt make the study a "myth". I'm just saying....

    December 18, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. Maya

    Why should it matter what percentage of the population is gay? It is not a lesser injustice to deprive %10 of the population of the rights given to the other 90% than to deprive 2% of the population of the rights given to the other 98%. The fact that a trait is more or less common doesn't make it more or less acceptable, and the fact that you are "normal" (in the purely statistical sense, which is all normalcy really is) doesn't mean that you are better than those who are not.

    December 18, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  11. Pete Schatz

    Republicans. The people that brought you George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. The choices they are giving you for 2012 are no better. Be afraid America.

    December 18, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  12. billy davis

    Bachmann is a dummy. We know that already.

    December 18, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  13. MWM

    We true believers will not be swayed by facts, truth or science.

    December 18, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  14. dah00

    Bachmann is not "adorable." She's a hateful witch.

    December 18, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. Scott A

    Bachmann is definitely not an "adorable" person like someone in the article said. If she was "trying to be a nice person", she wouldn't be Michelle Bachmann.

    December 18, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  16. Melo-D

    Not like the "facts" that Bauchmann talks about, like inoculations making people retarded. So just how many shots did YOU get as a child MIchelle?

    December 18, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. Kinsey

    Nice to know there are intelligent Iowans. Poor Marcus. I feel for the man.

    December 18, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  18. Ian

    10% is too high. Why would we still base our findings on an outdated report from the 50's?

    December 18, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  19. Allen

    Don't answer questions and this makes you appear smart. I think republicans are a myth. we should try to repair them!

    December 18, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  20. American

    Ignorance is bliss. This fool will be out of the running come January.

    December 18, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  21. indyreader

    The only evidence Bachmann has against anything in Kinsey's research is dogma – she believes what she wants to believe, what produces the least conflict with what her religious fables tell her. I wouldn't trust her as far as I could throw her, if the job required treating all citizens equally.

    December 18, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  22. FedUpwithLA

    The gay "issue" is a good starting point to deal with the nukemakers in Iran. Let's get to more substantial issues on the agenda.

    December 18, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  23. Drew Botwin

    She's in denial because of her husband's collection of Judy Garland albums.

    December 18, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  24. Jonny

    She knows myth, she lives with one.

    December 18, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  25. mk1

    Of course she took no questions, her handlers are scared to death of what she would say when answering. Also, the only myth out there is that there are any brains at all in any of the GOP contenders. They are all ignorant fools.

    December 18, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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