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. Jo

    10% of the population is NOT Gay. Only 3-4%, a very small portion is Gay. Of course some cities have a higher concentration than the 3-4%, but most other places have much less.

    December 19, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Rock The Rainbow

    Merry Christmas Gay America.
    Merry Christmas to our straight friends, and thank you.

    The troops are out of Iraq....................Yeeeaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 19, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Jim in San Mateo

    Michelle Bachmann should never try to improve the situations by introducing facts. She hasn't seen one in years, I'm sure she forgot where they are located. She should stick to her opinions which are much more believable.

    December 19, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Rock The Rainbow

    **** Calvin

    Gay people are a myth. They can be healed.

    Sorry Calvin, i dont want to be healed.
    I am just fine.
    By the way Calvin.....
    if gay people are a myth, why would anybody have to heal them ?

    December 19, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Harry Baxter

    They make me laugh with their "no questions policy" to supposedly keep Bachmann on schedule. The plain fact is that Michelle doesn't know anything about anything. The "Flat Earthers" were rocket scientists compared to her. Luckily, she doesn't stand a chance in Hell of being elected President. Thank God for That!

    December 19, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Jason

    Don't be stupid. The gay kid wasn't going to vote for Bachman anyway so she lost nothing. The gay community only cares about expanded rights for gays. Their vote will depend on who they believe will give them the most. That was the same thing with Obama. Let me be a little bit loose with this percentage to make a point. Obama got about 95% (not sure what the exact percentage but it is huge) of the black vote that either wanted to elect a black president or wanted a president who would give them as much as possible. Even black Republicans voted for Obama. That is very racist. What every person who votes should consider is which candidate will be the best for the country.

    December 19, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Traci

    Why wasn't Obama and Biden asked why they were AGAINST Gay marriage? McCain got the question but
    all President Obama has to do is say he is for it %100. At least she says what she really believes even if she is wrong.

    December 19, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Doogie Browser

    I wonder if Michelle shares her clothes with her husband.
    I think i just went insane.

    December 19, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. BGko

    "No Questions" equals No Votes

    December 19, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. DeTamble

    *** Atul Chaudhary

    It is a disease that humans are trying to figure out. It is curable as it has been cured. You can shout and scream to drown my voice but I will say it again and again, it is a curable disease. I don't hate people, I just don't like the disease.

    Humans have figured it out.
    There is nothing wrong with gay people
    except what has been inflicted on them by ignorance and religion.
    Is somebody screaming at you ?
    Maybe its that little voice in your head telling you that you are wrong.
    Breathe deep, fly high, seek help.

    December 19, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. DeTamble

    Why are we trying to count gay numbers ?
    I was sixteen years old, and my straight nieghbor, married with two children,
    attended church every Sunday, and loved to play with the nieghborhood kids,
    I went after him like he came with green stamps, and i got him !
    So should i count him as straight, gay, or bi....??

    Some people are straight.
    Some people are gay.
    Most slide someplace in between.
    Its just human nature.

    December 19, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Jeremy

    Bachmann may be an idiot but in this case she's right. I've yet to meet the Sociologist that still accepts the Kinsey report as accurate. If a (D) had said this I'm sure CNN would be trotting out the experts to say "yes we find there are a lot of flawed collection methods and inaccuracies in the Kinsey report."

    December 19, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Johnjon

    so much for the "compassionate conservative". as usual, they live in their own little world........ closed off from the truth, and avoiding anything that might make them squirm.

    December 19, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Mindie from Indie

    Just ignore her – she'll go away – kinda like how she and gay Marcus ignores facts and truth.

    December 19, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Sean in DC

    Can the Bachmanns make it any more obvious that, basically, their philosophy is, "If we don't like it or don't believe in it, it's a myth. And if it's factually untrue, but we like it or believe in it, it is truth and reality."

    December 19, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Jimmer

    ok we get it you gays don't like her.....,fine now back to the closet.....

    December 19, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. m

    Why no questions? What is the use in stumping?

    December 19, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Alan

    Not that it matters what percentage of the population is gay, but it the 10% number *is* a myth. Kinsey's report was absurdly flawed and every scientifically conducted study conducted disagrees with its findings. No reputable organization cites that number anymore.

    How bad is CNN getting that Michelle freaking Bauchmann is on the right side of an article here?

    December 19, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. Woodstock

    Dear Michelle,

    Those sleepovers with Sarah Palin are working out great.
    You know how to suck the life out of your party.
    You know how to make money, just write a book (Ghostwriter of course)
    Get a job with Fox news, and dont answer any "gottcha" questions.
    Smart enough to know you will NEVER get near the white house,
    But tell the truth, you knew that all along, didnt you ?
    Dont forget to pray your husband straight.

    You got to tour America in a nice bus, and eat lots of great food,
    and make lots of money.

    As they say.....There is a sucker born every minute !!!!
    Well played Michelle, well played.

    December 19, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Most of the republicans dont like "facts or truth", just fear and hoping that religion and the wealthy will take care of us. That has never worked.

    December 19, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. Center Finger

    I cant wait to go out and turn some straight guy gay.
    Its a choice isnt it ?
    This should be easy.
    Couple of beers and a pizza should do it.
    Men are so easy.

    December 19, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Fried Green Tomatoes

    Still waiting for that $2.00 gallon gas.

    December 19, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. Two Thumbs Down

    And that's why she will NEVER be President.

    December 19, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. Fried Green Tomatoes

    *** Jo

    10% of the population is NOT Gay. Only 3-4%, a very small portion is Gay. Of course some cities have a higher concentration than the 3-4%, but most other places have much less.

    And how do you know this ?
    Did you personally knock on every door in America and ask ?
    What is your opinion based on ?
    Oh, i know what it is.
    All gay people are easy to tell.
    Lesbians are truck drivers
    and guys are fairies.

    Let me set you "straight" on something.
    Most of us are just everyday people, and you could not tell if we are gay
    unless we jumped up and screamed it in your face.
    We are just your average human being, we take your temperature at the
    doctors office.
    We deliver your mail.
    We drive your children home in school busses.
    I just handed you a pound of roast beef at the deli.
    We support our rights as American citizens,
    but most of us keep our lifes private.

    You want a head count ?
    With the help of our friends, our families, and "Sane" Americans,
    we got DADT overturned, we are getting more states to vote for Marriage rights,

    There is no going back, welcome to the real world.

    December 19, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Vasilios Birlidis

    Bachmann's biggest gay myth is that she thinks her husband is straight. You poor, sad, ignorant woman.

    December 19, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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