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. Martin

    What kind of campaign stops and makes speeches but doesn't allow times for questions?

    One that has a candidate who is afraid of answering them with less than six weeks remaining.

    December 18, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. PHinMiami

    No questions, no answers, . . . or at least any with some semblance of human compassion or intelligence. Buh, bye, Michelle.

    December 18, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  3. benji

    Bachman needs to stop wasting money and her time. She is not very smart and will never be president.

    December 18, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  4. kenny

    " 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."

    That is the mentality of Michele Bachmann and her husband and probably about 99 and 44/100 % of other Republicans too.

    December 18, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  5. dave

    MIchele Bachmann is a 'gay ' pun intended...and I'm a straight guy married for 40+ years who knows gay people who have had much longer lasting relationships than any of Newt GIngrich's so called marriages

    December 18, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  6. Craig

    Who says the youth of America are uninformed or are apthethic? Quentin HIll had legitimate questions and was told he wouldn't get answers. That is no way to run for President. You can't live in a bubble and only repeat soundbites. The people of this country deserve more from those that are seeking higher office. Basically we have three Republicans (Gingrich, Romney and Bachmann) that don't want to answer questions from those they want to supposedly represent. I bet when they are talking to heads of corporations, not only do they take questions, they take requests. Along with the donations that are funneled to their campaigns. This group of Republicans are even worse than past groups. At least with past groups they faked their concern for the average voter while pandering to the corporations. This group doesn't even bother faking concern. Instead the average voter is treated as a nuisance their staffers clear out of the way while they walk in to a room repeating the same soundbite for the thousandth time.

    December 18, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. malabar

    there are many gay people who vote republican. one issue voters are idiots. who cares if you can marry if the country is shot to hell by liberals. uh uh

    December 18, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. Grampa

    Sometimes I wonder if people like Michele Bachmann speak and act the way they do because they're genuinely terrified of the future. They pine for the 50s when their hateful WASP doctrines were accepted without question. Now they look about and see gays and atheists coming out of the closet in droves. They've seen the first African American president and a woman Secretary of State. They see the proportion of whites in America declining and immigrants becoming more active in politics at all levels. They had a resurgence in 2010 mostly due to the mess they created and the success of their propaganda blaming it all on Obama. But the writing is clearly on the wall and they see their sun setting. Perhaps the saddest thought for her and those of her ilk is the realization that when they're gone, they won't be missed.

    December 18, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. Frank!

    Folks, face it - Michelle Bachmann just isn't smart. But, I think she would deserve a PhD if gay-bashing were a degree. And, if there were, I'm sure Pizza Ranch would offer scholarships for prospective students.

    December 18, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  10. tapu

    I can never believe what I read about the Republican party. They seem so out-of-touch. As though they don't live in today's world.

    December 18, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. Jack

    Bachman is vlearly vying & trying for VP spot – she knows she will not be presidentail nominee. Looks like Romney will be nominee & considering the way in which Bachman is attacking Gingrich, it's a concerted effort.

    December 18, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. Cathy

    Why bother visiting 99 counties if you are only going to shake hands. This is the presidency, not a beauty contest.

    December 18, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. Dan

    She's a serious Presidential candidate don't ya know!

    December 18, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. DJ

    She doesn't answer questions. Boy, there's the understatement of the year.

    December 18, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. Shannon

    what kind of lunatic supports this woman.

    December 18, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. steven harnack

    Ahh, the "No Questions Tour"! Candidates that have tried that approach before haven't had much luck with it . I predict similar results for Bachmann.

    December 18, 2011 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  17. Joe citizen abroad

    "No questions" because every time she opens her mouth, embarrassing things come out. So if Kinsey is a "myth," what's passing for science in her narrow little reality?

    December 18, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  18. TooBad ForHer

    Why do they even spend time going to see this woman? She's so out of touch with reality that she may think that anyone who approaches her is a dragon or a unicorn!

    December 18, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  19. Karen

    Why would Michele Bachman put her name on a sign for "Gay friendly Iowans? I am all in favor of gay rights, but what does that say about Michele Bachman's integrity? Will she sign anything for a vote? She certainly doesn't walk the walk. I am so relieved to be a democrat and not have to make a choice between these republican bozos!

    December 18, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  20. Boston Guy

    We all know she hates gays and that's why she and her husband feel the need to try and make them straight. Why keep asking her about it. SHE HATES GAY PEOPLE!! Her husband makes a lot of money trying to do this. It's the idiots who go to him, believe they are changed and probably all go back to the lifestyle within months. You are born that way no matter what the right wing nuts say. Be happy and accept it for who you are.

    December 18, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  21. Adam H

    the Kinsey report probably wasn't the most controlled study, however, whatever the percentage of gay americans is, it probably does fall in the range of 5-10%. So the woman's point was both poignant and valid.

    December 18, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  22. blev

    In order to take questions you have to have meaningful answers. If you do not have the answers the do not take questions – you just look stupid.

    December 18, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  23. trashcup

    She did her best during the last debate Thursday night, attacking Newt where he needed to be attacked. However, Michele will never be the Republican nominee, so even jumping thru Iowa just to shake some hands won't bring her the votes she needs to win in Iowa.

    December 18, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  24. JS

    I don´t want my children be they gay or not to to live in a country where a person who calls herself a Christian lacks any sense of compassion or empathy, who in no way is capable of relating to the population she will serve and is incapable of understanding that we have a part to play and she as president will be there to allow us to play them. If everything under the heavens is part of the Lord´s plan who is she to question any of its part. God fearing? Sounds like someone who fears no god.

    December 18, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. zip

    The funny part is when you listen to her husband speak. Swishy doesn't begin to describe it.

    December 18, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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