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. CSD

    Which is exactly why they have a "no question" policy at this vapid airhead's circus events. This idiot isn't smart enough to be a tree stump.

    December 18, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  2. Stopthemadness

    LMAO this woman is a real piece of work, or something else not mentionable. To assume that she hates gays is an understatement it goes against her very deep seated right wing religious beliefs.

    Fact I hate politicians who spout religion as a campaign platform.
    Fact Those of you who think a president has to be a certain faith, race, or creed are traitors to this country.
    Fact For every tour these republicans make through Iowa they confirm for 1000's if not more people how out of touch Republicans are with current issues concerning rights of individuals, the current financial situation and last but not least reality.

    If you are going to vote for someone it should not be on their religious beliefs and those who use their religious beliefs should automatically have charges filed on them for failure to maintain the separation of church and state. It is a law that no one enforces and we the people should start making it be enforced. If you want to be religious join a church become a person of the cloth and have a great life but leave your damn religion out of the white house. TRAITORS.

    December 18, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  3. Pablo695

    If the vacuum of space was worth the weight of gold, the area between Michele Bachmann's ears would be equal to a King's ransom!!!

    December 18, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. Oldie in TampaBay

    she's clueless. Fortunately she doesn't have a snowball's chance ..

    December 18, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. Patrick

    Quentin Hill, was so right..."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."

    December 18, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. Charlie from the North

    She is a good little parrot for the Christian right. She and they are wrong. WRWJTA? -Whose rights would Jesus take away?

    December 18, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  7. rhumba

    Bachmann evidently hasn't associated with a group of young people recently. I'm guessing she avoids such groups in order to avoid the tough questions and the true answers to those questions,

    December 18, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  8. nothanksimdriving123

    Kinsey's numbers might well be inaccurate, though it is probably impossible to tell for sure. Keep in mind that when he and his crew were asking their questions, gay activity was criminal behavior in most or all of the US, punishable with serious jail time as well as possible medical and/or psychiatric "treatment." But I do have a question for Rep. Bachmann and anyone else who is opposed to equal rights for gay people. Most such folks base their objections on certain Bible verses, such as in Leviticus, where it says gays shall surely be put to death. If they believe in that prohibition so dearly, can we assume they favor capital punishment for gay people? If they don't favor capital punishment for gays, can it be that they feel the Bible is partly wrong, and if it's partly wrong on gays, why can't it be totally wrong? Care to explain? Anyone? Bueller?

    December 18, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. Thatguy371

    MB isn't getting the repub nomination anyway, too much of an ultra rightie.

    December 18, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. conoclast

    Iowans: do not ask questions of the candidates! Accept what you're being told and be glad the candidates are honoring your town by parading through it. Questions regarding candidates' political views will not be accepted; all will be revealed AFTER the election. Trust us; we know what's best for you.

    December 18, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. Killdeer

    Well, she certainly can not answer questions. When she does she developes a "foot in mouth" syndrome.

    December 18, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  12. Name Stephanie from Pittsburgh

    Yep that's the way to get votes Michelle......dont ask any questions and she won't tell any lies .

    December 18, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  13. InVT

    Ah yes, how many nobel laureate will agree with her this time?
    It must be easy when you can create whatever 'facts' you want, the the idiots who will vote for you just don't care it is a lie.
    After all, it is the lie they want to hear.

    December 18, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  14. Moderate

    A vote for Bachmann is a vote wasted. She has no gravitas, no credibility, little intellect and no chance - none - of becoming president. She avoids serious questions, ignores issues important to the voters and makes Sarah Palin look like a policy wonk.

    December 18, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    She has at least one at home so this is one fact that she should get right!

    December 18, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. NFL1

    I agree, candidates who truly want to represent America should take questions and talk with all types of Americans, not just those that are cherry-picked and agree with the candidate's views. The President must work with world leaders who do not agree with why not expect the candidates to handle questions and answer questions from everyone??

    December 18, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  17. teararound

    I sincerely hope Rep. Bachman does not get any office in administration in 2012 including president. She is an embarrassment to MN.

    December 18, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  18. Zwei Stein

    Stupid to ask her what her position on gay rights is. She's made that public plenty of times. Ask her something she hasn't talked about before – like providing food aid to North Korea.

    December 18, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  19. Mac

    You should already know what you are dealing with when it comes to these two. dumb and dumber.

    December 18, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  20. Pat

    Who on Earth would even bother to ask this dim-witted moron any questions?

    December 18, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  21. Terry Gloege

    No doubt her husband is an expert on gays.

    December 18, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  22. Rsc2000

    Interesting. Sounds just like the Iranian dictator who claimed at the United Nations Conf this year that there are no gay people in Iran. These people are dangerous.

    December 18, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  23. Try This

    Why not try having someone at each stop ask her a question anyway?

    December 18, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  24. trainwreck

    how cute, she is still pretending like shes gonna win the nomination...her and perry can go ride unicorns together to happy la la land

    December 18, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  25. DarthWoo

    Bachmann isn't stopped from believing a lot of other ridiculous myths. I guess she just prefers the myths that coincide with her opinions.

    December 18, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
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