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. Bman

    In and out and don't touch the hair.. I've met Jezebals with better manners...

    December 18, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  2. alpha

    In the Bachmann household, between Marcus and Michelle, it's 50%.

    December 18, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  3. todd in DC

    Well color me shocked. What's so hard to figure out? She is homophobic. She is also for Christians only, and for the wealthy only.

    Fortunately, her polls numbers have not budged from the single digits. Put a fork in her. She's done.

    December 18, 2011 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  4. Sue

    Can they prove that the Kinsey Report is a myth?

    December 18, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |

    Merry Christmas,.. let's all be civil for one week.

    December 19, 2011 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  6. jetw

    Ms. Bachman does not need to answer any questions about gay rights. Her historical record says it all for her....and she knows repeating such diatribe will ensure that she is erased from the GOP "wanna-be" list sooner rather than later. It is inevitable, however.

    December 19, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  7. Jesus C.

    Not to worry, Bachmann will never be President, PERIOD.

    December 19, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  8. Doc

    Ah! A chapter out of the "Life And Times Of A Wacky Person Running For President"

    December 19, 2011 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  9. Marla

    Kinsey was a real scientist, who did real scientific research. Neither of the Bachmanns have any science credentials.
    I'll stick with the facts that came from real research.

    December 19, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  10. mfx3

    Iran completely agrees with Bachmann's position on gays.

    December 19, 2011 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  11. Lenny Pincus

    For Bachmann, any scientific study that goes against her beliefs is a myth. That's why she's so dumb.

    December 19, 2011 12:20 am at 12:20 am |

    um.....what is her purpose of showing up in public at such an event if people can't ask her questions......

    December 19, 2011 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  13. Bill

    She also thinks that excessive carbon dioxide being harmful is a myth. My suggestion to Bachmann, put a plastic bag over your head for an hour and then tell us it's a myth.

    December 19, 2011 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  14. James Baker

    She's not allowed to answer questions by her handlers because if people know what she stands for, they will never vote for her.

    December 19, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  15. Someone in Columbus

    Gee, no questions? I wonder why, other than every time she opens her mouth she looks dumber....

    December 19, 2011 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  16. indy

    Sad......just look at those soulless eyes. You can also almost see her IQ just by looking at eyes. Then she says something and there is no doubt that she is a half-brain.

    December 19, 2011 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  17. Vin Dicated

    Hmm, Bachmann quoting research from the 1950s? Yeah, 60+ year research can be trusted. Especially about homosexuality when people weren't exact;y truthful.

    December 19, 2011 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  18. retphxfire

    Handlers too afraid to let her speak off-the-cuff, too afraid of another gaff. I'd also like to know what, exactly, is so adorable about her? Her prejudices? Her lack of tact? Her ignorance? Her rigid belief that she is the only one who can dictate what is right or who she represents? The list is too long to place on these pages.

    December 19, 2011 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  19. jkeef

    How do you have a no questions policy when you are campaigning to be President?

    December 19, 2011 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  20. nelson

    Another Anita Bryant. Eventually she will move to Florida to sell orange juice and end up a dried old prune caused by fear of the unknown.

    December 19, 2011 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  21. twophad

    And she and her husband, of course, have done their own extensive research to find out how many Americans are gay...

    December 19, 2011 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  22. Mr. Pig

    Yes, Bachmann has it wrong. But no, 10% of the population isn't gay. More like 2%. That means that .56% of Michelle's kids are gay. Exclusive homosexuals are a very small percentage of the general population.

    Kinsey's work was highly flawed in terms of methodology. Most serious researchers in human sexuality pretty much dismiss it, except to acknowledge it for the fact that it was groundbreaking in that it was an attempt to understand what regular people thought about sex.

    Gay people have every right to freedom and acceptance by society. But they have to make that claim based on priinciple, not numbers.

    December 19, 2011 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  23. SNAPPA

    They're right it is a myth, there are MANY, MANY more than that. That is probably the closest guarded secrete in the world today that gay people are numberd in the millions. I'm still curious how come she hasn't paraded her children around to show what a good family she has? Don't many republican so called "family values" candidates parade their children to the news media to show off how good a family she has? Where are they? I mean how do you keep 28 kids out of the news?

    December 19, 2011 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  24. clinky

    Bachmann is right. Kinsey is wrong. One-half of Americans are gay. The other half are popping out babies like crazy to keep the population going and cover up the mass gay fad we have from our enemies abroad.

    December 19, 2011 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  25. Patiat

    Bachmann's a lunatic and a fraud.

    December 19, 2011 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
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