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. DOS

    It's immaterial what Bachmann's opinion is on this since she will nit be the nominee, but more importantly, the party of the intellectuals (the Republican Party) has become the anti-intellectual party. To the likes of Bachman, Palin, Beck, Limbaugh and others, the belief is" "My ignorance is as valid as your education and knowledge!"

    December 19, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  2. boyamidumb

    I have never been more embarrassed for our country. The current group of people running for political office in this country – at every level – should make us all run for the hills. This person (Bachmann) isn't allowed to field questions, simply because every time she opens her mouth we all realize just how stupid she is.

    My question is who is backing these talking (or in this case non-talking) heads running for office, and ask yourself just WHY they want these peoeple in positions of power.

    December 19, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  3. Carrie

    So she is parroting her husband. She didn't answer that question about submitting to her husband so now it looks like we know she does. Doesn't her state require a therapist to be licensed and to get a license to have some qualifications? It appears her husband has none but maybe he claims to be some kind of religious therapist?

    December 19, 2011 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  4. TRH

    Don't laugh. Michelle Bachmann and her ilk are dangerous.

    December 19, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  5. Roy Moss

    She's not "adorable." She is, like all Republicans, a rotten human being.

    December 19, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  6. Dr. Ruth

    Not answering questions is been a trade mark of the ultra right extremeist such as Backman and Palin, avoid the mistakes both have had in the past, plus they are not accountable to the public.

    December 19, 2011 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  7. Joe

    I am glad that someone is challenging this fascist witch and her "light in the loafers" about their hateful views of other human beings. The only "myth", by the way, is the one that Bachmann and her husband believe about her being a qualified candidate for President of this great country. If the two of them want a theocracy, then move to Iran!

    December 19, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  8. grady

    fact is "myth" and "myth" is fact to Michelle Bachmann

    December 19, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  9. Scott

    A presidential candidate who is afraid to take questions? She is done. Might as well save herself the money and end her campaign now.

    December 19, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  10. joe dokes

    So... in Bachmann's world, research findings are an myth because she wants them to be? Are you kidding me? We don't need politicians like this. Join the planet earth, lady!

    December 19, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  11. Anonymous

    You can't "pray away the gay" and, in Michele's case, you can't "pray away the crazy" either.

    December 19, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  12. TimeToGetOut

    Schnell should be ashamed for trying to confuse the congresswoman with facts.

    December 19, 2011 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  13. rlowens1

    Michele Bachman ensures that she will never be President of the US every time she opens her mouth. She doesn't take questions because she knows she does not know the answers. She is a joke and an embarrassment to the GOP.

    December 19, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  14. jebahoula

    Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6: 9-10)

    December 19, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  15. Cooper

    Bachmann is obviously not Presidential material. I am surprised she got elected in the first place. She believes what she wants to belive, just like we all do, but proven facts are proven facts. 10% of the population is homosexual, homosexuality is not a choice (who would want to be disowned by their own family and be discriminated against if they had a choice not to be) and Elvis was not born in August. She does seem to be nice and polite, but that doesn't get one very far in life anymore, unfortunately. Thank goodness in this case.

    At least we don't hear much about Palin anymore. How long are we going to have to hear about Bachmann?

    December 19, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  16. S.R

    "reparative therapy" by trying to help gay individuals become straight.......that's her husband's mind set and that is her mind set. We don't need closed minded people like her running this country. They all try to stand on a religious plateform to get the short sighted people out there to think they will do what's right. Reallity check.....people claming to be religous are usually the worst kind of people underneath the front!!! I see it everyday!!!

    December 19, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  17. snowyowl

    She has a "no questions" policy because every answer that comes out of her mouth is a complete fabrication or otherwise blithering lunacy.

    December 19, 2011 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  18. bewhiskered

    "First of all you have to realize that you are representing all Americans including gay Americans."

    That's a very powerful statement, the likes of which Michele Bachmann or her husband, will never be capable of understanding, because they foolishly believe that gender preference is a choice. Not only should her limited knowledge of the world eliminate her from the Presidency, her homophobia should do the same!

    December 19, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  19. Dave

    I actually believe that either Michelle, or her husband, or both are gay.

    December 19, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  20. Joe The Plumber

    A "no questions" policy!?! She is all mouth no ears!

    December 19, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  21. mark

    The only problem with bachmann is she is gay and won't acknowledge it . She would make a fine president in her world over her husband . But can not get up the courage . . The woman is full of hate for americans who don't think like her .

    December 19, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  22. Goodgrief

    I'm not a Bachmann supporter but this Schnell woman used deception to try to make a point. If you must use deception to make a point, then you have already cast doubt as to the validity of your POV.

    December 19, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  23. davidmichael

    Even a broken clock is correct twice a day. The Kinsey report was show false, years ago. 2 – 3 % of the population as gay is correct.

    December 19, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  24. Patrick Lewis

    The most telling thing about this report is that Bachman is not getting votes from the people who are showing up. They are more there for the circus than to support this candidate.

    December 19, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  25. John

    Michele Bachmann Is Racist about everything ,that mean the color of your skin or if you are gay.

    December 19, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
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