Bachmann heckled at Iowa appearance
April 12th, 2011
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Bachmann heckled at Iowa appearance

Washington (CNN)– Rep. Michele Bachmann was heckled by a handful of University of Iowa students at an appearance in the Hawkeye state on Monday.

The Minnesota Republican spoke for under thirty minutes about her opposition to abortion, same-sex marriage, and concerns with national debt, at the university memorial union in Iowa City, according to the Des Moines Register.

Bachmann was interrupted by the students who held a sign reading, "Homosexuality Desensitization" and shouted questions.

In addition, senior Jenny Watkins, grilled the congresswoman after the speech during the questions and answers portion. The student asked Bachmann about her views on homosexuality and abortion. Bachmann condemned both, according to the Des Moines Register.

The congresswoman, who is eyeing the Republican presidential nomination, addressed other socially heated topics at an earlier speech on Monday, in Pella, Iowa.

The students also questioned the Minnesota Republican's stance on U.S. oil interests.

"I want to have a lot more than what we have now," Bachmann said. "The difference is, I don't want oil coming from the Middle East. I want it coming from the United States," the Des Moines Register reported.

Touting Iowa's agriculturally-rich industry, Bachmann pledged her support for energy sources that can be produced in the U.S. including wind, solar, biofuels, and natural gas.

Bachmann's Iowa City speech was part of a lecture series sponsored by conservative Iowa-based organization, Family Leader, that also brought other GOP presidential contenders Ron Paul and Tim Pawlenty to the campus earlier this spring.

The organization will bring Rick Santorum to speak at the University of Iowa campus in May.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Ken

    Bachmann is doing her own road audition for a spot on SNL. With the crazy stuff she is saying, she might just get a spot on the show but never in the Whitehouse.

    April 12, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Gary Davis

    her mouth is only good as it blows . or what it blows. i this is the best the repubs have in a line of nut jobs , it has become a circus of idiotic clowns . thank GOD we have a president that is working for the people , we will win again in 2012 , it will take more than 8 years to fix the Bush Cheney Rove debacle . but as long as we keep the repubs and tea part step child out of control . we will get back america . from the wealthy biggots ,and corporate theievs , whom all should be in jail . if we do go into a depression , the top 2% will also loose everything , so the with the republicans flurting with making it happen will only hurt themselves . my money is on keeping Obama as president and having to listen to these freaks put him down every day . best side show in many years . the tents are up . and the freaks speak . ( yes we can 2012 OBAMA )

    April 12, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. MiddleOfTheRoad

    A message to republicans...............get a grip! There just has to be a candidate that lives in the real world.

    April 12, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. Thank God I am a Democrat

    Her drilling comment is nonsense. If we drill here the oil just goes into the world market and there is no guarantee that what we get back is ours. We will still get oil from the foriegn sources as always.

    April 12, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. John

    OK... let's talk about keeping the gov't out of our lives in one sentence and then talk about the gov't forbidding a woman's right to do what she wants for her body and forbidding people to choose a life companion. Absolute hipocrits. And wait til all these teaparty folks find out that all these budget cuts apply to them too. Very stupid people.

    April 12, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Rosslaw

    As an Obama supporter, I just want to know where to send money for Bachmann's Republican/Tea Baffer nomination run. I hear that she keeps a world globe on her desk so that she knows which countries are on the "bottom" and not to go there so she doen't fall off the planet. Just when you think the right-wing has set an impossibly high bar for stupid, they raise the bar time and time again. The gift that keeps on givnig.

    April 12, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    About time tgat somebody, in Iowa no less, let this bimbo and those who mught follow know that this os NOT your parents election and that young people are more interested in real issues and not the usual hot air coming out of the rethugs mouths.
    She offends me as a woman first and a human being second! Oil from the US? From where, since the oil we drill in the ocean is sold in the world market. Then again she and the bimbo from AK and now the bozo from trash TV (who is the new sick darling of the rethugs and some independents) could care less about the environment in general.
    How about putting some real money into finding other sources of energy?
    Santorum is going to be crucified in May. 🙂

    April 12, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. LouAZ

    When Facism comes to America it will be wrapped in a our flag and carrying a cross – Sinclair Lewis in 1935 !

    April 12, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    Sorry but I have to go there . . . . I guess xhe didn't have time for her botox treatment? Fat men and surgically enhanced ugly women inside and out are all the rethugs have to offer. Pathetic!!!

    April 12, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Lizzie

    This woman doesn't just distort the facts she either lies about them or makes them up. She has no credentials that warrant a run for the White House. The Tea party is a bunch of racists who have gone off the deep end. Discrimination in any form is anti-American. This member of the American version of the taliban wants to tell you what to think, who to worship, who to love and who to hate. She is an embarassment to working women everywhere

    April 12, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. California Conservative

    Heckled by Children. What else is new from the extreme laft?

    April 12, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Doug

    Ha ha Hecking LOL, much better than the Democrat kids at Rutgers who paid Snooki $32,000 to embrace them with her Democratness.

    Every Democrat kid at Rutgers is a clone of Snooki, and their Democrat parents dream of them one day not becoming Doctors, but becoming Union/Mob bosses and the wives of such men.

    If you are a decent person you owe it to yourself and your country to spend a week in an ultra blue area like Snooki-land, Northern New Jersey and New York. Take a drive on the roads and ask yourself if you endorse such Democrat behavior. You will be voting Republican 2012.

    April 12, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Realistic

    Here is a question to all social conservatives and small government conservatives and constitutional conservatives and anti-Obama conservatives and Mitt Romney supporters and Bachy backers. First, Mitt and all those who support him. If the Affordable HealthCare Act is ruled unconstitutional by SCOTUS because of federal mandate than its safe to say that because of the supremacy claus in the constitution states all "federal laws supersede states laws" and if the federal mandate in unconstitutional so is a state mandate that all people get health insurance. So By Mitts argument he is also stating his RomneyCare is unconstitutional so why is he so proud of it than? Could it be like Bachy, its only unconstitutional when a Democrats does it or they say it is and its does not apply to either of them?

    April 12, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Rob R

    "The difference is, I don't want oil coming from the Middle East. I want it coming from the United States," the Des Moines Register reported.

    Does the loon from Minnesota realize that even if we allowed oil companies to drill up every bit of oil off our shores that it would get sold on the open market? We only get royalties from oil companies to drill – but that oil gets sold all over the world. I am tired of all of these drilling fantatics running around saying that more drilling means more domestic oil – cuz it doesn't. But what do you expect from an ignorant wingnut.

    April 12, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    She's intelligent, she's a tax attorney and she'll tell you so. Boy is that sentence and oxymoron....Minnesota, the land of ten thousand lakes, Paul Bunyan, Babe his Blue Ox, and Michelle the Oxymoron.

    April 12, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Indy

    Is Bachmann too stupid to realize that 80% of the oil coming into the US is from Canada ?

    April 12, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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