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. D

    Bachmann AND Santorum both engaged as speaking events?
    Man, I wish my college had provided that much side-show entertainment when I was there.

    April 12, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Poor Karl Rove really has his work cut out for him this time around supporting this New Republican Party of Tea Clowns.

    April 12, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. beevee

    She is definitely a Teaparty candidate, a close minded conservative. Frightening to envision her as leading this country.

    April 12, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. gg

    Reactionaries like Bachmann should be called out at every opportunity.

    April 12, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Keeping it classy, 1 democrat at a time.

    April 12, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. wmontanye

    Who's worst Bachmann or Palin? Both are very scary.....

    April 12, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. C. Howe Yulikit

    Michelle Bachmann is "un-hecklable" as she is such a complete joke all by herself.

    April 12, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Citizen Twain

    This woman will never be president. She is anti-woman. We don't want to live in her Christian bubble because it is about to burst. Stop believing in fairy tales and grow up. It's time to face the facts about this life. We are here a short time and then we die.

    April 12, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Texas1

    What a loser she is! I am glad college educated students knows how to identify an idiot like Bachmann.

    April 12, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Ha Ha !

    Wow ! The teaparty get's a dose of their own medicine , this is priceless ! It's funny how the repubs cry foul when they're own tactic's get used on them !

    April 12, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. DavidM

    Why would anyone think this shrill Tea Party suck-up is qualified to be president of the United States. We do not need some extremeist to divide this country, only concerned with those that are like her and condemning those that don't hold her particular brand of politics and far right "christianity". We need someone that can represent and support every single citizen; who respects the rights and choices of those citizens and works to keep all American citizens from being disenfranchised, regardles of their color, economic status, sex, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.

    April 12, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Tom

    It's ok, Iran is against it too. She's not alone.

    April 12, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. Republican's are fraud's !

    This is just Karma coming back to bite Bachmann in the rear ! She's spouted off so many lie's and half truth's the past two year's that it's finally catching up to her ! It could not have happened to a more deserving person !

    April 12, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    One little town in Iowa was torn up due to a tornado and I haven't heard a word of sympathy from these Republicans while they are there pandering for support.

    April 12, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Robert J

    Hello out there? Michele Bachman? Why do you beleieve you have the slightest ability and possibility to be Presdent?
    What are your credentials? Ever run a profitable business? Ever fought in a war? Ever been a hero? What have you been? A pretty woman batting her eyes and jumping in on the winning side of every conversation iregardlerss of changing sides as convenence dictates? A moralistic ideaologist who thinks she should enforce here will and thoughts on everyone and now wants to govern everyone thoughts as well? You and Palin need to find an island in the Bearing Sea and go there / stay there and shut up!

    April 12, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    She's an embarrassment to women in this country.

    April 12, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    It's great to see Michelle Bachmann stand up for her views on these social issues. I don't completely agree with her on those, but that's okay for me, really. The bottom line is, she has values and she stands by them. There will be no candidate that agrees 100% with 200 million voters. The scary thing is a politician who is not honest about their values. Take John Edwards, for instance...

    April 12, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. RL

    When you are the President of the United States, you are representing all citizens of this country. I hate this politicians who just pick and choose who they favor. I hope the gay/lesbian community ban together to keep this woman out.

    April 12, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Laverne

    Wonder how Sarah Palin feels about her Michelle Bachman stealing her thunder. I don't like Michelle Bachman either, however, Sarah Palin is becoming so irrelevant in this whole thing. She has NO credibility and people are finally getting it, she is like a vapor in the wind!

    April 12, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Z

    She pledges support for energy sources yet she wants to eliminate the Department of Energy.

    I think this woman scares me more than the though of Sarah Palin becoming president. I'm still shocked that she thinks that, before Obama's healthcare changes, we had the best healthcare system in the world.

    April 12, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Seneca

    There goes the gay vote, the female vote and the 18-24 vote. Good luck with that one GOP.

    April 12, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Will

    Wait until they leave college and have to start earning a living and I guarantee at least half will suddenly become conservative. All that brash indulgence of all things liberal will fade like the wind when the bills come due.

    April 12, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Russ

    Problem is, I'm sure she thought the hecklers were cheering for her! Yes, she's that dumb.

    April 12, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. seebofubar

    Well, we were all young and stupid once. Most of them will grow up eventually. Unfortunately some of them will never mature and will be gimmy gimme democrats forever.

    April 12, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. Alton Lee

    Last week I heard Michele Bachmann on WCCO radio trying to upset us by telling us about inflation and gasoline prices. She told us how gasoline was $1.83 per gallon previous to the Obama administration and to look at it now. I remember vividly paying up to $4.25 in the second term of the Bush administration. She needs to stop trying to govern us with emotion and distorting the facts. Some of us can remember back before Obama took over. Thing were not so wonderful then either.

    April 12, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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