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. RG

    Ironic that she wants to drill drill drill while Iowa directly benefits from ethanol. I doubt many homosexuals will vote for her.

    April 12, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Carol

    Thank goodness for freedom of speech – Democracy at work.

    April 12, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Aaron

    Ms special ed has no idea what she's talking about. If she were in Mississippi, she'd be insisting catfish could be used to fuel cars, apples in Washington, and sheer stupidity could fuel cars when she's speaking in SC.

    April 12, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. CSM

    Just another form of EXTREMISM!!

    April 12, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Me

    It's so nice of Bachmann to be out of Minnesota. Run for POTUS, Michele, lose that bid and miss out on running again for the sixth district congressional seat. But, hey, have fun with your lightbulbs!

    April 12, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    I'm surprised that the brownshirts at the door even allowed anyone who wasn't slobbering over her name to even gain entrance to the event. And to Seebofubar....a lot of the attendees will grow up and see just what the GOP really stands for and run over to register as Democrats

    April 12, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Ancient Texan

    School children that don't understand the issues or consequences of voting for a candidate because he or she is a rockstar and "cute" got us into this mess and are not expected to be respectful to the "enemy" or understand the issues yet. If and when they mature, maybe they'll be reliable citizens and voters.

    April 12, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Colleges are not a good venue for politicians whose ideas are rooted in the church. Higher education actually opens minds, instead of closing them.

    April 12, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. DN

    Facts are facts. Our national debt falls squarely on the shoulders of President Bush. That's not fair? Under President Clinton, our budget was balanced and the debt clock was covered with an American flag because he took our country out of debt. In the 8 years George W. Bush was President, our nation went from a surplus to the biggest deficit in history (remember, when he took office and gave everyone a small check from the treasury?). Two wars and tax cuts so the government could not pay for the wars, and now we are in a deep financial hole. These are facts, not opinions.

    April 12, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Steve (the real one) in Arizona

    When listening to a poltiical candidate I'd rather hear what he/she plans to do for the country as a WHOLE rather than their hateful discrimination against the very people they hope to represent.

    April 12, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. vic

    She is by far the worst choice for the GOP. No one as dumb as her should ever hold any public office.

    April 12, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Pam

    Makes me proud to be an Iowan!!!

    April 12, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Voice of Reason

    And yet she plows steadily onward – unencumbered by reason or perspective. Here's to you Michelle Bachmann – You know how to keep a campaign fueled by nothing more than greed and egotism moving forward.

    April 12, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Nick

    When you hear your conservative friends denounce this as detestable behavior, ask them what they think about the tea party disruptions of Democratic representatives' town hall meetings not so long ago. Selective memory is a *****

    It seems like every time I turn around, I see more and more examples of Americans rejecting the Tealiban... and for this I am thankful.

    April 12, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Jake

    her Puritan views fit so beautifully with the rich history of how our country was formed!

    April 12, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. ACE

    Preaching hate and intollerance is the christian thing to do right Michele? You are an embarrasment to all of Minnesota.

    April 12, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The question is what does Bachmann believe and where does she get these ideas. Does she read anything and where does she get her news? I feel that these are valid questions because no one can be everywhere to get their own news.

    April 12, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Voice of Reason

    Just when you thought no one could displace Queen Sarah as the sitting chairperson of 'Deluded Fruitcakes Anonymous', along came Michelle Bachmann. She's like the invincible Tea-Patriot! She doesnt listen to ANYONE or ANYTHING! She's always right! (just ask her – she'll tell you all about it!). She is the political equivilant of Chuck Norris! Kicking liberal butt and taking no names!

    C'mon Michelle! Run, run, run! PUH-LEEHEEHEEHEZE Run in 2012! America needs the laughs.

    April 12, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Seer

    I've never understood the right wing zealots' mutually contradictory stances of 1) small government that doesn't cost much and stays out of people's lives to guarantee their freedom and 2) government used as a cop to enforce their repressive and judgmental morality with lots of laws that invade people's privacy and controls their lives. How can they have both opinions at once?

    April 12, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Mark from Middle River

    A handful of student's booed her and folks feel that means anything. That has happened to Obama while he has given speeches while in office.

    If this is the meter that you folks use, then we might be looking at our first Female president 🙂

    April 12, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |

    This woman remind me of a lady Hitler,.. she hate everyone who isn't fair skinned, blonde, and blue eyes.

    April 12, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. hawkeyegirl81

    I love Michele Bachmann! I hope she DOES run for president. She'd be fantastic! I'm an Iowan, I'll vote for her in the primary. America needs a clean sweep and to get spending under control, she's shown relentlessly that she wants to fight to get America's sanity back again. You get em girl!! Bachmann2012!

    April 12, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Voice of Reason

    Take your Carpet-tea-bag back to Minnestoa and leave the rest of us alone, you Deluded Quack!

    April 12, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Rickster

    Typical democrats acting like a bunch of 8 year olds. And I'm sure their college "professors" were as proud as can be at their little anarchists who were doing the heckling.

    April 12, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. OneMoreTime

    @Four/Door "... not honest about values....take John Edwards, for instance". Do you really want to go there?

    April 12, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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