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. Bessy

    Good for the students ! This idiot does not even belong running to be president. Too bad that she doesn't realize it. Students are not followers of the teabag group. They actually have minds of their own and use them.

    April 12, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Why is it that the politician who will tell you that they believe in freedom, defend the constitution, no gov't in my personal life, blah-blah-blah, are always the first politician to tell you how you should live your own life. The first one to tell you what you can and cannot lawfully do. Why is that?

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

    I love to read the comments fro the lefties here..
    For Example
    – Bachmann AND Santorum both engaged as speaking events?
    Man, I wish my college had provided that much side-show entertainment when I was there.--DUH Snooki!
    -What a loser she is! I am glad college educated students knows how to identify an idiot like Bachmann.–DUH Snooki2
    Reactionaries like Bachmann should be called out at every opportunity.-Like Congressman Weiner

    And more but I'm getting bored.

    April 12, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    I support this kind of thing. Stop letting people tell you that you have to be polite towards people who are standing there telling you that they want to take your rights away, that they want to impose their personal moral codes upon you, that the poor and needy and sick and elderly are the ones that have to make "sacrifices" for this country to be successful and "get its fiscal house in order" while we must avoid at all costs expectig any "sacrifice" whatsoever from the people who have the means to help that happen while still living an obscenely lavish lifestyle, that they want to enact economic policies that will continue to widen the wealth gap, re-distribute all the wealth and assets in the country to those who already own the vast VAST majority of it anyway and then hand you over to your employer financially hog-tied, etc. etc. etc. Stop being polite to them. In the 1700's, we warred with people for telling us these things. The GOP and conservative movement have spent the past several decades ramping up the fear...fear of attack, fear for your financial well-being, fear of conspiracy this and conspiracy that...all so they could more easily manipulate you. Well, it's time for THEM to live in fear. Fear of our numbers. Fear of our retribution. Fear that we're not going to sit back any longer and let them take everything from us while they hand it to the rich and corporations. This is just a game to them. You are just a pawn. YOU ARE LOSING. They want you to live in serfdom, beholden to the same corporate masters they serve, who will prop them up to rule over you and tell you what you may do with your bodies, whether you are contributing enough to the work force to deserve medical care, what god to worship and what to believe, whether you will be allowed to own land or a home or an education or afford a family or will instead be forced to live life indebted such that you never truly own anything but are just "renting" it via debt service payments at usurious interest rates...a life that leaves you unable to say no to them or quit your job when they afil to give you a raise for several decades and whittle down your benefits to nothing. They've heckled and shouted over people trying to talk sense and discuss things rationally through their Astroturf Frankenstein...the media helped them do it, giving them disproportionate air time and lending them legitimacy through 24/7 sensationalization...well, it's time for those talking sense to start screaming in peoples' faces if that's what it takes to be heard. Enough is enough.

    April 12, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    The 6th District Psycho has another thing coming if she thinks the Iowa primary is going to be a cakewalk. Just because you were raised there still does not take away from the fact that you're dumb.

    April 12, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Howard

    As liberals, marching in lock step, singing the party song, you progressive stooges stoop to baseless accusations, and smear tactics to demonize your opponents. This year it's your fabricated derogatory word, birthers ... last year it was the continual cry of racist !!!

    April 12, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Cardog

    What more is there to say about Ms. Bachmann? Almost every comment on this story tells the tale of what she is about, where she wants to take America and what a closed minded human being she is.

    This boils down to two things: 1) America should be very fearful of the Republican/Tea Bag Party selecting her as their candidate and 2) President Barak H. Obama should be over-joyed that she could be his opponent.

    April 12, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. iowa retoric

    I'm from Iowa and you just got to look at the University of Iowa and the idiots there, football team on drugs or out getting in trouble for rape and drinking or take a real good look at the grades, hmmm passed on because they cannot do anything but complain about the corn and pigs, Iowa needs to grow up and become part of the real world and look at what their pick in obama has done to this country, I may be from Iowa, but I will NEVER call it home.

    April 12, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. SandyB

    I always knew the Iowa students were smart! They're not fooled by the incredibly ridiculous statements that come out of this teaparty candidate's mouth. Way to go, Iowa.

    April 12, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Alex Santana

    What is with these GOP women, like Bachmann, Palin, Coulter and the worst, Laura Ingraham? They "think" that what they think, should be what teh country thinks! And they are all so is their way or the highway..they are like these closeminded morons one hears in the supermarket spewing their ideas and thinking this is how we should all think. And they all have one thing in common..they all have huge faces or look like horses...have you noticed this? Palin and Bachmann have faces twice the normal size, and Coulter and Ingraham look like must be a requirement to be in GOP!!

    April 12, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Alex

    She creeps me out as she never blinks. What comes out of her mouth is even scarier.

    April 12, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    if you think that breast feediing your child means you're in a Nanny State and that President Obama's trip to India cost the tax payers almost a billion dollars when it didn't then I think you DESERVE to be heckled once in a while. I will give Bachmann credit for this though, she will talk to other networks even left leaning MSNBC and not just hid behind FoxNews, Twitter and FaceBook like Sarah Palin does. I guess that shows which one really might be running for POTUS.

    April 12, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Jamie from Riverside

    The headlne for this story is incorrect – Wicked Witch, Michelle, wasn't heckled.
    She was simply confrtonted with honest and fair questions during the question and answer part of her show.
    If only more folks would challenge her, just as fairly, wherever she goes she won't make it to the Summer with her spectacle of a campaign.

    April 12, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    Facts are facts. Our national debt falls squarely on the shoulders of President Bush. That's not fair?
    Not fair. Look at the facts, please. GWB increased national debt an average of $500 billion a year during his 8 year term. That is not good and heading in the wrong direction I agree.

    But Obama increased the national debt by an average of $2 trillion a year in his first 2 years. He has no business managing our federal government so recklessly. He has taken the country to its knees financially. For what?!?! He has accomplished nothing for that $4 trillion. So no, our nationaldebt is more squarely on the shoulders of Barack Obama.

    April 12, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. dtny

    I am so sick of seeing this women on the news. She never has a correct fact, she never answers a question correctly. The only scary thing to me is that there must be people out there who actually listen to her narrow minded rhetoric and never check her facts. So far GOP has Mitt Romeny, Donald Trump and Michelle Bachman! President Obama doesn't have a worry in the world!!!

    April 12, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. BobJones

    Liberals just love to shut down debate, censor speech, and generally act unAmerican just as long as it serves their cause. Shameful and embarassing...but oh so typical and predictable. It's a good thing that libs can't win at the polls. But they sure can put a stinky mob together real quick...they've got that going for em. Democrats = party of knit caps and really bad oral hygene.

    April 12, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Makes me proud to be an Iowan!!!
    I think today we'd ALL like to be Iowan!!!!
    Way to go students!!!

    April 12, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. gary

    Every individual who currently holds a state or federal position; i.e. governor, senator, congressperson, etc, should be required to resign from such office as soon as they officially enter a political race for a higher office or position. These individuals who enter such races spend at least two years running for these new offices rather then do the job they are being paid to do. If this was the law, then 50 % of these losers would not waste the time of the public and/or press listening to their BS and they would certainly not run if they thought they would lose their existing pay for no work jobs.

    April 12, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. content_pessimist

    Bachman for president 2012.

    April 12, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. Dave Jaipersaud

    Run! Michele, Run! The STUPID needs a leader. Given the Michele is the queen of STUPID, she can be their leader.

    April 12, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Dee

    Backmann has,nt experienced any harrasment yet. Wait till the High Powered Media get to her? You better start studying-up real fast, she,ll be made a "Fool". Real Fast! Sit down,enjoy a good meal,and watch the "Sideshow. Step right up,folks! The next act will be "Trumps Hair Messed up,step right up!

    April 12, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Charlie from the North

    So the GOP nomination is a "horse race" now is it? Just one question, Is anyone running who represents the southern end of a southbound horse? Not very fair and balanced if you ask me.

    April 12, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. James

    What the hell is wrong with this country. The Bachmann's, the Palin's, the Trump's, the Walker's, the Gingrich's, ad naseum. We have become a caricature of a country, a country rudderless and asea. These divisive, clownish, self-righteous creepies are actually given a national stage? Come on! Sure, I'm going to listen to old Donald "ego" Trump lecture us on the economy (Mr. bankruptcy)! I'm going to listen to the vacuous, divisive ramblings of a Michelle Bachmann (this clown even makes Palin seem like she could score a C on a remedial english test)! Or old Newt Gingrich on morality and Christian ethics! Or join Scott Walker on his anti-education crusades! It could be that this country has run out of truly great leaders and that the above "presidential" aspirants are simply an extention of a long and horrendous reality show gone terribly wrong!

    April 12, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. AAA

    It was Sara Palin, now it is Bachmann. What is the hoopla about those two ladies that are not politically qualified, politically challenged and not qualified by any measure to be president of the country. I am not a sexist but the media is trying to make a darling of those two and I surely think the media ha no better story to bring to the people. I will like to see a female president someday but a smart one, has political smartness and world politics savvy. So gives news that we can learn from, educational and what the average American cares to hear. There is a lot of news in our country and the world that we can learn from and our kids can learn as well so we can be well rounded individuals.

    April 12, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. TEE

    Lets not pass all the blame for close minded, intolerant, greedy, morally corrupt, misinformed , egotistical , disrepectful elected officials we have to hear about every day in the news. THE BLAME FOR THIS FOOLISHMENT BELONGS TO THE DAMN FOOLS THAT VOTED FOR THEM.....

    April 12, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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