Bachmann urges Christians not to 'settle'
September 28th, 2011
06:07 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann urges Christians not to 'settle'

(CNN) – In an evangelical message Wednesday, Minessota Rep. Michele Bachmann gave one piece of advice to students at the country's largest Christian university: "Don't settle."

It's a line she's recently pushed to Republican voters, urging the GOP not to "settle" on leading GOP presidential candidates.

But on Wednesday she turned the phrase into one laced with heavy spiritual themes.

"Don't settle for anything less than what this great and almighty God has planned for you," Bachmann said in a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The White House hopeful described her experience becoming a Christian as a 16-year-old, when she said she walked into a church one day with some friends and felt called to the altar.

"We began weeping before the Lord," Bachmann said. "I was a sinner, and I had a heart that needed to be cleaned. And I thank God that the Holy Spirit put that call before me."

In the following days, Bachmann said she "radically abandoned" herself to God and began waking up at 5 a.m. to read books from the Bible, including Lamentations, Jeremiah, and 2 Chronicles.

"Not exactly what you would consider great reading at 5 a.m., but for a new believer in Jesus Christ, I couldn't get enough," Bachmann said.

An unapologetic social conservative, Bachmann's ties to her faith have twice hit in the spotlight since she kicked off her presidential bid.

In July, accusations were made that her family's Christian counseling clinic had used a questionable therapy to encourage gay and lesbian patients to change their sexual orientation.

And due to her religious beliefs, Bachmann fielded a controversial question at a GOP debate asking if she would be a "submissive" wife to her husband should she make it to the White House.

On Wednesday, the congresswoman occasionally touched on politics in her speech, mostly blasting President Barack Obama's health care reform for including funding for abortions, which can only be used in the case of rape, incest, or if the life of a woman is in danger.

She also took issue with Obama's approval of an Institute of Medicine recommendation that health insurance fully cover birth control, including the so-called "morning-after" pill.

"We need to stand up to government takeover," she said.

But Bachmann, who's seen her poll numbers drop into the single digits over the last month, mostly charged the students not to settle on their faith.

"Usually when we settle, it's a short-term ease," Bachmann said. "But it's the long-term hard that the Lord often asks us to choose."

Filed under: 2012 • Faith • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. chromigula

    I agree, don't settle. If you believe that Michele Bachmann is the best person for the job, write her in–even if she's not on the ballot.

    September 28, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    pandering to the zealots even more than you did before will NOT get you any better results. Go back to MN and work on "praying away the gay" on your hubby. You are done as a candidate

    September 28, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Michele, submit to the will of the people and go home.

    September 28, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. njb

    Christians do not have to settle. No one has to settle. They just do not have the right to push their beliefs on me or anyone else. If you do not want to take the morning after pill or have an abortion if you are raped & get pregnant. Then don't! Just don't force that belief on other people through the legal system of a free nation.

    September 28, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. Newmoon2

    No worries, Michelle... you will NOT be the nominee. Just remember, they didn't 'settle'... they VOTED.

    September 28, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    At the republican high stakes poker game, Mittens says, I bet a million dollars, no wait, I fold." Bachmann asks what a pair looks like. Paul quits because he wants to fire the dealer, and pick his own cards without any assistance. Cain says, "I have 9-9-9, beat that Cowboy." Perry says, "You lose, I have 5 aces." Christie blames the teachers for being dealt a lousy hand.

    September 28, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. Johnson

    Why do Republicans speak as if they are the ONLY Christians?

    September 28, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. Charles

    Umm... Michelle... You have apparently forgotten the very notion of politics and representative government.

    September 28, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. Chase

    So she essentially had a psychotic break at 16, and has apparently just been whoopin' it up along that line ever since. That is one scary, delusional woman.

    September 28, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. Johnson

    What religion are republicans practicing? They call themselves christian but lie ALLLLLLLLLLLLL the time.

    September 28, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  11. Clwyd

    Don't settle on this crazy lady wither!

    September 28, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. Kim k

    I am a Jew, like Jesus was. Remember him? You and your I'll scare the heck out of me.

    September 28, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. Never Settle for Heresey - Educate Yourselves!

    Bachman & ALL "CHRISTIANS" must Learn/Remember that Jesus Taught LOVE & Forgiveness. GOD, the Alpha & Omega, which None Stand Beside ... is Not A Dictator! He gives each & every one of us the Freedom of Choice! How dare she & the other "RepubPartiers" cast all these stones & try to dictate how others live. They all best wake up real soon as Jesus will not recognize ANY of the so-called "Christians" of today! GOD IS ONE! Go back & TRULY learn and understand the Ten Commandments!! Use your own brain and not just what's been passed down to you thru generations! It was even predicted that wood (the cross) & stone (Mary) would be worshipped as Father/Mother/GOD. WAKE UP "Christians" & LIVE the 10 Commandments! Quit your UGLY Campaigns, TeaReps, especially since you Verbally confess Christianity but Definitely Do NOT live as God & Jesus taught! God Bless & Have Mercy on this World, especially with the misguided fanatics of Christianity & Islam! Peace.

    September 28, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. Independent1

    I would expect nothing more or less from Bachmann. When is she going to throw in the towel and go back to representing the people who elected her? She does not have a snowball's chance of getting the Repub nomination.

    September 28, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. Bible Thumper

    She needs to read 1 Timothy 2:12 as a Christian, God forbids her to have any authority over a man.. If she wants to quote the Bible in her campaign, she should READ it...
    "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. "

    September 28, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. SCOTO

    Nauseating. This at the "place of learning" created by Gerry Falwell. An insititute devoted to the debauchery of human ratiionalism. ( eg dinosaurs roamed the earth only a few thousand years ago apparently). A disgrace.

    September 28, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. smartfool

    Is she sounds like shes running for Pope more than the next President.

    September 28, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. Louisiana Man

    She's right-DON'T SETTLE for hypocrites who accuses government of being bloated and intrusive and they themselves lustfully gorge at the benevolent public trough of the federal budget-
    FOR a religious fanatic who hides behind the cloth of scriptures, psalms, quotes and the interacting with the divine-
    FOR a cerebral void who is not versed on any subject past the rudimentary stage

    September 28, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. niwraD

    WOW!! Every time she opens her mouth something incredibly stupid, a blatant lie, or a combination of both comes out. That there are many (certainly not anywhere close to a majority, but many none-the-less) in this country who feel she is qualified to be president is more than ample evidence that our nation has reached its nadir!

    September 28, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. cisco4

    This lady.. fraulein the lady who always tells the peeople who have no health insurance..taht they can get their care at the Emergency Room.. oh wow..At the emergency room for all care for all time.. Seniors and pro family people out there what she said?..All the while she embraces her health insurance..she has..from the Federal Governnment..

    September 28, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  21. orchal

    "But it's the long-term hard that the Lord often asks us to choose."


    September 28, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  22. Conrack

    It is very nice if these are her beliefs and religious experiences but they have no place in politics in the United States. In the United Arab Emirates such religious fervor is acceptable, but not the united States.

    September 28, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. David

    Oh good grief, this woman is a loony. That's all I can say about her, anything else is just wasting my energy.

    September 28, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. getu

    Is she stil running ? please week me up when she gets at the finishing site.

    September 28, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  25. Cella

    She is a sad pathetic person. Nothing more than an 1800's snake oil salesman. To have this obsession of hate for Obamacare as she calls it. I guess medicare is unconstitutional too. Don't think that is the next thing Republicans are going for. She does not have an ounce of Christian blood running through her veins.

    September 28, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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