Michele Bachmann: should her husband's business matter?

Introduced: June 27 2011

After being suggested as someone “Who’s Worth Watching,” Michele Bachmann and her husband’s clinic were the focus of this weigh-in: Should his business matter in her presidential bid?


Note from IWD: During her campaign to become the Republican candidate for President, Michelle Bachmann often refers to the “family business” that helps create jobs. The business is a faith-based counseling center in Minneapolis run by her husband, Dr. Marcus Bachmann.  In July 2011, an undercover investigation revealed that one of the services delivered there is counseling to gays who want to become straight.


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Member Responses

030: You can bet that the network media will cover this with a pitbull grip.  The focus should stay where it belongs - what is happening to the country.  What politician answers all personal questions directly and is not into 'poll=spin'. A new kind of 'pole dancing'. Frankly,my dears, I don't give a damn about a birthplace or gay counseling... or the other diversions in the endless campaign battles. Stick to the problems and solutions to the major issues today. They are monumental!  No side trips with the media 24/365 search for the next gottcha story to pump their ratings. Read the personal history of all the Presidents and put the media of today on the scene. Then wonder who would or would not have been elected.


203: Michele Bachmann’s husband’s possible involvement in gay counseling seems pretty extreme, but wouldn’t be so relevant if it wasn’t the same business that Bachmann talks about frequently. Also, her history of pursuing an amendment to the Minnesota state constitution that would prohibit same-sex marriage made her almost a one-issue legislator from 2003 (two years after she first came to the Minnesota senate) until she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006. If I have my facts straight, her efforts to pass the amendment after she sponsored it included organizing conservative groups around the state and promoting rallies at the Capitol on Christian talk shows, most of it on the basis of her religious views. Her amendment failed in Minnesota, but will be on the ballot in Minnesota in 2012. Since 2006, she’s co-sponsored four Congressional resolutions opposing it. Now, she deflects questions about it. If I’m wrong, and if anyone has information about that, I’d like to know. So, depending on our views, that gives something to file away about her. I suppose if you are adamantly opposed to same-sex marriage, that’s a big vote in her column. And it if not and if you’re interested in religion not being at the base of legislation, it’s also something to note.


091: When the news media investigates why not ONE member of Barak Obama's Columbia University class remembers him, I'll start worrying about the candidates' business matters.  I don't support Bachmann as our next President, but I also do not think that her family business (if true) would be cause for me to turn against her.  Obama's background is much more distasteful.


046: I think you can pray for strength and guidance but you cannot pray gay away. The power of prayer could end up being denial in the process of gay self-acceptance. I also feel the results of some psychological counseling can unfortunately be just as "ineffective and potentially harmful." Choose your counselors wisely.


 012: It seems to me that we have limited ways to judge the people who will lead us. One is by their credentials -- what experiences have they had that can make them good leaders? If they have already been legislators, what have they accomplished? What issues have they chosen to focus on? Another way we can judge them is by their credibility. Are they “straight” with us? Or do we feel we are being played because they aren’t interested in us knowing the facts?


Note from IWD: Politifact.com, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking service of the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, examined 24 of Michelle Bachmann’s statements and found just one to be fully true, 6 to be partially true and 17 to be false.


FactCheck.org , a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed recent debt ceiling speeches by President Obama and Rep. John Boehner found “they took their points too far at times or made them without enough context.”


2627: I think that anyone who makes their living trying to change people's orientation should not be running for president. I will read further to see whether the media is portraying this fairly.


148: I just wish people running for office (democrat or republican)  could be more open and honest about who they are and what their views are…Bachmann should answer the questions asked of her, instead she changes the subject of the question and goes back on-message…not good.