Michele Bachmann in 2011 GOP primary debate in Manchester NH


On Abortion: Life is the first right; I'm 100% pro-life from conception

Q: [to Bachmann]: Gov. Pawlenty says he opposes abortion rights except in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother's life is at stake. Do you have any problem with that position?

BACHMANN: I am 100 percent pro-life. I've given birth to five babies, an I've taken 23 foster children into my home. I believe in the dignity of life from conception until natural death. I believe in the sanctity of human life. Our Declaration of Independence said it's a creator who endowed us with inalienable rights given to us from God, not from government. And the first of those rights is life. And I stand for that right. I stand for the right to life. The very few cases that deal with those exceptions are the very tiniest of fraction of cases, and yet they get all the attention. Where all of the firepower is, is on the genuine issue of taking an innocent human life.

PAWLENTY: The National Review Online said based on results--not just based on words--I was probably the most pro-life candidate in this race.

Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in Manchester NH Jun 13, 2011

On Civil Rights: Children need mother & father; but let states decide

Q: New Hampshire is one of five states where gays can marry legally. As president, would you try to overturn state laws, despite your own personal belief that states should handle their own affairs whenever possible?

BACHMANN: Well, I do believe in the 10th Amendment and I do believe in self-determination for the states. I also believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. I carried that legislation when I was a senator in Minnesota, and I believe that for children, the best possible way to raise children is to have a mother and father in their life.

Q: What would a President Bachmann do to initiate or facilitate a repeal law on the state level?

BACHMANN: I'm running for the presidency of the United States. And I don't see that it's the role of a president to go into states and interfere with their state laws. I do support a constitutional amendment on marriage between a man and a woman, but I would not be going into the states to overturn their state law.

Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in Manchester NH Jun 13, 2011

On Civil Rights: Keep Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell in

Q: Now gays are allowed to serve openly in the military; would you leave that policy in place or would you try to change it back to "don't ask/don't tell"?

GINGRICH: Both the Army and the Marines overwhelmingly opposed changing it. And if as president- I've met with them and they said it isn't working and we should go back, I would listen to the commanders whose lives are at risk about the young men and women that they are, in fact, trying to protect.

BACHMANN: I would keep the "don't ask/don't tell" policy.

Q: So you would--whatever the Obama administration does now--you would try to go back? You'd try to reverse what they're doing?

BACHMANN: I would, after, again, following much what the speaker just said, I would want to confer with our commanders-in-chief and with--also with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, because I'd want to know how it was being implemented and if it has--had had the detrimental effects that have been suggested that will come.

Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in Manchester NH Jun 13, 2011

On Families & Children: Mother of 5; foster parent of 23 children

I'm a former federal tax litigation attorney. I'm a businesswoman. We started our own successful company. I'm also a member of the US Congress. I'm a wife of 33 years. I've had five children, and we are the proud foster parents of 23 great children. And it's a thrill to be here tonight in the "Live Free or Die" state.

I just want to make an announcement here for you. I filed today my paperwork to seek the office of the presidency of the US today. And I'll very soon be making my formal announcement

Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in Manchester NH Jun 13, 2011

On Health Care: First member of Congress to call for repeal of ObamaCare

Q: What three steps would you take to defund Obamacare and repeal it?

BACHMANN: I was the very first member of Congress to introduce the full-scale repeal of Obamacare. And I want to make a promise to everyone watching tonight: As president of the US, I will not rest until I repeal Obamacare. It's a promise. Take it to the bank, cash the check. I'll make sure that that happens.

This is the symbol and the signature issue of President Obama during his entire tenure. And this is a job-killer. The CBO, the Congressional Budget Office has said that Obamacare will kill 800,000 jobs. What could the president be thinking by passing a bill like this, knowing full well it will kill 800,000 jobs?

Senior citizens get this more than any other segment of our population, because they know in Obamacare, the president took away $500 billion, a half-trillion dollars out of Medicare, shifted it to Obamacare to pay for younger people, and it's senior citizens who have the most to lose in Obamacare.

Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in Manchester NH Jun 13, 2011

On Jobs: Omnibus bill to repeal job-killing bills, starting with EPA

Q: How to get new jobs in manufacturing?

A: The federal government and the states have done numerous job training programs over the year with mixed results. Today the US has the second highest corporate tax rate in the world. I'm a former federal tax lawyer. I've seen the devastation. We've got to bring that tax rate down substantially so that we're among the lowest in the industrialized world.

Here's the other thing. Every time the liberals get into office, they pass an omnibus bill of big spending projects. What we need to do is pass the mother of all repeal bills, but it's the repeal bill that will get a job killing regulations. And I would begin with the EPA, because there is no other agency like the EPA. It should really be renamed the job-killing organization of America.

Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in Manchester NH Jun 13, 2011

On Principles & Values: Chairs the House Tea Party Caucus

Q: [to Santorum]: I'm not a libertarian Republican, I'm not a Tea Party Republican. I'm just a mainstream Republican. Are you concerned at all about the influence of the Tea Party?

SANTORUM: Not at all. I think the Tea Party is a great backstop for America. It is absolutely essential that we have that backbone to the Republican Party going into this election.

Q: [to Bachmann]: Does the influence of the Tea Party push out mainstream Republicans?

BACHMANN: I'm the chairman of the Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives. And what I've seen is unlike how the media has tried to wrongly and grossly portray the Tea Party, the Tea Party is really made up of disaffected Democrats, independents, people who've never been political a day in their life. People who are libertarians, or Republicans. It's a wide swath of America coming together. I think that's why the left fears it so much. Because they're people who simply want to take the country back. They want the country to work again.

Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in Manchester NH Jun 13, 2011

On War & Peace: Don't lead from behind; no US interest in Libya

Q: Is overthrowing Ghaddafi in Libya in our vital national interest?

BACHMANN: No, I don't believe it is. That isn't just my opinion. That was the opinion of our defense secretary. He could not identify a vital national American interest in Libya. Our policy in Libya is substantially flawed. Obama's own people said that he was leading from behind. As commander in chief, I would not lead from behind. We are the head. We are not the tail. The president was wrong. All we have to know is the president deferred leadership in Libya to France. The president was not leading when it came to Libya. First of all, we were not attacked. We were not threatened with attack. There was no vital national interest. We to this day don't yet know who the rebel forces are that we're helping. There are some reports that they may contain al Qaeda of North Africa. What possible vital American interests could we have to empower al Qaeda of North Africa and Libya? The president was absolutely wrong in his decision on Libya

Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in Manchester NH Jun 13, 2011

The above quotations are from CNN, WMUR and the New Hampshire Union Leader, June 13, 2011, at Saint Anselm College in Manchester and broadcast on WMUR in New Hampshire and on CNN..
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