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Michele Marie Bachmann (/ˈbɑːkmən/;[1] née Amble; April 6, 1956)[2] is an American politician. A member of the Republican Party, she is a former member of the United States
United States
House of Representatives, who represented Minnesota's 6th congressional district
Minnesota's 6th congressional district
from 2007 to 2015. The district includes several of the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities, as well as St. Cloud. Bachmann was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2012 U.S. presidential election,[3] winning the Ames Straw Poll
Ames Straw Poll
in August 2011 but dropping out in January 2012 after finishing in sixth place in the Iowa
Iowa
caucuses. She previously served in the Minnesota
Minnesota
Senate and is the first Republican woman to represent the state in Congress.[4] She is a supporter of the Tea Party movement[5] and a founder of the House Tea Party Caucus.[6]

Contents

1 Early life, education, and early career 2 Personal life

2.1 Family 2.2 Citizenship 2.3 Religion 2.4 Businesses

3 Early political activism 4 Minnesota
Minnesota
Senate

4.1 Same-sex marriage
Same-sex marriage
constitutional amendment 4.2 Assistant Minority Leader

5 U.S. House of Representatives

5.1 110th Congress

5.1.1 Foreign affairs

5.1.1.1 Member of Congressional delegation

5.1.2 Higher education 5.1.3 Energy and environment 5.1.4 Lawsuit reform 5.1.5 Financial sector 5.1.6 Auto industry 5.1.7 Call for a media exposé of Barack Obama
Barack Obama
and members of Congress

5.2 111th Congress

5.2.1 Global currency 5.2.2 2010 Census 5.2.3 Cap and Trade legislation 5.2.4 AmeriCorps 5.2.5 Health care 5.2.6 Criticism of President Obama's visit to Asia

5.3 112th Congress

5.3.1 Leadership run 5.3.2 Committee assignment 5.3.3 Repeal of Dodd-Frank reform 5.3.4 State of the Union response 5.3.5 Health care 5.3.6 Letter on Muslim Brotherhood
Muslim Brotherhood
influence

5.4 113th Congress

5.4.1 Presidential campaign finance investigation 5.4.2 Retirement

5.5 Committee assignments

6 Political positions

6.1 Education policy 6.2 Fiscal policy 6.3 Environmental policy 6.4 Social Security and Medicare phaseout 6.5 Foreign policy 6.6 Global economy 6.7 Immigration policy 6.8 Social issues

6.8.1 Same-sex marriage
Same-sex marriage
constitutional amendment 6.8.2 Pro-life
Pro-life
position

6.9 Federal-backed home loans 6.10 Opinion on President Obama's birth certificate

7 Political campaigns

7.1 2006 congressional campaign 7.2 2008 congressional campaign 7.3 2010 congressional campaign 7.4 2012 presidential campaign 7.5 2012 congressional campaign

8 Electoral history 9 Autobiography 10 See also 11 References 12 External links

Early life, education, and early career Bachmann was born Michele Marie Amble in Waterloo, Iowa, "into a family of Norwegian Lutheran Democrats";[7] her family moved from Iowa to Minnesota
Minnesota
when she was 13 years old.[8] After her parents divorced, Bachmann's father, David John Amble, moved to California, and Bachmann was raised by her mother, Arlene Jean (née Johnson), who worked at the First National Bank in Anoka, Minnesota.[8][9][10] Her mother remarried when Bachmann was a teenager; the new marriage resulted in a family with nine children.[11] She graduated from Anoka High School in 1974 and, after graduation, spent one summer working on kibbutz Be'eri
Be'eri
in Israel.[12] In 1978, she graduated from Winona State University
Winona State University
with a B.A.[13] In 1979, Bachmann was a member of the first class of the O. W. Coburn School of Law, then a part of Oral Roberts University
Oral Roberts University
(ORU).[11] While there, Bachmann studied with John Eidsmoe, whom she described in 2011 as "one of the professors who had a great influence on me".[14][15] Bachmann worked as a research assistant on Eidsmoe's 1987 book Christianity and the Constitution, which argues that the United States was founded as a Christian theocracy and should become one again.[11][14][15] In 1986 Bachmann received a J.D. degree from Oral Roberts University.[13] She was a member of the ORU law school's final graduating class, and was part of a group of faculty, staff, and students who moved the ORU law school library to what is now Regent University.[16] In 1988, Bachmann received an LL.M. degree in tax law from William & Mary Law School.[17][18] From 1988 to 1993 she worked as an attorney for the Internal Revenue Service
Internal Revenue Service
(IRS).[19] She left the IRS to become a full-time mother[20] when her fourth child was born.[21] Personal life Family

Husband Marcus Bachmann and Michele at the 2011 Time 100
Time 100
gala, where Michele was an honoree

Michele Marie Amble was born in Waterloo, Iowa
Waterloo, Iowa
on April 6, 1956, to Norwegian-American
Norwegian-American
[22] parents David John Amble (1929–2003) and "Arlene" Jean Amble (née Johnson) (born c. 1932).[23] One pair of her great-great-great grandparents, Melchior and Martha Munson, left Sogndal
Sogndal
in Norway
Norway
and arrived in Wisconsin in 1857.[24] She was still a young girl when her father, an engineer, moved the family to Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. She was 14 years old when her parents filed for divorce. Her father remarried and moved to California, and young Michele and her mother Jean moved to Anoka, Minnesota. Her mother remarried three years later to widower Raymond J. LaFave.[25] In 1978, she married Marcus Bachmann, now a clinical therapist with a master's degree from Regent University
Regent University
and a Ph.D. from Union Graduate School,[26] whom she met while they were undergraduates.[11][27] After she received an LL.M. in taxation from William & Mary School of Law in 1988, the couple moved to Stillwater, Minnesota, a town of 18,000 near Saint Paul, where they run a Christian counseling center that provided gay conversion therapy.[11][28] Bachmann and her husband have five children: Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline, and Sophia. Bachmann said in a 2011 town hall meeting that she suffered a miscarriage after the birth of their second child, Harrison, an event she said shaped her pro-life views.[29] Bachmann and her husband have also provided foster care to 23 other children,[30][31] all teenage girls. The Bachmanns were licensed from 1992 to 2000 to handle up to three foster children at a time; the last child arrived in 1998. The Bachmanns began by providing short-term care for girls with eating disorders who were patients in a University of Minnesota
Minnesota
program. The Bachmann home was legally defined as a treatment home, with a daily reimbursement rate per child from the state. Some girls stayed a few months, others more than a year.[21] She is a former beauty pageant queen.[32] Citizenship In May 2012, it was reported that Marcus Bachmann had registered for Swiss citizenship and after it was finalized, Michele Bachmann automatically became a citizen as well.[33] The Bachmanns and their three youngest children were granted citizenship on March 19, 2012. They had been eligible for this under Swiss nationality law
Swiss nationality law
because Marcus Bachmann's parents were Swiss.[33] Bachmann denied that she or her husband had applied for Swiss citizenship, saying that her husband had already been a dual citizen as the son of Swiss immigrants, and that she had automatically acquired Swiss citizenship under then-current Swiss law when she married him in 1978. But in May 2012, when a Swiss Television reporter said to her "I understand you just got Swiss citizenship", Bachmann's reply was: "Yes, we did."[34] Marcus Bachmann did not register the marriage with the Swiss authorities until 2012.[33][35] Within two days of the first reports of Bachmann's dual citizenship,[36] she announced that she had written to the Swiss consulate to have her Swiss citizenship withdrawn.[37] Religion Bachmann was a longtime member of Salem Lutheran Church (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) in Stillwater. She and her husband withdrew their membership on June 21, 2011, just before she officially began her presidential campaign. They had not attended the church for over two years.[38] More recently, according to friends, the Bachmanns began attending Eagle Brook Church, an Evangelical Protestant
Evangelical Protestant
Baptist church closer to their home.[39] Bachmann has cited theologian Francis Schaeffer
Francis Schaeffer
as a "profound influence" on her life and her husband's, especially his film series How Should We Then Live?.[14][15] She has also described Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity by Nancy Pearcey as a "wonderful" book.[14] Journalist Ryan Lizza
Ryan Lizza
has argued that Bachmann's worldview is deeply influenced by the Christian movement known as Dominionism, citing the influence of Schaeffer and Pearcey as evidence.[14] Others have criticized Lizza's article, especially its connection of Schaeffer with Dominionism.[40][41][42] Religion writer Sarah Posner
Sarah Posner
broadly concurs with Lizza, pointing to the influence of Christian Reconstructionists Herb Titus and R. J. Rushdoony on Bachmann via the curriculum at O. W. Coburn School of Law.[43][44] Businesses Bachmann and her husband own a Christian counseling practice, Bachmann & Associates.[45][46] The clinic is run by her husband, who has a Ph.D. with "a concentration in clinical psychology"[47] from Union Graduate School. Marcus Bachmann is not a licensed clinical psychologist in Minnesota.[48] The clinic received nearly $30,000 from Minnesota
Minnesota
government agencies between 2006 and 2010 in addition to at least $137,000 in federal payments and $24,000 in government grants for counselor training.[49] When asked about the subject in an interview, Bachmann indicated that she and her husband had not benefited at taxpayer expense, saying, "the money that went to the clinic was actually training money for employees".[50] Marcus Bachmann has denied allegations that Bachmann & Associates provides conversion therapy, a controversial psychological treatment repudiated by the American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association
that attempts to transform homosexuals into heterosexuals.[51][52] A former client of Bachmann's clinic and a hidden camera investigator with the activist group Truth Wins Out have said that therapists at the clinic do engage in such practices,[53][54] but columnist Mariah Blake of The Nation
The Nation
has suggested the hidden camera investigator may have been intentionally baiting the therapist to say something controversial.[51] In a subsequent interview with the Star Tribune, Marcus Bachmann did not deny that he or other counselors at his clinic used the technique but said they did so only at a client's request.[38] In personal financial disclosure reports for 2006 through 2009, Bachmann reported earning $32,500 to $105,000[50] from a farm that was owned at the time by her ailing father-in-law, Paul Bachmann. The farm received $260,000 in federal crop and disaster subsidies between 1995 and 2008.[55] Bachmann said that in 2006–2009, her husband acted as a trustee of the farm for his dying father and so, out of "an abundance of caution", she claimed the farm as income in financial disclosures, though it was her in-laws who profited from the farm during that period.[56] Early political activism Bachmann grew up in a Democratic family, but she says she became a Republican during her senior year at Winona State. She told the Minneapolis
Minneapolis
Star Tribune
Star Tribune
that she was reading Gore Vidal's 1973 novel Burr: "He was kind of mocking the Founding Fathers and I just thought, I just remember reading the book, putting it in my lap, looking out the window and thinking, 'You know what? I don't think I am a Democrat. I must be a Republican.'"[8][57] While still a Democrat, she and her then-fiancé Marcus were inspired to join the pro-life movement by Francis Schaeffer's 1976 Christian documentary film How Should We Then Live?[58] They prayed outside of clinics and engaged in sidewalk counseling,[18] a pro-life protest activity in which activists approach people entering abortion clinics in an attempt to dissuade women from obtaining abortions.[59] Since then, Bachmann has made statements supportive of sidewalk counseling.[60] Bachmann was a supporter of Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
in 1976, and she and her husband worked on his campaign.[61] During Carter's presidency, Bachmann became disappointed with his liberal approach to public policy, support for legalized abortion and economic decisions she held responsible for increased gas prices. In the 1980 presidential election, she voted for Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
and worked for his campaign.[18][62] Her political activism gained media attention at a pro-life protest in 1991. She and approximately 30 other pro-life citizens went to a Ramsey County Board meeting where a $3 million appropriation was to go to build a morgue for the county at St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center (now Regions Hospital). The Medical Center performed abortions and employed pro-choice activist Jane Hodgson. Bachmann attended the meeting to protest public tax dollars going to the hospital; speaking to the Star Tribune, she said that "in effect, since 1973, I have been a landlord of an abortion clinic, and I don't like that distinction".[19][63] In 1993, she and other parents started the K-12 New Heights Charter School in Stillwater. The publicly funded school's charter mandated that it be non-sectarian in all programs and practices, but the school soon developed a strong Christian orientation. Parents of students at the school complained and the superintendent of schools warned Bachmann that the school was in violation of state law. Six months after the school's founding Bachmann resigned and the Christian orientation was removed from the curriculum, allowing the school to keep its charter.[15][64][65] Bachmann began speaking against a state-mandated set of educational standards, which propelled her into the world of politics.[66] Bachmann became a critic and opponent of Minnesota's School-to-Work policies. In a 1999 column, she wrote: "School-to-Work alters the basic mission and purpose of K-12 academic education away from traditional broad-based academic studies geared toward maximizing intellectual achievement of the individual. Instead, School-to-Work utilizes the school day to promote children's acquisition of workplace skills, viewing children as trainees for increased economic productivity."[67] In November 1999, she and four other Republicans were candidates, as the "Slate of Five", in an election for the school board of Stillwater. All five lost.[11] Minnesota
Minnesota
Senate In 2000, Bachmann defeated 18-year incumbent Gary Laidig for the Republican nomination for State Senator for Minnesota
Minnesota
District 56. In the November 2000 general election, she defeated Ted Thompson of the Minnesota
Minnesota
Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) and Lyno Sullivan of the Minnesota
Minnesota
Independence Party, to win the seat. Two years later, in November 2002, after redistricting due to the 2000 Census, Bachmann defeated another incumbent, State Senator Jane Krentz of the DFL, in the newly drawn State Senate District 52. In office, Bachmann's agenda focused on the cultural conservative issues of opposition to abortion and gay marriage.[21] Same-sex marriage
Same-sex marriage
constitutional amendment On November 20, 2003, Bachmann and Representative Mary Liz Holberg proposed a constitutional amendment that would bar the state from legally recognizing same-sex marriage.[68] In 2004, Bachmann and a coalition of religious leaders announced plans for a " Minnesota
Minnesota
for Marriage" rally.[69] Bachmann's effort to place a marriage amendment on a referendum ballot in 2004 ultimately failed. She resurrected her proposal in March 2005,[70] but it stalled indefinitely in a senate committee that April.[71] Assistant Minority Leader In November 2004, Republican Senate Minority Leader Dick Day appointed Bachmann as Assistant Minority Leader in charge of Policy for the Senate Republican Caucus.[72] In July 2005, the Republican Caucus removed her from her leadership position. Bachmann said that disagreements with Day over her anti-tax stance were the reason for her ouster.[73] U.S. House of Representatives From January 2007 to January 2015 Bachmann represented Minnesota's 6th congressional district, which includes the northernmost and eastern suburbs of the Twin Cities
Twin Cities
and St. Cloud. She is the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House from Minnesota.[45] 110th Congress Foreign affairs In January 2007, a resolution was approved in the House of Representatives opposing President George W. Bush's plan to increase troop levels in Iraq. Bachmann voted "No". But before supporting the proposed surge, Bachmann called for a full hearing, saying, "The American people deserve to hear and understand the merits of increasing U.S. troop presence in Iraq. Increased troop presence is justifiable if that measure would bring a swift conclusion to a difficult conflict."[74] She hesitated to give a firm endorsement, calling the hearings "a good first step in explaining to the American people the course toward victory in Iraq".[75] When pressed, she said she had not come to any conclusion on the matter,[75] saying, "I don't believe we have all of the information in front of us. As a member of Congress that's why I want to go to Iraq
Iraq
as quickly as I can. I want to get the best information in front of me."[76] Member of Congressional delegation In July 2007, Bachmann joined a Congressional delegation visiting Ireland, Germany, Pakistan, Kuwait, and Iraq. Bachmann met briefly (due to security concerns) with U.S. personnel in the Green Zone
Green Zone
and upon her return she said she "was encouraged by reports of progress from Crocker, Gen. David Petraeus and other personnel in Iraq
Iraq
linked to the surge".[77] She said the surge "hasn't had a chance to be in place long enough to offer a critique of how it's working. (Gen. Petraeus) said al-Qaida in Iraq
Iraq
is off its plan and we want to keep it that way. The surge has only been fully in place for a week or so."[77] Bachmann also spoke of the delegation's visit to Islamabad
Islamabad
to meet Pakistani Prime Minister Aziz at the same time as the siege of Islamic fundamentalists at the Lal Masjid mosque elsewhere in the city.[77] She reported that "The group [of U.S. Legislators] had to travel in armored vehicles and was constantly accompanied by Pakistani military ... We were all able to see extremely up close and personal what it's like to be in a region where fighting is occurring. We constantly felt like we were in need of security."[77] Bachmann told reporters upon her return that "the dangers posed by Islamic terrorism in Iraq, Britain and Pakistan
Pakistan
justified the continued American military presence in Iraq."[77] She said "We don't want to see al-Qaida get a presence in the United States. Al-Qaida
Al-Qaida
doesn't seem to show any signs of letting up. We have to keep that in mind."[77] Higher education On July 11, 2007, Bachmann voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act that raised the maximum Pell grant from $4,310 to $5,200, lower interest rates on subsidized student loans to 3.4 percent from 6.8 percent, raise loan limits to $30,500 from $7,500, disfavor married students who file joint tax returns, provide more favorable repayment terms to students who fail to use their education to prosper financially[78] and favor public sector over private sector workers with much more favorable loan forgiveness benefits.[79] Supporters of the bill said "it would allow more students to attend college".[80] Bachmann said her opposition was because "it fails students and taxpayers with gimmicks, hidden costs and poorly targeted aid. It contains no serious reform of existing programs, and it favors the costly, government-run direct lending program over nonprofit and commercial lenders."[80] The bill passed the House[80] and was signed by President Bush.[81] Energy and environment During the summer of 2008, as national gasoline prices rose to over $4 a gallon, Bachmann became a leading Congressional advocate for increased domestic oil and natural gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and the Outer Continental Shelf.[82] She joined ten other House Republicans and members of the media on a Congressional Energy Tour to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, and to Alaska. The trip was set up by Arctic Power, an Alaskan lobbying group that advocates for ANWR development. The purpose of the trip was to receive a firsthand account of emerging renewable energy technologies and the prospects of increased domestic oil and natural gas production in Alaska, including ANWR.[83] Bachmann has said that global warming is "all voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax"[84] and has been called "one of the GOP's loudest global warming skeptics".[85] She has said that carbon dioxide is "a natural byproduct of nature" and a beneficial gas required by plant life. She stated that because life requires carbon dioxide and it is part of the planet's life cycle, it cannot be harmful. In a statement she made on the House floor on Earth Day, April 22, 2009, Bachmann stated she was against the cap and trade climate legislation, stating: "Carbon dioxide is not a harmful gas, it is a harmless gas. Carbon dioxide
Carbon dioxide
is natural; it is not harmful ... We're being told we have to reduce this natural substance to create an arbitrary reduction in something that is naturally occurring in the earth."[86] In March 2008 Bachmann introduced H.R. 849, the Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act. The bill would have repealed two sections of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 signed into law by George W. Bush. The 2007 Energy Act mandates energy efficiency and labeling standards for incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. Bachmann's bill would have required the Government Accountability Office
Government Accountability Office
to show that a change to fluorescent bulbs would have "clear economic, health and environmental benefits" before enforcing lighting efficiency regulations. The bill would have allowed these standards to remain in place if the comptroller general found they would lead to consumer savings, reduce carbon-dioxide emissions and pose no health risks to consumers (such as risks posed by the presence of mercury in fluorescent bulbs). The bill languished in the House and became inactive at the end of the 110th Congress. Bachmann reintroduced the bill in March 2011.[87][88][89] Lawsuit reform On June 3, 2008, President Bush signed the Credit and Debit Card Receipt Clarification Act (H.R. 4008) into law. The bipartisan bill, which Bachmann cosponsored with Congressman Tim Mahoney
Tim Mahoney
(D-Fla.), removes statutory damages for violations of a 2003 federal law prohibiting merchants from printing consumers' credit card numbers and expiration dates on sales receipts, in order to end class-action lawsuits aimed at businesses that violated the law.[90] Financial sector Bachmann opposed both versions of the Wall Street bailout bill for America's financial sector. She voted against the first proposed $700 billion bailout of financial institutions, which failed to pass, 205–228. She also advocated breaking up Fannie Mae
Fannie Mae
and Freddie Mac
Freddie Mac
and barring executives from excessive compensation or golden parachutes, and advocated a plan that would suspend mark-to-market accounting rules and suspend the capital gains tax.[91] Auto industry See also: Effects of the 2008–10 automotive industry crisis on the United States The American auto companies approached Congress to ask for roughly $15 billion in loans to keep them operational into 2009. Bachmann criticized that bill, fearing that the initial sum of money would be followed by subsequent ones without the companies making changes to revive their business. Bachmann supported an alternative rescue for the American auto companies and the rest of the auto industry that would have set benchmarks for reducing their debt and renegotiating labor deals and have set up the financial assistance as interim insurance instead of a taxpayer-financed bailout.[92] Call for a media exposé of Barack Obama
Barack Obama
and members of Congress On October 17, 2008, Bachmann gave an interview on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews in support of the presidential campaign of Senator John McCain
John McCain
that brought the Minnesota
Minnesota
6th Congressional District race national attention. During the interview she criticized Barack Obama for his association with Jeremiah Wright
Jeremiah Wright
and Bill Ayers, saying "... usually we associate with people who have similar ideas to us, and it seems that it calls into question what Barack Obama's true beliefs, and values, and thoughts are ... I am very concerned that he [Barack Obama] may have anti-American views." She noted the bombing campaign orchestrated by Bill Ayers
Bill Ayers
before discussing his association with Obama, arguing that " Bill Ayers
Bill Ayers
is not someone the average American wants to see their president have an association with."[93] Matthews followed up by asking "But he [Obama] is a Senator from the state of Illinois; he's one of the members of Congress you suspect of being anti-American. How many people in the Congress of the United States
United States
do you think are anti-American? You've already suspected Barack Obama, is he alone or are there others?" Bachmann answered, "What I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating exposé and take a look ... I wish they would ... I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out are they pro-America, or anti-America. I think people would love to see an exposé like that."[94] The five Democratic members of Minnesota's congressional delegation – Tim Walz, Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison, Collin Peterson
Collin Peterson
and Jim Oberstar – issued a joint statement in which they questioned her ability to "work in a bipartisan way to put the interests of our country first in this time of crisis".[95] Former Secretary of State Colin Powell[96][97] and former Minnesota
Minnesota
Governor Arne Carlson[98] said her comments had influenced their decisions to endorse Obama for president. Bachmann brought up the interview before business leaders and Republicans during a campaign stop in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on October 21, 2008. She stated that she never intended to question Obama's patriotism. "I made a misstatement. I said a comment that I would take back. I did not, nor do I, question Barack Obama's patriotism ... I did not say that Barack Obama
Barack Obama
is anti-American nor do I believe that Barack Obama
Barack Obama
is anti-American ... [But] I'm very concerned about Barack Obama's views. I don't believe that socialism is a good thing for America."[99] In March 2010, Bachmann said, "I said I had very serious concerns that Barack Obama
Barack Obama
had anti-American views—and now I look like Nostradamus" while speaking at a fund-raiser for the Susan B. Anthony List.[100][101] A year later, in March 2011, Bachmann was asked on Meet the Press
Meet the Press
if she still believed that Obama held un-American views. She responded, "I believe that the actions of this government have—have been emblematic of ones that have not been based on true American values." Pressed for clarification, she said, "I've already answered that question before. I said I had very serious concerns about the president's views."[102] 111th Congress Further information: 111th United States
United States
Congress

Bachmann speaking in April 2010

Global currency On March 26, 2009, following comments by China proposing adoption of a global reserve currency, Bachmann introduced a resolution calling for a Constitutional amendment to bar the dollar from being replaced by a foreign currency. Current law prohibits foreign currency from being recognized in the U.S., but Bachmann expressed concerns relating to the president's power to make and interpret treaties.[103] Earlier that month, at a Financial Services Committee hearing, Bachmann asked both Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner
Timothy Geithner
and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke
Ben Bernanke
whether they would reject calls for the U.S. to move away from the U.S. dollar
U.S. dollar
and they replied that they would.[104] 2010 Census In a June 17, 2009, interview with The Washington Times, Bachmann expressed concern that the questions on the 2010 United States
United States
Census had become "very intricate, very personal" and that ACORN, a community organizing group that had come under fire the previous year, might be part of the Census Bureau's door-to-door information collection efforts. She stated, "I know, for my family, the only question we will be answering is how many people are in our home. We won't be answering any information beyond that, because the Constitution doesn't require any information beyond that."[105] According to Politifact, her statement was incorrect, as the Constitution does require citizens to complete the census.[106] Fellow Republican Representatives Patrick McHenry (N.C.), Lynn Westmoreland
Lynn Westmoreland
(Ga.) and John Mica
John Mica
(Fla.) – members of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and National Archives, which oversees the census – subsequently asked Bachmann not to boycott the population count.[107] Along with Congressman Ted Poe
Ted Poe
(Tex.-02), Bachmann introduced the American Community Survey
American Community Survey
Act to limit the amount of personal information solicited by the U.S. Census Bureau.[108] She reiterated her belief that the census asks too many personal questions.[109] Cap and Trade legislation In March 2009, Bachmann was interviewed by the Northern Alliance Radio Network and promoted two forums she was hosting the next month in St. Cloud and Woodbury about Obama's proposed cap-and-trade tax policy to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Bachmann said she wanted Minnesotans "armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back." Bachmann's office quickly clarified that she was speaking metaphorically, meaning "armed with knowledge." According to the Star Tribune, her quote went viral across the Internet.[110][111] AmeriCorps In 2009, Bachmann became a critic of what she characterized as proposals for mandatory public service.[30] Of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, an expansion to AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps
(a federal community service organization), she said in April:

It's under the guise of—quote—volunteerism. But it's not volunteers at all. It's paying people to do work on behalf of government ... I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums.[112]

The original bill called for an exploration of whether a mandatory public service program could be established, but the section on creating a "Congressional Commission on Civic Service" was stripped from the bill.[113] In August 2009, Bachmann's political opponents publicized in the local media and the blogosphere what they described as the "ironic" fact that her son, Harrison, joined Teach for America,[114][115] part of the AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps
program.[116] Health care Bachmann contributed to the "death panel" controversy when she read from a July 24 article written by Betsy McCaughey
Betsy McCaughey
from the floor of the House. Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin
said that her "death panel" remark was inspired by what she called the "Orwellian" opinions of Ezekiel Emanuel
Ezekiel Emanuel
as described by Bachmann,[117][118][119][120][121][122] who accused him of advocating health care rationing by age and disability.[123] According to PolitiFact[124] and TIME,[125] Bachmann's euthanasia remarks distorted Emanuel's position on health care for the elderly and disabled. FactCheck.org stated, "We agree that Emanuel's meaning is being twisted."[126] When many doctors wanted to legalize euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide, Emanuel opposed it.[127] On August 31, 2009, Bachmann spoke at an event in Colorado, saying of Democratic health care overhaul proposals that:

This cannot pass. What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing. This will not pass. We will do whatever it takes to make sure this doesn't pass.[128]

She outlined ideas for changing the health care system, including: "Erase the boundaries around every single state when it comes to health care", enabling consumers to purchase insurance across state lines; increase the use of health savings accounts and allow everyone to "take full deductibility of all medical expenses", including insurance premiums; and tort reform.[128] Bachmann denounced the government-run health insurance public option, calling it a "government takeover of health care" that would "squeeze out private health insurance".[129] Criticism of President Obama's visit to Asia In an interview with Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper
on November 3, 2010, when discussing cuts in government spending for Medicare and Social Security suggested by Congressman Paul Ryan, Bachmann was asked what cuts in government spending she would make to reduce the deficit. She cited President Obama's then-upcoming visit to Asia as an example, saying it "is expected to cost the taxpayers $200 million a day. He's taking two thousand people with him. He'll be renting out over 870 rooms in India. And these are 5-star hotel rooms at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. This is the kind of over-the-top spending, it's a very small example, Anderson." Bachmann was apparently referring to information in a story from the Press Trust of India, attributed to "a top official of the Maharashtra Government privy to the arrangements for the high-profile visit", information that was also published in U.S.-based media such as The Drudge Report.[130] In response to the news report's claim that 34 warships were accompanying the President, a Pentagon spokesman, Geoff Morrell, dismissed the account as "comical". The White House
White House
said that the press report figures were "wildly inflated" and had "no basis in reality".[131] While stating that they could not give the actual projected figures for security reasons, staffers maintained costs were in line with the official travel costs of previous presidents Bush and Clinton.[130] 112th Congress Leadership run See also: List of Tea Party politicians

Bachmann in February 2011

After the 2010 elections and the announcement from Rep. Mike Pence that he was stepping away from his leadership position in the House, Bachmann announced on her Facebook page her intention to seek the position of House Republican Conference Chair. As Bachmann is the founder of the House's Tea Party Caucus, her announcement caused some to see the leadership election as "an early test of how GOP leaders will treat the antiestablishment movement's winners".[132] Many among the House's Republican leadership, including Eric Cantor
Eric Cantor
and the retiring Mike Pence, were quick to endorse Rep. Jeb Hensarling
Jeb Hensarling
for the position; Speaker-to-be John Boehner
John Boehner
remained neutral on the issue.[133] Supporters of Bachmann's run include Reps. Steve King, John Kline, Louie Gohmert, Chip Cravaack, Erik Paulsen, as well as media personality and political commentator Glenn Beck.[134] Listing her qualifications for the position Bachmann noted "I've done an effective job speaking out at a national and local level, motivating people with our message, calling attention to deficits in Obama's policy. I was instrumental in bringing tens of thousands of people to the U.S. capitol to rally against Obama care and to attend our press conference."[134] She noted her work to keep the Tea Party within the GOP rather than having it become a third party thereby helping the party capture the House, stating "I have been able to bring a voice and motivate people to, in effect, put that gavel in John Boehner's hands, so that Republicans can lead going forward. …It's important that leadership represents the choice of the people coming into our caucus….I think I have motivated a high number of people to get involved in this cycle who may have sat it out and that have made a difference on a number of these races. I gave a large amount of money to NRCC and individual candidates and started Michele PAC, which raised $650,000 for members since July, so I was able to financially help about 50 people out."[134] Bachmann's bid suffered a setback when she was passed over for the GOP's transition team on which Hensarling was placed.[135] Despite Bachmann's leading all other Representatives in fund raising, a Republican aide stated some "members are getting resentful of Bachmann, who they say is making the argument that you're not really a Tea Party supporter unless you support her. That's gone through the formation of the Tea Party Caucus
Tea Party Caucus
and the formation of this candidacy of hers. It's just not so."[135] Sarah Palin, with whom Bachmann had campaigned earlier in the year, declined to endorse her leadership bid, while other Tea Party favorites Reps Adam Kinzinger and Tim Scott were placed on the transition team.[135] According to some senior House staff members, the party leadership was concerned about some of Bachmann's high profile faux pas, the high rate of turnover among her staff, and how willing she would be to advance the party's messaging rather than her own.[136] On November 10, Bachmann released a statement ending her campaign for Conference Chair and giving her "enthusiastic" support to Hensarling.[137] Committee assignment Bachmann was selected by House Speaker John Boehner
John Boehner
for a position "on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, giving her a new role as overseer of the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and the rest of the U.S. intelligence community."[138] Bachmann, who had "not served on any committee that deals with foreign policy issues" requested the position,[138] "a move that has fueled speculation that she may be planning to carry the Tea Party banner into the GOP presidential primaries."[138] Repeal of Dodd-Frank reform Soon after being sworn into her third term, Bachmann introduced legislation to repeal the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. She stated, "I'm pleased to offer a full repeal of the job-killing Dodd-Frank financial regulatory bill. Dodd-Frank grossly expanded the federal government beyond its jurisdictional boundaries. It gave Washington bureaucrats the power to interpret and enforce the legislation with little oversight. Real financial regulatory reform must deal with these lenders who were a leading cause of our economic recession. True reform must also end the bailout mind-set that was perpetuated by the last Congress." She also took issue with the law for not addressing the liabilities of the tax-payer funded Fannie Mae
Fannie Mae
and Freddie Mac.[139] Bachmann's bill was endorsed by conservative groups such as the Club for Growth
Club for Growth
and Americans for Prosperity. It gained four other Republican co-sponsors, including Rep. Darrell Issa, who became the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee at the start of the 112th Congress.[140] Bachmann's call for total repeal was seen as more drastic than the approach advocated by her fellow Republican Spencer Bachus
Spencer Bachus
who became the House Financial Services Committee Chairman with the change of majority in the House. Bachus "plans to provide 'vigorous' oversight of regulators efforts to reform banking and housing ... reform Fannie and Freddie", and "dismantle pieces of [the] Dodd-Frank Act that he believes 'unnecessarily punish small businesses and community banks.'"[140] In response to Bachmann's legislation Rep Barney Frank
Barney Frank
stated, "Michele Bachmann, the Club for Growth, and others in the right-wing coalition have now made their agenda for the financial sector very clear: they yearn to return to the thrilling days of yesteryear, so the loan arrangers can ride again—untrammeled by any rules restraining irresponsibility, excess, deception, and most of all, infinite leverage."[140] The chances of Bachmann's legislation passing were viewed as unlikely, the Financial Times
Financial Times
wrote that "Like the Republican move to repeal healthcare reform, Ms Bachmann's bill could be passed by the House of Representatives but be blocked by the Senate or White House."[141] State of the Union response Bachmann responded to President Obama's 2011 State of the Union speech for the Tea Party Express
Tea Party Express
website; this speech was broadcast live by CNN. She insisted that her response was not intended to counter the official Republican party response by Rep. Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan
of Wisconsin. When asked if the speech was an indication of competition with Ryan and Speaker Boehner's leadership team, Bachmann dismissed such a view as "a fiction of the media", she had alerted Ryan and the leadership team that her response might go national and no objections were raised.[142] Health care Bachmann has characterized the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as "ObamaCare", and has continually called for its repeal.[143] She recalled to reporters that she called for debate to repeal the act "the morning after Obamacare passed".[143] Joining with Rep. Steve King she introduced "the Bachmann-King repeal of health care bill" stating that it "is our intent in our heart to make sure that Obamacare is completely repealed."[143] In light of a Democratic held Senate and Presidency that oppose repeal, Bachmann called on the Republican held House of Representatives to not provide any funds for the implementation of the act "But until we can see that [repeal] happen, we want to fully defund this bill so that, like, it would be akin to a helium balloon that gets no helium inside so that it can't take off the ground, and that's what we're planning to do. I'm very, very grateful for nothing else; having a majority in the House of Representatives so that we have the ability of the power of the purse to not fund Obamacare, and this is exactly the right way to go."[143] On March 4, 2011, Bachmann (who was one of the six House Republicans to vote against the continuing resolution) expressed her unhappiness with the move that gave a two-week reprieve to the fear of government shutdown, stating "I am vowing to vote 'no' on future Continuing Resolutions to fund the government unless there is specific language included to defund Obamacare and rescind the funding that has already been appropriated. Defunding Obamacare, along with defunding Planned Parenthood, must be non-negotiable planks in our budget negotiations."[144][145] In an appearance on Meet the Press
Meet the Press
on March 6, 2011, and during a March 7, 2011, interview with Sean Hannity, Bachmann declared that the Obama administration and the Congressional Democrats had hidden $105 billion in spending in the overhaul of the American Health Care System. She portrayed the Democratic leadership as timing the release of the bill's text to avoid detection of the spending "We didn't get the bill until a literally couple of hours before we were supposed to vote on it."[146] She also stated the spending was split up within different portions of the bill to mask its total cost. Bachmann was alerted of the situation by the conservative Heritage Foundation which read the tallies of the Congressional Research Service and Congressional Budget Office. Reports listed a partial breakdown of the costs which include "about $40 billion would go to the Children's Health Insurance Program, $15 billion would go to Medicare and Medicaid innovation programs, and $9.5 billion would go to the Community Health Centers Fund."[146] As the funds are designated mandatory spending (they are not controlled by the annual appropriations acts), the funds would remain even if the move to defund the reform law succeeded. Bachmann stated that $16 billion of the money gives Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Kathleen Sebelius
a "slush fund ... [to do] whatever she wants with this money."[146] She called on the bills supporters to return the money, "I think this deception that the president and [former House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid put forward with appropriating over $105 billion needs to be given back to the people."[147] When asked during the Meet the Press
Meet the Press
interview if she would take back her previous comments that Obama "may have anti-American views" and that his administration had "embraced something called gangster government", Bachmann backed her statements, saying "I do believe that actions that have been taken by this White House—I don't take back my statements on gangster government. I think that there have been actions taken by the government that are corrupt ... I said I have very serious concerns about the president's views, and I think the president's actions in the last two years speak for themselves."[147] In response to Bachmann's charges Chief Deputy Democratic Whip Rep. Jan Schakowsky, who serves on the House health subcommittee, pointed out that the report Bachmann refers to is an update of a report that came out in October 2010 and that the costs were spelled out in both the bill and the Congressional Budget Office's estimate of its cost, " Michele Bachmann
Michele Bachmann
obviously didn't read the bill, because there was absolutely nothing hidden in that legislation." Schakowsky held that the costs were not kept secret, citing the $40 billion for the Children's Health Insurance Program as an example "There was a robust debate about whether or not that should be included, etc. So this idea of somehow, now at the last minute, there was a secret addition to some kind of funding ... is absolute nonsense."[148] In a September 2011 Republican presidential debate in Tampa, FL, Bachmann criticized Rick Perry
Rick Perry
for his support for the humanpapilloma virus (HPV) vaccine and his support for mandating the HPV vaccine for all sixth-grade Texas
Texas
girls.[149] The American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and other medical organizations worldwide are in favor of immunizing girls and boys against HPV.[150][151] HPV can cause lesions and genital warts, and has been linked to cervical cancer as well as genital and oral cancers in people of any gender.[152] Because the vaccine is effective only if given before the onset of sexual activity and subsequent exposure to the virus, medical groups recommend the three dose vaccine be given to 11- and 12-year-olds.[150][152][153] Bachmann, during the debate and in interviews following the event, accused Perry of “crony capitalism” (because Perry’s former chief of staff was chief lobbyist for a drug company manufacturing the vaccine), and claimed that the HPV vaccine was dangerous and caused mental retardation.[149][152] She repeatedly referred to an anecdotal account from a mother of a girl who been immunized for HPV. “She told me that her little daughter took that vaccine, that injection, and she suffered mental retardation thereafter,” Bachmann said. “There is no second chance for these little girls if there is any dangerous consequences to their bodies."[149] Shortly after Bachmann’s statements at the debate, the American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Pediatrics
released a statement: “The American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Pediatrics
would like to correct false statements made in the Republican presidential campaign that HPV vaccine is dangerous and can cause mental retardation. There is absolutely no scientific validity to this statement. Since the vaccine has been introduced, more than 35 million doses have been administered, and it has an excellent safety record."[151][152][153] Fewer than one percent of those receiving the vaccine reported neurological side effects or, in rare cases, severe allergic reactions, none linked to changes in cognitive ability.[149][150] Bachmann later acknowledged that she was not a doctor or a scientist.[150] Letter on Muslim Brotherhood
Muslim Brotherhood
influence In June–July 2012, Bachmann and several other Republican legislators[154] sent a series of letters to oversight agencies at five federal departments citing "serious security concerns" about what Bachmann has called a "deep penetration in the halls of our United States government" by the Muslim
Muslim
Brotherhood. They requested formal investigations into what Bachmann called "influence operations" by the Brotherhood.[155][156] Bachmann also accused Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
and former Rep. Anthony Weiner's wife, of having family connections to the Muslim
Muslim
Brotherhood. Bachmann's comments have drawn what the Washington Post calls "fierce criticism from fellow lawmakers and religious groups."[155] In a speech on the Senate floor, 2008 Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain
John McCain
denounced Bachmann's charges as "specious and degrading". He defended Abedin as a "hard-working and loyal servant of our country and our government" and stated "these attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit. They need to stop now."[155] House Speaker John Boehner
John Boehner
termed Bachmann's allegations "dangerous", and other Republicans have also criticized the remarks.[157] In a letter to Bachmann, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., a Muslim, asked for evidence backing her claims and stated, "Your response simply rehashes claims that have existed for years on anti- Muslim
Muslim
websites and contains no reliable information that the Muslim Brotherhood
Muslim Brotherhood
has infiltrated the U.S. government".[155] Bachmann has replied that "the intention of the letters was to outline the serious national security concerns I had and ask for answers to questions regarding the Muslim Brotherhood
Muslim Brotherhood
and other radical group's access to top Obama administration officials".[158][159] In a July 19 interview with radio and TV show host Glenn Beck, Bachmann repeated and expanded her allegations, accusing Ellison of having "a long record of being associated with the Council on American–Islamic Relations and with the Muslim
Muslim
Brotherhood".[160] Ellison replied that "I am not now, nor have I ever been, associated with the Muslim Brotherhood."[160] 113th Congress Presidential campaign finance investigation In 2013, Bachmann was under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, the Federal Election Commission, the Iowa
Iowa
Senate Ethics Committee, the Urbandale Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation because of alleged campaign finance violations in her 2012 campaign for President.[161][162] It is alleged that members of her staff made under-the-table payments, that funds were illegally transferred from her leadership PAC to pay consultants for her presidential campaign and that hidden payments were made to Iowa
Iowa
State Senator Kent Sorenson.[163][164] Additionally, a lawsuit was filed alleging that Bachmann and several former staffers stole and misused an Iowa
Iowa
homeschool group's e-mail distribution list. The trial, Heki v. Bachmann, had been set for May 14, 2014,[165] but the case was settled out of court on June 28, 2013.[166][167][168] On July 26, 2013, the House Ethics Committee announced they were conducting a full investigation of Bachmann, saying that they had received a referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics.[169][170] Retirement On May 29, 2013, Bachmann announced that she would not seek re-election to her Congressional seat in 2014.[171] Bachmann stated in an interview with Fox News
Fox News
in June 2013 that she was "not going silent," and would remain involved in politics. She did not rule out a future run for office, or even for the White House.[172] She also said that probes into her campaign finance and the narrow margin of victory for her election were not a part of her decision against seeking re-election.[173] With her retirement from Congress, the ethics investigations against her were dropped.[174] Bachmann indicated, during a December 2017 New Year's weekend interview with televangelist Jim Bakker, that she is considering running for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Al Franken, but that she is waiting on counsel from God before making up her mind.[175] Committee assignments

Committee on Financial Services

Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Political positions Education policy According to an article in the Stillwater Gazette, a local newspaper in Minnesota, Bachmann supports the teaching of creationism alongside evolution in public school science classes.[176] During a 2003 interview on the KKMS Christian radio program Talk
Talk
The Walk, Bachmann said that evolution is a theory that has never been proven one way or the other.[177] She co-authored a bill (that received no additional endorsement among her fellow legislators) that would require public schools to include alternative explanations for the origin of life as part of the state's public school science curricula.[178] In October 2006, Bachmann told a debate audience in St. Cloud, Minnesota
Minnesota
"there is a controversy among scientists about whether evolution is a fact or not ... There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design."[179] However, at least one news report, presenting a "sampling of Bachmann's ... ludicrous or plain old false claims", stated that this was untrue, and that "when the science isn't on [Bachmann's] side, she simply improvises."[180] Bachmann has praised the Christian youth ministry You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International (YCRBYCH), hailing "the group's work of sharing the gospel in public schools".[181] She appeared as a keynote speaker at their fundraisers in 2006 and 2009.[181][182][183][184] Following a 2011 controversial invocation for the Minnesota House,[185] Bradlee Dean (the founder of YCRBYCH), declared that criticisms of him and his ministry were also "intended to harm and destroy the presidential campaign of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann ... [who] previously praised and prayed for the work of my ministry".[186] Bachmann has a history of opposing anti-bullying legislation. In 2006, she told the Minnesota
Minnesota
Legislature that passing an anti-bullying bill would be a waste of time. "I think for all of us, our experience in public schools is there have always been bullies," Bachmann said. "Always have been, always will be. I just don't know how we're ever going to get to the point of zero tolerance ... What does it mean? ... Will we be expecting boys to be girls?"[187] Fiscal policy

Bachmann addressing a Tea Party Express
Tea Party Express
rally in Minneapolis

In the Minnesota
Minnesota
Senate, Bachmann opposed minimum wage increases.[188] In an interview in late June 2011, Bachmann did not back away from her earlier proposal to eliminate the federal minimum wage, a change she said would "virtually wipe out unemployment."[189] In a 2001 flyer, Bachmann and Michael J. Chapman wrote that federal policies manage a centralized, state-controlled economy in the United States.[190] She wrote that education laws passed by Congress in 2001, including "School To Work" and "Goals 2000", created a new national school curriculum that embraced "a socialist, globalist worldview; loyalty to all government and not America."[190] In 2003, Bachmann said that the "Tax Free Zones" economic initiatives of Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty
Tim Pawlenty
were based on the Marxist
Marxist
principle of "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs."[191] She also said that the administration was attempting to govern and run centrally planned economies through an organization called the Minnesota
Minnesota
Economic Leadership Team (MELT), an advisory board on economic and workforce policy chaired by Pawlenty.[191] Prior to her election to the state senate, and again in 2005, Bachmann signed a "no new taxes" pledge sponsored by the Taxpayers League of Minnesota.[19][192] As a state senator, Bachmann introduced two bills that would have severely limited state taxation. In 2003, she proposed amending the Minnesota
Minnesota
state constitution to adopt the "Taxpayers' Bill of Rights" (TABOR).[193] In 2005, Bachmann opposed Minnesota
Minnesota
Governor Tim Pawlenty's proposal for a state surcharge of 75 cents per pack on the wholesale cost of cigarettes. Bachmann said that she opposed the state surcharge "100 percent—it's a tax increase."[194] She later was criticized by the Taxpayers' League for reversing her position and voting in favor of the cigarette surcharge.[195] She has promised to bring the price of gasoline down to $2 per gallon, without specifying a plan for how to accomplish this.[196] Environmental policy Bachmann supports increased domestic drilling of oil and natural gas, as well as pursuing renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar. She is a strong proponent of nuclear power.[197] Bachmann has stated a strong opposition toward the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pledging at an August 2011 campaign rally, "... I guarantee you the EPA will have doors locked and lights turned off and they will only be about conservation."[198] In 2007 and 2010, Bachmann was actively soliciting for funds from the EPA on behalf of constituents in her congressional district.[199] Social Security and Medicare phaseout Bachmann has called for phasing out Social Security and Medicare:

... what you have to do, is keep faith with the people that are already in the system, that don't have any other options, we have to keep faith with them. But basically what we have to do is wean everybody else off.[200]

Foreign policy

Bachmann speaking as a candidate for President in September 2011

Bachmann says in dealing with Iran, diplomacy "is our option", but that other options, including a nuclear strike, shouldn't be taken off the table.[201] She has also said that she is "a long time supporter of Israel".[12] Global economy In a discussion about the G-20 summit in Toronto, during an interview with conservative radio host Scott Hennen, Bachmann stated that she does not want America to be part of the international global economy.[202][203]

I don't want the United States
United States
to be in a global economy where our economic future is bound to that of Zimbabwe, We can't necessarily trust the decisions that are being made financially in other countries. I don't like the decisions that are being made in our own country, but certainly I don't want to trust the value of my currency and my future to that of like a Chavez down in Venezuela.

On economists who have influenced her views, Bachmann told The Wall Street Journal,

... the late Milton Friedman as well as Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams]]. "I'm also an Art Laffer fiend—we're very close," she adds. "And [Ludwig] von Mises. I love von Mises," getting excited and rattling off some of his classics like Human Action and Bureaucracy. "When I go on vacation and I lay on the beach, I bring von Mises."[204]

Immigration policy

External video

'The Republic is at Stake', WorldNetDaily, June 13, 2013.[205]

Bachmann believes that strengthened enforcement of immigration laws is required for the growth of the American job market. She supports amending the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow only the immediate family of legal immigrants (not extended family members) priority consideration in the immigration process.[206] She voted against the DREAM Act.[207] She has also stated that the current law does not need modification but proper enforcement. Bachmann said: "... the immigration system in the United States worked very, very well up until the mid-1960s when liberal members of Congress changed the immigration laws."[208] Bachmann has expressed support for immigration of highly skilled professionals such as chemists and engineers.[209] She is against the 2013 immigration reform bill, indicating that passing it would mean the end of the Republican Party. On WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily
she stated "This is President Obama's number one political agenda because he knows we will never again have a Republican president ever if amnesty goes into effect."[205][210] Social issues Same-sex marriage
Same-sex marriage
constitutional amendment Bachmann supports both a federal and state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and any legal equivalents.[211][212][213] In August 2006, the Minneapolis
Minneapolis
Star Tribune
Star Tribune
reported that, in March 2006, Bachmann was on a Minneapolis
Minneapolis
radio show advocating for a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. A caller asked her to explain how he, a heterosexual, would be harmed if his gay neighbors were allowed to marry. Bachmann replied by saying: "Public schools would have to teach that homosexuality and same-sex marriage are normal, natural and that maybe children should try them." The Star Tribune also reported that Bachmann has publicly referred to homosexuality as "sexual dysfunction", "sexual identity disorders", and "personal enslavement" that leads to "sexual anarchy".[214] Pro-life
Pro-life
position Bachmann has identified herself as pro-life and has been endorsed in her runs for Congress by the Susan B. Anthony List
Susan B. Anthony List
and Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.[215] At a debate among presidential candidates in New Hampshire, when asked if abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest, Bachmann responded that she is "100 percent pro-life".[216] In the state senate, Bachmann introduced a bill proposing a constitutional amendment restricting state funds for abortion. The bill died in committee.[217] Federal-backed home loans According to an article in the Washington Post, in 2008 Bachmann may have taken advantage of a federal program for a home loan, then called for dismantling the program, though the article notes that the public and other members of Congress have taken advantage of such loans despite seeing reasons to criticize them.[218] When asked about it, she said: "This is the problem. It is almost impossible to buy a home in this country today without the federal government being involved".[219] Opinion on President Obama's birth certificate Bachmann was never a part of the birther movement but said that President Obama could resolve the dispute by producing his long-form birth certificate. In April 2011, after Obama released the certificate,[220] Bachmann was asked about the issue on Good Morning America by George Stephanopoulos. She said that its release "should settle the matter", that "I take the President at his word", and that "We have bigger fish to fry".[221] Political campaigns

Official photo, c. 2007

2006 congressional campaign Main article: Minnesota's 6th congressional district
Minnesota's 6th congressional district
election, 2006 Bachmann won her Congressional seat in the 2006 election with 50 percent of the vote, as she defeated Minnesota
Minnesota
Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) candidate Patty Wetterling
Patty Wetterling
and the Independence Party's John Binkowski. The U.S. 6th District's congressman since 2001, Mark Kennedy, announced in late 2005 that he would be running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mark Dayton
Mark Dayton
of the DFL. Bachmann states "God then called me to run" for the U.S. House seat, and that she and her husband fasted for three days to be more sure.[222] According to Bloomberg.com news, evangelical conservative leader James Dobson put the resources of his organization behind her 2006 campaign. Dobson's Focus on the Family
Focus on the Family
planned to distribute 250,000 voter guides in Minnesota
Minnesota
churches to reach social conservatives, according to Tom Prichard, president of the Minnesota
Minnesota
Family Council, a local affiliate of Dobson's group. In addition to Minnesota, Dobson's group also organized turnout drives in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey
New Jersey
and Montana.[223] During a debate televised by WCCO-TV
WCCO-TV
on October 28, 2006, news reporter Pat Kessler quoted a story that appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune
Star Tribune
and asked Bachmann whether it was true that the church she belonged to taught that the Pope is the Anti-Christ. Bachmann stated that her church "does not believe that the Pope is the Anti-Christ, that's absolutely false ... I'm very grateful that my pastor has come out and been very clear on this matter, and I think it's patently absurd and it's a false statement."[224][225] Bachmann received support from a fundraising visit in early July 2006 from Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.[226] On July 21, 2006, Karl Rove visited Minnesota
Minnesota
to raise funds for her election.[227] In August, President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
was the keynote speaker at her congressional fundraiser, which raised about $500,000.[228] Bachmann also received fundraising support from Vice President Dick Cheney.[229] The National Republican Congressional Committee put nearly $3 million into the race, for electronic and direct-mail ads against DFLer Wetterling. The amount was significantly more than the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
spent on behalf of Wetterling. On November 7, 2006, Bachmann defeated opponents Patty Wetterling and John Binkowski, taking 50 percent of the vote to Wetterling's 42 percent and Binkowski's eight percent.[230] 2008 congressional campaign Main article: United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections in Minnesota, 2008 § District 6 In 2008, Bachmann won re-election over her DFL and Independence Party endorsed opponent Elwyn Tinklenberg. With all precincts reported, Bachmann won, 46.41% to 43.43%.[231] Because Tinklenberg was running as a DFLer in the Democratic primary this allowed candidate Bob Anderson to run in the Independence Party primary unopposed despite not having the Independence endorsement. Anderson received 10% of the vote. 2010 congressional campaign Main article: United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections in Minnesota, 2010 § District 6 Bachmann was challenged in 2010 by DFL nominee Tarryl Clark
Tarryl Clark
and Independence Party candidate Bob Anderson. With more than $8.5 million, Bachmann spent more than any other House of Representative candidate, although her opponent, Tarryl Clark, was able to raise $4 million, one of the largest fundraising efforts in the nation for a U.S. House challenger.[232] On November 2, 2010, Bachmann defeated Tarryl Clark
Tarryl Clark
by 52% to 40% of the vote. 2012 presidential campaign Main article: Michele Bachmann
Michele Bachmann
presidential campaign, 2012 In early 2011, there was much speculation that Bachmann would run for president in 2012. Bachmann participated in the second Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire
New Hampshire
on June 13, 2011; during the debate she announced she had filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) earlier that day to become a candidate for the GOP nomination.[233] Bachmann formally announced her candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination on June 27, 2011, during an appearance in Waterloo, Iowa.[234] Although she won the Ames Straw Poll
Ames Straw Poll
hosted by the Iowa
Iowa
GOP on August 13, 2011, becoming the first woman ever to win the poll,[235] when the actual caucuses were held on January 3, 2012, she finished sixth with 4.98% of the vote. Bachmann announced on January 4 that she would be cancelling her scheduled campaign trips to South Carolina,[236] as she was suspending her presidential campaign.[237] 2012 congressional campaign See also: United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections in Minnesota, 2012 § District 6 On January 25, 2012, Bachmann announced that she would run for reelection for her seat in Congress.[238] According to Politico.com, as of July 2012, Bachmann has "raised close to $15 million" for the 2012 election, a figure it called "astounding ... more than some Senate candidates will collect this year."[239] From July to the end of September, Bachmann raised $4.5 million. This amount put her ahead of all other members of congress (including Allen West who was in second place with $4 million) for the third quarter. Bachmann said that she was "humbled by the enormous outpouring of grassroots support for my campaign focused on keeping America the most secure and prosperous nation in the world." Despite a more favorable district Bachmann only narrowly won re-election, receiving just 4,298 more votes than her DFL challenger Jim Graves.[240] Electoral history Main article: Electoral history of Michele Bachmann Autobiography In November 2011 Bachmann published her autobiography, Core of Conviction, in which she outlines the events and people who have shaped her values and beliefs including her parents' divorce when she was in the ninth grade. She describes the financial struggles her mother suffered as a single parent in trying to provide for her family and the work ethic she developed as a result of it. She writes of that time, "I took every baby sitting job I could get, because by ninth grade, I was growing conscious of my appearance. In those days, girls had to wear dresses to public school, and if I wanted pretty dresses, I had to buy them, because mom couldn't afford them for me; she couldn't afford lunch money." Bachmann writes about her political conversion as a young adult when Jimmy Carter, whom she voted for, let her down. "It was in the perilous fires of the Carter administration that my ideology was forged," she wrote. "In the seventies, Carter taught me what I was against, and then in the eighties, Reagan taught me what I was for." She also details why she went to work for the Internal Revenue Service. She says it was because she wanted to change the tax code, "from the inside out." She also commented on her role as a Tea Party leader. "I once said that the Tea Party represents 90 percent of Americans. I now realize that I misspoke," she admitted. "I should have said 100 percent, because I believe that nearly all Americans retain faith in the ordered liberty that the Constitution offers."[241][242][243] See also

United States
United States
congressional delegations from Minnesota List of United States
United States
Representatives from Minnesota Women in the United States
United States
House of Representatives

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Senate

Preceded by Gary Laidig Member of the Minnesota
Minnesota
Senate from the 56th district 2001–2003 Succeeded by Brian LeClair

Preceded by Satveer Chaudhary Member of the Minnesota
Minnesota
Senate from the 52nd district 2003–2007 Succeeded by Ray Vandeveer

U.S. House of Representatives

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Members of the U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota

Districts 1–8 (active)

1st district

Territorial Delegate, 1849–1858 Sibley Rice Kingsbury 1863–1933 Windom Wilkinson Dunnell While T. Wilson Dunnell Harries Tawney Anderson Furlow Christgau 1935–present Andresen Quie Erdahl Penny Gutknecht Walz

2nd district

1863–1933 Donnelly E.M. Wilson Averill Strait Poehler Strait Wakefield Lind McCleary Hammond Ellsworth Clague 1935–present Ryan O'Hara Nelsen Hagedorn Weber Minge Kennedy Kline Lewis

3rd district

1873–1933 Averill King Stewart Washburn Strait MacDonald D. Hall O. Hall Heatwole Davis Andresen 1935–present Lundeen Teigan Alexander Gale Gallagher MacKinnon Wier MacGregor Frenzel Ramstad Paulsen

4th district

1883–1933 Washburn Gilfillan Rice Snider Castle Kiefer Stevens Van Dyke Keller Maas 1935–present Maas Starkey Devitt McCarthy Karth Vento McCollum

5th district

1883–1933 Nelson Comstock Halvorson Fletcher Lind Fletcher Nye Smith Lundeen Newton W. Nolan 1935–present Christianson D. Johnson Youngdahl Judd Fraser Sabo Ellison

6th district

1893–1933 Baldwin Towne Morris Buckman Lindbergh H. Knutson 1935–present H. Knutson Marshall Olson Zwach R. Nolan Weber Sikorski Grams Luther Kennedy Bachmann Emmer

7th district

1893–1933 Boen Eddy Volstead O. Kvale P. Kvale 1935–present P. Kvale Andersen Langen Bergland Stangeland Peterson

8th district

1903–1933 Bede Miller Carss Larson Carss Pittenger 1935–present Pittenger Bernard Pittenger Blatnik Oberstar Cravaack R. Nolan

Districts 9–10 and Statewide General Ticket (obsolete)

9th district

1903–33 Steenerson Wefald Selvig 1935–63 Buckler Hagen C. Knutson Langen

10th district

1915–33 Schall Goodwin

General Ticket

1858–63 Cavanaugh Phelps Windom Aldrich 1913–15 Manahan 1933–35 Arens Chase Christianson Hoidale Johnson H. Knutson P. Kvale Lundeen Shoemaker

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Democratic Party

Convention Primaries

Newspaper endorsements

Incumbent nominee: Barack Obama

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Incumbent VP nominee: Joe Biden

positions

Challengers: Bob Ely Keith Judd Warren Mosler Darcy Richardson Jim Rogers Vermin Supreme Randall Terry John Wolfe

Republican Party

Convention Primaries Debates

Statewide polls National polls

Straw polls

Newspaper endorsements

Nominee: Mitt Romney

campaign endorsements positions

VP nominee: Paul Ryan

positions

Candidates: Michele Bachmann
Michele Bachmann
(campaign) Herman Cain
Herman Cain
(campaign) Mark Callahan Jack Fellure Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich
(campaign) Stewart Greenleaf Jon Huntsman (campaign) Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson
(campaign) Fred Karger Andy Martin Thaddeus McCotter
Thaddeus McCotter
(campaign) Jimmy McMillan Roy Moore Ron Paul
Ron Paul
(campaign) Tim Pawlenty
Tim Pawlenty
(campaign) Rick Perry
Rick Perry
(campaign) Buddy Roemer
Buddy Roemer
(campaign) Rick Santorum
Rick Santorum
(campaign)

Libertarian Party

Convention Primaries

Nominee: Gary Johnson

campaign positions

VP nominee: Jim Gray

Candidates: Jim Duensing R. J. Harris Carl Person Sam Sloan R. Lee Wrights

Green Party

Convention

Nominee: Jill Stein
Jill Stein
(campaign) VP nominee: Cheri Honkala

Candidates: Stewart Alexander Roseanne Barr Kent Mesplay

Other third-party and independent candidates

American Independent Party

Nominee Tom Hoefling

Candidates Wiley Drake Virgil Goode
Virgil Goode
(campaign) Edward C. Noonan Laurie Roth

American Third Position Party

Nominee Merlin Miller VP nominee Virginia Abernethy

America's Party

Nominee Tom Hoefling

Constitution Party

Convention

Nominee Virgil Goode
Virgil Goode
(campaign) VP nominee Jim Clymer

Candidates Darrell Castle Laurie Roth Robby Wells

Freedom Socialist Party

Nominee Stephen Durham

Grassroots Party

Nominee Jim Carlson

Justice Party

Nominee Rocky Anderson VP nominee Luis J. Rodriguez

Objectivist Party

Nominee Tom Stevens

Party for Socialism and Liberation

Nominee Peta Lindsay

Peace and Freedom Party

Nominee Roseanne Barr VP nominee Cindy Sheehan

Candidates Stewart Alexander Rocky Anderson Stephen Durham Peta Lindsay

Prohibition Party

Nominee Jack Fellure

Candidates James Hedges

Reform Party

Nominee Andre Barnett

Candidates Laurence Kotlikoff Darcy Richardson Buddy Roemer
Buddy Roemer
(campaign) Robert David Steele Robby Wells

Socialist Equality Party

Nominee Jerry White

Socialist Workers Party

Nominee James Harris

Socialist Party

Nominee Stewart Alexander
Stewart Alexander
(campaign) VP nominee Alejandro Mendoza

Independents

Candidates Lee Abramson Randy Blythe Jeff Boss Robert Burck Terry Jones Joe Schriner

Draft movements

Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg
(movement)

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Other 2012 elections: House Senate Gubernatorial

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Minnesota's delegation(s) to the 110th–113th United States Congresses (ordered by seniority)

110th Senate: N. Coleman A. Klobuchar House: J. Oberstar J. Ramstad C. Peterson B. McCollum J. Kline T. Walz K. Ellison M. Bachmann

111th Senate: A. Klobuchar A. Franken House: J. Oberstar C. Peterson B. McCollum J. Kline T. Walz K. Ellison M. Bachmann E. Paulsen

112th Senate: A. Klobuchar A. Franken House: C. Peterson B. McCollum J. Kline T. Walz K. Ellison M. Bachmann E. Paulsen C. Cravaack

113th Senate: A. Klobuchar A. Franken House: C. Peterson B. McCollum J. Kline T. Walz K. Ellison M. Bachmann E. Paulsen R. Nolan

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