Michele Bachmann says faith impacts her politics
A possible 2012 Republican contender for the presidency told recently an audience in Iowa that her Christian faith plays a strong role in her life and her politics.
Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann told a group of some 100 people that she converted to Christianity as a high school teenager in Nov. 1972, and “It was an amazing time, a lifelong path of fellowship,” the Associated Press reported.
Bachmann told CNN that she is considering the possibility of running for the presidency as a Republican candidate. She said she will announce her intentions within the pending months, The State Column reported.
She has, so far, raised some $2.5 million within the first quarter of this year for a possible run—the largest amount raised by any potential candidate yet, according to The State Column.
At this point, one supporter she can count on if she chooses to run is Fox news anchor Glenn Beck, who said his ideal ticket would have Bachmann running as president and Florida Rep. Allen West as vice president, The State Column said.
Beck, on his radio program said, “I want to start a draft Allen West movement,” and suggested that Bachmann try to persuade the first-term freshman Republican to give the vice presidency a run, according to The State Column
West, however, has already stated that he is not interested in joining the race, The State Column said.
No to same sex marriage
Bachmann told the group of Iowa conservatives that she is against same-sex marriage and she was shocked by the 2003 decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Court to legalize it, according to the AP.
Bachmann told the group, “I heard the news on my local Christian radio station in Minneapolis/St. Paul, and I was devastated. I went across the street and I took a walk and I went to prayer, and I said: ‘Lord, what would you have me do in the Minnesota State Senate?’ And through prayer I knew that I was to introduce the marriage amendment in Minnesota,” the AP reported.
So far, her effort to define marriage as solely between a man and a woman in Minnesota has not prospered, according to the AP.
Bachmann is also pro-life, and said in her speech in Iowa that Planned Parenthood is the “LensCrafter of big abortion,” adding that it does not deserve to have a nonprofit status, CNN said.