Competitors - In mid-August 2011, Rep. Bachmann won the Ames, Iowa Straw Poll, the first 2012 Republican contest in the presidential race, anointing her as a top contender for the White House.
In polls since August, though, Rep. Bachmann has lagged behind competitors Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and media personality/businessman Herman Cain.
Through Liberal Eyes - Michele Bachmann, a devoted conservative evangelical Christian for 40 years, is absolutely determined to impose her extremist social, anti-science, and Tea Party economic values on all Americans. Her political career has been passionately backed for years by powerful conservative Christian lobbyist Dr. James Dobson.
Despite her college education and advanced degrees, Bachmann's speeches have included embarrassingly basic errors about U.S. history and betrayed an irrational anti-science proclivity. Rep. Bachmann is not a stupid person, but she's made curiously stupid, over-the-top statements on the campaign trail, likely revealing her desperation to win this race.
Husband Marcus heads a conservative Christian counseling service that is strongly rumored to specialize in converting gays to straight.
The bottom line: If the most extremist social conservatives decided the Republican presidential nominee, Michele Bachmann would likely be their 2012 nominee. Fortunately, they do not.
As a well-educated conservative woman with impeccable Tea Party credentials, Rep. Bachmann might well become part of a President Romney administration. Look for her to play an instrumental role in any 2012 presidential campaign.
Michele Bachmann on the Issues - Rep. Bachmann's political stances on issues are based firmly on her conservative evangelical Christian beliefs, including:
- 100% pro-life. She supports defunding Planned Parenthood, and believes that abortions should be strictly banned except in cases of rape or incest.
- 100% opposed to gay marriage and "the gay lifestyle" that is "part of Satan." In 2004, Bachmann told a 2004 educational conference about homosexuality, "It leads to the personal enslavement of individuals. Because if you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it's bondage. Personal bondage, personal despair, and personal enslavement. And that's why this is so dangerous."
- Religious-based intelligent design theory over the science of evolution. "I support intelligent design. What I support is putting all science on the table and then letting students decide. I don't think it's a good idea for government to come down on one side of scientific issue or another, when there is reasonable doubt on both sides," remarked Bachmann to a 2011 Republican conference.
- January 2001 to January 2007 - Minnesota state senator
- January 2007 to present - U.S. House member from Minnesota
From 1988 through 1993, Michele Bachmann was employed as a Federal Tax Litigation Attorney for the Internal Revenue Service. From 1993 through 2000, she retired to become a fulltime parent to their five children and to house 23 foster children, all of them teenage girls.
Michele Bachmann's Personal Background
- Birth - April 6, 1956 in Waterloo, Iowa to David Amble, an engineer, and wife Jean. In 1969, the family moved to Minnesota. Soon after, Bachmann's parents divorced, and her father took a job with Honeywell in California. Michele's mother was remarried three years later to widower Raymond J. LaFave.
- Education - Graduated from Anoka High School in 1974 where Michele was a cheerleader and "straight-A" student. BA in political science, 1978, Winona State University. JD, 1979, Oral Robert University Law School. Master of Law in taxation, 1988, William & Mary College School of Law.
The day after high school graduation, Michele traveled with Young Life, an evangelical Christian youth group, to work in Israel on a kibbutz.
Bachmann's first step into politics was in 1977 as an undergraduate when she successfully ran for Student Senate Vice-President at Winona State University. Per the LaCrosse Tribune "Jim Schuman, an Eyota, Minn., farmer who served as president while Bachmann was VP, said she was a 'cute, talkative and perky girl' with conservative tendencies."
- Family - Married in 1978 to Marcus Bachmann, two years after they met as undergraduates. Marcus, who holds a PhD in clinical psychology and MS in counseling, runs Bachmann & Associates, a conservative Christian counseling service based in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.
Five children: Sons Lucas and Harrison, and daughters Elisa, Caroline and Sophia. During a eight-year period in the 1990s, the Bachmanns also housed 23 foster children, all teenage girls, for spans ranging from a few weeks to more than a year. Most of the teenagers were pregnant; a few suffered from eating disorders.
- Faith - Evangelical Christian.