June 24, 2018
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Tasty Bachmann sound bites

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) speaks next to U.S. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (L) and U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney during a rally at Crofton Industries in Portsmouth, Virginia, in this May 3, 2012 file photo. Virginia is a key battleground in the U.S. presidential race and McDonnell's efforts to move the party to the right in the politically divided state have energized conservative Christians, alienated other voters and made Virginia a focal point in what Democrats call a "war on women" by Republicans.
By Emma Roller, Slate

Oh, how the Ames Straw Poll mighty have fallen. In the meantime, Mother Jones has recycled a piece from 2011 listing some of Minnesota GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann’s greatest hits, and I humbly submit a few more below. It’s also worth revisiting her Bad Lip Reading sound bite from the presidential campaign.

A floor speech in 2011:

“Obamacare, as we know, is the crown jewel of socialism.”

A 2008 Hardball interview:

“Remember, it was Michelle Obama who said she’s only recently proud of her country. And so these are very anti-American views.”

A 2006 debate against opponent Patty Wetterling:

“I don’t think that it has been established yet as a fact that global warming is the issue of the day . . . one thing that we need to do is look at the science.”

A 2005 Unity Works video:

“If we allow this to happen, group marriage, polygamy, and things much worse may not be far behind.”

And on a less flip note, Helen LaFave, Bachmann’s stepsister who is gay, had this to say about the outgoing congresswoman in 2006:

“I have not had any contact with her for a couple of years and she’s never discussed this with me and I wanted to remind her that she does have family members that this affects.”

Emma Roller is a writer for Slate.

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