Bachmann Asked If She Is A “Submissive Wife”


During the GOP primary debate last night, moderator Byron York asked a question that drew boos and hisses from the Ames, Iowa audience.  Turning to Michele Bachmann, he queried:

“In 2006, when you were running for Congress, you described a moment in your life when your husband said you should study for a degree in tax law. You said you hated the idea, and then you explained: ‘But the Lord said, be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husband.’ As president, would you be submissive to your husband?”

Bachmann took a long pause to answer the question as the crowd erupted in disapproval. But her answer, when it came, was surprisingly clever.  She responded, after thanking York for the question:

“What submission means to us, if that’s what your question is, it means respect. I respect my husband, he’s a wonderful, godly man and a great father. And he respects me as his wife. That’s how we operate our marriage. We respect each other, we love each other.”

Her supporters have wasted no time in jumping down York’s throat for asking the question.  But, given that Bachmann volunteered the information about “submission” to her husband in such a clear and public way, York was not being sexist — he was simply trying to pin down Bachmann’s position.

The chance to rephrase her previous statement may actually have been beneficial for Bachmann.  A spokesman for Bachmann’s campaign said as much to the Des Moines Register: “It was an opportunity for the congresswoman to give the response she did, to make it very clear what her position was.”  Someone else was going to bring it up, if York didn’t, and better now than later in the campaign.

One thing is clear: Submission is not Michele Bachmann’s problem.  What she does need to learn — especially if she expects to be taken seriously as a presidential candidate – is not to make comments that seem like they would appeal to the religious right, if they are not grounded in fact.  In other words, she needs to think before she speaks, especially when she’s claiming that she believes in her “biblical obligation” to obey her husband.

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William C
William Cabout a year ago


New G.
W. C7 years ago

Thank you for the information. I didn't hear about this.

Sylvia M.
Sylvia M7 years ago

So, does that mean that that Pray the Gay Away Dancin' Fool also told her to run for President? She's just submitting to his will? She brings up these concepts, so therefore all questions are fair game. The answers should be paid attention to by those who so far still have her walking on water.

John Hawke
John Hawke7 years ago

I TALKED TO GOD LAST NIGHT AND HE SAID UNTO ME, "Who is this crazy woman and what are those people standing in line for to make her president. Also don't let that Perry guy get ahead either. They are both nuts."
I said thank you LORD and amen to you!

Andrew Carvin7 years ago

Bachmann = Ricky Perry with a vagina.

Both of them are evil bat crap insane, and are killing our country with their stupidity.

Lynette B.
Lynette B7 years ago

Scary woman.......

Jeannine C.
Jeannine C.7 years ago

The literal definition of 'submissive' was changed by M. Bachmann. If she thinks she can rewrite the dictionary, what else would she like to rewrite, the Constitution, perhaps?

Sorry, Hillary yes, Bachmann/Palin and company a RESOUNDING NO!

Terri Lynn Merritts
Terri M7 years ago

I see nothing wrong with asking her this question. She subscribes to christian mythology and wants the other people who are gullible enough to believe these fairy tales to vote for her on her "christian values" so it is only natural to ask this as she herself has brought it up before. Her answer here about respecting is interesting as the bible calls for wives to be "keepers at home" and does not allow women to teach or lead men. In fact, she is supposed to stay silent and let her husband answer her questions. The bible did not say to "respect" one's husband but to "obey" him as lord and master on earth. I am an Atheist woman and a liberal so this would not apply to me but for her christian followers, it is a valid question.

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan7 years ago

She is a total looser, God I pray she does not win.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams7 years ago

Michelle is a wacko and needs to access all her mental health benefits and stay out of politics.