Politics & Policy

Bachmann Pivots to Social Issues

In an interview with Greta Van Susteren last night, Michele Bachmann noted that while she still talks about jobs and the economy, she thinks it’s time for a more prominent discussion on the social issues.

“But there’s a lot of people out there, like I said, for whom the life issue and marriage is extremely important,” she said. “They want to know where the candidates stand. No one’s really been talking about it, so I wanted to let the voters know where I stand and what my history is.”

Earlier this week, Bachmann struck a similar note when talking to church leaders in Iowa.

“I just want to let it be known that I will not be forgetting these important fundamental issues of life, marriage and family,” Bachmann told those assembled, according to the Des Moines Register.

She also focused on her new message that the 2012 was not the election cycle to “settle” for a mainstream Republican.

“Why would we settle on a moderate, someone who’s not clear on issue of life, on the issue of religious liberty, on the issue of marriage between a man and a woman?” she asked. “If there is any election when we can have it all, it’s this election.”

Video of van Susteren interview:

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.comUPDATE: Bachmann introduced pro-life legislation today. 

“A pregnant woman who enters an abortion clinic is faced with a decision that will forever change two lives,” Bachmann said in a statement. “That’s why she must have the very best information with which to make that decision. The ‘Heartbeat Informed Consent Act,’ that I introduced today, would require that abortion providers make the unborn child’s heartbeat visible through ultrasound, describe the cardiac activity, and make the baby’s heartbeat audible, if the child is old enough for it to be detectable.”

Read the bill here.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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