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Michelle Bachmann is bringing her family into focus ahead of Tuesday night’s Iowa caucuses.
In an interview with Soledad O’Brien for CNN’s Starting Point, the Republican presidential candidate introduced four of her five children, from oldest to youngest: Lucas, a medical resident at University of Connecticut; Harrison, who’s a schoolteacher; Lisa, who’s completing her final year of college; and Caroline, who’s in her first year. Bachmann’s other daughter, Sophia, couldn’t leave college.
Also, “We had 23 foster children but they’re grown and gone and launched,” Bachmann noted.
When asked about her famous mother, Lisa Bachmann said: “She’s normal. She’s an everyday mom. .. She’s home for Thanksgiving, she’s home for Christmas. One of the first text messages I got from my mom was ‘Happy New Year!’ … She’s exactly kind of that mom that you have at home.”
Lucas, the doctor, talked about the disparity between the Michelle Bachmann he knows in private and the Michelle Bachmann publicly lampooned as a “caricature.”
“It’s almost like it’s two different people,” he said. “You get used to it, I think, after a while and you realize it isn’t so because you know the real individual versus the person who ‘they’ project them to be.”
Husband Marcus Bachmann, who’s been visible throughout his wife’s campaign, sat in on the interview, wherein the family did not flinch or react when O’Brien pressed the Minnesota congresswoman about her stance on homosexuality and past remarks that gay people lead “a very sad life.”
“It’s just a bizarre thing to bring up today,” Bachmann responded. “Today is the election, and what people recognize is the most important issue that people will be looking at is ‘Who is the best person to deal with the economy’? Probably somebody who started a business from scratch. I came from a family where I was below poverty.”
But O’Brien held her ground, saying: “I don’t think it’s a bizarre question. I think it’s a fair question.”
“It’s a hatchet question coming way out of the past,” said Bachman, attempting to redirect the conversation. “I stand very strong for marriage between one man and one woman. I believe in protecting human life from conception until natural death. I belive in the family, I believe in religious liberty and for people to be able to practice their faith freely.”
Meanwhile, Bachmann — who’s low in the polls ahead of Tuesday’s caucuses — predicted success amid bleak expectations.
“If you’re looking just at the shift of the last five days, that’s one thing,” she insisted. “I have over 200 pastors that came out to endorse me. They’re very influential in thir communities and their congregations — and I think that w’re going to see a real surprise in the polls tonight with a depth of support that people didn’t recognize was there.”
CNN‘s Starting Point marks O’Brien’s return to the cable news channel. The morning show debuted Monday. Check out the video clip from the Bachmann interview below:
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