Bachmann Dodges ‘Submission’ Question on ‘Face the Nation’
On Face the Nation today, religious fanatic Michele Bachmann was asked about her statement that “wives should be submissive to their husbands,” and completely got away with dodging the question, as usual.
(CBS News) AMES, Iowa - Appearing on “Face the Nation” Sunday, Rep. Michele Bachmann stood by her comment in Thursday’s Republican debate that when she said that wives should be submissive to their husbands, she meant that married couples should have mutual respect.
In 2006, Bachmann said her husband had told her to get a post-doctorate degree in tax law. “Tax law? I hate taxes,” she continued. “Why should I go into something like that? But the lord says, be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands.’”
Asked about the comment by CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell Sunday, Bachmann reaffirmed that to her, “submission means respect, mutual respect.”
“I respect my husband, he respects me,” she said. “We have been married 33 years, we have a great marriage…and respecting each other, listening to each other is what that means.”
O’Donnell asked Bachmann if she would use a different word in retrospect.
“You know, I guess it depends on what word people are used to, but respect is really what it means,” Bachmann replied.
“Do you think submissive means subservient?” O’Donnell asked.
“Not to us,” Bachmann said. “To us it means respect. We respect each other, we listen to each other, we love each other and that is what it means.”
If journalists actually did their homework any more, Norah O’Donnell would have followed up by asking whether her “submissive” statement was related to her fundamentalist religious beliefs (it absolutely is), but instead Bachmann was allowed to skate away untouched.