Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was peppered Sunday with questions about her thoughts on gay rights, but largely refused to engage them, arguing that those issues aren’t on the front of voters’ minds.
“I am running for the presidency of the United States. I’m not running to be anyone’s judge,” Bachmann said on “Meet the Press.”
The winner of the Ames straw poll this weekend faced aggressive questioning in several of her appearances on the Sunday morning talk show circuit related to her opposition to same-sex marriage and controversial past statements toward gays and lesbians.
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She’s ducked most questions about her personal opinions toward gays and lesbians, staying on message with a jobs and economy-focused message.
Do like the line about her not running to be anyone’s judge; would be nice if she could build upon that as Herman Cain has. If she wants to win the votes of socially moderate suburbanites, in both the Republican primaries and general election, she’d going to have to balance her attitudes toward gay people with the public’s increasing social tolerance.
This sidestepping suggests she recognizes how her beliefs could detract from her economic message. But, she has yet to embrace a live-and-let-live policy consistent with her that message. A sidestepping step in the right direction perhaps, but not far enough.