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July 13th, 2011

Pledge Controversy Creates Questions About Bachmann’s Judgment

“I also intend to read all the bills that come across my desk.”  That was a promise Michele Bachmann made to 300 Iowans during her campaign stop in Urbandale last weekend.  Apparently, the promise does not apply unless she becomes President.  Bachmann claims she did not read all of The Family Leader’s controversial “Marriage Vow” pledge before she signed it.

The preamble part of the pledge contained a passage referring to children born into slavery being more likely to come from a two-parent household than black children born today.  That passage has been discredited, and following a backlash against Bachmann, was removed from the pledge.  The Minnesota Congresswoman now claims she never saw the controversial passage.

“I did not see that language. That was not a part of the vow,” Bachmann claimed on Monday in Indianola.

The Family Leader’s pledge contained only four pages.  The organization says all four pages were delivered to Bachmann.  The preamble, with the slavery language, appears on the page prior to the “vow”, which Bachmann signed.  There is no way to get to the page that she signed without first seeing the preamble part.  Did Congresswoman Bachmann deliberately skip that page?

If we are to believe that she did not read all of the “Marriage Vow” before signing it, then how can we trust Bachmann when she says “I intend to read all the bills that come across my desk”?  She made that statement while referencing the 2,700 page ObamaCare monstrosity.  She could have easily combed through every word of the “Marriage Vow” pledge in less than 10 minutes.

Mrs. Bachmann is a former tax attorney.  Any lawyer will tell you to never sign a document without reading every word of it.  If she irresponsibly skipped over parts of the “Marriage Vow” before signing it, can we really depend on Michele Bachmann to thoroughly read all of the important documents that would cross her desk if she became President?

That leads us to the alternative.  Maybe Bachmann did read the entire pledge, with the now-debunked slavery language, and she did not find anything wrong with it.  That is, until there was a huge backlash against the document.

On Monday, Bachmann denounced the part of the pledge that contained the slavery language. “Certainly it would be absurd for anyone to think that a child would be better off raised in slavery than not,” she told reporters.  “That’s a terrible thing to say. I’m pleased that this has been taken care of.”

Unfortunately for Bachmann, she could have exposed The Family Leader’s inaccurate and offensive document prior to signing it.  Instead, she rushed to become the first presidential candidate to take Bob Vander Plaats’ oath.  Mr. Vander Plaats says he wants Iowans to take the presidential “vetting” process very seriously.  In this instance, we should heed his words and look very closely at Michele Bachmann’s actions.  This episode does not speak well of her judgment.

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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