Michele Bachmann was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos, and one of her answers generated quite a bit of debate on radio this morning.
During the interview, Bachmann was asked, “You said ‘my voice is part of a movement to take back our country.’ From whom?”
“Well, from the people all across the nation. The voice that I learned growing up in Iowa was a very reasonable, common sense voice and that's one that I've learned and I've taken very successfully to the halls of congress,” she replied.
Was she really implying that she wants to take America away from the “people all across the nation”? Probably not. Nevertheless, Pat felt that she completely botched the question and most of the interview along with it.
Pat claimed with frustration that it was such an easy question. “I think she just went to a talking point there because she didn't know what to say,” he said.
Glenn, on the other hand, blamed Stephanopoulos for the failure. “You should be outraged that Stephanopoulos and ABC television,” Glenn told Pat.
“The question you're saying is how can she not answer that question. The question should be, how can a fair‑minded journalist not follow it up with a question saying, wait a minute, did you misunderstand the question, or do you want to take the power from the American people?” Glenn said.
“Stephanopoulos knew she misunderstood the question. There is no way her position in any way, shape or form is to take power away from the American people, the people that she loved so much growing up, destroy them, take it away from them. There's no way. So what he's done is he's aired this to make her look stupid.”