Presidential candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann took time out of her busy schedule and stopped by Glenn's NYC radio studio today for an interview. Glenn believes Bachmann is one of the few trustworthy people in Washington, D.C. and it's hard not to admire her when hearing just a portion of where she derives her beliefs.
She told Glenn:
I'm not ashamed of that. I became a Christian when I was 16 years old. I bowed my knee and gave my heart to Jesus Christ. Our family had gone from middle class overnight. We lost everything. We lost our home. I watched my mom put all of our wedding gifts and pretty things on card tables in the driveway and it was all sold. And what I saw from that situation is really the American ethic, which is no one owes you a living. You know, we were down to nothing and so my mother said to us, we don't have anything, we've got our faith, we're going to make this. And I mean no condemnation to anyone, but my mother said to us, no one in our family's ever taken public assistance and we won't, either, and I didn't see my dad for six years after that. And so when I was 12, she made $4800 a year and she couldn't buy my glasses, she couldn't buy my clothes, I had to buy my lunch at school and so I got jobs babysitting. And so I had to learn very quickly what it was to raise the responsibilities of adulthood. And I just want to say that sometimes suffering and deprivation are the greatest lessons you can ever have. You know, it was a gift for our family. My brothers all became very successful people. We all learned what it was to hold together as a family and make it. And what that did is it broke my heart, too, for children that are in challenging situations. So when my husband and I got married, we started taking foster children into our home and over the years we took 23 foster children in. We raised them, we launched them into the world, and we saw that they were failing in school and so we started the first K‑12 charter school for at‑risk kids in the country. It's still going on. And that's what we've tried to do.
Bachmann also said she would be a staunch supporter of Israel if elected.
"It is a modern miracle that we are seeing in Israel. And the United States has traditionally stood with Israel. Harry Truman, eleven minutes after Israel declared her sovereignty said that the United States recognized Israel's sovereignty. That's the greatest thing that he could have done to stand by Israel. President Obama's the first president in modern history not to stand by Israel. That's the difference."
The candidate also feared for the future of the country.
"I think that we are headed for harder times than people realize right now. We are seeing on the streets already Occupy Wall Street and like I said in our previous segment, there's a guy that I just talked to here in New York City who said that he was at his union meeting and the union voted to give $5,000 to Occupy Wall Street. "