Bachmann urges conservatives not to ‘settle’ at Liberty University
Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann told an audience at the Christian Liberty University Wednesday not to “settle.”
The visit coincided with Bachmann’s attempts to whip up her conservative Christian base in the face of flagging poll numbers.
“Don’t take your life, don’t take this university, don’t take the future of the most magnificent country that God has ever bequeathed in the mind of man, the United States of America, don’t settle,” Bachmann told the crowd. “Don’t settle for anything less than what this great and almighty God has planned for you.”
It’s a theme that Bachmann also articulated in a recent campaign video.
Bachmann also spoke of her role of submission to her husband, Marcus Bachmann, during a question and answer period with a smaller group of students.
“I respect my husband’s leadership of our home,” Bachmann said, according to the Star Tribune. “He respects me and what I bring to our marriage and relationship. He is the head of our home, and I’m not threatened by that, because I know this man loves me.”
She told one student that her candidacy doesn’t violate the fundamentalist Christian belief that women should be submissive to men.
“I am not running to be anybody’s spiritual authority,” Bachmann said, according to the Star Tribune. “Scripture deals with scriptural authority. That doesn’t in any way put me in spiritual authority over a man.”
Bachmann said she’d been upset by these gender roles in the past when her husband pursued a career in ministry, despite the fact that she wanted to complete law school.
“God had called him into ministry, so I had to step back from law school and move with him so that we could go into ministry,” she said, according to MinnPost. “There were nights that I cried and I just said, ‘Lord, I don’t understand this, why do I have to put my dream on the shelf?’ But I also knew that I needed to defer what I wanted in deference to my husband.”