LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Wednesday told Christian students at Liberty University in Virginia “don’t settle” for easy personal and political choices in life.

During a half-hour address to some 10,000 students at Liberty’s weekly campus-wide convocation, she briefly tied a message mostly about personal values and responsibility to an appeal to reject President Barack Obama’s agenda, including his health care reforms.

She made no mention of her GOP primary rivals in a talk laced with Scripture that took on the tone of a sermon.

Badly trailing front-runners Rick Perry and Mitt Romney and struggling in national polls, Bachmann sought a breakout moment with her base of support — Christian conservatives.

Liberty’s chancellor, Jerry Falwell Jr., said Bachmann won a recent student straw poll over the GOP field, largely because of her evangelical roots.

Bachmann evoked a few standing ovations and an occasional amen in speaking of her conversion to Christianity and how she would set her alarm for 5 a.m. as a teen so she could wake and read the Bible.

“Even though I hadn’t been a drinker, even though I never did drugs … even though I hadn’t been chasing around, it didn’t matter. I was a sinner,” she said. “I radically abandoned myself to Jesus Christ.”

She called abortion “the watershed issue of our time,” noting that she had five children of her own and that she and her husband, Marcus, who joined her onstage, had taken in 23 foster children. She used it to pivot into a broadside against Obama’s health care reforms.

“Obamacare is the first time in the history of our nation that we have taxpayer-subsidized abortions,” she said. “When it comes to Obamacare — and I have been involved in this fight for some time now — I will tell you, unless we repeal (it) in 2012, we will have socialized medicine for the United States’ future.”

And the applause lines kept coming.

The leader of the House’s Tea Party Caucus said conservatives have to stand against federal takeovers of U.S. industries, including the automotive, banking and insurance industries the government bailed out during the recession.

“And we can’t settle when it comes to America standing up for our greatest ally in the world, Israel,” Bachmann said.

The “don’t settle” theme has become the dominant message of Bachmann’s campaign in recent days. She hit it hard in appearances in Iowa on Monday.

Bachmann spent part of Wednesday campaigning in South Carolina. In a radio interview in Greenville, she criticized Perry’s financial dealings, comparing the Texas governor’s use of a state economic development fund to Obama’s support for a now-defunct California solar energy company that received a $528 million loan from the president’s stimulus program.

“Gov. Perry set up a fund in Texas and he gave $35 million and a grant to a private company and there were donors in that private company. And that company said they’d create 5,000 jobs. They didn’t create any jobs,” she said.

A similar charge was made by Perry’s Democratic opponent during last year’s race for governor. Perry campaign spokesman Mark Miner dismissed Bachmann’s criticism and said, “She’s just throwing garbage at the wall to see if it will stick.”

Miner said the Texas Enterprise Fund is a national model that’s created 59,000 jobs and investments worth $4.7 billion with taxpayers putting up $439 million. If companies don’t deliver promised jobs, they pay the state back with interest.

“It’s completely off base,” Miner said of Bachmann’s charge. “This is a proven job-creation tool.”

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Comments (36)
  1. G Dog says:

    ‘Cuz Jesus would oppose health care for all and just let people die rather than tend to them.

    1. ujy says:

      We all know that she wont get the nom I love how you libs come out and attack. She could say the sky is blue and you people would argue that! As for me I am in the middle I want a Pres that will get this great nation back on track,and I dont think that obama can do that everything he has done has been a failure to date . You critize the right for their religous beliefs but when the right says anything about gays it discrimantion,both sides are full of lies cheats and carpet baggers!

      1. smb says:

        I don’t care about her religious beliefs. I do care that she expects everyone to live by them. Even if we don’t agree.

        I seem to recall a war where we were opposed to government enforced religion. But I guess as long as it’s Bachmann’s religion then it’s okay.

        1. dr says:

          How is she forcing her beliefs on you?

          1. smb says:

            Well, she would like to abolish abortion. Which has been law for 40 years. Why? Because of her religious beliefs.

            She opposes same-sex marriage. And, would like to enforce a ban with a constitutional amendment. Why?
            Because of her religious beliefs.

            Plus, I didn’t say she is forcing her belief upon me. But if she gets her way on these two things then I would be forced to live under her beliefs.

            1. SO SAD says:

              But have you noticed that she’s in Iowa talking about religion when Iowa has legalized gay marriage…….

          2. kate says:

            The ‘Christian Nation’ lies, that she wants government to incorporate and follow her version of religion. She wants schools to lead prayers – which is forcing it on others. Schools can allow prayer – I’m sure students pray a lot. Just don’t tell me when and how to pray.
            She is anti-gay and wants a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. She doesn’t want any recognition that gay people are in the community.
            And on and on.

        2. markH says:

          Personally, I DO care about her religious beliefs. It has become taboo to criticize the absurd and bigoted ideas if they are wrapped in the cloak of religious ideology. Well that is just nonsense. We all know (if we know anything) that Intelligent Design is just creationist ideas with no scientific footing. We also know (if we know anything) that gay people are people just like us and deserve the same that we claim for ourselves. We also know (if we know anything) that if all the claims of the religious turned out to be false, we would still be just where we are today with all the suffering in this world. Peace

      2. SO SAD says:

        How can the President get anything done when Congress won’t even meet to do anything. They have been in session for, what, over 200 days but have only met, what, 120-140 days? And, when they are there, they are twiddling their thumbs and talking to each other in the aisles. They are the ones not doing anything and blaming it on the President. AND they’re still getting paid.

      3. frozenrunner says:

        Personally attack G Dog rather than refute what he says. The conservative evangelicals do not want all to be insured, the want to cut health care (medicaid) spending. Hospitals have to give all patients Cadillac care or face lawsuits. If you at all remember Jesus spent a lot of time with the sick, poor, and lepers. IMO G Dog is criticizing the hippocracy of those like Bachman.

    2. Lucifer says:

      Who is the Jesus guy people keep talking about?

  2. Mark says:

    So the poor should pay more taxes and pay for their own abortions or much more likely make more poor children so so we have more troops to send out to protect Israel. Consider me not recklessly abandoning myself and staying logical. Government funded abortions makes way more sense it has to cost us less than welfare for 18 years.

    1. jan says:

      You make a lot of sense. I’m a Christian and I totally agree with you

    2. Tou says:

      You hit it on the head with the abortion piece of this, because I sure don’t see any conservative anti-abortionist adpoting any poor inner city crack baby or funding for welfare.

  3. Renee says:

    Considering she is SUCH a christian she sure knows how to lie! Tax payers ARE NOT paying for abortions.

    1. JMJ says:

      @ Renee,

      Honey you better read that bill before you start making any statements.

      1. Paul says:

        Actually, according to, there is no taxpayer funded abortions in the Health Care law.

        1. smb says:

          There you go, quoting facts again.

  4. IwonderIf says:

    Religion has no place in politics or vise versa…..

  5. KIller Teeth says:

    She is done,over,kaput, not another piece of newsworthiness left in this sorry, lying,,misguided twelve sandwich eating bytch

  6. Tom says:

    That must have been an intelligent conservation one nut talking to 10,000 nuts.

  7. she's evil says:

    send her straight to He!!
    not tomorrow but today.
    she the child of the Devil

  8. Suzette says:

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, somebody take that microphone away from her!!!!!

  9. albert says:

    Thank (insert name of invisible entity that allows you to get over your fear of the unknown of life) that she is crashing and burning.

    Now all that will be left is the notion that Minnesotans vote for loonies.

  10. Gloria says:

    This nut-job won’t win the nomination, but she is sure getting her 15 min.’s worth! (I live in MN, and I’d never have, nor will I ever, vote for this idiot!!)

  11. smb says:

    As we know from the bible, I’m surprised Bachmann doesn’t quote this part, before Jesus healed anyone he got their insurance card.

    He would never heal anyone who couldn’t pay why should we.

    1. Superchik1017 says:

      HAHAHAHA! So true!
      “Jesus, Lazarus died.”
      “Does anyone have his insurance card?”

  12. anti bachmann says:

    what a loser

  13. I know says:

    THe She-Devil …….. Satan’s private skank

  14. A Voter says:

    Bachmann doesn’t stand a chance if the Chaz Bono look-a-like enters the race.

  15. d dog says:

    She doesn’t act very Christian, against cancer prevention and gays and the sick, elderly and poor.

    1. Frankie says:

      Those are not the peole who give money to Mac Hammond

  16. Mike says:

    MIchele Bachmann is the anti Christ..

  17. d dog says:

    Her economic policies will create a much greater need for abortion funding. Only the rich and poor will be able to afford children, the middle class will be squeezed too hard.

  18. Murph says:

    I believe I’ll just stay home and drink by myself.There are just too many kooky people out there! Evangicals that spout hate,conservatives who want millionaires to be able to conserve more of their money ,while most others struggle to pay for food and housing! Canada is looking better and better!

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