Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning that the 2012 election will focus on “job creation” and the “economy” just one day after she became the first presidential candidate to sign a pledge vowing that homosexuality is a choice and pornography should be banned. In what may prove to be one of the most blatant examples of delivering different messages in front of different audiences, Bachmann stressed her economic bonafides and suggested that social issues would take a back seat in her bid to unseat President Obama:
BACHMANN: People just want the economy to turn around. I’m a former federal tax lawyer. I sit on financial services committee and primarily my work in Washington, DC has been about job growth, job creation, turning the economy around and fighting against Dodd/Frank. [...]
HOST: But it’s not going to be a gay marriage election.
BACHMANN: This election is about jobs in the economy.
Since announcing her candidacy, Bachmann has tried to eschew social issues in hopes of attracting moderate voters, but there is no escaping her past. Bachmann rose to prominence as a state senator from Minnesota by sponsoring a failed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage, and as a congresswoman, she has championed a series of abortion measures and other social conservative priorities. As she reminded Republicans in February at the annual Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conference, “As important as these distressing economic concerns are, we would be wise to recall that there are other threats that loom as well.” She urged the party “not forget that for our conservative coalition to be victorious in 2012, it will take every one of us and then some, pulling together to bring together the three legs of the conservative stool.”
Michele Bachmann has called gay marriage “probably the biggest issue that will impact our state and our nation in the last, at least, 30 years.”