Michelle Bachmann Founding Fathers Ended Slavery Speech (video)
Michelle Bachmann Speech Before Iowans For Tax Relief: Michelle Bachmann Comments About Founding Fathers Ending Slavery
Rep. Michelle Bachmann a rumored presidential hopeful for 2012 is taking fire for comments she made during a speech to Iowans For Tax Relief.
Some of the Michelle Bachman speech focused on notions of heritage, Bachmann's being Norwegian. Much of the speech was an interesting and at times inspiring story about the journey her ancestors made to the United States and the homes they built here, but then Michelle Bachmann started playing with history.
Bachmann went on to say that while slavery was still tolerated when the nation began, the "very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States," including John Quincy Adams.
Again, Cooper corrected Bachmann, pointing out many of the founders, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, owned slaves. And while John Quincy Adams did campaign against slavery, he wasn't a Founding Father and died 15 years before the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Michelle Bachmann speech was her second visit to Iowa in a month. Iowa, of course is a key state in securing the Republican nomination for president. Michelle Bachmann with her popularity among the Tea Party will be a force in the upcoming Republican presidential nomination.
The Michelle Bachmann comments about the Founding Fathers ending slavery occur about 25 minutes and 30 seconds into her speech.
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