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Bachmann Brushes Off Gay-Bullying Question

At presidential campaign event, Minnesota congresswoman ducks question about teen suicides in her district


Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.(Chet Susslin)

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Alex Limon says he came to a Michele Bachmann rally here for one reason: To ask the Republican presidential candidate what she intends to do about school-bullying in her congressional district that reportedly targets gays.

He got to ask his question, but he didn't get a lengthy answer.


"That's not a federal issue," Bachmann said, before moving on to the shake the hand of the next person waiting to speak to her.

Limon's question grew out of a recent New York Times report about a Minnesota school system that's largely located in Bachmann's district that's become a flashpoint for a controversy about how to discuss homosexuality with students.

The paper reported that there have been a spate of suicides in the school district and that the Justice Department is investigating anti-gay bullying in the system.


Bachmann co-owns a clinic with her husband, Marcus, that engages in therapy seeking to "convert" patients from homosexuality.

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