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George Stephanopoulos and Michele Bachmann Spar Over the Founding Fathers and Slavery (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 28th 2011 5:00PM
George Stephanopoulos and Michele Bachmann on 'Good Morning America' Michele Bachmann has only been an officially-declared presidential candidate for 36 hours, but she's already on the defensive over her propensity for making controversial, factually dubious statements. Monday, the news cycle feasted after she gaffed by mistaking the home town of serial killer John Wayne Gacy for that of film legend John Wayne. Tuesday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), George Stephanopoulos pressed her on a statement she made months ago that the founding fathers had "worked tirelessly to end slavery."

"You have the worst record of making false statements of any of the leading contenders," Stephanopoulos said. Challenging Bachmann on the statement concerning slavery, Stephanopoulos pointed out that many of the founding fathers, including Washington and Jefferson, were slaveholders.

Bachmann first responded evasively. "What our Constitution has done for our nation is to give us the basis of freedom unparalleled in the rest of the world," Bachmann replied. "That's what people want to get back to because they realize that our government is taking away our freedom."

Stephanopoulos tried to lead Bachmann back to commenting on her original statement regarding the founding fathers and slavery. In turn, Bachmann cited John Quincy Adams, son of founding father John Adams, as someone who did work to end slavery. Stephanopoulos countered that Quicy Adams' abolitionist work happened decades after the Revolutionary War and the creation of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and that he was not himself a founding father.

Bachmann's response? She said although John Quincy Adams had been a young boy at the time, he was still "actively involved" in the Revolutionary War.

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Dexter Morgan

Can we put an end to this ZOO called the IOWA Republican primary..... and put those Conservative troll voters in middle america out of their teabagging misery.....

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE ??????

June 29 2011 at 10:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scocrmch

What is amazing is that scary eyes Bachmann actually has stupid people who believe the crap that she spews. She is out right LIAR. Notice how teh teabaggers jump to her (and Palin's) defense when they are caught in out right lies? They will stop at nothing to send this country back to the stone age!

June 29 2011 at 1:34 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Nancy Martin

It's just incredible how Steph's own political views always show up in his interviews.

June 28 2011 at 10:28 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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scocrmch

Where does he say anything about his policitcal views? He calls her a liar, which she is. Just like most teabaggers.

June 29 2011 at 1:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Alan

What's incredible is that conservatives now think that facts they don't like are "political views".

June 29 2011 at 2:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sean

I guess "steffi" would rather her be brilliant like his boy Obama who thinks we have 58 states, or pronounces the "p" in corpsman, or recognizes those who have given their life for our country and then states that many are here in the crowd today ...... Yep ... Brilliant

June 28 2011 at 7:50 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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scocrmch

Yeah, but the President admitted he made a mistake. Scary Eyes has told so many lies in her lifetime she has no way of knowing what the truth is.

June 29 2011 at 1:38 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
crazy ray

Actually, most of the founding fathers were in favor of eliminating slavery when they were framing the constitution. However, it was soon obvious that making that part of the agreement to unite the states would have alienated many of the southern landowners who were powerful at the time and capable of sabotaging the agreement. So, they avoided the subject, hoping to renew the debae later. It wasn't a triumph of courage, that is true. But it may have meant the difference between the USA or remaining a colony of Britain. What would you choose?

June 28 2011 at 5:31 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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scocrmch

If most of the founding fathers were against slavery, why did they own slaves? Your arguement is false.

June 29 2011 at 1:39 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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crazy ray

People who can't spell, really should keep their thoughts, meager as they may be, to themselves. Your logic is also flawed. Mainly because you can't read. Nowhere, for example, in my comment, did I say, "..the founding fathers were against slavery."

June 29 2011 at 8:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
VectorVictor99

"but she's already on the defensive over her propensity for making controversial, factually dubious statements."

And cue the derp in three...two...and...

June 28 2011 at 5:25 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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