Michele Bachmann's beliefs are front and center in Core of Conviction, her new book that touches on her faith, family, and politics. Earlier this year, the GOP candidate withdrew her membership from Salem Lutheran Church, a church belonging to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, which received media attention earlier this year for calling the papacy the Antichrist. Bachmann told CT that following a move, the family now attends Rockpoint Church in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. Bachmann, who received her J.D. degree from Oral Roberts University, spoke with CT about her new church affiliation, charismatic ties, and why she believes it's time for the country to place a mother in the White House.
Your book focuses a lot on your faith, but the election has been so focused on the economy. Have you felt pressure to focus more on economic issues this cycle because of the Tea Party or other factors?
The issue that people are talking about includes, how will we turn the economy around, what's the plan to turn it around, how can people get their life back to normal again? It's important to talk about what people care about, but we've had other forums as well. On Saturday night we focused on the issues of religious faith, values, and morality at a church in Iowa. It's important to talk about that because the underpinning of society is religious faith. Morals are built on religious faith. Virtue is built on morality and influences a culture.
After that forum on Saturday, your campaign issued a news release suggesting Newt Gingrich has failed to have a consistent pro-life standard. Can you explain what you meant?
I've always been pro-life from conception to natural death. It's important for the Republican nominee to maintain what we stand for. ...