You mentioned your church attendance. Where do you attend now?
We attend Rockpoint Church in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. We had lived in another part of the community and we moved about 20 minutes away, so we moved to a church that was closer.
With the previous Lutheran church you attended, did you have any concerns about the stances they took?
No, it was a wonderful, conservative Lutheran church. The pastors were marvelous there. We really enjoyed being a part of it. We were very active. My husband was involved in the school board, our children attended school there. We were grateful for the years of fellowship there. Very giving, loving people attended that church. We gained a lot and we hope we contributed.
You told Charisma recently that during your time at Oral Roberts, you and your husband "were Spirit-filled and we went to a Spirit-filled church." Do you still have ties to the charismatic movement?
We are Spirit-filled Christians and we remain so. It's a matter of recognizing all three parts of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. When Jesus ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father, he said he left the Spirit with us. The Holy Spirit is our comforter, our teacher. That's why, in prayer, we can ask the Lord to open up Scripture and make it come alive to us, to open our understanding. He left his Spirit with us until we join him in heaven.
Have you followed any discussions on what some people call "Dominionism?" For instance, in the New Yorker profile of you, there were connections made between you and Rousas John Rushdoony, someone who has called for a pure Christian theocracy. If the people want government to do something that goes against teachings in the Bible, should the President and Congress side with the people or the Bible?
No, I haven't followed that. I am not ashamed of my faith at all, and it guides me in what I do. But as President of the United States, I also stand and answer to the people based on the Constitution of the United States. That's what would guide me as President. The people elect the President, and we need to listen to the people and what their will is. At the same time, we're a constitutional republic, and if the people want something that is not in accordance with the Constitution, it's up to the President and the people's representatives to explain why something is unconstitutional. For instance, Obamacare has the individual mandate that forces every American as a condition of citizenship to purchase a product or service even if they don't want to. That's never happened before, that's unconstitutional.
At a recent debate, you discussed your views on waterboarding. If you were President and we had troops who were waterboarded, what would your response be?
Number one, I would not put our troops in harm's way unless there was a clear, vital American interest. I would do everything I could to secure their release. One thing I think people fail to understand about waterboarding is that people are not injured or killed in that process. It is an uncomfortable process, but people don't receive permanent injuries, nor are they killed in the process.