LE MARS, Iowa -- During a town hall meeting in the back room of a restaurant here, Michele Bachmann’s husband, Marcus, outlined a socially conservative agenda he would advance as “First Gentleman.”
“Every first gentleman has an opportunity to have a cause. And I’ve decided my cause is not going to be Happy Meals,” Bachmann said, in what appeared to be a shot at First Lady Michele Obama’s healthy food message. “I’ve decided my cause is going to be what Michele and I have been a part of all of our life,” he continued. “And that is pro-marriage, pro-family, and pro-life.”
The remarks were the most voters or journalists have heard from Marcus Bachmann on the campaign trail, and they came on a day that all eyes were on his wife. The event here marked the second stop on Michele Bachmann’s 10-day, 99-county bus tour of Iowa -- and it was unusually packed with reporters from national-media outlets.
“We’re going to get this message across that marriage is between one man and one woman. We’re going to get across the fact that life is precious. From conception to natural death,” he said, adding: “We're not going to minimize what the family is, we're going to promote families.”
Marcus Bachmann’s brief speech seemed to come as a surprise to the candidate herself. She had invited him to speak several minutes before, after telling the crowd, "I want you to say hi to the greatest man I know." He declined.
Bachmann had just finished fielding a remark from a supporter, who complimented on her on being “the peoples’ candidate,” when Marcus Bachmann finally volunteered to speak.
“I had to just think for a few seconds there,” he said, taking the microphone.
His speech was met with cheers -- and approval from his wife.
“That was wonderful,” she said. "Thank you so much."