The Family Leader's Controversial Pledge

  • Aired:  07/12/11
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Michele Bachmann responds to public backlash against the Family Leader pledge's insensitive slavery reference with a sensitive slavery reference. (5:40)

ANTI-EARMARK PLEDGE, AND I'M

PRETTY SURE MITCH MCCONNELL HAS

INSPIRED MILLIONS TO TAKE AN

ABSTINENCE PLEDGE.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT RIGHT NOW SCANDAL IS ROCKING

THE REPUBLICAN PLEDGE-SCAPE.

FOR MORE, LET'S GO TO ME ON A

DIFFERENT CAMERA.

[LAUGHTER]

THANKS STEPHEN.

THERE'S SOMETHING CALLED THE

"MARRIAGE VOW" PUT OUT BY THE

IOWA CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN

GROUP, THE FAMILY LEADER AND

IT'S HEAD, BOB VANDER PLAATZ.

IN THE 14-POINT PLEDGE

CANDIDATES HAVE TO FIRST VOW

"PERSONAL FIDELITY TO MY

SPOUSE."

IT'S ESSENTIAL FOR CANDIDATES TO

SWEAR TO THAT ONE.

CUZ THAT VOW THEY SAID AT THEIR

WEDDING (bleep).

THIS IS SOMETHING BINDING -- A

PDF SENT TO YOU BY SOME GUY

NAMED VANDER PLAATZ.

[ APPLAUSE ]

THE REST OF THE PLEDGE DEFENDS

MARRIAGE BY VOWING "VIGOROUS

OPPOSITION TO INTIMATE UNIONS

WHICH ARE BIGAMOUS, POLYGAMOUS,

POLYANDROUS, SAME SEX, ETC."

[LAUGHTER]

THAT ET CETERA IS AN ESSENTIAL

CATCH-ALL, BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT

OF FREAKY STUFF GOIN' ON IN

IOWA.

[LAUGHTER]

OKAY?

MAN ON CORN, CORN ON MAN, CORN

ON COB, BUTTER ON CORN ON COB ON

MAN.

BUT I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE THINKING,

"STEPHEN, THAT SOUNDS DELICIOUS,

[LAUGHTER]

BUT I THOUGHT YOU SAID THIS

PLEDGE HAD SOMETHING

CONTROVERSIAL IN IT."

WELL, IT DOES.

IN THE PREAMBLE TO THE PLEDGE.

HERE ON THE FIRST PAGE.

>> IT SAYS THAT SLAVERY HAD A

DISASTROUS IMPACT ON

AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILIES, YET

SADLY A CHILD BORN INTO SLAVERY

IN 1860 WAS MORE LIKELY TO BE

RAISED BY HIS MOTHER AND FATHER

IN A TWO-PARENT HOUSEHOLD THAN

WAS AFRICAN-AMERICAN BABY BORN

AFTER THE ELECTION OF THE FIRST

OF USA'S FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN

PRESIDENT.

>> Stephen: TOUGH MEDICINE, BUT

IT'S TRUE.

UNDER SLAVERY NOT ONLY DID BLACK

KIDS HAVE A FATHER AND A MOTHER,

BUT A LOT OF TIME THEY HAD A

BIOLOGICAL FATHER WHO ALSO

OWNED THEM.

THAT'S BEING INVESTED IN YOUR

KIDS LIVES.

[LAUGHTER]

SO FAR ONLY TWO CANDIDATES HAVE

HAD THE COURAGE TO SIGN THE

PLEDGE.

ONE WAS FORMER PUBLIC FIGURE

RICK SANTORUM.

JIM?

>> THIS IS A PLEDGE YOU WOULD

SIGN?

>> IN FACT I ACTUALLY DID SIGN,

YES.

>> YOU DID SIGN IT.

>> LOOK, WHEN I FIRST READ IT I

WAS TAKEN ABACK, BUT I CAN'T

ARGUE THAT I WASN'T.

>> Stephen: YES, HE SIGNED IT,

BUT ONLY AFTER HE WAS TAKEN

ABACK, OKAY?

GOES LIKE THIS.

OH, MY GOD.

OH, NO.

WHAT THE -- WHAT THE --

(bleep) OKAY.

[LAUGHTER]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

BUT THE OTHER PERSON TO STEP UP,

DO THE RIGHT THING AND SIGN THE

PLEDGE IS MICHELE BACHMANN

WHO USED THE PUBLIC BACKLASH

AGAINST THE PREAMBLE'S

INSENSITIVE SLAVERY REFERENCE TO

MAKE A SENSITIVE SLAVERY

REFERENCE.

>> HERE IS THE STATEMENT AGAINST

HER SPOKESWOMAN.

SHE BELIEVES SLAVERY WAS

HORRIBLE AND ECONOMIC

ENSLAVEMENT IS ALSO HORRIBLE.

>> YES, TAXATION IS ECONOMIC

SLAVERY.

AND MICHELE BACHMANN STANDS UP

AGAINST SLAVERY IN ALL FORMS--

WHETHER IT'S THE SLAVERY OF

HEALTHCARE--

>> THIS IS SLAVERY.

IT'S NOTHING MORE THAN SLAVERY.

>> Stephen: THE SLAVERY OF THE

NATIONAL DEBT--

>> IT IS A SLAVERY, IT IS A

SLAVERY THAT IS A BONDAGE TO

DEBT AND A BONDAGE TO DECLINE.

>> Stephen: OR SLAVERY OF THE

LOINS--

>> IF YOU'RE INVOLVED IN THE GAY

AND LESBIAN LIFESTYLE, IT'S

BONDAGE.

IT IS PERSONAL BONDAGE, PERSONAL

DESPAIR AND PERSONAL

ENSLAVEMENT.

>> Stephen: YES, PERSONAL

ENSLAVEMENT.

OR PERSONAL DOMINATION,

DEPENDING ON WHAT ROLE YOU'RE

PLAYING THAT NIGHT.

THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO HAVE A

PERSONAL SAFE-WORD.

PERHAPS BACHMANN.

YOU SEE, SHE'S SENSITIVE TO THE

PAIN OF SLAVERY BECAUSE TO HER,

EVERYTHING IS SLAVERY.

"DONT' WALK" SIGNS -- THAT'S

JUST AMBULATORY SLAVERY.

[LAUGHTER]

FAT FREE CHEESE -- THAT'S JUST

FLAVOR SLAVERY OR "FLAVORY."

[LAUGHTER]

THE FAMILY LEADER HAS

PULLED THE SLAVERY STATEMENT

FROM THE PREAMBLE BUT THESE TWO

SIGNED IT BEFORE THEY TOOK THE

SLAVERY LANGUAGE OUT.

AND I HOPE THEY LIVE BY THOSE

WORDS.

BUT WITH ALL THESE PLEDGES OUT

THERE, HOW CAN CANDIDATES KEEP

TRACK OF EVERYTHING THEY'RE

SUPPOSED TO BE HONORING?

WELL, I'M PROUD TO INTRODUCE

STEPHEN COLBERT'S PLEDGE SHOCK

COLLAR.

[LAUGHTER]

IT'S THE SAME SOUND-RECOGNITION

TECHNOLOGY THAT TRAINS DOGS TO

STOP BARKING.

IT'S GOT TWO ELECTRODES, RIGHT

HERE.

YOU JUST STRAP IT ON THE

CANDIDATE LIKE THIS.

GET THAT SUCKER ON THERE NICE.

AND TIGHT.

OKAY.

THERE YOU GO.

OKAY.

NOW.

THE CANDIDATE WEARS IT,

AND IF THE CANDIDATE EVER

FORGETS THE PLEDGES HE HAS

SIGNED AND -- I DON'T KNOW --

SAYS THAT WE SHOULD RAISE TAXES

ON THE TOP TWO PER--

ARRRRGGGGHHH!

[ APPLAUSE ]

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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