Minnesota Congresswoman and Republican Candidate for President Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” Friday. The late night host apologized for the occasional jokes made at her expense in the past, like all politicians, but skipped the pleasantries after that. Commentators have written that Leno “grilled,” pressed, and showed a “sharp edge” to Bachmann, when questioning the candidate on her positions in regards to gay marriage, the HPV vaccine, and the Tea Party’s “conviction” during the debt-ceiling debate.
News Busters Noel Sheppard describes the interview;
“Rather than the light, humorous banter politicians normally get when on late night comedy programs, the Republican presidential candidate was interrogated for four minutes about the Texas HPV vaccine issue.”
The portion of the interview described by Sheppard was condensed in this clip from the Media Research Center:
Leno also questioned Bachmann on the center run by her and husband, asserting his view: “That whole ‘pray the gay away’ thing, I don’t get that.” After Bachmann tried to deflect the question by jokingly comparing the phrase to “a mid-life crisis thing, ‘prayer raises grey’,” Leno continued press the issue.
“To me, when I was a kid, they used to try and teach me to write right-handed … to me that’s the same thing if you’re gay. I’ve been married 31 years, first wife, very happy. Two gay guys get married, how does that affect my marriage?”
Do you think Leno ambushed Bachmann during what was supposed to be a friendly interview? Or simply made conversion by having the candidate explain her side to criticisms she has received from primary candidates and liberal pundits?