Five Republican presidential candidates appeared at a forum in Columbia Monday. The event was hosted by the conservative American Principles Project.
Each of the candidates had 20 minutes to answer questions from Senator Jim DeMint, Iowa Congressman Steve King, and Princeton political professor Robert George.
First was Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann:
Spurred on by King and George, Bachmann spent much time on the Constitution, saying she would support a “Human Life Amendment” that would ban abortions.
She also subtly attacked candidate Mitt Romney over health care. While she has long condemned a 2009 health care reform law passed by Democrats, she also called a Massachussetts plan (approved by Romney as governor) unconstitutional. “I believe it is unconstitutional for states to mandate as a condition of citizenship that an individual would have to purchase a product or service even at the state government’s behest.”
George asked her where that restriction is in the Constitution and Bachmann said it is implied, veering from her strict constructionist approach.