Michele Bachmann is the latest candidate to join the field of Republican candidates seeking the 2012 presidential nomination. On her website, Bachmann calls herself "a principled reformer who holds an unwavering commitment to conservative values." Let's take a look on where she stands on some of the individual issues:
Bachmann is pro-life. According to On the Issues, she co-sponsored legislation in the House in 2011 to ban federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood, as well as a bill in 2007 that would have granted pre-born children equal protection under the 14th Amendment, defining life as starting at conception. She wrote on her website in 2006:
I firmly believe in moving toward and promoting a culture that values and respects the sanctity of life - especially those rights of the unborn and the elderly. We must protect infants at their most vulnerable stages and never overlook the weakest and most frail among us.
Bachmann said a full-scale repeal of Obamacare would be one of her top priorities if she's elected president. At the Republican debate in New Hampshire in June 2011, she said, "As president of the United States, I will not rest until I repeal Obamacare. It's a promise."
Bachmann supports gun ownership. In 2007 she co-sponsored a bill that would have banned gun registration and a trigger lock law in Washington, D.C. She wrote on her website in 2006:
Growing up in a home that valued hunting and fishing, the 2nd Amendment is of equal importance as the other nine Amendments in our Bill of Rights. Since the age of twelve, when I passed my first gun safety class, I’ve enjoyed the privilege afforded us by the right to bear arms. While serving in the Minnesota State Senate I supported and helped pass the Minnesota Personal Protection Act and legislation to protect local shooting ranges. I will fight to uphold our 2nd Amendment rights.
Bachmann doesn't seem to think global warming is a serious problem. On the Issues said she voted "no" on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution in 2009, supported an amendment to the Clean Air Act that same year that would bar greenhouse gases from the clean air rules, and in 2010 signed the "Contract From America" that rejects cap-and-trade.
As a member of the House Banking Committee, Bachmann supports a Constitutional amendment that would require a balanced budget. She voted no on the stimulus package, as well as the bailout of GM and Chrysler.