Although Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has ducked questions about her husband’s psychology practice by saying that her family is off-limits to media scrutiny during the presidential campaign, the Associated Press notes that in the 2008 election Bachmann wasn’t afraid to go after Michelle Obama.
Speaking at the National Press Club on Thursday, Bachmann wouldn’t answer a question about the methods used in a psychology clinic she co-owns with her husband, Marcus:
“I am running for the presidency of the United States. My husband is not running for the presidency. Neither are my children. Neither is our business. Neither is our foster children,” Bachmann said.
But, AP says:
The Minnesota congresswoman hasn’t always adhered to the same wall of separation for candidate spouses, however.
Bachmann raised doubts about now-President Barack Obama’s patriotism in 2008 and used comments from the candidate’s wife, Michelle, to do it.
Michelle Obama drew conservative scorn over her assessment of America while campaigning in Wisconsin in February 2008.
Notes the story:
To be sure, the line of engagement with political spouses can be fuzzy.
Bachmann tangled with Michelle Obama earlier this year over public policy when the first lady promoted tax breaks for breast pumps for nursing mothers.
Bachmann argued that the IRS decision to classify breast pumps as deductible medical-care purchases was using the tax code “as social engineering” and labeling it part of a “nanny state” mentality. Bachmann noted that she breastfed her five children without help from the government.