Minnesota congresswoman and Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann made her debut on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Leno, who often uses Bachmann as a basis for his jokes, asked her for her positions on such topics as the HPV vaccine and gay rights.
Bachmann continued to defend her disagreement on fellow Republican presidential contender and Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s 2007 executive order that demanded all girls in Texas schools receive the vaccination. She also defended her statement about how a woman told her that her daughter suffered “mental retardation” due to the vaccine. There is currently no record to prove this statement.
Leno also asked Bachmann about her views on gay rights. She reasserted her opinion that marriage should be between a man and woman, and then defended the two clinics that her and her husband run. The clinics are ones of controversy as they use a type of therapy that encourages patients to change their sexual orientation to straight.
Bachmann also discussed the debt ceiling and who she would choose as her running mate if she won the Republican nomination.