Jim Graves, Michele Bachmann's Congressional Challenger, On His Opponent And Marriage

Huffington Post
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September 18, 2012

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) “kind of believes in a theocracy,” said Jim Graves, the former presidential candidate’s Democratic challenger in the race for Minnesota’s 6th congressional district. Confident about recent internal polling that shows him and Bachmann in a dead heat, Graves is hitting Bachmann on all the issues that distinguish them, including social issues such as marriage equality.

“I’m a libertarian when it comes to social issues,” Graves, a hotel executive from St. Cloud, said in an interview on my SiriusXM OutQ radio program on Thursday. “Government has no role to play in personal lives, contrary to Michele Bachmann. She kind of believes in a theocracy and I believe in a democracy, and secular democracy at that. The role of government isn’t to get involved in people’s lives.”

Bachmann, among the most high-profile antigay politicians in the country, worked hard as a Minnesota state legislator to help lay the groundwork for an amendment on the ballot in the state this November which would ban marriage for gays and lesbians in the state’s constitution, something she touted often on the campaign trail during the Republican primaries. Graves not only opposes the amendment, but supports marriage equality.