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Michele Bachmann Addresses 'Submissive Wife' Comments

Michele Bachmann is still trying to explain the remarks she made at the Living Word Christian Center in 2006, when she told the congregation, "The Lord says: Be submissive, wives. You are to be submissive to your husbands." According to a Washington Post profile, she said at the time that she pursued a degree in tax law at the urging of her husband, Marcus.

Bachmann was the family breadwinner, working as an attorney for the IRS, until her fourth child was born in 1993. Since she won her Minnesota Congressional seat in 2006, it has been Marcus who has been charged with taking care of the family and their controversial Christian counseling practice. So who is the submissive one now?

The Washington Post caught the candidate between campaign stops in Iowa and asked her to clarify:

Since Bachmann was elected to Congress five years ago, the primary caregiver for their oft-mentioned kids has been her husband, Marcus Bachmann, back home in Minnesota. "We've been a tag team," she says. Only, her husband has been "it" for the past five years, hasn't he, despite her Bible-based belief that wives should be submissive to their husbands?

"My husband is the head of the household," she says, but "we’re equals. If it came down to it, I’d probably let him have the last word." But in 33 years, she adds, this has never happened. "Every decision has been a negotiated settlement."

It was not the first time the GOP hopeful has been asked whether she is submissive to her husband. At a primary debate in Ames, Iowa, conservative columnist Byron York posed the question -- to boos from the crowd.

"I respect my husband, he's a wonderful godly man, and we respect each other," Bachmann replied.