Last night, Michele Bachmann appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, and the amiable big-chinned comedian didn’t play nice with the Republican presidential candidate. Jay Leno pressed the GOP candidate on her recent comments about the HPV vaccination as well as her husband’s practice to cure homosexuals.
Earlier this week, Bachmann said that the HPV vaccination can cause mental retardation. The absurd comment prompted late night comedians like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to ridicule the GOP candidate. A group of professors even got together to offer Bachmann some big cash if she could offer any sort of proof to support her comment.
Last night on “The Tonight Show,” Bachmann explained her comment. Bachmann told Jay:
“”It’s something that could potentially have dangerous side effects… I wasn’t speaking as a doctor, I wasn’t speaking as a scientist, I was just relating what this woman said.”
Leno also asked Bachmann about her stance on gay marriage and if she really thought it was possible to “pray the gay away.”
Bachmann tried to deflect, saying:
“When I heard that I really thought it was like kind of a mid-life crisis line, like, ‘Pray away the gray.’”
Here’s the clip from “The Tonight Show.”
Bachmann on Leno part one.
Bachmann on Leno part two.
How do you think Michele Bachmann did on Jay Leno? Did the talk show host’s questions make her look stupid? Bigoted? Should Leno have pressed Bachmann harder on issues like gay marriage?