Michele Bachmann is feverishly emphasizing her evangelical roots in a bid to make a comeback for the Republican presidential nomination.
The struggling Tea Party favorite told a group of 10,000 Christian students Wednesday that she “radically abandoned” herself to Jesus, recounting how she would set her alarm for 5 a.m. as a teen so she could wake up and read the Bible.
“Even though I hadn’t been a drinker, even though I never did drugs … even though I hadn’t been chasing around, it didn’t matter. I was a sinner,” she told the crowd at Liberty University in Virginia.
Bachmann did not elaborate on what her sins were.
In the sermonlike speech, the Minnesota congresswoman urged the students not to compromise on their personal and political beliefs.
“Don’t settle, that’s what Jesus says to us,” said Bachmann, who co-owns a Christian counseling clinic with her husband in her home state.
Bachmann has been trailing Republican frontrunners Mitt Romney and Rick Perry in the national polls, even after gaining momentum with a win in the Iowa straw poll.
During the address, she called abortion “the watershed issue of our time,” adding she had five biological children and had taken in 23 foster kids.
“Obamacare is the first time in the history of our nation that we have taxpayer-subsidized abortions,” she said to an applauding audience.
FactCheck.org reports that the national health care law actually forbids the use of tax dollars for abortion.
“When it comes to Obamacare – and I have been involved in this fight for some time now – I will tell you, unless we repeal (it) in 2012, we will have socialized medicine for the United States’ future.”
She later told reporters that she planned to be “the comeback kid” in the race.
Liberty University is a common pit stop for politicians looking to court social conservatives.
Perry made a stop on the campus earlier this month. And according to the Minnesota Star Tribune, presidential flirt Sarah Palin is scheduled to visit in early October.
With News Wire Services