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Jun282011

John Quincy Adams a Founding Father? Michele Bachmann Says 'Yes'

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who officially declared her run for the presidency Monday, appeared Tuesday on ABC’s Good Morning America, and was asked about some of her past statements that caused FOX News Channel’s Chris Wallace to ask if she is a “flake” and the Pulitzer-Prize winning website Politifact to find that Bachmann has made more false statements than any of the other GOP contenders.

“I wondered if you wanted to take a chance to clear up some of your past statements,” GMA anchor George Stephanopoulos said. “For example, earlier this year you said that the Founding Fathers who wrote the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence worked tirelessly to end slavery. Now with respect Congresswoman, that’s just not true. Many of them including Jefferson and Washington were actually slave holders and slavery didn’t end until the Civil War.”

Bachmann responded: “Well you know what’s marvelous is that in this country and under our constitution, we have the ability when we recognize that something is wrong to change it. And that’s what we did in our country. We changed it. We no longer have slavery. That’s a good thing. And what our Constitution has done for our nation is to give us the basis of freedom unparalleled in the rest of the world.”

Stephanopoulos agreed, but challenged Bachmann: “that’s not what you said. You said that the Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery."

“Well if you look at one of our Founding Fathers, John Quincy Adams, that’s absolutely true. He was a very young boy when he was with his father serving essentially as his father’s secretary. He tirelessly worked throughout his life to make sure that we did in fact one day eradicate slavery --” Bachmann said, before Stephanopoulos cut her off.

“He wasn’t one of the Founding Fathers,” Stephanopoulos said. “He was a president, he was a Secretary of State, he was a member of Congress. You’re right, he did work to end slavery decades later. But, so you are standing by this comment that the Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery?”

“Well, John Quincy Adams most certainly was a part of the Revolutionary War era. He was a young boy but he was actively involved,” Bachmann said.

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