Palin in Iowa: ‘Anything in a Debate is Fair Game’

Aug 12, 2011 1:47pm

ABC News' Steven Portnoy (@StevenPortnoy) reports:

Sarah Palin showed potential GOP rival Michele Bachmann no support when asked at the Iowa State Fair today if Washington Examiner’s Byron York was out of line when he asked the only female candidate on stage, “As president would you be submissive to your husband?”

Bachmann is running for president and Palin is only thought to be considering a run. But Palin has experience in high profile debates from her run for the Vice Presidency on the Republican ticket in 2008.

"Anything in a debate is fair game,” Palin said at Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. “I've been asked the goofiest questions, and the strangest questions, too, over my years in public office and going to debates. So nothing surprises me. But, you know, she articulated according to what she feels in her heart, and that is, to her, 'submission' means respect. And she explained it."

The question centered on remarks Bachmann made in 2006 while running for Congress. At the Living Word Christian Center in Minnesota, Bachmann said she had only chose to study tax law because her husband, Marcus, told her to, and “the Lord says, be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands.”

"That's her opinion,” Palin said. “To her, submission to her husband means respect and, you know, I respect my husband, too."

But if her husband, Todd Palin, told her not to run for president, would it stop her?

"I can't imagine my husband ever telling me what to do…. He never has told me what to do when it comes to political stuff, and I appreciate that.” Turning to her husband, she added, “I respect you for that, Todd."

"It was a great debate," Palin said. "You know they certainly took some gloves off which is good for the electorate to get to hear."

At the Republican debates in Iowa Thursday night, Bachmann showed a lot of warmth for Republican rival, Sarah Palin.

“I like Sarah Palin a lot,” Bachmann said. “We are very good friends.”

Read more on Palin's visit to the State Fair.

Michael Falcone contributed to this report.

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