For once, Jay grilled his guest, who happened to be Michele Bachmann, on some topics that have pretty much made her sound like an idiot as of late.
The host pressed the Republican presidential candidate on her controversial views on the HPV vaccine and homosexuality in general.
At the GOP debate last Monday, Bachmann criticized Texas Governor Rick Perry for signing an executive order requiring middle-school girls in his state to get vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV).
“Is that bad? It’s a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer,” Leno asked Bachmann last night.
“Well I think so,” Bachmann replied. “The concern is that there are potentially side effects that can come with something like that. But it gives a false sense of assurance to a young woman when she has that, that if she’s sexually active that she doesn’t have to worry about sexually transmitted diseases.”
“I’m not sure it’s a sense of assurance. It can prevent cervical cancer, correct?” Leno interjected.
“It’s something that could potentially have dangerous side effects,” Bachmann repeated.
Bachmann told the story of how she encountered an unidentified woman after the GOP debate who claimed that her daughter had suffered “mental retardation” as a result of getting the HPV vaccine.
“Do you regret not getting this woman’s name and address?” Leno asked Bachmann.
“I don’t know who this person was,” Bachmann answered. “I wasn’t speaking as a doctor, I wasn’t speaking as a scientist, I was just relating what this woman said.”
Leno then asked Bachmann about her nonsensical views on homosexuality and gay marriage.
“That whole ‘pray the gay away’ thing, I don’t get it,” said Leno, speaking, of course, about the Christian counseling clinic she owns with her husband.
Bachmann tried to make a lame joke, pointing to her hair and stating, “When I heard that I really thought it was like kind of a mid-life crisis line, like, ‘Pray away the gray.’”
She drew only polite laughter.
“It sounds like, if two gay people want to get married, that’s their business, that doesn’t concern us,” Leno said. “Why is that even an issue?”
“I know gay families that are married, they have children. And they’re wonderful people. It doesn’t seem like they shouldn’t be allowed to be happy. But I’m not going to change your mind on that one.”
Leno did get a good laugh later, though, while talking about the Tea Party’s uncompromising stance on raising the nation’s debt ceiling.
“If you become president…and you seem pretty strident in your views,” Leno said.
“Convicted. I’m convicted,” Bachmann replied.
“Convicted?” Leno said. “No, you don’t get convicted until after you’re in office. That’s later. You have to get elected first.”
I have to say, it was nice seeing Leno remove his lips from his guests’ rear-end for once and at least try to ask some hard-hitting questions. I’m still more of a Conan guy, though.
Check out the madness in the videos below.
- Michele Bachmann gets no laughs from Jay Leno (alternatingcurrentnews.wordpress.com)
- Jay Leno Asks Michele Bachmann About ‘Praying the Gay Away’ [Video] (inquisitr.com)