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July 11th, 2011
11:45 PM ET

KTH: Pledge causes controversy for Bachmann, Santorum

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper reports on the controversy surrounding the preamble to a pledge taken by two GOP presidential hopefuls.

Related on the CNN Political Ticker: GOP candidates caught in slavery controversy

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  1. Cheryl Kelly

    Consider this, perhaps our aspiring candidates for President of the United States should take and pass a test much like, the test for U.S citizenship or a bar exam. I am 65 years old and read about slavery in High School. If I can remember, so can they. I don't care if someone read the information for them and they just signed. That person should know about slavery also or should not be in a position to read information for the candidates. I am white came from a two parent home, I was lucky. But love and kindness no matter whether it comes from a one parent, two parent home regardless of gender is what we should all give our children. They are God's gift to all of us, to nurture. Marriage does not always bring the nurturing out in a couple. Let us just find ways to see that all children get what they to become good citizens of our world.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  2. William Kessel

    Not only was John Quincy Adams not a founding father, he did NOT "fight tirelessly until slavery in this country was no more" – he died on February 23, 1848, some 15 years and BEFORE the Emancipation Proclamation. Yes, he abhorred slavery, as did his parents (mother more than father, BTW), and he did work tirelessly to end it – but he died long before slavery was over and done with in this country.

    As his father once said, "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."

    Please continue to check facts, even AFTER the initial facts have been determined!

    July 12, 2011 at 2:47 am |
  3. Martina

    Why cannot anyone take responsibility for making a mistake.

    Why do politicians need to sign a pledge? It sound pathetic. Their words aren't good enough. You cannot trust anything they say.

    July 12, 2011 at 12:55 am |
  4. Charles

    Bachmann apparently has ties with racism, condoning slavery, and also supporting an unfounded view the the Founding Fathers fought to stop slavery when Jefferson and Washington were prominent slave owners. She must be proud to be white. Her actions in signing the slavery pledge seemingly says without saying anything that she believes blacks are inferior to whties. Her only moral value seems to be protect rich white people from paying taxes while our country goes broke. Santorum. What is next? Wearing a white robe and buring a cross. Bachmann and Santorum, really need to renounce racism and promote equal rights for every citizen no matter what race. Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, freed slaves. Ulysses S. Grant was a Republican and he signed the Civil Rights Act of 1875. Charles Sumner, a Republican, was a Champion for Civil Rights. Where has the Republican Party gone?

    July 11, 2011 at 11:58 pm |