Bachmann asked if she would be ‘submissive’ to husband as president

AMES, Iowa — Rep. Michele Bachmann dismissed a moderator’s question during Thursday night’s Iowa presidential debate asking if she would be submissive to her husband if elected president.

Boos erupted from the debate hall at Iowa State University after the Washington Examiner’s Byron York asked Bachmann about a past statement about being “submissive” to her husband, Marcus.

“Thank you for that question, Byron,” Bachmann responded. “Marcus and I will have been married for 33 years this September 10th. I’m in love with him. I’m so proud of him.”

“What submission means to us,” she continued, “if that’s what your question is, it means respect. I respect my husband.”

“And he respects me as his wife,” she said. “That’s how we operate our marriage. We respect each other. We love each other. And I’ve been so grateful that we’ve been able to build a home together. We have five wonderful children and 23 foster children. We built a business together and a life together. And I’m very proud of him.”

The “submissive” marital doctrine is drawn from a passage in the New Testament book of Colossians. (RELATED: Bachmann, Pawlenty duke it out during debate)

Also participating in the Fox News-sponsored debate were Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.