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July 28th, 2011
03:05 PM ET

AM EXCLUSIVE – Bachmann on being a foster mom: "A big family is a blessing"

In an exclusive interview with American Morning's Kiran Chetry, Republican Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann explains how she chose to become a foster parent, the importance of balancing challenges in a marriage and her struggle to emerge out of poverty as a teenager.

"After my parents divorced, my family went into below poverty," Bachmann says. "We'd been kind of a middle-class, lower middle-class family, but after the divorce, we went below poverty and my mother made about $4800 a year. I had to get a job, my brothers got jobs; they delivered papers, I got a babysitting job. I made 50 cents and hour – that was big money back then. But you know, we wanted to help out, that's what we needed to do."

She adds: "My mother also said, 'You know, it won't always be this way, it'll get better.' And she told us to buckle down, do well in school and we all did and we all made it."

Kiran sat down with Bachmann yesterday to talk about the challenges of raising such a large family. See the interview above.

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  1. cherylann kraft

    This is a life story of the American dream realized, and that constant social program are not the answer. It is pulling your self up by your bootstraps.

    July 29, 2011 at 6:21 am |