Michele Bachmann on Tuesday said her positions on gay rights are not important issues of the presidential race.

Bachmann, who has fallen in the polls since her Iowa Straw Poll win in August, appeared on CNN's Starting Point just hours before the Iowa caucuses are set to begin.

When Soledad O'Brien asked, “Your stance on homosexuality. And I want to read a little bit of what you said. You said, at the Educators Conference in 2004, 'gays live a very sad life,' and that 'it's part of Satan.' And that's a quote. You've taken a lot of flak for that. Do you pull back on any of that?” Bachmann responded that the question was not appropriate.

“It's a bizarre thing to bring up. Today is the election, what people recognize is that the most important issue that people will be looking at is, 'Who is the best person to deal with the economy?' Probably someone who's created a business from scratch,” Bachmann said, referring to the Christian counseling clinics she runs with her husband Marcus Bachmann. The Bachmanns have been accused of attempting to “cure” gay people of their sexuality at the clinics.

“I don't think it's a bizarre question,” O'Brien replied. “I think it's a fair question.”

“It's a gotcha question coming way out of the past,” Bachmann snapped back. “I stand very strong for marriage between one man and one woman. I believe in protecting human life from conception until natural death. I believe in the family, I believe in religious liberty and for people to practice their faith freely. That's important. It's also important we get rid of Obamacare.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)