Washington Correspondent Kevin Diaz reports on a capitol odd couple that included a Minnesota pol:
Former foster mom and freshman Rep. Michele Bachmann bonded this week in Washington with formerly homeless singer and recording artist Jewel.
The two appeared together before the House Ways and Means Committee about the educational needs of the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s estimated 510,000 foster children.
The Minnesota Republican has been a foster mom to 23 children. Jewel, who remembers playing for Eskimos and Aleuts in the bush of her native Alaska, once lived out of a van.
Bachmann, an evangelical Christian, and Jewel, who sang the Top 10 hit “Who Will Save Your Soul,” both are the products of broken homes.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“If anyone needs a leg up in life, it is foster children,Ã¢â‚¬Â Bachmann said, according to an account in the St. Cloud Times. Ã¢â‚¬Å“They are great kids. They just want to know that somebody loves them.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Jewel, who followed Bachmann at the witness table, paid her as nice a compliment as a lawmaker can expect in Washington:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hearing the congresswoman, I wanted to camp out on her lawn and live with her, I liked her so much.Ã¢â‚¬Â