"My husband and I also home schooled our children for a number of years," Bachmann said, mentioning her five biological children and 23 others she parented through Foster care.
Home schooling is "about freedom," Bachmann added. "It's about liberty. It's about knowing our children better than the state knows our children."
Cain echoed a similar theme.
"Get this government out of the way," he told the crowd. "Government is trying to strangle education in America by strangling what you have the right to do."
Cain was the first Republican to establish a presidential exploratory committee and is also considering a White House bid.
It was perhaps Ron Paul, who is also weighing another presidential run, who made the strongest claim about the nation's education system.
"The public school now is a propaganda machine," Paul said. "They start with our kids even in kindergarten, teaching them about family values, sexual education, gun rights, environmentalism, and they condition them to believe in so much that is totally un-American."
You know, I remember a time, let's call it, oh, before 2008, when anyone who spouted nonsense like this would have been laughed off the national stage.
Now these sad folks are the national stage. Not only are they trying to hornswoggle the folks who are dedicated to helping their kids, but they are doing so by running as the leader of a government they say is inherently evil and destructive by design. They rail against the state telling parents what to do, and they do so by telling parents what they should do.