GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann says her Republican rivals are not true conservatives.
The Minnesota congresswoman told CBN News that too many Republicans aspire to be "frugal socialists." She also said they're "confused" on moral issues like abortion and gay rights.
Bachmann told CBN News Chief Political Correspondent David Brody that her conservative record is stronger than her opponents.
"It isn't just the governor of Massachusetts," she said. "It's other candidates in the race, too, that have changed on principle, strong issues."
"We have people in the race who have been for the bailout, who have been for the individual mandate on socialized medicine, who have been on both sides of the marriage issue, both sides of the life issue," she noted.
"We can't have that in our candidate," Bachmann told CBN News. "That's why I'm offering myself to social conservatives to say to them, 'In case you didn't notice, I've been consistent on all of these issues.'"
Bachmann is reaching out to social conservatives who hold great influence in the process of choosing a Republican nominee.
As part of her campaign to defend conservative values, Bachmann is promising that if elected president, she'll fight the use of Islamic Sharia law in American courts.
"Sharia law ... certainly does not have a place in a United States courtroom, nor should it be followed by United States judges," she recently told WHO Radio's "Mickelson in the Morning" program.
She added that allowing U.S. courts to consider Sharia "would usurp and put Sharia law over the Constitution, and that would be wrong."