GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannBoehner says he voted for Trump, didn't push back on election claims because he's retired Boehner: Trump 'stepped all over their loyalty' by lying to followers Boehner finally calls it as he sees it MORE (Minn.) gave a visceral and passionate rebuke to the sex abuse scandal engulfing Penn State, acknowledging having violent feelings about the former assistant coach accused of abusing young boys in a locker room.

"This is so horrific — on the level of a parent, I think about my children, if that was my child, and I think my automatic reaction, even though I'm a small woman, I'd want to find that guy and beat him to a pulp," Bachmann said on NBC's Meet the Press.

But Bachmann said Americans should not look toward Congress or the federal government to address this type of situation, calling it a state issue.


"The media gets beaten up a lot, but I think this is exactly where the media is needed more than ever, is to shed light on this situation. That's the best thing that can be done," she said.

On another issue of intense media interest — the sexual harassment allegations plaguing Herman Cain — Bachmann stayed true to the steer-clear strategy she's employed ever since the scandal emerged two weeks ago, calling it a matter for voters to decide.

"On one hand it’s a... terrible to be falsely accused for something you didn't do," she said. "On the other hand, women have the right to be protected in the workplace."

Bachmann's appearance came the morning after she and other candidates staked out disparate positions on foreign policy in a CBS/National Journal debate. Bachmann called for waterboarding to be reinstated and said President Obama has acted as if the country has "decided we want to lose in the war on terror."

Asked how she could claim that to be the case after Obama killed Osama bin Laden and ramped up controversial drone attacks, Bachmann relented that not everything had gone wrong.

"Those are good tactical moves that were made, and I think those, all Americans would agree with," she said. "But the bigger picture, the strategic blunders that this administration has made have had profound consequences."