July 7, 2011 |
Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign is running its first TV spot in Iowa, one in which the Minnesota conservative portrays herself as a unifying force within the GOP. The brief ad, dubbed “Waterloo,” hits all of the candidate’s favorite themes: that she was born in Iowa, that she’s a mother and a foster parent, a former tax attorney, and a fiscal conservative. Aiming directly for "tea party" voters, Bachmann notes her opposition to the Wall Street bailout and the Democratic stimulus bill.
September 15, 2011 |
Add Michele Bachmann's former campaign manager to those who believe the presidential candidate went too far in linking a cervical cancer vaccine to mental retardation. Ed Rollins, in an interview Wednesday evening on MSNBC, said Bachmann's attacks on Texas Gov. Rick Perry's mandatory vaccination program for young girls in Texas had been effective -- until she brought up the possibility of “dangerous side effects” in television interviews. “She'd had been better if she stayed on issue,” Rollins told Chris Matthews on “Hardball,” the issue was the governor's executive orders, and whether he made a mistake.
September 14, 2011
As GOP presidential candidates tussle over the latest issue to split the field — oddly enough, it's the rather obscure question of whether states should mandate vaccinating girls against a sexually transmitted virus — it's hard to tell which one ends up looking worst. But our vote goes to Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, whose rumor-mongering rampage against a safe and effective vaccine could discourage parents from protecting their daughters against cancer. During Monday's debate, Bachmann and former Sen. Rick Santorum lashed out at Texas Gov. Rick Perry over his 2007 executive order that Texas schoolgirls had to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (the order was later overturned by the state legislature)
May 10, 2012 |
So it turns out that Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, a former GOP presidential contender who has made a political career out of wrapping herself in the American flag and questioning the patriotism of her ideological opponents, is a dual Swiss citizen. That's pretty delicious for those who find the jingoistic isolationism of the " tea party" movement tiresome, but I take Bachmann at her word that she's an accidental Heidi. And that's a shame, because a little more exposure to places like Switzerland might broaden her worldview, if not her politics.
May 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann, a conservative sensation and briefly a Republican presidential front-runner, announced Wednesday that she won't seek reelection to her congressional seat in 2014. The four-term Minnesota lawmaker told supporters in an online video that it was "the right decision" not to run again. She said it was not a reaction to the difficult challenge she may face to hold the seat, or to federal inquiries into her campaign finances and activities. Bachmann, who won the 2011 Iowa straw poll and showed early strength in the leadoff caucus state before her presidential bid collapsed, did not foreclose a potential future run for national office.
June 29, 2011
Bachmann's story Re "Bachmann took aid from Uncle Sam," June 26, and "Bachmann denies that she benefited from federal aid," June 27 It's astonishing that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is actually being considered as a candidate for the United States presidency. On her financial disclosure form, she identifies the amount of money she's received from a family-owned, government-subsidized farm, but then tells Fox News, "I have never gotten a penny from it. " When CBS asked for her opinion on farm subsidies, she expressed outrage at an increase in the use of limousines in Washington.