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Jul192011

Michele Bachmann: Headaches Controlled by Medication

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(AIKEN, S.C.) -- After addressing a crowd of about 200 in Aiken, S.C., on Tuesday, GOP presidential contender Rep. Michele Bachmann (R- Minn.) confirmed to reporters that she suffers from migraine headaches, but said they were controlled by medication and her condition would not affect her ability to serve as president.

"I've maintained a full schedule as a Congresswoman and a presidential candidate traveling across this nation," Bachmann said. "I have prescribed medication I take on occasion whenever symptoms arise and keep my migraines under control. My ability to function effectively will not affect my ability to serve as Commander in Chief."

Bachmann declined to answer a question from ABC News about whether she had ever had to skip Congressional votes because of migraines. Her security staff blocked reporters when they tried to follow her and answer further questions.

Bachmann made the statement in response to a report by The Daily Caller which alleged the Minnesota congresswoman's migraines could "incapacitate" her "for days at a time."

Hours after the story broke, the Bachmann campaign put out a statement in which spokesperson Alice Stewart said it was "bogus" to say she was incapacitated by the headaches.

"It absolutely does not affect her ability to do her job. And these are difficult, long, stressful hot days, so it is bogus to say that she's incapacitated," she said.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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