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Wednesday
Jul202011

Migraine Politics: Bachmann Releases Dr. Note

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- When Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty descended on Iowa Wednesday, both faced questions about whether or not Bachmann's migraines would impede her from doing the job of president.

Meanwhile, Bachmann issued a letter from the Attending Physician of the U.S. Congress arguing that Bachmann's migraines occur "infrequently and have known trigger factors of which you are aware and know how to avoid."

The letter, from the Dr. Brian Monahan, the top doctor for Congress, is addressed to Bachmann and reads:

"When you do have a migraine, you are able to control it well with as-needed sumatriptan and odanestron. It has not been necessary for you to take daily scheduled medications to manage this condition."

Monahan further clarifies that Bachmann has "not needed medical attention" from his office regarding her migraines "with the use of the above mentioned commonly used therapies."

Bachmann's migraines became a issue again on the campaign trail after Pawlenty's event at a sports bar in Indianola, Iowa Wednesday afternoon, when the former Minnesota governor warned that every candidate will have to prove they can do "all of the job, all of the time."

"I don't know enough about her particular medical situation to comment. I just don't have enough facts on me. I certainly would defer to the judgment of the medical professionals, but setting that aside all of the candidates, I think, are going to have to be able to demonstrate they can do all of the job all of the time," Pawlenty told reporters.

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