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Monday
Sep192011

Bachmann’s Former Campaign Manager Becoming Her Chief Critic

Stephen Morton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Ed Rollins was running Rep. Michele Bachmann’s GOP campaign two weeks ago, but today it’s hard to find anyone doing more harm to her presidential hopes.

When Rollins gave up his post as campaign manager on Labor Day, a campaign spokesman blamed his move on health concerns and noted that he would continue working for her as “a valuable senior adviser.”

But in the two weeks since then, Rollins seems to be delivering a lot more verbal barbs than “valuable advice.”

He told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Monday that the Minnesota congresswoman lacks the “ability or the resources” to stay in the race longer than the Iowa caucuses, scheduled for February 2012 as the first leg of the nomination process.

He ripped Bachmann last week for suggesting that the HPV vaccine Gardasil — mandated by Texas Gov. Rick Perry in an effort to prevent cervical cancer (and overturned by the state legislature) — could cause mental retardation, a claim widely refuted by medical experts. Rollins told MSNBC’s Hardball that “the quicker she admits she made a mistake, the better.”

Rollins was already hitting out at his former boss even the same day he left Bachmann’s campaign.
“Legitimately, it’s a Romney-Perry race,” he said Sept. 5 on CNN.

Perhaps it should come as no surprise then that Rollins now says he has virtually no involvement with Bachmann’s campaign. In an interview four days ago on CNN, John King asked Rollins to rate his involvement with the Bachmann campaign on a scale of 1 to 10, with “one” being not involved and “10″ being very involved.

Rollins’ response? “Two or three.”

Ultimately, it’s nothing new for Rollins to rip his former bosses. He also went on public rants against Mike Huckabee when the former Arkansas governor decided not to run for president. But this instance is far more damaging because Bachmann is an actual candidate.

While Rollins is the most prominent and vocal critic of Bachmann these days, he is hardly the only former staffer of hers who is now speaking out. At least one other former Bachmann chief of staff — Ron Carey — has said unkind things on TV and in newspaper interviews about his former boss. And with Bachmann notorious for a high turnover rate as a boss, namely in her congressional office, more critics might soon emerge.

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Sunday
Aug212011

Jon Huntsman Comes Out Swinging Against GOP Rivals 

LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Utah Governor and U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman came out swinging against his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, taking aim at Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann for statements made on the campaign trail about global warming, gas prices, and the Federal Reserve.

Huntsman warned that his opponents' stances on the "extreme end" may make them "unelectable" in the general election.

In an exclusive interview on "This Week," Huntsman said "there's a serious problem" with comments made by Perry in New Hampshire last week calling man-made global warming "a scientific theory that has not been proven and from my perspective is more and more being put into question" while claiming scientists have "manipulated data" on the issue.

"The minute that the Republican Party becomes the party -- the anti-science party, we have a huge problem," Huntsman told ABC News Senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper. "We lose a whole lot of people who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012."

"When we take a position that isn't willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said … about what is causing climate change and man's contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position," Huntsman added.

Perry's comments on global warming had prompted Huntsman to send a Twitter message Thursday saying, "To be clear, I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy."

Huntsman also jabbed at Perry's comments last week saying further quantitative easing taken by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to print more money would be "treasonous."

"I don't know if that's pre-secession Texas or post-secession Texas," Huntsman quipped, referring to past comments by Perry saying Texas may secede from the U.S. "But in any event, I'm not sure that the average voter out there is going to hear that treasonous remark and say that sounds like a presidential candidate, that sounds like someone who is serious on the issues."

When asked if Perry's comments would hurt him in a general election contest with President Obama, Huntsman said, "I think when you find yourself at an extreme end of the Republican Party, you make yourself unelectable."

"We've had so much hope and hype in politics the last little while," Huntsman added. "We've found ourselves at the extreme ends of the political spectrum and people are crying out for us to get back to some level of sensibility."

Huntsman also questioned presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann's claim at a town hall meeting in South Carolina Thursday that she would pursue energy policies that would send gas prices back down below $2 a gallon, a level not seen since early 2009.

"I just don't know what -- what world that comment would come from," Huntsman said, calling the claim "completely unrealistic." "We live in the real world. It's grounded in reality. And gas prices just aren't going to rebound like that."

"Again, it's talking about things that, you know, may pander to a particular group or sound good at the time, but it just simply is not founded in reality," Huntsman added.

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Tuesday
Aug092011

'Newsweek' Under Fire For Michele Bachmann Cover Photo

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In one short week Michele Bachmann went from being called “photogenic” by fellow GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman to earning the less-than-complementary descriptions thanks to a deliberately arresting Newsweek cover that led to accusations of sexism against the publication from both sides of the political aisle.

The cover shot, which was taken specifically for Newsweek, shows Bachmann staring wide-eyed, straight into the camera with a caught-off-guard kind of smile against a bland blue background. The bold white headline reads, “The Queen of Rage.”

When a voter asked Bachmann about the cover at a campaign stop in Atlantic, Iowa Monday Bachmann said she had not seen it, Slate's David Weigel reported.

"It's a big close-up of you," the voter said, "a wild-eyed photo with the headline, 'Queen of Rage.'"

"Ah-hah," Bachmann said. "Well, we'll have to take a look at that, won't we?"

Fox News contributor Monica Crowley said the cover represents Newsweek’s “special kind of loathing for women conservatives.” Even Terry O’Neil, the president of the left-leaning National Organization for Women -- which has stayed mostly silent while Bachmann and Sarah Palin endured blistering attacks in the press -- called it a “misogynistic attack.”

While the Bachmann campaign has been tight-lipped about the cover, which hit newsstands Monday, the Internet most certainly has not. The comedy website Funny or Die put up a slideshow of “more appropriate headlines” to go with the “horrifying” photo. Some of the more print-appropriate ones were “Michele Bachmann Takes A Stand Against Blinking” and “Zombies: Michele Bachmann Eats Americas Young.”

But this is not the first controversial cover shot for Newsweek. Last month the magazine featured a photo of the late Princess Diana, photo shopped to look older, walking alongside Kate Middleton, in what one tweeter called “the creepiest magazine cover ever!”

The Atlantic Wire
ran a story about the cover titled “How Creepy Is Princess Diana's Ghost on the Cover of Newsweek?” and the Los Angeles Times headline asked “Newsweek’s ‘Diana t 50’ cover: Shocking, brilliant or just plain cheap?”

The magazine also ignited a backlash in 2009 when they ran a cover photo of Sarah Palin in short runner shorts with the headline “Do you know how to solve a problem like Sarah?” In a post on her Facebook wall, Palin said the cover was “sexist” “unfortunate” and “out-of-context.”

Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said the Palin cover was “worse than sexist.”

“I think it is demeaning and degrading and Newsweek knew exactly what it was doing. They made sexuality a part of her performance,” Perino told Fox’s Sean Hannity.

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Sunday
Jun262011

Michele Bachmann vs. Sarah Palin: Showdown in Iowa?

Sara D. Davis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- If Sarah Palin is trying to stay in the spotlight, it's working.

She drew the top headline in New Hampshire the day Mitt Romney announced he's running for president. She stole the limelight the day John Huntsman announced by showing up at a photo opportunity at a motorcycle rally in a leather jacket. And, now she's casting a tall shadow over Tea Party rival Michele Bachmann.

On Monday, Michele Bachmann returns to her birthplace, Waterloo, Iowa to begin her campaign for president.

Meanwhile, former Alaskan Republican governor Sarah Palin will be vying for the spotlight a hundred miles away in Pella, Iowa to attend the Tuesday debut of, "The Undefeated," a documentary about her life and career.

On the surface, Palin and Bachmann appear to be allies. Both women are closely identified with Tea Party conservatives and evangelist.

Earlier this year, in a tea party express speech, Palin professed a level of support for her Tea Party twin, "In the House we need to return Michele Bachmann," she said.

However, the women who may have once been viewed as allies are also rivals.

Palin and Bachmann increasingly find themselves splitting support from the Tea Party and some political analysts say it's Bachmann who's being taken seriously as a candidate.

"I don't think there's room in the race for both of them, and right now Michele Bachmann seems to be acting more like a candidate and Sarah Palin seems to be acting more like a celebrity," ABC contributor and former chief strategist for the 2004 Bush-Cheney presidential campaign Matthew Dowd said.

Political odds makers are betting against Palin getting in the race, but if she does, her support could come at the expense of Bachmann, her Tea Party rival.

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Saturday
Jun182011

Michele Bachmann Latest GOP Candidate to Suffer Glitter Attack

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann got a warm reception from her home state on Saturday at a conference of conservative bloggers in Minneapolis, but a few gay rights protesters still managed to make her the latest victim of the glitter attacks that have already been waged on fellow GOP presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty.

Following her speech at the RightOnline conference Saturday morning, Bachmann had some glitter thrown on her as she made her way off stage to greet the audience.

After the brief glitter shower, the protester was swiftly removed by security.

"You can run, but you can't hide," the protester yelled as she was hauled off.

Meanwhile, Bachmann proceeded to work the ropeline, seemingly unfazed by the incident.

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Wednesday
Jun012011

Michele Bachmann Takes Another Step Toward a Presidential Run

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Michele Bachmann campaign is starting to take shape.

ABC News has learned that Bachmann's chief of staff and long-time aide, Andy Parrish, is leaving her Congressional office to take a position on the soon-to-be-launched Bachmann for President campaign.

Parrish informed Bachmann's Congressional staff of the move Wednesday in an email with the subject line "Exciting News!"

"I wanted to let you know that after an enormous amount of prayer I have decided to take an exciting new position with Congresswoman Bachmann," Parrish wrote.  "I will be able to tell you more about what I am doing in the near future."

Parrish doesn't say directly, but the message is clear:  He's going to work on the Bachmann campaign.

Bachmann has not yet declared her candidacy, but Republican sources familiar with Bachmann's plans say she intends to participate in a debate of potential presidential candidates in New Hampshire on June 13.

She'll make an announcement of her presidential intentions in the town of Waterloo, Iowa not long after that debate.

This latest move follows a report Tuesday by National Journal that Bachmann has hired a prominent Republican consultant: pollster Ed Goeas.

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Tuesday
May312011

Bachmann Nearing 2012 Decision; Calls Palin a "Friend," Not a "Competitor"

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- It's all systems go for Rep. Michele Bachmann: her last daughter leaves the nest this week and the congresswoman is scheduled to make a formal announcement about her decision to run for the 2012 presidential election next month in Iowa.

"We'll be making it in the city where I was born, conveniently enough in Waterloo, Iowa.  So I'm looking forward to that," she told ABC News on Tuesday.

Referring to Sarah Palin, the Minnesota Republican insisted there was enough room for two Tea Party favorites in the 2012 race, and that she would have no problem running against the woman she considers a friend.

"All I want to say is that I like Sarah Palin a lot, we're friends.  And I don't consider her a competitor, I consider her a friend.  But my comparison ultimately is to Barack Obama," Bachmann said.

If she does make it to the White House, would President Bachmann sign the proposed GOP Medicare plan that Congresswoman Bachmann voted for?

"I think some version of this bill because [Rep. Paul Ryan] is right, we have to sustain Medicare.  We can’t let it just go away for senior citizens, and that's exactly what he's trying to do.  I agree with what Paul is trying to do," she said.

Bachmann's previously said she supports Ryan's bill with "an asterisk."  On Tuesday, she said that asterisk is because "people don't recognize that this is about people who are 55 and under.  I don't want a 78-year-old woman to think that Medicare is going to be pulled out from under her, because it won't.  It's the 55 and under plan."

While other potential candidates have bowed out citing their family obligations, the mother of five plus 23 foster children said everyone's on board in the Bachmann house.

"All of the children as of about a week from now will be graduated and gone from high school.  And so we are at a very different life.  After 29 years of parenting, it is going to be a very different household," she said.

So one solution to an empty nest is to run for president?

"I guess so," Bachmann said.

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Sunday
Mar132011

Oops! Michele Bachmann Blunders Revolutionary War Geography

ABC News(BARRINGTON, N.H.) -- Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann caused a fracas over an inaccurate comment she made about the Revolutionary War during a Republican Liberty Caucus in New Hampshire on Saturday.

“You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord,” she said at the event, which was held in Barrington, N.H.

Everyday students of history of course know that Lexington and Concord are in Massachusetts.

Bachmann, a darling of the Tea Party, is rumored to be planning a presidential campaign in 2012.

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Friday
Jan212011

Bachmann to Deliver Response to SOTU Via Tea Party Express

Photo Courtesy - Bachmann dot House dot gov(WASHINGTON) -- Budget Chairman Paul Ryan won’t be the only Republican offering a response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address next Tuesday.  Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann is slated to deliver an alternative response to the president’s speech through the Tea Party Express website.

In a fundraising e-mail sent to supporters Friday, the Tea Party Express announced the Minnesota congresswoman “has confirmed with us that she will broadcast her response to Barack Obama’s State of the Union address this Tuesday.  You’ll be able to watch her rebut Obama via her address which will be broadcast on our website: www.TeaPartyExpress.org.”

Bachmann is the founder and chair of the Tea Party Caucus in Congress, which she started this past July.  The Tea Party Express heralded Bachmann as a “hero” during the 2010 election.

A source close to Bachmann first hinted at her presidential ambitions to ABC News earlier this month and Bachmann is slated to take the tea party message to Iowa in a speech she’s set to a deliver Friday night at a reception in Des Moines sponsored by Iowans for Tax Relief.

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