Bachmann Beat: Back in the Fight?
A daily roundup of news and commentary about U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Sixth-district Congresswoman Michele Bachmann worked her way back into the spotlight during last night's Republican presidential debate in Florida.
The consensus among critics this morning is that Bachmann acquitted herself well.
After last week's muted debate performance in California, many argued Bachmann needed to inject herself back into the conversation. Last night, she did just that, hitting hard against frontrunner Rick Perry and reclaiming her mantle as a tea party superstar.
The Minnesota congresswoman didn’t necessarily outperform her seven rivals, but she did what she had to do to stagger up off the canvas and stay in the fight. (…) Bachmann, sinking in the polls since Perry’s entry, didn’t dominate the debate, but she lived to fight another day.
Bachmann scored her biggest points when she slammed Perry over a 2007 executive order he signed requiring Texas schoolgirls to be vaccinated against HPV, a sexually transmitted disease.
Shortly after the debate concluded, Bachmann's campaign sent out an email saying the congresswoman was "offended" by Perry's HPV vaccine order, and also by his "subsidies to illegal immigrants."
She then continued her criticism of Perry during an interview with Matt Lauer on this morning's Today Show.
Other Bachmann news:
- Regardless of what happened last night, U.S. News and World Report says Bachmann and Mitt Romney are still losing the media battle to Perry.
- MinnPost's Eric Black says Bachmann is drawing inspiration for her campaign from a particular biblical figure.
- Bloomberg says Bachmann is following in President Obama's footsteps by going after small donors to fund her campaign.
Finally, MPR says a pro-Bachmann "super PAC" provides a case study in the new political fundraising ground rules.