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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. 

You can watch the full video of the debate or the abbreviated "greatest hits" version via CNN's website.

The consensus among critics this morning is that Bachmann acquitted herself well.

After last week's 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 Washington Post and The Houston Chronicle are among those placing Bachmann in the "winners" category from last night's debate. The Chronicle had this to say about her performance:

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:

Finally, MPR says a pro-Bachmann "super PAC" provides a case study in the new political fundraising ground rules.

Bradley Johnson September 13, 2011 at 05:14 PM
Thanks, Michelle, for spreading more of your idiocy with an anti-vaccine message in your "Today" show interview. The alleged link between vaccination and mental disabilities has been repeatedly debunked. But then science -- really facts of any kind -- have never been your strong suit. "Congresswoman Bachmann's decision to spread fear of vaccines is dangerous and irresponsible," said Evan Siegfried, a spokesman for the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership. "There is zero credible scientific evidence that vaccines cause mental retardation or autism. She should cease trying to foment fear in order to advance her political agenda." Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0911/63381.html#ixzz1XqxaOg00
br September 13, 2011 at 06:04 PM
Amen brother Amen
Linda September 20, 2011 at 06:42 PM
she is trying so hard that she stumbles over herself!
Paul September 20, 2011 at 11:30 PM
"dangerous and irresponsible" sounds like an accurate description of Michele's behaviour to me. What's particularly unfortunate is that she is scaring innocent people.

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