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Despite The Bad News, Bachmann Giving Romney Run for Money

Despite The Bad News, Bachmann Giving Romney Run for Money

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has had a bad week in the press, both with her embracing of an anti-gay “family” group with an overtly racist message, and the discovery that her husband’s clinic, which is supported by federal funds, practices “gay to straight” therapy in an attempt to “cure” homosexuality.

Yet despite all of this, Bachmann is showing clearly that she is the only candidate currently in the race who can challenge front runner Mitt Romney.

According to the most recent Quinnipiac polling, Bachmann is now trailing Romney by just 11 points nationally, 25 to 14.† This not only puts her firmly in second place, but puts her far ahead of any other declared Republican challenger, with Herman Cain and Ron Paul coming in at 6 and 5 percent respectively. Bachmann’s support has more than doubled since the last poll on June 8th.

“The question about Rep. Bachmann is whether she is the flavor of the month, like Donald Trump was for a while, or does she have staying power?” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Perhaps more than any of the other GOP contenders, Bachmann’s fortunes may depend on whether Governors Palin or Perry get into the race. All three of them are likely to appeal to the GOP’s Tea Party constituency.”

President Barack Obama is leading each GOP hopeful in a head to head matchup, beating Romney 47 to 41, and beating Bachmann 50 to 38.

 

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3:34PM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

There is nothing wrong with being Christian pr Jewish or Mormon. There IS something wrong with people running the country according to ONE particular religion. Our forefathers came here to get AWAY from state religions. Not to create another one.

7:59PM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

That's probably unfair because although Bachmann may not know the history of Yiddish she may be able to see a Askenazi Jew from her house and that automatically qualifies her as a presidential candidate!

11:58AM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

Ms. Bachmann seems to be as ignorant of history as she is of the Yiddish which she foolishly tried to use on an interview. When one is ignorant of one's own country's history people wonder what else is missing. If she doesn't know our history how can she deal with other countries at all in foreign policy. It is best if you understand some of the history and culture of the country you are dealing with and be able to equate it to your own. G.W. Bush had the same problem. He didn't know much about his own country and thought the rest of the world to be a bunch of barbarians. At least Michelle only thinks LGBT people are barbarians so she might be better than Bush there. However I question her "God speaks to me" ideas. She is either delusional or she is a prophet. Neither of who would be a suitable president.

10:02AM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-education, union busting, Medicare and Social Security slashing, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

10:02AM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

Its hard being a woman and being from Minnesota when you have people like Bachmann (or Pawlenty) representing your state. I am an Independant voter, but if this is the best that the Republicans can come up with for a candidate, I will once again be voting Democrat.

5:14AM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

Jeffrey, that's my point! My personal feeling is that a candidate needs to go easy on the religious language because there are many who will be turned off by that. She is doing well in the polls so she must be pleasing a lot of people with her platform.

10:06PM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

Her Surge wont last long as time wears on in my opinion.

4:14PM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

Diane, there are also non-christians like me who support her too.

4:13PM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

Kute K.

As a knowledgeable woman, I would love to see Bachmann get the nomination.

Correction, as a knowledgeable Democratic woman who supports Obama, I would love to see Bachmann get the nomination. Although her medical condition (foot in mouth disease) may disqualify her.

Please send her lots and lots of money and get everyone you know to do the same.

4:09PM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

There is way too much focus on who is or isn't "Christian". The issue is whether or not a candidate is fit to (try) to run this country in a way which would be of benefit to and equal for all. Ms Bachmann is one of the worst possibilities that could ever happen to this country. She is ignorant, has no compassion for the country as a whole, and hopefully will be thoroughly "exposed" by the time elections are held. Many extremely negative things have been pointed out by people in the news media as well as private citizens, and if that isn't enough to warn the American public, the country really is doomed.

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