Sixth District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann traded barbs over the weekend with fellow presidential contender and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
On Friday, the Pawlenty campaign took an indirect jab at Bachmann with an email criticizing other candidates' lack of experience. Bachmann didn't mince words in her response, referring to Pawlenty as a "career politician" and slamming his record as governor.
With the Aug. 13 Ames straw poll looming, Bachmann and Pawlenty are currently polling first and second, respectively, among Iowa Republicans. Bachmann holds a wide lead, but Politico says the state is still up for grabs.
Starting today, TV stations in Iowa will begin airing ads for a straight-to-DVD movie that paints Bachmann as a hero among conservative women. "Fire from the Heartland: The Awakening of the Conservative Woman" is billed as a documentary on the rise of female conservatives as an "unintended consequence of the liberal feminist movement."
The film also appears to be a fairly conspicuous endorsement of Bachmann's presidential ambitions. Bachmann gets top billing on the billboards and advertisements, and the film is being pushed in advance of the closely watched Ames straw poll. The group responsible for the film, Citizens United, is the same one whose landmark U.S. Supreme Court case dissolved many limitations on political spending in the U.S.
After spending nearly a full week battling media reports about her debilitating migraines, Bachmann appeared to shrug them off over the weekend, telling an Iowa crowd that she gives more headaches than she gets.
Finally, the Star Tribune reports that Bachmann has been skipping a lot of roll call votes in Congress to focus on her presidential campaign.