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Bachmann Daily Beat: So Long, 6th District?

A daily roundup of news and commentary about Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Now that U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is officially running for president, MPR ponders whether she can serve her 6th District constituents effectively while she's away on the campaign trail.

Bachmann apparently missed a series of votes during Monday's debate, and the article cites a congressional scholar who says the demands of running a presidential campaign make it nearly impossible to fulfill the day-to-day obligations of a legislator. Bachmann says she has no plans to seek re-election to the U.S. House, but both MPR and the Star Tribune note that Bachmann has almost a full year to change her mind.

Meanwhile, accolades continue to pour in for Bachmann's strong showing at Monday's Republican presidential debate. USA Today and the New York Daily News may now be counted among those gushing over the congresswoman's performance in New Hampshire.

The Associated Press reports that the debate raised Bachmann's profile in a way that enhances her clout within the GOP—something that could pose problems for party officials, with whom she often clashes on key issues.

PolitiFact examines a claim made by Bachmann during the debate—namely, that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare") would "kill 800,000 jobs"—and finds it "barely true."  Bachmann cited as evidence for the claim a finding in a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, but PolitiFact said her statement "leaves out so many qualifiers that it becomes misleading."

Elsewhere, an environmental blogger breaks down Bachmann's record on energy policy and finds her not very kind to Mother Earth. And USA Today says that Bachmann and fellow Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain have become the most frequently searched GOP candidates (at least on Yahoo). The newspaper notes that Bachmann is now generating twice as much search traffic as Sarah Palin.

Jeremy Rohr June 15, 2011 at 11:29 PM
I love Michele Bachman, but I'm a conservative. If I was of a moderate or liberal persuasion, I probably wouldn't. I love that she can stand up for what I believe and articulate it so clearly. I think she defies the stereotypes of conservatives and helps many people realize their beliefs are more conservative than they've thought before.
STW June 16, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Shes not going to win and is wasting our time. The Republicans need better candidates. Also,the 6th district needs a new bridge in Stillwater, and a full time legislator. I wish she would do her job in Washington, and if she can't, quit now, and let someone else fulfill her term.
Joy K June 16, 2011 at 03:40 PM
So long 6th district....when is she ever in her district? Hardly ever. She is too busy spouting lies and her own version of history on FOX. She has done nothing for the 6th district. I hope that we are finally rid of her.
mike June 22, 2011 at 05:10 PM
I disagree... she surprised me as a representative having phone tele-town halls almost weekly with some very useful information. I applaud that use of communication with her constituents. She has done a great job for us in the past (yes I am a conservative republican), and I realize running for president will impact her representation of us and am disappointed for the 6th district, but it is worth it for the country. If nothing else, her belief that Washington power needs to be pushed back down to the states and communities. Too much power in too few a hands is never a good thing. My humble opinion.

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