High Schooler to Bachmann: Let's Debate History

Teen calls her grasp of civics 'grossly distorted'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 13, 2011 1:49 PM CDT | Updated May 15, 2011 7:49 AM CDT

(Newser) – Concerned that Michele Bachmann’s take on US civics is “factually incorrect, inaccurately applied or grossly distorted,” a New Jersey teen has challenged the Minnesota representative to a debate on US history and the Constitution, the Minnesota Independent reports. “The frequent inability you have shown to accurately and factually present even the most basic information about the United States” inspired the challenge, which pits “my public education against your advanced legal education,” writes high school sophomore Amy Myers in a letter to Bachmann.

Myers also thinks that Bachmann isn't much of a role model. “As one of a handful of women in Congress, you hold a distinct privilege and responsibility to better represent your gender nationally,” she writes. “Though politically expedient, incorrect comments cast a shadow on your person and by unfortunate proxy, both your supporters and detractors alike often generalize this shadow to women as a whole.” Click to read about one of Bachmann's history mistakes. The Stir rounds up other iffy statements.

Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn. speaks during a We the People candidates forum Saturday, April 30, 2011, in Manchester, N.H.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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