Bachmann: My Migraines Are Not a Problem

Her aides are accused of roughing up a reporter
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2011 7:39 PM CDT
Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks to the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce Monday.   (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)

(Newser) – Michele Bachmann is dismissing the notion that severe migraines frequently incapacitate her, reports Politico. She does get the headaches, but "they are easily controlled" with prescribed medication, she said. "Let me be abundantly clear—my ability to function effectively has never been impeded by migraines and will not affect my ability to serve as commander in chief." Bachmann was responding to a story from the Daily Caller this morning that caused a fuss on the trail.

It also spawned a related controversy: Michael Crowley of Time writes that Bachmann's aides roughed up ABC reporter Brian Ross when he pursued her into a parking lot with migraine questions: "Two Bachmann men pounced on him, grabbing and pushing him multiple times with what looked to me like unusual force," writes Crowley. "In fact, I have never seen a reporter treated so roughly at a campaign event, especially not a presidential one." A Bachmann spokesman tells the Washington Post that Ross was too aggressive: He "jumped on stage and rushed toward us. We didn’t have time for any questions, and we made it clear we had to leave, and he disregarded repeated requests to stay back."

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