Bachmann Celebrates Obama Win

Hails victory as 'tremendous signal' against racism
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2008 12:42 AM CST
Republican Michele Bachmann said Barack Obama was anti-American. Now she says she's grateful for his election.   (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)
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(Newser) – The congresswoman who suggested in a national television interview that Barack Obama has anti-American views is changing her tune. Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann tells Politico she’s "extremely grateful that we have an African-American who has won this year," calling Obama’s victory ”a tremendous signal we sent.” Bachmann also expressed hope that the media won’t mistake “disagreement with Obama’s policy positions” for racism.

Bachmann narrowly won re-election to the House after her anti-American gaffe triggered an outpouring of donations to her relatively unknown Democratic rival. She concedes that voters have sent the GOP an undeniable message with this election, noting that “clearly the views and opinions of conservatives won’t be prevailing” in Washington. She added that she’s “gratified to have survived the storm.”