Michele Bachmann 2012

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Bachmann Campaign Facing Congressional Ethics Probe

Just the latest trouble for former presidential candidate

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign is being investigated by the Office of Congressional Ethics, the Daily Beast reports in a piece comparing Bachmann to the Hindenburg and the Titanic. Federal investigators are looking into alleged campaign finance improprieties, and several former campaign staffers acknowledge they've been interviewed. The allegations... More »

Bachmann Won't Pay Her Campaign Workers: Ex-Aide

Peter Waldron accuses her of stiffing 5 Iowa staffers

(Newser) - A former official in Michele Bachmann's campaign is accusing her of withholding thousands of dollars in pay to Iowa staffers who refuse to sign a non-disclosure agreement, Salon reports. Peter Waldron posted his allegations yesterday on Christian Newswire , saying Bachmann has more than $2 million left over from the... More »

Bachmann Could Actually Lose

Politico looks at tight and 'nasty' races

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann's path to re-election has gotten a lot bumpier than you might expect, reports Politico . It digs into the Minnesota rep's bid to hang onto her seat against a challenge from hotel exec Jim Graves , and finds that even with "off-the-charts" name recognition, more than... More »

Editor Imposed Fact-Checking 'Quota' on Bachmann

Minnesota Rep. made 'statements that just didn't add up'

(Newser) - A scary factoid from the world of fact-checking: Michele Bachmann made so many dicey claims during this year's primary season that listing them all would "overload" a debate story, said AP editor Jim Drinkard. "We had to have a self-imposed Michele Bachmann quota in some of those... More »

Bachmann's Lead Nearly Gone: Poll

Democratic rival Jim Graves wins over independents

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann may be right about a political storm coming , but it's apparently headed her way. The Minnesota congresswoman is leading Democratic rival Jim Graves by only 2 points after support among independents dropped from +15% to -4%, according to a new poll commissioned by Graves and Salon. What'... More »

Bachmann Bounced Out of Redrawn District

She rips 'liberal bias' in new boundaries

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann's Minnesota congressional district has been redrawn out from under her. New district lines unveiled by a panel of judges yesterday have put the 6th District congresswoman's home in the 4th District, which is currently represented by Democrat Betty McCollum, reports the Star Tribune . Bachmann—who dropped... More »

Bachmann: I Was Perfect Candidate

But remaining GOPers are 'acceptable,' she says

(Newser) - Hey, America: You had your chance to pick the perfect presidential candidate and you blew it—according to Michele Bachmann. Asked who she thought the most conservative candidate still in the GOP race was, Bachmann tooted her own horn, CNN reports. "I was. I was the perfect candidate,"... More »

Michele Bachmann Drops Out

Announces she is suspending her campaign

(Newser) - Last night at the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines, Michele Bachmann vowed to stay in the race despite her sixth-place finish in Iowa. This morning she appeared in the same place , but sang a different tune: The sole female candidate for president is suspending her campaign. "I have decided... More »

Bachmann Axes Today's South Carolina Events

...and schedules news conference in their place

(Newser) - The hot scuttlebutt of the morning: Is Michele Bachmann dropping out of the race, even though she earlier vowed to stay in? "There are many more chapters to be written on our path to the nomination," she told supporters last night, but today's chapter apparently won't... More »

In Iowa, Mr. Bachmann Busy Buying Doggie Sunglasses

That's what 'best campaigner in family' was doing yesterday

(Newser) - Marcus Bachmann is "the best campaigner" in the family, wife Michele said in a speech thanking supporters after the Iowa caucuses, but he wasn't exactly campaigning while the rest of the team was out stirring up support on Main Street in Des Moines. No, "he was out... More »

What We Learned in Iowa

Anti-Romney voters might have found their candidate

(Newser) - Mitt Romney snatched an 8-vote victory in Iowa , but a lot of analysts say "man of the hour" Rick Santorum looks like the real winner. He can now portray himself as the clear alternative to Romney, and to win the nomination he "won’t have to outrun the... More »

Perry Reassessing Race, Bachmann Sticking

Governor heading back to Texas for rethink after poor showing in Iowa

(Newser) - A lousy result in Iowa may have delivered the death blow to Rick Perry's troubled campaign. Perry, who came in fifth in the Iowa caucuses with some 10% of the vote, says he is returning to Texas to reassess his campaign and determine whether there's a way forward,... More »

Romney Beats Santorum in 8-Vote Squeaker

Ron Paul finishes third

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has prevailed in what could well be the closest primary or caucus result ever. With the final precinct reporting, Iowa's GOP says Romney has beaten Rick Santorum by just eight votes, with 30,015 to Santorum’s 30,007 out of a total of 122,255 votes... More »

In Iowa, Expect the Unexpected

...And a lot of spin afterward

(Newser) - History suggests that it doesn’t matter who actually wins tonight in Iowa—it matters who exceeds expectations, or fails to meet them. The media is always flabbergasted by strange Iowa finishes, but they shouldn’t be, writes Nate Silver of the New York Times , because thanks to unreliable polls... More »

Newt: I Can Still Win It

Gingrich flip-flops on winning as Iowa rivals make final push

(Newser) - It's crunch time in the cornfields, and while polls show Newt Gingrich in fourth place, the candidate yesterday said he may still "pull off one of the greatest upsets in the history of the Iowa caucuses." The upbeat tone, however, only came after a supporter asked him... More »

Bachmann: Get Missiles Ready for Iran

Launches her only Iowa TV ad

(Newser) - No more Mrs. Nice Presidential Candidate: Michele Bachmann says if she were president, she'd put Iran in its place by putting US missiles on alert and threatening a blockade, she told CBS today. Following Iran's announcement that it had developed a nuclear fuel rod, Bachmann said she'd... More »

Latest Poll: Iowa Nearly a 3-Way Tie

Candidates make last-minute preparations

(Newser) - A day ahead of Iowa voting, three candidates are within two points of each other in the latest poll: Ron Paul is leading the field at 20%, while Mitt Romney follows at 19% and Rick Santorum boasts 18%, having jumped eight points since earlier this week, notes Public Policy Polling... More »

Bachmann Predicts Iowa 'Miracle'

GOP candidates are busy, busy, busy today

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann, lately languishing in last place in Iowa polling, is waiting on a "miracle" in Tuesday's caucuses, reports Politico . Appearing on This Week today, the Minnesota rep said "polls sometimes belie the truth on the ground. This is about what we're seeing in reality, and... More »

4 More Join Perry's Va. Ballot Lawsuit

Bachmann, Gingrich, Huntsman, Santorum also missing from ballot

(Newser) - Experts don't believe Rick Perry's lawsuit to get on the Virginia Republican primary ballot will succeed, but that didn't stop four other candidates from jumping on the bandwagon. Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum joined the suit, which claims Virginia's ballot laws... More »

Bachmann Insists: Ron Paul Bribed My Guy

Says Kent Sorenson told her money was involved

(Newser) - Michelle Bachmann may be down in the polls , but she's certainly not backing down. The GOP candidate yesterday continued to insist that her Iowa campaign chair defected to Ron Paul's camp because he was bribed to do so, reports Bloomberg . Kent Sorenson "told me that he was... More »

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