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Oops! Bachmann regrets anti-Obama statement

Jake Turcotte

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After generating tremendous financial support for her opponent with her appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball" last Friday, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann backed away from the comments she made on the show.

"I shouldn't have said that," she said.  "I regret saying that.  I don't question Barack Obama's patriotism.  I do question his ideas.  I don't think his ideas are good for the United States."


What's all the fuss about?  As we discussed yesterday, the freshman Congresswoman was relatively assured to keep her seat in the House -- that is until she appeared on the show and started talking.

When discussing Barack Obama's relationship with Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers, Hardball host Chris Matthews asked Bachmann, "You believe Barack Obama may - because of this relationship - have anti-American views?"

“Absolutely. I’m very concerned that he may have anti-American views,” she replied.

Fundraising machine

In one sentence, she became the largest political donor to her opponent's campaign.  Like Adam "Pacman" Jones at a nightclub, donors are throwing money at Elwyn Tinkleberg at a dizzying pace.

Over $1 million has been raised since Bachmann's TV appearance.  That's more than he brought in during the entire third quarter.

Of the 20,000 donors contributing to the cool mil, 16,000 of them are from out of state.


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