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September 07, 2011 8:59 pm ET filed under Video

Bachmann Still Thinks Gas Prices Are President Obama's Fault

From the September 7, 2011, GOP Reagan presidential debate on MSNBC:

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September 06, 2011 10:15 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 4, 2011

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September 06, 2011 9:59 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 4, 2011

The Labor Day editions of the Sunday political shows featured a would-be president lying about energy policy and a so-called "Tea Party kingmaker" lying about safety net programs. On CBS, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) defended her promise that as president she would bring gas prices below $2 per gallon by claiming that President Obama has put American energy resources "off limits." Actual energy experts have said repeatedly that government policies aren't behind rising gas prices, which were "inevitable" in light of the artificially low prices brought about by the economic collapse. And the statistics don't back up Bachmann's accusations about Obama's policies. Meanwhile, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) told ABC viewers that Social Security is bankrupt (even though it isn't) and claimed on CNN that unemployment benefits don't create jobs (even though they do).

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September 01, 2011 2:00 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Botch-mann Watch

Long before she entered the presidential race, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was known as an outspoken ideologue with a propensity for making embarrassing misstatements. When Bachmann recently accused President Obama of having "a lot of chutzpah" and mangled the pronunciation, it was fitting because her rendition of Yiddish applied to her own name would result in "Botch-mann" — an apt description of her error-prone ways. Since then, Bachmann has wished Elvis Presley a "happy birthday" on the anniversary of his death and fretted about the rise of the Soviet Union, among other misstatements. Bachmann's gaffes are likely to mount as long as she remains a candidate for the Republican nomination, so Political Correction decided to collect them all in one place. We'll update the list as the race moves forward.  

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August 29, 2011 10:05 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann Suggests Natural Disasters Are Divine Call To Reduce Spending

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August 16, 2011 1:25 pm ET filed under Blog

Top Tier GOP Candidates Agree: President Obama Isn't 'American' Enough

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August 15, 2011 10:27 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 14, 2011

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August 15, 2011 10:18 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 14, 2011

Following Saturday's straw poll in Ames, Iowa, this week's Sunday political talk shows had a whole lot of straw poll winner Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). Bachmann was on all five shows misrepresenting the rationale behind Standard & Poor's decision to lower the United States' credit rating and repeating the false claim that no Republicans had been "threatening default." She also pushed the debunked claim that the stimulus caused government to grow while the private sector lost jobs. With Bachmann dominating the bulk of time on all the shows, few others got time to speak, leaving Bachmann the sole focus of this week's fact check.

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August 12, 2011 4:13 pm ET filed under Blog

Despite Director's Criticism Of GOP Rhetoric, Bachmann Thinks S&P "Proved Me Right"

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August 12, 2011 10:55 am ET filed under Blog

Recap: Highlights From The Iowa GOP Debate

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August 11, 2011 9:27 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Bachmann: "I Was Right" About The Debt Ceiling

From the August 11, 2011, GOP presidential primary debate in Iowa:

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August 10, 2011 1:16 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann's Best Defense For Stimulus Hypocrisy Is Her Incompetence

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August 09, 2011 10:50 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann's Downgrade Solution: "Tell The Markets That There Will Be No Default"

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August 08, 2011 1:45 pm ET filed under Blog

After Campaigning For Default, Rep. Bachmann Pounces On Downgrade

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August 05, 2011 4:19 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann Accidentally Proves Sen. Kerry's Point About Responsible Journalism

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August 01, 2011 4:27 pm ET filed under Blog

Bachmann Campaign Manager Jokes That Rick Perry "Ought To Stay In Texas"

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August 01, 2011 3:37 pm ET filed under Video

After Declaring Husband, Clinic Off-Limits, Rep. Bachmann Touts Their "Small Business" Credentials

From the August 1, 2011, edition of The Laura Ingraham Show:

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August 01, 2011 3:10 pm ET filed under Blog

Does Rep. Bachmann Even Understand What The Debt Ceiling Is?

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July 20, 2011 11:00 am ET filed under Blog

Committed to Default, Rep. Bachmann Rejects GOP Plan

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July 15, 2011 9:18 am ET filed under Blog

Boehner Rejects Bachmann's Default Denial

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July 14, 2011 3:52 pm ET filed under Blog

Flashback: Reagan Proposed Tax Hikes, Unemployment Benefits Extension

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July 13, 2011 10:46 am ET filed under Video

Denial: Bachmann Claims She Only Endorsed Part Of Radical Pledge

From the July 12, 2011, episode of Hannity on Fox News:

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July 13, 2011 10:37 am ET filed under Blog

Denial: Bachmann Claims She Only Endorsed Part Of Radical Pledge

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July 12, 2011 11:56 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann Blatantly Misrepresents President Obama's Bargaining Postition

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July 08, 2011 1:24 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann's Far-Right Family Pledge Argues Black Kids Were Better Off In 1860

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June 28, 2011 11:17 am ET filed under Blog

Bachmann Refuses To Back Down From Founding Fathers Gaffe

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June 27, 2011 11:50 am ET filed under Blog

Seriously Extreme: Rep. Bachmann's Journey To GOP Presidential Candidate

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June 27, 2011 11:28 am ET filed under Fact Check

Seriously Extreme: Rep. Bachmann's Journey To GOP Presidential Candidate

Today, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) formally announced that she is seeking the Republican presidential nomination at an event in Iowa. In a field of lackluster candidates, Bachmann is an unabashedly polarizing figure whose statements, agenda, and policy positions are not only often factually inaccurate but are also frequently imbued with extreme, hateful, homophobic and even violent rhetoric. The fact that she is considered a viable representation of the Republican party sends a stark message about the toxicity of the GOP in 2012. Often the Affordable Care Act's most apoplectic opponent, Bachmann has suggested that health care reform will result in "death panels" as well as "school-based sex clinics," and that it could allow a 13-year-old girl can be taken to an abortion clinic during a school day to "have their abortion, be back and go home on the school bus that night...mom and dad are never the wiser." She has rallied those against the Affordable Care Act to stand together, saying, "What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing." She has used such extreme rhetoric to oppose other policies as well, calling the federal tax code a "weapon of mass destruction" and referring to Wall Street reform as "thuggish." Additionally, Bachmann has proposed eliminating the minimum wage and cutting billions from veterans' benefits. She also voted against a bill providing for 9/11 first responders' health care and then bragged about it, calling it "new spending." Michele Bachmann's increasing legitimacy as a presidential contender speaks volumes about the atmosphere within the Republican party today.

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June 27, 2011 11:12 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 26, 2011

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June 27, 2011 10:39 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 26, 2011

The last Sunday of June saw GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) dominate the airwaves, making the rounds on Fox News Sunday and Face the Nation. On both, Bachmann repeated lies about health care reform's effect on jobs and Medicare, sentiments echoed by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on This Week. Bachmann and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) falsely stated that even if the debt ceiling weren't raised, the country would not go into default, something most economists disagree with. On Face The Nation Bachmann falsely called the stimulus a failure and continued to baselessly blame President Obama for high gas prices. Lastly, Sen.  Jon Kyl (R-AZ), fresh off his departure from the debt ceiling talks, was on Fox News Sunday to falsely claim that tax increases would hurt the economy, a claim that the previous decade proves false.

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