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George Will: Michele Bachmann 'Not Among Serious' 2012 Contenders (VIDEO)

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Conservative columnist George Will weighed in on the possibility Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) could mount a presidential campaign in 2012 during an appearance on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday morning.

"She's not among the serious contenders," explained Will at the culmination of a roundtable discussion focused on Bachmann's political ambitions. "We know who settles presidential elections, they're independent voters. Independent voters are not inflamed, and not inflamed in the way that some of the marginal Republican candidates are."

Before making the remarks, Will along with several other guests on the weekly program addressed a gaffe made by Bachmann on Saturday as she took her message to the early primary state of New Hampshire. The AP relays the historical misstep that went down:

Before headlining a GOP fundraiser, the possible presidential hopeful told a group of students and conservative activists in Manchester, "You're the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord."

But those first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired in Massachusetts, not New Hampshire.

"So I misplaced the battles Concord and Lexington by saying they were in New Hampshire," Bachmann posted on her Facebook page later. "It was my mistake, Massachusetts is where they happened. New Hampshire is where they are still proud of it!"

In sharing his take on the matter, Will quipped that his wife "occasionally advises" the Tea Party favorite, but "not on American history."

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