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Michele Bachmann Agrees With Supporter Who Wants To Impeach Obama (VIDEO)

First Posted: 10/05/2011 9:37 am Updated: 12/05/2011 4:12 am

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was on the campaign trail in Iowa Tuesday when she agreed with a supporter who suggested that President Barack Obama be impeached in order to "get him out of the way."

"Well, I'll tell you, I'll tell you, I agree, I agree. Some people are really upset," Bachmann replied to the man before moving on to meet another supporter.

Bachmann has a penchant for making eyebrow-raising statements. And she herself has subtly glossed over the issue of presidential impeachment on more than one occasion.

The Republican congresswoman and GOP presidential candidate made news earlier this week for a similar encounter during a radio interview in which she seemed to casually accept a controversial comment from a caller.

"I would vote for Charles Manson before this guy," the caller said, comparing the notorious criminal to Obama. "But I’m pulling for you big time, all the way, go Michele!"

"Thank you for saying that," Bachmann replied.

Bachmann's campaign has had a difficult week, following up on an even tougher month. On Tuesday, The Huffington Post's Jon Ward reported that longtime Republican pollster Ed Goeas and other aides were leaving her presidential campaign, a sign that her funds were beginning to dwindle.

The latest moves are consistent with a trend that has seen Bachmann slipping in the polls ever since a high-profile win at the Iowa straw poll in mid-August.

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In Matt Taibbi's Rolling Stone profile of Bachmann, he claims that Bachmann's efforts to portray herself as a righteous and religious culture warrior prompt additional questions and skepticism:

Bachmann's story, to hear her tell it, is about a suburban homemaker who is chosen by God to become a politician who will restore faith and family values to public life and do battle with secular humanism. But by the time you've finished reviewing her record of lies and embellishments and contradictions, you'll have no idea if she actually believes in her own divine inspiration, or whether it's a big con job. Or maybe both are true -- in which case this hard-charging challenger for the GOP nomination is a rare breed of political psychopath, equal parts crazed Divine Wind kamikaze-for-Jesus and calculating, six-faced Machiavellian prevaricator. Whatever she is, she's no joke.


Despite skepticism and opposition from some, however, Bachmann's particular blend of conservatism has undoubtedly propelled her to the top tier of the GOP, at least in the public eye. Her legislative record, both as a state representative and a congresswoman, however, has been less impressive.

Bachmann's legislative deficiencies most recently arose when then-Republican presidential candidate and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty claimed that his rival's legacy amounted to "giving speeches and offering failed amendments," and that her "record of accomplishment in Congress is nonexistent."

Politifact deemed this charge to be "Mostly True," hanging their judgment in part on a Politico piece that summarized her meager accomplishments as such:

Now in her third House term, Bachmann has never had a bill or resolution she's sponsored signed into law, and she's never wielded a committee gavel, either at the full or subcommittee level. Bachmann's amendments and bills have rarely been considered by any committee, even with the House under GOP control. In a chamber that rewards substantive policy work and insider maneuvering, Bachmann has shunned the inside game, choosing to be more of a bomb thrower than a legislator.

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