Anderson Cooper featured a segment titled “Michele Bachmann Up-Close” on Monday, Sept. 6, at 10 p.m. ET on CNN AC360° … Scroll down for a summary and documentation of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s extremist rhetoric, incendiary demagoguery, and misrepresentation during her 2010 reelection to the United States House of Representatives in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District and the 2011 launch of her failed presidential campaign.
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By Maureen Miller
With the midterm elections fast approaching, tonight we kick off a new series of reports that take you inside the campaigns. You’ll meet the candidates in an up-close and behind-the-scenes way that shows the emotions and events that make or break political careers.
Our first up close report takes you along on Rep. Michele Bachmann’s reelection campaign. 360’s Gary Tuchman caught up with her at the Minnesota State Fair. Bachmann has served Minnesota since 2006 as a champion of conservative values. That’s a far cry from the launch of her political career as a volunteer for Jimmy Carter’s 1976 presidential campaign.
And, consider this whopping price tag: A projected $3 billion dollars will be spent nationwide on campaign ads this year. That would set a new record. Tonight Tom Foreman will show you some of the wackiest politics ads hitting the airwaves.
We also have new CNN / Opinion Research polling that shows that people hate Democrats and Republicans equally. But, interestingly, the same polling also shows the GOP edging out Democrats come November. We’ll have the raw politics. …
By Gary Tuchman and Ismael Estrada
September 7, 2010
St. Paul, Minnesota (CNN) — It’s 3 p.m. on a busy weekday afternoon at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul.
Deep in the crowd of people enjoying buckets of chocolate chip cookies and fried corn dogs is two-term Rep. Michele Bachmann. The mother of five and foster parent to 23 others runs past fair-goers including parents pushing strollers to get to her next spot on conservative radio.
“We need to move quickly!” shouts one of her staff members. “We’re on in two minutes!”
As she and her staff move briskly through the crowd, people shout both encouragement and insults at Bachmann. The Republican lawmaker has become a heroine and villain to voters in her 6th District because of controversial statements about the Obama administration, gay rights and taxes.
The adoration and anger in the air are a sign that the political season is in full swing, and every politician here understands the importance of getting out and talking to voters at the fair.
Bachmann tweets about the large crowds watching and listening to her while she’s on with conservative radio host Michael Medved. Outside the booth, people cheer her charge that President Obama ran as a center-right candidate but has governed from the left. Others roll their eyes and shout at her while she’s behind the glass.
Bachmann carefully selects her interviews, agreeing only to the outlets her camp considers friendly. A Fox News camera crew who conducted a lengthy sit-down interview with Bachmann follows her. CNN’s request for a sit-down interview was denied.
This is not a surprise, says radio talk show host Jason Lewis, on whose show Bachmann has been a guest for years.
“You don’t need the gatekeepers anymore. The word is going to get out there,” he said. “This is no longer the Walter Cronkite era. It’s not like if you don’t talk to the New York Times or CBS, you will be stifled. It’s not the case anymore.”
Bachmann put the fair at center stage this year with a political ad attacking her opponent in the general election, state Sen. Tarryl Clark. The ad says Clark voted to increase taxes on beer, corn dogs and fried bacon at the state fair. …
“She has her own way of doing things, which is out of the Karl Rove playbook, and I’ve never seen her do anything else,” said Clark, who was also campaigning at the fair. “She’s a bright woman. She’s doing everything she’s doing on purpose.”
As Bachmann finishes her radio interview, one of her staffers attempts unsuccessfully to prevent CNN’s cameras from following her to her next stop at the public fair. …
See program highlight at 5:03-5:09 into the program
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|Precincts Reporting: 100.00% (322 of 322)||Last update was: 8/11/2010 2:30:08 PM||# Registered Voters
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Today, I announce a second challenge to incumbent Rep. Michele Bachmann for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in Minnesotas 6th Congressional District, on a platform of national security, law and order, fiscal responsibility, and uncompromising opposition to political extremism.
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Comprehensive summary and documentation of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s extremist rhetoric, incendiary demagoguery, and misrepresentation since her 2008 reelection to the United States House of Representatives in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District.
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