Rep. Michele Bachmann, who entered the race for GOP presidential nominee this week, has been getting some good press lately. The pundits are impressed by her performances at a recent debate, on the campaign trail and during her official roll-out. But are all those compliments already going to her head?
During an appearance on Fox News Monday night, the Minnesota congresswoman told host Sean Hannity that President Obama “fears” her candidacy. The president’s re-election campaign had issued a statement earlier saying that Bachmann’s policies would “erode the paths of prosperity for middle -lass families” and criticizing her for favoring tax cuts for the wealthy, dismantling Medicare and repealing Wall Street reforms.
“Well, I think clearly what this demonstrates, Sean, is that the president of the United States is threatened by my candidacy. He fears me. He sees me as a serious, substantive competitor,” she said. “I think he sees that I have a very clear path to victory for the nomination. And I think that he wants to do whatever he can to diminish me because he thinks he will have to see me in the debates. That’s my intent to take him on in the debates and to win and take the voice of the people that I serve to the White House.”
Now, Mitt Romney, against whom Bachmann is running a too-close-for-comfort second, may fear her. Tim Pawlenty, who’s trailing in her poll dust, probably really fears her candidacy. But Obama? Maybe not so much.
(Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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