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Michele Bachmann votes No on debt ceiling but Yes on fundraising

michele Bachmann and john Boehner 1-5-11

As you may have gathered from her repeated comments, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is voting No on her House party leader's plan to raise the nation's $14.3-trillion debt ceiling. Still.

However, the Minnesota representative is voting Yes to you sending her "a special emergency gift" of a campaign contribution in the form of a "donation of $25, $50, $100 or any any amount up to the $2,500 legal limit today!"

No actual explanation in her Thursday email solicitation as to what the emergency is requiring others to suddenly invest more money in her campaign. But it likely has something to do with taking advantage of all the publicity over the stalemated deficit talks between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.

And the Ames Straw Poll on Aug. 13 and the Fox News Iowa debate two days previous will be key opportunities for the Iowa native and only female in the GOP race at the moment.

"Barack Obama’s failed leadership and shameful spending policies have single-handedly put our nation at risk," Bachmann asserts. "It is time to stand up to the president and say 'no more.' "

A new Gallup Poll this week finds former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leading the announced Republican candidate field with 27% and Bachmann second with 18%. However, if Sarah Palin and Texas Gov. Rick Perry enter the field, as seems more likely by the day, then Bachmann falls to a fourth-place tie with Rudy Giuliani at 11%, with Palin at 12%, Perry at 15% and Romney down to 17% but still in first.

In her afternoon email, Bachmann adds: "It’s time to make the tough choices and make the spending cuts necessary to balance our budget. I am running for President of the United States to restore our constitutional conservative values to government and put our nation back on a path towards prosperity."

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-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images (Bachmann and Speaker John Boehner, Jan. 5).

 
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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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