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article imageMichele Bachmann joins the 2012 US Presidential race

By KJ Mullins     Jun 27, 2011 in Politics
The woman Rolling Stone magazine called a religious zealot, Michele Bachman claims that she is being guided by God to run for the top post in the United States. Today Bachman announced her bid in 2012 Republican presidential race in Waterloo, Iowa.
Tea Party supporter Michelle Bachman, 55, announced June 13 that she had filed the paperwork to become a candidate for the GOP nomination. The woman who has said that diplomacy when dealing with Iran is the United States' option but other options including a nuclear strike shouldn't be discarded is saying that she is guided by prayer.
The former beauty pageant girl is now on the presidential track. There is already a page at Buzz Feed titled the 10 craziest Michele Bachman quotes including:
"I find it interesting that it was was back in the 1970's that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter. And I'm not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it's an interesting coincidence."
Michele Bachman has said that the current president, Barack Obama is 'kicking the can of our problems down the road."
On Sunday Bachman appeared on "Face the Nation" claiming that she believes that the campaign for president is a calling from God.
"It means that I have a sense of assurance about the direction I think that God is speaking into my heart that I should go."
During the interview she also said that she is against same sex marriage believing that marriage is between a man and a woman.
"I firmly believe that people need to make their own decisions about that. But I am running for the presidency of the United States. I am not running to be anyone's judge. And that's where I'm coming from in this race."
Bachman is under fire for allegedly receiving government assistance funds even though she has demanded that the federal budget be cut. Over the past five years her husband's counseling clinic has received almost $30,000 from Minnesota and the federal government. The family's farm has also received about $260,000 in federal subsidies.
The LA Times quotes Bachman about the controversy:
"First of all," she said, "the money that went to the clinic was actually training money for employees. The clinic did not get the money. And my husband and I did not get the money either. That's mental health training money that went to employees."
Bachman decided she was a Republican in college after reading Gore Vidal's novel Burr. She is currently a a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Minnesota's 6th congressional district.
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