Dealing With a Headache

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Bachmann issues calm, reasoned, on-message  statement about migraine report.

And/but: doesn’t detail Rx list or hospitalizations.

And/but: Vet journo roughed up by Bachmann security as he tries to ask her about migranes.

Bachmann Responds to Migraine Reports

Aiken, S.C. – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has issued the following statement in response to reports of her experiencing migraines:

“Like nearly 30 million other Americans, I experience migraines that are easily controlled with medication. I am a wife, a mother, a lawyer who worked her way through law school, a former state senator who achieved the repeal of a harmful piece of education policy in Minnesota, and a congresswoman who has worked tirelessly fighting against the expansion of government and wasteful spending.

“Since entering the campaign, I have maintained a full schedule between my duties as a congresswoman and as a presidential candidate traveling across the nation to meet with voters in the key, early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. I have prescription medication that I take whenever symptoms arise and they keep the migraines under control. Let me be abundantly clear – my ability to function effectively has never been impeded by migraines and will not affect my ability to serve as Commander in Chief.

“The many questions I have received on this subject have allowed me to discuss this important condition that impacts individuals in nearly one in four households. However, as a presidential candidate and office holder, I am focused on performing my job, which has never been more important given the state of our economy and the millions of Americans that are out of work. While I appreciate the concern for me and my health, the greater concern should be the debate that is occurring in Washington over whether or not we will increase our debt, spending and taxes.”


I'm not sure this statement ends the matter, but it is very skillfully written. One has to wonder, though, if Team Bachmann has a plan for dealing with all the former staffers who clearly have stories they plan to tell, in direct proportion to her chances of winning the nomination. What can Bachmann do about it? Outreach? Outreach with honey? Outreach with vinegar?
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