(CNN) - Rep. Michele Bachmann responded Tuesday to a report that the presidential candidate frequently suffers from severe headaches that have at least three times landed her in the hospital.
At a campaign stop in South Carolina, Bachmann said she treats her migraines with medicine as needed and emphasized the rigorous pace of her campaign schedule since she entered the 2012 race.
"I'm prescribed medication that I take on occasion whenever symptoms arise and they keep my migraines under control, but I'd like to be abundantly clear, my ability to function effectively … will not affect my ability to serve as commander in chief," Bachmann said.
Campaign press secretary Alice Stewart addressed an earlier report Tuesday from the Daily Caller that said Bachmann "suffers from stress-induced medical episodes that she has characterized as severe headaches."
"Like millions of Americans, Congresswoman Bachmann suffers with migraines and they are under control when treated with medication," campaign press secretary Alice Stewart told CNN.
Former Bachmann staffers spoke anonymously to the Daily Caller regarding Bachmann's episodes and whether they could impact her bid for the White House. Some former Bachmann staffers have left the congresswoman's office on anything but good terms, and it's not clear if those speaking anonymously to the Daily Caller have an agenda in speaking out against her.
Well, everyone knows there's no stress involved with being the POTUS! She can't win and needs a way out. Fair enough. Here's your chance to quit "for medical reasons" before people really start to scrutinize your past and business dealings. You couldn't possibly have thought you could keep these things secret, did you?
Migraines are difficult for anyone; apparently Bachmann's are bad enough to require hospitalization. Would that mean that, in a Bachmann administration, presidential powers would go to the VP when she is hospitalized and unable to perform her duties? That is something the voters have got to know and understand if she wants to be taken seriously.
OK – As much as I disagree with EVRYTHING about Ms. Bachmann, this is getting petty. If she had a medical condition that would prevent her from performing her duties as President (gag), I don't think she would run. Many, many people have migraines. What's teh big deal with this one? Let's talk about REAL issues please.
As if she wasn't batty enough,now we get to add mind-numbing medication to the mix and woosh WWIII.
These folks are just NOT equipped people.
Michelle Bachmann is the cause of my migraines !! I think if Michelle Bachmann were to be voted into office as our next "commander in chief," heaven forbid, it would resolve one major dilemma – the immigration problem. All the illegals that have crossed the border would want to go back home if we had this dingbat in office.
I don't like her politics but I can sympathize with her. Most women know when and why they get these kinds of headaches. Aging helps, I can attest to that. What I would like her to do is, go home and take care of her family. I do not want her to hold high office. We Americans can do much better.
Reince Priebus – take out all the vowels and you get RNC PR BS.
Posted by another blogger on another post, but it is priceless.
Michele Bachmann is a migraine for most Americans..
Presidency is a stressful Job. If some one has that condition this early with the limited stress then I think the person should honestly make a decision that he/she cannot perform the duties of that office and bow out early on in the process.
Its not a migraine, its her conscience struggling to re-emerge from the darkness of conservatism.
Cant her clinic just wash those migranes right out of her head ? Of course this impacts her ability to have the toughest job in the the world, the hours are 24-7 365. Not that it will matter but if she was to get to the Whitehouse she could not pass medical and her VP pick would be more important then herself
Millions of Americans are not hospitalized by migraines. Although, millions on Americans may have headaches it's not the same as migraines.
The fact that her VP would be running the country so much, should send a shiver up all our spines.
I feel for her if true. That said, chalk it up as one more on the long list of why she is not fit for higher office, including the one she currently holds in MN (one would think it's Iowa as much time as she spends ignoring her district)
Is her campaign looking for sympathy..(forget it), an excuse for her idiotic ramblings (whaa whaa) or just plain stupid??
betty brown smith
well, what is going to happen if she has a migraine when the phone rings at 2 o clock in the morning???
These migraines are probably the result of her endless whining and carpring. The best part of her candidacy is that she certainly will never be president and is likely to lose her house seat in 2012. Goodbye Michelle!
I have about as much sympathy for her as she has for all the people who have to do without because of her parties pathetic pledges.
they meant she IS a migraine
How about praying those migraines away at your clinic?
Hell, if you can pray barbaric homosexuals straight then migraines should be a breeze eh?!
If the Bachmann's can prayer away the gay, they certainly should be able to pray away a headache.