Bachmann: I suffer from migraines
July 19th, 2011
03:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann: I suffer from migraines

(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.


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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Aaron

    I really appreciate the comment at the end about not knowing if they've got a grudge against her or not. It's sort of a warning to listen at your own risk.

    But if she does have issues with migraines that is a problem. We do not need a president that randomly has to hide in a dark room or take pain killers that will effect her judgement.

    July 19, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. jersvette

    It is nice to know that she suffers the same thing she gives most people, a headache.

    July 19, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. GI Joe

    She doesn't HAVE migraines - SHE GIVES MIGRAINES.

    July 19, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    This is not a scandal unless there is something about the medication, which is really none of our business.

    July 19, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. GI Joe

    Awwwwww - poor pitiful me.

    How often would she be incapacitated and have to hand over governance to the VP? What if that red phone rings and she has a migraine? Does this just give her an excuse to duck and dodge when the going gets tuff??

    July 19, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Cut, Cap, Balance =

    If a family signs a pledge to take on more and more kids to raise, but never get an increase in pay they must do it by cutting utilities, housing, clothes, food, etc. ALL CUTS WITH NO INCREASES - FOREVER.

    July 19, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. ART

    Oh Michelle thats just the holy spirit taking over your body that allows you to speak in tongues, because you make absalutely no sense with the words that come out of your mouth.

    July 19, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. ConservaFASCISTS/Domestic Terrorists/Taliban/Al Queda/TRAITORS

    That must explain her foot in mouth syndrome.

    July 19, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. SecedingfromTexas

    Do migraines cause delusions of grandeur?

    July 19, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Mike Dallas

    "suffers from severe headaches that have at least three times landed her in the hospital."

    That does explain her thought processes, next time she starts babbling incoherently, we will assume she is off her meds.

    July 19, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Sniffit

    Wow...the sympathy card without even a claim of being victimized by something. I don't think I've seen that from a GOPer in years. Perhaps she should stop trying to play wih the big dogs and overtazing her atrophied little squirrel brain.

    July 19, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. logic in LA

    They can be controlled by medication and yet she has been in the hospital 3 times for them. Either the campaign lied or Bachman isn't a very good manager.Most likely -both

    July 19, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This just keeps getting better and better!!!!!

    July 19, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Sandy

    Are they trying to explain a way her nonsensical rambling?

    July 19, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. The Elephant in The Room

    She`s officially done. Mark your calendars folks. Today was the day that the wheels came off her wagon.

    We had heard she was tempermental and has run through an inordinate number of staffers now we know why.

    She plays fast & loose with the truth and is tempermental.

    Don`t think we want this woman anywhere near the heavy machinery – – the button.

    The spin from the campaign isn`t going to work. Millions of Americans ARE NOT hospitalized, MULTIPLE times over voices in their heads.

    July 19, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Jose Wancoahoa

    Doesn't sound like she handles stress very well.

    July 19, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. bachmanntwit

    Those aren't migraines. They're the voices in her head.

    July 19, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Arun

    Is that the reason for her stupidity??

    July 19, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. L.J. Washington

    The lady gives me the head ache. Please Michele Bachmann go away.

    July 19, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Debbie

    Sooo! Why is this news? Millions of people get them. Waste of print space.

    July 19, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. gt

    have em..dont wish that on anyone..

    July 19, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. vet in texas

    severe migraines in campaign talk means my early excuse why I have to bow out now.

    It couldn't be the hypocrasy of the government handouts you've been speaking out so loudly while still taking?
    It couldn't be the racial overtones you've been hinting out all while being "gansta" yourself?
    It oouldn't be the blatant misleading statements and outright lies you've been spouting?
    It couldn't be the closeted "reformed" husband you married?
    I guess it will be the chronic migraines your being blessed with for your transgressions? If God can tell you that you should run, or marry Marcus, I'm sure he can add a little pain to your brain for your bearing false witness...........The lord works in mysterious ways America, perfect example of that here.

    July 19, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. 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???

    July 19, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. Tim

    When your head is so full of delusions.....

    July 19, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. ZB

    What poetic justice because she sure gives the rest of us migraines.

    July 19, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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