TIME: Reporter accosted after Bachmann comments on migraines
July 19th, 2011
04:46 PM ET
3 years ago

TIME: Reporter accosted after Bachmann comments on migraines

It's not easy to get to Michele Bachmann. Her appearance at a rally on Tuesday in Aiken, South Carolina, attended by perhaps 150 people, featured three uniformed police officers and two body guards in plain clothes. One of those guards spent much of the day preventing reporters from getting too close to the candidate.

As she greeted fans and signed autographs after her speech, he planted himself directly in front of another man filming her chit-chat with a hand-held video camera. (At another event on Tuesday I had seen the same man making hand gestures to another Bachmann staffer when I came near with a pen and pad.)

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Ah, the GOP Storm Troopers are back. Last time we saw them, they were working for Rand Paul.

    July 19, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    WOW - 150 people.

    Ain't she spatial.

    July 19, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Indy

    When you refuse to answer simple questions like Bachmann does you know they are not worthy of a trusted position. I am not sure why there has been a trend of Republicans that refuse to answer simple questions but I am guessing they just are not qualified for the highest job in the land. Did Bachmann sign a pledge to not answer simple questions that people have the right to have answered ? You cannot write your own rules when you run for President and Republicans are about to find out that people have a right to ask simple questions that are about their ability to serve the voters. Bye bye Bachmann

    July 19, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "In spite of the promise for transparency Obama made in his 2008 campaign, this administration works behind closed doors."

    Riiiiight...and what do you think the GOP's response would be to people suggesting that the debt ceiling negotiations shoudl be done publicly so the GOP's demands that Medicare, Medicaid and SS be eviscerate can be aired in fron of the nation? Or their demands that the Bush tax cuts remain in place to benefit their wealty and corporate masters? Go ahead...tell us the GOP would happily agree to everyone witnessing just how petty, childish, recalictrant, truculant and snide they are. We could use the laugh.

    July 19, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Mikey

    Remind anyone of Sharon Angle? Sarah Palin? When you are prone to make either stupid or wacky statements, your handlers are going to try to prevent anyone from getting spontaneous responses from you. Who knows when the next time will be that Bachmann says that Congress should be investigated for un-American sentiments or accuses our President of being an "anti-American leader of a gangster government."

    Plus there are all those pesky questions about the business she owns with her husband taking federal money and helping "cure" homosexuality by "praying the gay away".

    July 19, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. indie voter

    Wow, she taking a page from palin's playbook. If u can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen!

    July 19, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Polls: Americans want compromise in debt ceiling standoff"

    ha...could purposefully misconstrue this to mean they show that anyone who doesn't want compromise is "unAmerican," but I'll leave the attacks on peoples' patriotism to the GOP, who has so successfully revived the McCarthyist art of doing so for the past decade

    July 19, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Wes B.

    Look out Katie Couric. You're next!

    July 19, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    This the GOBPbaggin' teatards' Little Rascal/Sofa King version of fascism. He extreme rightwing backers can't have Stepford candidates like Crazy Michele answering questions that real Americans like us want answered. No, she can only function semi-consciously when she's surrounded by angry bigots who agree with her twisted (and false) views of the world.

    July 19, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. Name Rick Marts

    Just boycott stupidity like a lot of us did with Palin and this idiot will go away too!

    July 19, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. troy

    liberal media reporting thing wrong. as always.

    July 19, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. H. L. Mencken

    The GOPstapo knows how to keep that pesky freedom of the press nonsense squashed.

    A presidential candidate whose brain hurts, surrounded by brownshirts. Yep, were in Conservative Wobbly World now.

    July 19, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. SecedingfromTexas

    She can wear all the make in the world, she can inject botox forever, but what do you do about that
    pesky neck?

    July 19, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. vet in texas

    Well America looks as if we have a "gangsta Candidate" on our hands. I still feel truly sorry for Ed Rollins, I hope he's paid hansomly for having to put up with this campaigner.

    July 19, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. Shannon

    Why does everyone on the right always resort to violence to get what they want. A reporter in America has a right to ask questions without being subjected to thugs. This woman is not qualified to be President, she is a disgusting human being.

    July 19, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. Tough Love

    I have a friend who has migraines. He has never been hospitalized for them like Ms. Bachmann has. HIs have been debilatating and their onset is impossible to predict or forecast.

    Being President isn't a RIGHT that Ms. Bachmann is entitlted to. If she has migraines so bad that she has been hospitalized MULTIPLE times, she probably shouldn't be the President. Beyond the migraines, she is hardly the brightest bulb in the pack.

    July 19, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. FM

    Michele, thats why it is called the toughest job on planet. If you thought it is easy so long one can scream, I bet you were quite wrong. What about to give it up already before exhausting yourself for nothing!

    July 19, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. jim

    Rude reporters need a occasional spanking. He had it coming

    July 19, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Whaddya know. The truth hurts.

    July 19, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. Leon Long

    If she refuses to let the media near her, now, as a candidate, just imagine how much of a bubble she'll keep herself in if elected president...Like Bush, she'll only let Faux News in for interviews. IF Rupert Murdoch isn't forced to shut it down by then, of course...

    July 19, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  21. The Obama Recession Continues Unabated, Obama Depression on the way

    It is called heavy security imbeciles. After what happened to Giffords, you expect free and easy access for anybody to walk right up to her or point things at her? Get real. I know it difficult given the fantasy world you all seem to live in.

    July 19, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. Mike B

    What about MY migranes from listening to this idiot talk about things she knows nothing about??

    July 19, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  23. peter

    Well, I'm definitely not voting for someone who refuses to answer questions. Talk about being elitist.

    July 19, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |