Bachmann: I suffer from migraines
July 19th, 2011
03:00 PM ET
12 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. Ron

    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?

    July 19, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. 4merRepubCT

    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.

    July 19, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. DJ in TX

    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.

    July 19, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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.

    July 19, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Mark L.

    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.

    July 19, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    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.

    July 19, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. GI Joe

    Reince Priebus – take out all the vowels and you get RNC PR BS.

    Posted by another blogger on another post, but it is priceless.

    July 19, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. TXJim

    Michele Bachmann is a migraine for most Americans..

    July 19, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Dal From California

    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.

    July 19, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    Its not a migraine, its her conscience struggling to re-emerge from the darkness of conservatism.

    July 19, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Indy

    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

    July 19, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Millions of Americans are not hospitalized by migraines. Although, millions on Americans may have headaches it's not the same as migraines.

    July 19, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" economics has only left a dribbling wet spot on working Americans's shoes!

    The fact that her VP would be running the country so much, should send a shiver up all our spines.

    July 19, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. 'merica ruined by rethugs

    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)

    July 19, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Al-NY,NY

    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???

    July 19, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Bill

    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!

    July 19, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. cindy

    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.

    July 19, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. EddyL

    they meant she IS a migraine

    July 19, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    How about praying those migraines away at your clinic?
    Hell, if you can pray barbaric homosexuals straight then migraines should be a breeze eh?!

    July 19, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |

    If the Bachmann's can prayer away the gay, they certainly should be able to pray away a headache.

    July 19, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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