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Bachmann ranks No. 22 on Forbes list of world’s most powerful women — 11 spots behind Lady Gaga

The ranking came out before her recent swoon in the polls, but Forbes has ranked Michele Bachmann as No.

The ranking came out before her recent swoon in the polls, but Forbes has ranked Michele Bachmann as No. 22 in its list of the world’s 100 most powerful women.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was at the top of the list; Hillary Clinton was second.

Lady Gaga is 11, ahead of Oprah at 14. Sarah Palin is 34 and Queen Elizabeth is 49.

The magazine says about Bachmann:

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The tough-talking, steely-eyed Minnesota congresswoman has her sights set on the Oval Office. She officially announced her candidacy for the 2012 Republican nomination in June, making her one of a handful of women to run for U.S. President on a major ticket. The Tea Party favorite voted “no” to raising the U.S. debt ceiling, wants to repeal “ObamaCare” and is opposed to same-sex marriage, despite having a gay stepsister. Her Christian and family values — she and her husband Marcus homeschooled their five children and raised 23 foster children, all teenage girls — have earned her loyal supporters. However, she has so far battled questions ranging from her legitimacy to her migraine headaches and her therapist husband’s controversial counseling methods.