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New York Times looks at Bachmann’s misstatements

There’s been no shortage of stories about Michele Bachmann’s propensity for being a little loose with the facts in some of her speeches and pronouncements, but now the New York Times expounds on it for a wider audience.

The story focuses on her statement that the vaccine against a sexually transmitted virus is linked to “mental retardation.”

The story says even those close to the candidate cringe when she says such things:

People close to the campaign … spoke of their frustration that Mrs. Bachmann, who entered the race with a reputation for making unsupportable statements on cable television, has not found the discipline to win credibility with major Republican donors and influential referees in the conservative news media.

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, for one, accused her of “vaccine demagoguery.”

Jim Dyke, a former communications director for the Republican National Committee unaffiliated with any candidate, said:

“This is the nail in the coffin in her campaign. Because you can be a cable television darling by saying provocative things, but you can’t be president of the United States.”

But some supporters aren’t worried; they like her passion:

“Maybe she’s a little passionate, but she’s not scripted,” said Kent Sorenson, an Iowa state senator who is chairman of her campaign there. “She’s real. I think people are fed up with these politicians who are so scripted that you don’t know who they are.”

The story reminds readers of her previous boo-boos: confusing the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birth with his death, and the Soviet Union with Russia. And there was John Wayne (Gacy).

Those “flubs,” though, pale in comparison to the bigger political assertions, like the vaccine flap, and her untrue claim that President Obama’s trip to India cost $200 million a day.

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