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AP: Bachmann book details past, politics

Michele Bachmann’s memoir “Core of Conviction,” on sale Monday, tells of Bachmann’s rise through the political ranks and brings readers right up to her current, flagging run for president. 
The Associated Press got a copy of the book, which describ

Michele Bachmann’s memoir “Core of Conviction,” on sale Monday, tells of Bachmann’s rise through the political ranks and brings readers right up to her current, flagging run for president. 

The Associated Press got a copy of the book, which describes her early life growing up in Iowa and details the “speedbumps” she’s encountered in her public life.

One came in 1999 when the stay-at-home-mom and “retired” tax lawyer decided to run for school board out of frustration over new state education standards. She aligned herself with four others hoping to shake up the Stillwater board, all of whom were campaign novices.

“What a mistake,” Bachmann writes, noting they all lost. …

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Bachmann’s other near-miss came in 2008 when she was trying for a second term in Congress. She almost derailed herself by going on cable TV and questioning then-Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s patriotism, urging the media to “do a penetrating expose” on elected officials to determine if they are “pro-America or anti-America.”

Her Democratic opponent instantly saw a gusher of campaign cash, and Bachmann reveals her internal polling tumbled — a 13-point lead becoming a four-point deficit. Advisers were urging her to film a TV ad apologizing. Bachmann went part way, saying in an ad that she “may not always get my words right” and decided to reassure supporters she would stick by principles.

Bachmann narrowly hung on.

The book is written very much in the moment, and it includes her justification for running for president.

“So this is Obama’s pattern. It’s a pattern of gangster government And it has spread widely, it’s malefic stain infiltrating the entire federal establishment,” she writes, according to excerpts. “My campaign plan is simple. I am going to say true things.”

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com