Bachmann Daily Beat: Book Deal, Florida Travels and 'Wet People'
A daily roundup of news and commentary about U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Sixth-district congresswoman and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has a book deal.
Bachmann's memoir, which has already been written and is due for release in November, will "share previously untold stories" about her life. As the Associated Press notes, memoirs have become standard fare for modern presidential campaigns.
The New York Times has the lastest on Bachmann's campaign travels in Florida, where she spent much of yesterday courting Cuban-American voters. Her declaration that she would be open to drilling for oil in the Everglades has some Floridians confused; apparently, it's not a normal topic of discussion in the state.
Celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton posted a video purporting to show Bachmann exclaiming "Who likes white people!?" during an appearance at a Christian music festival. It turns out the tape was deceptively edited; Bachmann actually said, "Who likes wet people?" — an apparent reference to the inclement weather outside. The conservative blogger who took the original video called the Perez Hilton post a "vicious smear" using "pirated" video.
A spokeswoman for Bachmann's campaign told a correspondant for a liberal blog site that Bachmann was just joking about God communicating to politicians via earthquakes and hurricanes. Politico notes that video from the event seems to confirm that she made the comments in a lighthearted way.
Finally, Mitt Romney is apparently having trouble raising campaign cash from conservative Jewish donors because some of them believe, wrongly, that Bachmann is Jewish.