Sixth District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty continued their escalating war of words Monday, with Pawlenty hitting back over Bachmann's criticism last weekend of his record as governor.
The Star Tribune says the former allies are now engaged in a pitched battle to win Republican support in the critical early caucus state of Iowa. The Des Moines Register fact-checks some of their recent statements about each other.
Bachmann blasted President Obama's primetime TV address last night, calling his speech on the ongoing debt crisis "political gamesmanship." Obama urged Congress to raise the debt ceiling and adopt a "balanced approach" to eliminating the federal deficit, which Bachmann said "is code for higher taxes and spending."
A local TV news station in Illinois claims that Bachmann's campaign snubbed their request for an interview as a punishment for asking too many pointed questions about husband Marcus Bachmann's counseling business.
John Edwards, eat your heart out: Mother Jones says Bachmann's campaign has spent $4,700 on hair and makeup for the congresswoman since she entered the presidential race June 13.
The Iowa Independent describes a Sunday-morning visit by Bachmann to a church in Marion, Iowa, and offers the full (albeit muffled) audio of her address to the congregation. The church's pastor says that Bachmann was invited to provide "testimony" about her Christian faith, despite the Bible's insistence that women should not be allowed to "teach" in church.
In a statement on their website, Bachmann's former church has affirmed its belief that the pope is the antichrist, but says it harbors no "anti-Catholic bigotry" and calls it "unfair and wrong" to accuse Bachmann of having anti-Catholic views based on her time as a member of their congregation.
Finally, Bachmann will address the California Republican Party's state convention in September.