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In New Ad, Bachmann Discusses but Doesn’t Apologize for Patriotism Flap

In her latest television ad, which began airing Friday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) discusses – but does not apologize for – her incendiary comments on a cable news show last week. “I may not always get my words right, but I know that my heart is right,” she says in the ad, looking straight into the camera. “Because my heart is for you, your children and the blessings of liberty to remain for our great country.” The ad is airing just one week after Bachmann made her infamous comments on the cable news show “Hardball,” where she suggested that Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and his wife were unpatriotic and that the media should inquire whether some of her Congressional colleagues were “anti-America.” Bachmann’s highly publicized remarks set off a media firestorm this week, enabling her opponent, former state Transportation Commissioner El Tinklenberg (D), to raise more than $1.3 million – more than he has raised so far for this entire election cycle. Sensing an opportunity, the independent expenditure arm of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee invested almost $900,000 into the district this week. Once thought to be a safe bet for re-election, Bachmann now appears to be in a competitive race, according to a public survey from this week. A SurveyUSA poll of 621 likely voters taken Oct. 20-21 gave Tinklenberg an edge over Bachmann, 47 percent to 44 percent, with 6 percent preferring a third-party candidate. The automated poll was paid for by a local news outlet.

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