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Intro: "Presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann says she has the highest endorsement she can get: an endorsement from above. The Minnesota congresswoman said she received a 'calling' to enter the 2012 presidential race."

Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks at the Conservative Political Action conference in Washington, DC, 02/10/11. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks at the Conservative Political Action conference in Washington, DC, 02/10/11. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Michele Bachmann: "God Calling on Me to Run"

By Christine Roberts, NY Daily News

01 June 11


residential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann says she has the highest endorsement she can get: an endorsement from above.

The Minnesota congresswoman said she received a "calling" to enter the 2012 presidential race. She spoke in an interview with Iowa Public Television on Friday.

"Well, every decision that I make, I pray about, as does my husband, and I can tell you, yes, I've had that calling and that tugging on my heart that this is the right thing to do," Bachmann said.

Bachmann says she experienced a similar type of spiritual guidance in 2006 when she ran for Congress from Minnesota.

"God then called me to run for the United States Congress. And I thought, what in the world would that be for? And my husband said, "You need to do this," Bachmann said at The Living Word Christian Center, a megachurch in Minnesota, during her campaign.

Though the Tea Party darling will not announce whether she'll make a run for the Oval Office until a rally in Waterloo, Iowa, in June, Bachmann went on a media blitz this week, sparking further speculation that she is gearing up for the 2012 race.

Bachmann said she is running for President "because we need a person who is going to stand up to Obamacare" at a GOP event in New Hampshire on Monday night, as reported by the Washington Post.

She also asserted that there is room for her in the race during an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday.

Reiterating her comments from last week, she said that she views former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has yet to make a decision, as a "friend," not a "competitor."

"I compare myself to Barack Obama, not any other of the Republican candidates," she said.

Despite Bachmann's "calling," a CNN poll shows that she is not exactly a top contender. Only 7% of those polled said they would support Bachmann for the Republican nomination.

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+37 # Lulie 2011-06-01 17:16
This is really scary. Not that Bachmann would run for president, but that even 7% of people would vote for her!
+20 # Terre 2011-06-01 23:06
I think Michelle got that message from "god" backwards.
+4 # billy bob 2011-06-02 13:34
Just like the "son of sam" did.
+8 # Adoregon 2011-06-03 00:56
So, seven percent of [U.S.] people, along with Bachmann, are delusional and subject to magical thinking. I surmise the figure is likely higher.

Palin, a top three contender wit Mitt und Rudy?

We descend into a Hunter Thompsonesque "Fear and Loathing" on the 2012 campaign trail of hallucinatory faux democracy.

The circus may have come to town, but it sure seems like a side show.
+7 # RSJ 2011-06-03 04:53
This is apparently the same god that tells various anti-choice wingnuts to kill doctors, violating the First Commandment; informed Junior Bush that he should run for president and start two wars; condones taking from the poor to give to the rich; instructs C Street inhabitants on how to cover up for their GOP roommates adultery and malfeasance; blames floods and hurricanes on gay parades and feminists; and enjoins Christians to bear false witness to protect members of the 'party of Jesus.'

The question is: How are they so sure this is their Judeo/Christian God and not that angel he cast out of heaven?
+26 # Kayjay 2011-06-01 17:50
I always thought that real christians never got involved in politics. I always hoped there was a solid division between church and state in this nation. Well... if she runs, there will a need for BIG tithing plates!
+27 # rm 2011-06-01 18:36
God help us!!!!!
+27 # btbees 2011-06-01 22:42
OMG - This is worse than God telling George Bush to invade Iraq.
+17 # wilhelmscream 2011-06-02 07:58
I remember that. George was full of it like
Michele Bachmann
+10 # DPM 2011-06-01 22:46
He is, rm. He is getting Bachmann to run. How much more help can we use?
+8 # rm 2011-06-02 06:42
DPM -- that's what I'm worried about. I think all the Republican presidents since Reagan have believed that God called them to the job. Daddy Bush was the least explicit about this. Reagan mentioned it sometimes, even though he never appeared to believe in God at any other time. His God was only there to tell him that he should be president.

Baby Bush was totally God driven. I guess Bachmann will be the same.

Americans get the politicians they deserve. I guess they deserve Bachmann.
+23 # PhilO 2011-06-01 23:10
Actually, she misunderstood. God asked her to run *away*... well, not actually 'run away', but 'go away'. Please, just go away Michele.
+35 # CL38 2011-06-01 23:15
"Presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann says she has the highest endorsement she can get: an endorsement from above."

That's what George Bush said, and we all know how that turned out!
+15 # sharag 2011-06-01 23:18
Holy S#%*!!!!
+23 # Not Confused 2011-06-01 23:38
She truly is clinically mentally ill.
+31 # GTrout 2011-06-01 23:46
Ain't it just amazin' how it seems God never speaks to one of these sociopathic egomaniacs to say "Shut up, go sit in the corner and leave everyone else alone!"
+15 # Ralph Averill 2011-06-02 02:40
As if the creator of the universe and everything in it gives a damn who runs for President of the US of A on tiny little planet Earth.
+15 # Larry 2011-06-02 02:56
Yes, of course the enraptured Saint Michelle was called. Unfortunately, her call was disconnected before the divine injunction could be revealed in its entirety. The rest of it has been clearly heard by the 93%, i.e., sane portion of the electorate, who are called to vote for anyone but this deluded fanatic. His will be done. Amen.
+2 # billy bob 2011-06-02 13:46
She may be "enraptured", but she wasn't raptured.

That happened a few weeks ago, so anyone left on this planet really has no business acting holier than thou around the rest of us. bachmann will have to face the same tribulation the rest of us will. Maybe her REAL "calling" wasn't from above, but below. The rapture already happened, so maybe she's one of the 4 horsewomen of the appocalypse. Personally, I think she's the red one who brings war. I would have thought it was george the second, but he left office BEFORE the rapture a few weeks ago, so it COULDN'T have been him.
+20 # George Bush was call 2011-06-02 05:22
George Bush was called by God to go into Iraq and Afghanistan and look at the mess America is in right now.. Muslim fanatics are called by their gods, too.
+4 # applequeen 2011-06-02 07:13
Muslims have only one God, which is Allah.
+4 # billy bob 2011-06-02 13:39
Same God as the Christian's and Jew's, just a different name.
+5 # wilhelmscream 2011-06-02 08:03
She's a GD liar
+14 # Todd Williams 2011-06-02 05:58
Damn! Too bad the Rapture didn't come off like promised. We could have gotten rid of Bachmann, Palin, Pawlenty, Huckabee and a whole slew of fools. This would have left us liberals solidly in control. What a party we could have had!
-9 # RCW 2011-06-02 06:26
Good morning, Kayjay, I believe that it is a good idea to let God decide who is a "real Christian," or a real anything for that watter, since our human judgment is so easily distorted. You will perhaps remember in your Bible that the Hebrew prophets had a lot to say about justice, e.g. Amos, and neither Jesus nor Paul were completely apolitical. You and I probably agree in not wanting a state sponsored view of God, but that does not mean that Christians need to remain aloof for social justice. In fact, such concern is an integral part of our responsibility as believers.
+8 # billy bob 2011-06-02 13:38
I'm sure you agree that a real Christian would endorse single-payer and think we need to cut military spending quite a bit to pay for social programs as well, right? I'm sure a real Christian would also endorse raising taxes on the rich as well, right?
+21 # feloneouscat 2011-06-02 06:28
Apparently God is only concerned about Michelle Bachmann as not once did she even MENTION the people of the United States (which is kinda the point of being President - to help the rest of the people).

Seems her "god" is only concerned about Michelle Bachmann.
+3 # RSJ 2011-06-03 05:04
I wonder, between two sanctimonious blowhards like Palin and Bachmann, which one God will choose to play Joan of Arc against Obama in 2012? Of course, Sarah will probably not run, preferring her pile of pious loot to the stress of a national political campaign, but Michele will. Perhaps Bachmann will consult with Harold Camping for a good excuse on why God would call her to run and then let her come in a distant fifth in New Hampshire. Cosmic jest maybe?
+9 # in deo veritas 2011-06-02 06:55
Like the rest of the prospective Repug nominees, her "god" is money. In His own good time, the Almighty will give these hypocritical imposters what they deserve. It is too bad that she and Palin are making such a negative impression that it is very doubtful that we will see a female president for a long time if ever since there are very qualified ladies amongst us.
+4 # RSJ 2011-06-03 05:06
Pride goeth before a fall and these characters are anything but humble. Can you imagine the ego: "God told me to run for president." That's right, he couldn't find anyone better.
+8 # Dale 2011-06-02 08:09
I once thought that most all people from Minnesota were quite, decent folk with parents and grandparents immigrants from Sweden and Norway and advocates of a progressive social democracy, only on Christmas paying a visit to the Lutheran church, and certainly never being called to destiny by God. This person is indecent and if called by any spirit it is not God but the Devil.
+4 # billy bob 2011-06-02 13:51
She doesn't represent Minnesota. She represents one extremely right wing district of upper middle class exclusively white suburbs. The state averages out to be slightly Democratic with a lot of good liberals and a good history of that. It also harbors some of the most rabid right-wing nuts you can imagine. It's like most states in that regard.
+7 # Kootenay Coyote 2011-06-02 08:13
God is a Republican???? I used to think He had better taste, but after His endorsement of W Bush & the Iraq War, I guess anything goes....
0 # RSJ 2011-06-03 05:07
You have to set up the pins before you can knock them down.
+11 # kurt 2011-06-02 08:41
even if god wants her to run, doesn't mean god wants her to win. maybe god's just setting her up for a reality check.
+6 # rockieball 2011-06-02 08:55
Now Bachmann With this group running the comics have a decade of material. The belong to a party where the nuts hunt the squirrels.
+3 # RSJ 2011-06-03 05:09
I believe God does favor comedians over politicians -- just look at the current field of GOP candidates. ;)
+11 # fredboy 2011-06-02 09:03
Those voices in your head aren't God, honey. May want to see a shrink...
+9 # JerryC 2011-06-02 09:18
It is clear to me that God finds her candidacy as amusing as I do. She told me so.
+4 # Saberoff 2011-06-02 09:26
Did He mention me?
+7 # yalambi 2011-06-02 10:03
Is Michelle trying to be a bigger Bimbo than Sarah ??? OMG !!! It certainly looks that way !!! God told me in a celestial revelation to tell her to STFU !!!!!
+10 # Jim Rocket 2011-06-02 12:56
Of course Bachmann is a good Christian. She loves poor people so much she wants to create more of them.
+8 # Flashman 2011-06-02 13:39
A candidate as ignorant of history as Bachmann is sure to repeat it with disastrous results. She shouldn't even be allowed to *walk* for president.
+1 # David Harris 2011-06-02 13:54
Poor Jesus. God has turned away toward Michelle. How could He be so fickle?
+3 # Dave_s Not Here 2011-06-02 14:33
What a wing-dang-doodl e! She ought to be in a rubber room for her own protection.
+3 # angelfish 2011-06-02 17:07
If she heard the voice of God telling her to "Run", HE probably meant for her to "Run, get away as fast as you can! You're gonna REALLY regret wasting all that money on an election you can't win"! I mean, HE called on her to run for Congress and what happened? She became a JOKE to Most Americans who have working brain cells, Comic Relief for the hard times we live in. She and Sarah Palin DO provide a little amusement for the harried and overworked American, don't you think? A VERY little, but a little, none the less! So, go ahead and RUN Michele, We need to keep our Spirits up in these hard, hard times! After all, "A little laughter now and then, is relished by the best of men"!
+1 # Wotan 2011-06-03 09:11
I agree with all that you say. But, we do
not know the gender of God. God could be a
woman for all we know.
+2 # Wotan 2011-06-03 09:09
George W. once said in a speech that he listened to God and did God's bidding. We
never did hear the text of what God told
him to do. Now, M. Bachmann has admitted
to receiving a "Calling". I wish she would
divulge in what form the calling came. Of
course she is being very politically savvy.
There are lots of kooks out there that will take her as being divinely inspired
+5 # poosta7 2011-06-03 11:44
"god wants me to run for the presidency": the jaw dropping arrogance of an intellectually challenged self absorbed xt she will claim that god wants her to be...God.
+1 # Kazr 2011-06-03 16:53
This great news for the poor deluded voters of Minnesota's 6th district. But in reality knowing her, God also told her to keep her name on the congressional ballot in case he changed his mind.
+2 # Foxtrottango 2011-06-06 08:28
Poor God, so close to Michelle Bachmann, so far from heaven. Michelle Backmann is competing with Satan on antagonizing God.

In reality, she is feeding on the dumb superstitious brain-washed right wing Christians.

And it works only in the USA. It has become a nation of stupid ignorant arrogant superstitious Christian fools!
0 # Debbie Jordan 2011-08-30 07:23
I really have an issue with all of the candidates who say they are Christians and then talk and act like they are not. If your comment about the earthquake and hurricane were serious then shame on you. Who gave you permission to speak fir God? If, as you say, it was a joke, that is even worse. You can joke about people's lives and homes. The hateful way all of you are talking in order to get votes is despicable! You have lost this Republican's vote and if the others are smart you will not get theirs either. A disgruntled Republican and very sad Christian. Debbie Jordan

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