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Cancer-Ridden Singer Should Mend Her Lesbian Ways

Singer Melissa Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 – but don't worry about her, said Bachmann. The "physical disease" should allow Etheridge, who is a lesbian, to "now be open to some spiritual things" including, ideally, going straight. [Listen: Edwatch]

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Iran Plotting to Partition Iraq

 In 2007, Bachmann offered a fresh take on the situation in Iraq:  Iran, she said, had "already decided that they’re going to partition Iraq… And half of Iraq, the western, northern portion of Iraq, is going to be called…. the Iraq State of Islam, something like that. And I’m sorry, I don’t have the official name, but it’s meant to be the training ground for the terrorists. There’s already an agreement made." [ThinkProgress]

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Calls for Probe of Anti-American Democrats in Congress

Weeks before the 2008 election, Bachmann appeared on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews. Bachmann voiced her dissatisfaction with soon-to-be-President Obama's "anti-American" associations, which prompted Matthews to ask if there were members of Congress she found to be "anti-American" as well. She responded:  "What I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look. I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out if they are pro-America or anti-America."

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Slams Michelle Obama’s ‘Hard-Left’ Breastfeeding Agenda

Bachmann took to the Laura Ingraham radio show in early 2011 to rail against Michelle Obama's support for a tax break on breast pumps, a move that Bachmann said was "very consistent with where the hard left is coming from." "For them," she said, "government is the answer to every problem. I've given birth to five babies and I breast fed every single one of these babies. To think that government has to go out and buy my breast pump for my babies? You wanna talk about the nanny state, I think you just got a new definition." [NY Daily News]

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‘CO2 Is A Natural Byproduct of Nature!’

Bachmann argued on the House floor – on Earth Day 2009, no less – against regulating carbon dioxide, since it's "natural." She said, "Carbon dioxide, Mister Speaker, is a natural byproduct of nature… It occurs in Earth. … So necessary is it to human life, to animal life, to plant life, to the oceans, to the vegetation that’s on the Earth, to the, to the fowl that – that flies in the air, we need to have carbon dioxide as part of the fundamental lifecycle of Earth."

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Obama Runs a ‘Gangster Government’

Bachmann wasn't too fond of the government bailouts of GM and Chrysler, slamming President Obama for presiding over a "gangster government." "We have gangster government when the Federal Government has set up a new cartel and private businesses now have to go begging with their hand-out to their local – hopefully well politically connected – Congressman or their Senator so they can buy a peace offering for that local business."

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Democrats and Swine Flu: ‘An Interesting Coincidence’

In an April 2009 interview, Bachmann said: "It was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. And I'm not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it's an interesting coincidence." Unfortunately for Bachmann, the earlier swine flu outbreak she mentioned occurred in 1976 – under Republican President Gerald Ford. [Politifact]

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Obamacare Critics Could Be Denied Treatment

"In Japan, people have stopped voicing their opinion on health care," said Bachmann in February 2010. There are things that are wrong with Japanese health care, but people are afraid of voiciing … [because] they know that would get on a list and they wouldn’t get health care. They wouldn’t get in. They wouldn’t get seen. And so people are afraid. They’re afraid to speak back to government. They’re afraid to say anything.’ Is that what we want for our future? That takes us to gangster government at that point and absolute abject corruption." [Minnesota Independent

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Big Brother’s Lightbulb Ban

Bachmann thinks that "Thomas Edison did a pretty patriotic thing for this country by inventing the lightbulb," and she'll be damned if the government gets in the way of you buying one. The government will mandate that lightbulb manufacturers create more energy-efficient bulbs beginning in 2012 and, to Bachmann, this bipartisan-supported bill is unacceptable. In a speech earlier this year, Bachmann said, "I think darn well, you New Hampshirites, if you want to buy Thomas Edison’s wonderful invention, you should be able to! The government has no business telling an individual what kind of lightbulb to buy." [Philadelphia Inquirer]

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