Campaign 2010

Oct 24, 2008

Sources Say Michele Bachmann Plans to Air TV Apology

According to Politico Congresswoman Michele Bachmann plans to televise a blatantly political apology ad for calling Senator Obama and other Democrats "anti-American" - a tactic that has a history of backfiring as it did last month against Congressman Tom Feeney.   


Before Congressman Tom Feeney (R-FL) aired a television ad apologizing to voters for his close ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the race was in a dead heat, with Feeney slightly leading Democratic challenger Suzanne Kosmos 43-42 percent. [Hamilton Camps poll conducted 9/11-9/14/08] But polling conducted  shortly after the ad began airing showed that voters found his apology to be politically motivated and gave Kosmos a 23 percent lead (58 - 35 percent).  [Greenberg-Quinlan poll conducted 10/14 - 10/15/08].   

"The only remaining question is whether or not Michele Bachmann will dig herself in deeper by attacking El Tinklenberg's character or if she has finally learned her lesson," said Carrie James regional press secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  



Bachmann tapes apology ad
By Josh Kraushaar and Patrick O'Connor
October 24, 2008


Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has taped an advertisement apologizing for her televised comments calling Barack Obama anti-American, according to a Republican source familiar with her campaign's decision.


Bachmann campaign spokeswoman Michelle Marston said the campaign will be airing a new advertisement this afternoon, but declined to comment specifically on whether Bachmann would be apologizing in the spot.


"You'll just have to wait and see," Marston said.


The move comes as polling, both public and internal, shows Bachmann rapidly losing ground in her re-election bid. A University of Minnesota poll released today shows Bachmann trailing her Democratic opponent, Elwyn Tinklenberg, 45 to 43 percent. Those numbers are consistent with an automated SurveyUSA poll showing Bachmann trailing Tinklenberg, 47 to 44 percent.


Tinklenberg has been referencing Bachmann's comments in his own advertising this week. His latest ad, airing across the district, replays her controversial "Hardball" gaffe.


"Michele Bachmann represents the worst of Washington, even questioning the patriotism of others in Congress," the ad says. "General Colin Powell called her comments nonsense."


Bachmann isn't the only House Republican ensnared by controversy to make a televised apology. Last month, Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.) apologized for his past involvement with jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Polls show him badly trailing Democrat Suzanne Kosmas.


Another Florida congressman, Democrat Tim Mahoney, involved in a sex scandal, apologized for his misconduct to a local television reporter.


-- Josh Kraushaar and Patrick O'Connor