Bachmann’s Presidential Campaign Launch Makes Headlines, and Not the Good Kind

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Michele Bachmann has only been in the race for President (officially) since yesterday, but she’s already battling lots of negative press.

She closed out her Waterloo, IA presidential campaign launch yesterday by having the Tom Petty song “American Girl” play her off. Tom Petty was none too happy and now his peeps have sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Bachmann camp asking them to refrain from such behavior in the future.

This, of course, happened after she kind of mixed up Western movie star and Oscar winner John Wayne with serial killer John Wayne Gacy. She was on CNN American Morning to make it clear that she’s not perfect, but she was a lawyer and a small business owner and knows how to fix the country.

It’s not just her own words that are making the wrong kind of headlines. Her former chief of staff wrote a column for the Des Moines Register saying she’s not ready to be President. And Politico is picking apart her legislative record (it’s slim pickin’s), saying that she’s chosen “to be more of a bomb thrower than a legislator.”

But according to that Politico story, her ability to speak the same language as conservative Republicans is more important. And polls have tied her with Mitt Romney, the frontrunner.

The Washington Post uses a head-to-head between Bachmann and Sarah Palin to point out what else Bachmann has going for her. And, BTW, when she ended a speech in New Hampshire today, she played “Hail to the Chief,” which is usually what is played for the President.