Boy, that Michele Bachmann sure does have a way with words. If only she'd scrutinize her fiery talking points to ensure they don't run astray of the facts.
In an e-mail sent to her Iowa supporters Tuesday morning, Bachmann wrote: "Iowans understand the facts at stake -- our nation is headed for disaster under President Obama and the only way to undo the damage is by electing a consistent conservative to Washington. Friend, it’s time to elect and send an Iowan to the White House!"
Bachmann seems to have forgotten about one of Iowa's most famous presidents when making that statement. Herbert Hoover, the nation's 31st president, was born in West Branch. You can still visit his boyhood home, and even his gravesite there. Most grade-schoolers in Iowa still take field trips there.
And then there's Franklin Roosevelt's vice president, Henry Wallace. He was born in Adair County. And Ronald Reagan. He may not have been born here, but after spending four years as a radio personality with WHO in the 1930s, Iowans still claim him as one of their own.
It's not the first Iowa-themed flub for the Minnesota Congresswoman. On the eve of the announcement of her bid for president, Bachmann told reporters, "I want [voters] to know, just like John Wayne is from Waterloo, Iowa, that's the spirit I have too."
Actually, the iconic screen legend was not from Waterloo, but Winterset. John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer, was born in Waterloo. Oops!
U.S. history is not Bachmann's forte, either. In a speech to the Republican Liberty Caucus in New Hampshire in March, she was quoted as saying: “What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love of liberty. You’re the state where the shot heard round the world in Lexington and Concord."
The 1776 battles of Lexington and Concord occurred in Massachusetts.
Bet Mitt Romney knew that.
Bachmann Chided for Getting Political Facts Wrong, Too
According to Politifact.com, Bachmann has a history of saying all the wrong things, especially when it comes to her competition. Of the 53 statements the site has fact-checked, 38 are considered "false," "mostly false" or "pants on fire" which basically means, well, she's wrong. Really wrong.
In the Dec. 15 debate in Sioux City, Bachmann argued that "my facts are accurate." In a post from FactCheck.org, her statements were once again proven - you guessed it - incorrect.
On "Meet the Press" Sunday, the presidential candidate had a couple of exchanges with host David Gregory over the validity of her statements on Social Security and the debt. Among the inaccuracies:
- Bachmann said she didn't support the payroll tax cut because "it denied $111 billion to the Social Security trust fund" and "put senior citizens at risk." That's false. The shortfall will be covered by the government's general fund.
Bachmann's poll numbers have steadily slipped in recent months, now sitting in single digits. She failed to land a conservative religious group's endorsement today, and another round of fact-checking gaffes only addes to her problems with the caucuses two weeks from today.