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Sunday Study Guide: Bachmann, Branstad, Murphy, Martin, Todd

Meet the Candidate: Michele Bachmann

  • The New Yorker profiled Bachmann and warned, "Part of what’s so appealing about her is that she speaks passionately and off the cuff. But she often seems to speak before she thinks, garbles words, mixes up history, or says things that don’t make sense. At some point, when more people are paying attention, she might go just a bit too far."
  • The New York Times assesses Bachmann's primary challenge in 2012: "While her credibility with the Tea Party movement may be her biggest asset, it may also be a hindrance in attracting independent voters and party regulars in the Republican primary."
  • Despite hundreds of comments about the similarities between tea party darling Michele Bachmann and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the Washington Post has this "laundry list" of reasons they're different.  
  • Minnesota Public Radio profiled Bachmann and quoted the Minnesota State GOP Chairman who talked about Bachmann's state Senate win: "The way she got elected to the state Senate and the first time she was endorsed - it was very spontaneous... she shows up in jeans and a sweatshirt and takes out an 18-year Republican senator and beats him in the primary."

Roundtable: Gov. Branstad, Murphy, Robinson, Martin, Todd

  • Politico reports that Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad thinks Texas Gov. Rick Perry would be a "strong candidate in the caucuses if he enters the race.
  • While running for Governor in 2010, the Des Moines Register said, "Branstad, 63, is returning to the campaign trail older and grayer but with the same razor-sharp memory for names, places and dates he was known for as the Iowa GOP's leading figure in the 1980s and 1990s."
  • In a recent article for TIME Magazine, Mike Murphy writes that a "Bachmann candidacy is catnip for the social-conservative wing of the GOP." Watch Murphy's last appearance on MTP
  • In his latest column about the debt deal, Eugene Robinson writes in the Washington Post that "It’s supremely galling. It’s unbalanced, unfair and mostly unwise. For President Obama and the Democratic Party, it’s a comprehensive defeat. But it’s not the end of the world. Watch Robinson's last appearance on MTP
  • Politico's Jonathan Martin writes in his latest column about the Obama re-elect campaign. He writes, "Barack Obama’s aides and advisers are preparing to center the president’s reelection campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background."
  • NBC's Chuck Todd reports in firstread.msnbc.com that, "The White House feels like they’re being defined and boxed in by emergency after emergency.. But at some point, you have to make your own luck, right?" Watch Todd's last appearance on MTP

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