Bachmann: New Hampshire's Similar to Minnesota Because "We're a Caucus State, Also"

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March 14 2011 9:12 AM

Bachmann: New Hampshire's Similar to Minnesota Because "We're a Caucus State, Also"

Shawn Millerick does a video interview with Rep. Michele Bachmann in New Hampshire, asking a somewhat tricky question about whether she favors Minnesota moving up its primary, and getting two off-key answers.

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 


First, Bachmann says she hasn't heard anything about the debate in Minnesota, which has been going on for a couple of weeks, about moving its caucus up to February 7, which would make it leapfrog New Hampshire. "This is something that is news to me," she says, "that there would be a changing on caucuses."

Second, Bachmann expands on this thought by musing about the similarities between her state and the Granite State.

What I love about New Hampshire is, very similar to Minnesota -- we're a caucus state, also -- and in our state, we win votes by going from living room to living room and making a case living room to living room.

Actually, I give Bachmann the benefit of the doubt and hear her crashing two ideas into one another -- "also" doesn't mean "New Hampshire is also a caucus state," it means "here's one thing that makes politics in my big sprawling state similar to politics in this small state." But it's sort of weird. It has been well established, up to this point in the conversation, that Minnesota is a caucus state.

This interview came during the New Hampshire trip that produced a bona fide Bachmann mistake -- her statement, made twice, that the battle of Lexington and Concord happened in New Hampshire.* (It's a token of Bachmann's ability to make news that this article, published on Saturday night, has around 3,000 Facebook "likes." Lots of liberal readers took time away from their weekends to gawk.)

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 



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