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Dr. Ron Paul: Bachmann’s migraines ‘a tough problem,’ but not disqualifying

Rep. Ron Paul has become the latest of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s political opponents to weigh in on revelations, first published by The Daily Caller, that the Minnesota congresswoman long suffers from stifling migraines.

“Well, sometimes, I think people think they have to know more than they need to know,” said Paul, referring to a question about whether TheDC’s reporting on Bachmann’s migraines was a fair concern. “But you should need to know what a president, you know, is capable of doing,” explained Paul. (Bachmann’s headaches: 2012 candidate challenged by history of migraines)

Paul’s comments came during a Wednesday morning radio interview with Bryan Nehman, co-host of WMAL’s “The Morning Majority Show” in Washington, D.C.

Bachmann addressed the concerns in a statement released by her campaign on Tuesday. “Let me be abundantly clear — my ability to function effectively has never been impeded by migraines and will not affect my ability to serve as commander in chief,” read the statement.

Rep. Paul, a medical doctor, explained that dealing with the painful headaches can be difficult for anyone. “I have taken care of a lot of patients with migraines, and it is pretty rough. I mean, it is a tough problem … so I have great empathy and sympathy for her if she is suffering from that,” said Paul.

“But I think it’s probably legitimate to know, and I don’t think that disqualifies somebody from running for office,” concluded Paul. “I would say [the] information is reasonable to know about.”

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