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              FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. While Iowa and New Hampshire get the bulk of their attention, Republican presidential candidates are starting to step up their activity in Nevada, the state that votes next in the string of nominating contests and whose caucuses could scramble the GOP race.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Bachmann catches heat over accusations she advocated Obama impeachment

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Amanda Carey
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Minnesota congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is catching heat Tuesday for what first seemed like an affirmative response to an Iowa supporter who suggested President Barack Obama should be impeached.

Headlines like “Bachmann Says Obama Should be Impeached” were peppered across political news sites Wednesday morning.  To be sure, Bachmann has a self-imposed track record of making eyebrow-raising gaffes, but the exchange at Uncle Nancy’s coffee shop in Newton, Iowa deserves a second look.

Video of the incident shows a supporter approached a surrounded Bachmann and asked, “When will we impeach him and get him out of the way?” She replied with, “Well, I’ll tell you, I’ll tell you, I agree, I agree. Some people are really upset.”

The recording never shows Bachmann saying the president should be impeached. It shows a clearly busy Bachmann trying to work the room and speak to supporters. Her answer appears to be a polite brush-off.

Bachmann spokeswoman Alice Stewart told The Daily Caller that the campaign is sticking to its version of what happened.

“Michele was not saying the president should be impeached. She’s referring to what the gentleman said earlier, agreeing with him that people are frustrated with President Obama,” said Stewart.

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