Politics

Bachmann had migraine on day of debate disappearance

Will Rahn Senior Editor

Kent Soronsen, the director of Michele Bachmann’s ill-fated campaign in Iowa, says that the Minnesota Rep. suffered a migraine on August 11 — the same day she mysteriously left the stage in the middle of a Republican debate.

Soronsen told The Des Moines Register that migraines sidelined Bachmann twice on the campaign trail. One headache required her senior staff to quietly send a doctor to her hotel room. The other, on August 11, forced Bachmann to cancel an event with a state senator. Full election coverage from The Daily Caller

According to Sorensen, the campaign worked to keep both migraine episodes under wraps.

The Daily Caller reported in July that Bachmann suffers from frequent and sometimes debilitating migraines.

“She has terrible migraine headaches,” an advisor told TheDC at the time. “And they put her out of commission for a day or more at a time. They come out of nowhere, and they’re unpredictable. “

“They level her,” the advisor continued. “They put her down. It’s actually sad. It’s very painful.”

In response, Bachmann acknowledged the issue but insisted that that the condition did not affect her ability to serve.

“I have prescription medication that I take whenever symptoms arise and they keep the migraines under control,” Bachmann said in a statement to reporters. “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.”

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