Michele Bachmann Flees Liberal Arts Students

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With her campaign looking less and less robust by the day, Michele Bachmann did not do much to reassure her supporters on Tuesday. The congresswoman was scheduled to give a fund-raising speech in the hayloft of an Iowa pumpkin farm, but she abruptly canceled the talk when a few dozen local Campus Democrats showed up to wave signs ("John Wayne Quincy Adams — Our Greatest Forefather") and maybe ask her some show-offy questions. “We really weren’t hoping to heckle her or anything,” insisted one Grinnell College student. With what sounds like some degree of earnestness, another explained: "I would’ve liked to hear her and hear her rationale for what she believes and why she deserves my vote, because it’s my first time to vote." In comments to the press — who had previously been encouraged to inform the community of her appearance — Bachmann said she'd decided against speaking because, “This was never intended to be a big public event." [Des Moines Register via Politico]