Bachmann Says Migraines Wouldn’t Hinder Presidential Performance

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said migraine headaches she experiences wouldn’t hamper her performance should she win the White House.

“Like nearly 30 million other Americans, I experience migraines that are easily controlled with medication,” the Minnesota congresswoman said today in a statement e-mailed by her campaign. “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.”

Bachmann’s migraines and use of medications to deal with them were reported today by the Daily Caller website. The story also said the condition has led to at least three hospital stays for her. The Bachmann statement didn’t respond to the report of hospital stays.

In a statement headlined “Bachmann Responds to Migraine Reports,” she said the condition has not kept her from maintaining a robust schedule as she seeks her party’s 2012 presidential nomination.

“Since entering the campaign, I have maintained a full schedule between my duties as a congresswoman and as a presidential candidate traveling across the nation to meet with voters in the key, early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina,” she said. “I have prescription medication that I take whenever symptoms arise and they keep the migraines under control.”

Bachmann, 55, said she didn’t want the matter to become a distraction from her campaign.

“While I appreciate the concern for me and my health, the greater concern should be the debate that is occurring in Washington over whether or not we will increase our debt, spending and taxes,” she said.

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