Bachmann Fades at Debate

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Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (C) (R-MN) and her husband Marcus Bachmann (L) are escorted by Fred Ryan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, as they arrive at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for the Ronald Reagan Centennial GOP Presidential Primary Debate on September 7, 2011 in Simi Valley, California. The debate is sponsored by POLITICO and NBC News.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s latest headlines are not from all the noise she’s making but rather from her lack of comments at Wednesday’s Republican debate. By some tallies, in the first 90 minutes she had spoken only five times. She focused mainly on attacking President Obama’s health-care program, saying it was “killing jobs.” But she also attacked Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s initiative to vaccinate “innocent” 12-year-old girls against HPV, a sexually transmitted cancer. Bachmann’s silence came mainly from a lack of questions by the moderators and a lack of challenges by other candidates, who wanted to focus on Perry, the newly minted frontrunner.