Bachmann Fades at Debate

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.