July 20th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Should Michele Bachmann's health be an issue in the race for president?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Michele Bachmann's on a roll. A new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll found the Minnesota congresswoman in second place among Republican candidates for president, behind only front-runner Mitt Romney. It's the second national poll to put her in second place, and she's come out on top of three of the four most recent polls of likely Iowa caucusgoers, too.
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But her surge in the polls could be coming to a screeching halt. Online news site the Daily Caller reported Tuesday that Bachmann suffers from chronic, debilitating migraine headaches. At times, the migraines have been bad enough that she has had to be taken to a hospital to be treated for them. Three anonymous former aides to Bachmann who spoke to the Daily Caller recalled incidents where she couldn't work and missed House votes because of her condition. Another former staffer told Politico that it's common for Bachmann to retreat to her private office, close the door and shut the lights off – sometimes for hours – to wait for a migraine to pass.

From the campaign trail in South Carolina on Tuesday, Bachmann admitted that she does suffer from migraines and that she takes medication to treat them. But she downplayed the condition and said it does not interfere with her work. And, she said, the headaches have not interfered with her busy schedule as a candidate. But the race has only just begun.

On Wednesday, the Bachmann campaign released a note from her doctor acknowledging her migraines and saying that her overall general health is good.

The news is bad timing for Bachmann, who, despite making gains in polls recently, has been under fire from gay rights groups over her husband's Christian counseling business as well as the "marriage vow" agreement she signed. The agreement was written by a conservative group that opposes gay marriage. Social issues dog candidates on both sides of the aisle in any election, and some candidates are able to overcome them. But serious and potentially debilitating health issues are a different story. Ask Tom Eagleton.

Here’s my question to you: Should Michele Bachmann's health be an issue in the race for president?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Paul in Austin, Texas:
Although I am not a huge fan of Bachmann, I do not see a real issue with her health. All we need to do is look back to JFK and FDR. They both had major health problems and most of us really didn't know any details until after both had left us. Isn't that what a Vice President is for - to replace the President when and while too ill to give 100% to the position?

Lisa in Shelton, Connecticut:
Her history of treatment for migraines is simply a sign of a slow news day; this will be unlikely to affect the campaign. However, her candidacy and blunders give me a headache.

Gary in Minnesota:
Bachmann's migraines are not an issue. Her mental stability is the issue. I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bachmann only sounds cogent in very short doses. Beyond that, as you will all see, she is quite off her rocker. I hope she is wildly successful within her party. It will be great entertainment and an insurance policy for President Obama.

Of course, since she says that it's from stress. What do you think the Commander-in-Chief's job would be? Maybe her husband could pray the headaches away?

David in Tampa:
These things can be so severe as to be incapacitating for hours at least. I used to have to take my wife to the hospital for treatment or leave work about once or twice a month and stay with her because of her migraine headaches.

J.K. in Minnesota:
All candidates for the Presidency need to disclose any health issues they have. It doesn't matter who it is. They are asking the voters to trust them. The voters have the right to know if they are physically fit to perform a job that obviously ages every person who holds it.

Brian in Chicago:
No. But it will be an issue. I am a Democrat, so I can't believe I'm defending Michele Bachmann. Her health will be an issue. The reality is we are a vain country, Jack. We don't like ugly Presidents, we don't like fat Presidents, we don't like old Presidents, and we don't like sick Presidents. It's an unfortunate truth.

"Not tonight, U.S. taxpayers!"

Filed under: 2012 Election • Health • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (336 Responses)
  1. Jayne

    Of course. I disagree with those who say this issue is sexist. If any candidate of either gender has a medical condition that is known to incapacitate them on a regular basis, they should reconsider their bid for the White House.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  2. Bob D Iowa

    Jack question back at you.

    Physical or Mental Health? Current all of the Republicans candidates that are running for the highest office the Nation are Mentally Sick, so yes it is an issue for all of them.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  3. John from Alabama

    Jack: Any candidate who runs for the Office of President of the United States health is very important. A person with poor health should not run for the office, because the stress of the job. Information about a candidates health should be revealed if it might impair their abilities to do the job. Sometimes the health of a candidate can help them win an election, because other citizens might have the same medical problems.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  4. Matt Toohey

    The health of any candidate should only be an issue if it would affect them doing their job in an honest, ethical and values driven manner. Oops I forgot we were talking about politicians.


    July 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  5. barbara in nc

    It's not the migraines - it's the lies, exaggerations, distrust of other congress persons, etc.

    She's not qualified. Period.

    July 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  6. Carla Martin-Wood, Alabama

    Mental or physical?

    July 20, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  7. Cecile Kazemi

    In a word, no – not relating to her physical health anyway. I, like many people suffer from migraines and while they can be debilitating at times, they haven't stopped me from living a highly productive life. That said, I'd have a completely different answer if you asked me about Michelle Bachmann's mental stability...

    July 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  8. Kenneth from California

    Certainly, mental health should be an issue.

    July 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  9. Ken in Seattle

    Only if it is proven to be the cause of her obvious lack of intelligence.

    July 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  10. Richard

    Hi there Jack.....The answer is:

    Only if we're talking 'mental'!

    July 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  11. MNResident

    Then candidate Barack Obama refused to release his medical records in 2008, so if a candidate's health wasn't an issue in 2008, it shouldn't be now. Or is there a double standard, Jack????

    July 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  12. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    Yes! What if she gets "the 3 a.m. call" during a debilitating migraine attack? Will she just throw the phone against the wall and roll back over? Would the VP know he or she was in charge? Her episodic migraine attacks would really stress the 25th Amendment!

    July 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  13. Bobby Jackson MS

    Only if it effects her ability to do the job effectively and I might add we should let a doctor be the judge on that issue but personally I'd worry more about Michele's ideology than her health

    July 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  14. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack we have had presidents like Kennedy with severe back problems who used an arsenal of drugs, including painkillers and stimulants, to treat various medical conditions during his presidency. He was still electable. Although i do see plenty of other reasons not to vote for Bachmann there is absolutely no reason why migraines should keep Bachmann out.

    July 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  15. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    The migraines are not an important concern; however, with Michelle Bachmann's lunatic ideas about "curing" homosexuality, her mental health should be.

    July 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  16. Jim in Gardendale, Alabama

    Well Jack, remember Thomas Eagleton and his bouts with depressioon who was dropped from a VP Ticket? Then you have concerns about JFK's back problems and other health problems that were not disclosed until after the election, John McCain and Ronald Reagan's age was discussed although didn't seem to play much of a role, at least with Reagan. Health of candidates are always an issue but how much would have to be determined by voters. I have a feeling those who will support Bachmann won't mind because they are probably as crazy as her. If I had a head full of crap like her, my head would probably hurt as well.

    July 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  17. David of Alexandria VA

    Only if it can direly compromise their effectiveness. How bad are the migraines? Does Obama's smoking habit make him a risk if he has a nicotine fit at DefCon 4? Did John McCain's history of cancer in retrospect matter? Or was it just another reason why people who didn't want him elected could divert attention from the real issues? I mean, like her or not based on whatever whimsey makes you feel better. But vote for her or not based on what she represents vs the other guys.

    July 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  18. Lori - PA


    It's widely documented how stressful the job of President of the United States is. If Michelle Bachmann does suffer from stress induced migraines, how can she possibly think she'd be a successful President (should she get elected) if she spends more time in a hospital than the Oval Office?

    July 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  19. Brad, Portland, OR

    Of course it should, especially for someone a few bricks shy of a full load under the best of circumstances. An episode at the wrong time could send her over the edge.

    July 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  20. Richard?Colebrook,NH

    Jack, Regarding her run for the Presidency, I am more concerned about her "Intellect than her health".

    July 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  21. Jk from Minnesota

    All candidates for the Presidency need to disclose any health issues they have – doesn't matter who it is. They are asking the voters to trust them, the voters have the right to know if they are physically fit to perform a job that obviously ages every person who holds it.

    July 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    My experience with people who suffer from migraines, is that they are incapacitated, as much as 40% of their lives.

    Not what you want to have, in the President of the US.

    July 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  23. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack, the answer to your question is yes. We do not need a president who has to set in a dark room for hours or has to be emitted to the hospital because of migraine headaches. Having the job of being president would only cause them to occur more often. Her migraine problem explains a lot of things to me. I always thought there might be something wrong with her head because of some of her out there ideas on how the gov't should be run along with her views on homosexuality.

    July 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  24. Patsy, Texas

    Yes, especially the exact medications she takes to relieve her
    headaches. What are they, how strong are they, and how
    debilitating are they? But, Jack, there are so many questionable
    issues surrounding this woman, this would just have to be
    added to the list of unanswered questions.

    July 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  25. John Orzel

    If Barack Obama's birth certificate was ( and with many still is...) a major political issue, why shouldn't Michelle Bachman's state of health, especially her mental health, be of major political concern? From what she says, and when and how she says "it", anyone would be hard pressed to figure out if she has any ducks in a row!

    July 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  26. Jim

    Of course it should. While I think your question probably was addressing her physical condition (the migraines, especially), I'm a lot more worried about the lady's mental health. Surely, person having views this extreme can't be that stable!

    July 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  27. Bill in New Mexico


    Migraine headache can be very bad–and, the medication can be worse.

    Plus, it sounds like her migraine headaches are the severe kind!

    But, having said that her migraines should be an issue, look at all the Presidents with debilitating illnesses:

    JFK with his whatever disease and medication.
    This one should never be repeated.

    FDR and his useless legs.
    This one should never be repeated.

    Wilson's last year as a vegetable while his wife ran the country.
    This one most definitely should never be repeated.

    Our country has gotten away with sick Presidents, but if we find out that they are sick before they are elected–we should not elect them–period.

    July 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  28. David in Tampa

    If cancer and sexual addiction are considered worthy of consideration, then why not migraine headaches. These things can be so severe as to be incapacitating for hours at least. I used to have to take my wife to the hospital for treatment or leave work about once or twice a month and stay with her because of these things. But, I guess she has really great insurance, provided by tax payers, that gives her access to excellent health care, unlike millions of us, so why should we worry.?!

    July 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  29. Jenna Roseville CA

    Should Michele Bachmann's health be an issue in the race for president?

    Jack, many get migranes, however few have to go to the hospital for them. So yes in this case I would say that this does matter..

    We need a healthy president because the job is as stressful as it is.


    July 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  30. Mr. D

    "Not tonight", US taxpayers! Being a US tax attorney must have been a big factor in her headaches. Being president would greatly increase the probability of them occuring. It could be a major "headache" for the country.

    July 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  31. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Let's just say this.....where , pray tell, would we be if she were Commander and Chief and had a migraine headache on the evening the Navy Seals were looking for an executive decision on whether to proceed with the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden or the rescue of the Captain by Navy Seals from the Somalia pirates? Setting out of a vote in Congress is one thing, but the potential to be incapacitated for health reasons during national emergencies has to weigh heavily on the voters minds when considering candidates for the presidential race. We have watched time after time, the affects of stress on the aging process of our presidents. It is my understanding that stress is a trigger for migraine headaches.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  32. Paul, New Port Richey, Fl

    No problem Jack. The congressional healthcare plan. for they alone, will keep her alive forever.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  33. Loren

    The capacity of a person to undertake the activities of the office of President is always an issue, the question is how big an issue. With Reagan, it should have been more of an issue, but it seems that the press is going over the top with Bachmann, looking for any little thing to tar her candidacy.

    While I personally don't think she is worthy, let the voters decide, not the press.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  34. Peg from NY

    Yes. Anyone who is running for President has to know that their health is a very serious concern.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  35. Nurse Lisa in Shelton CT

    Her history of treatment for migraines is simply a sign of a slow news day; this will be unlikely to affect the campaign. However, her candidacy and blunders give me a headache.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm |

    tampa, fl as it well should be. you can't join or stay in the military if not well enough to do the job, that should include the head of the military, the president. it should also apply to congress and the supreme court as well. maybe our past history would be better and our present situation eased by not having the mentally incompetent running our government.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  37. Karl in Flint

    Any elected official’s health should be an issue in an election. Debilitating migraines or any other debilitating condition, particularly those affecting one’s ability to think clearly, should be a consideration to all voters. If an official is not going to be able to do their job for extended periods of time, who will do it? In the case of the POTUS there is the VP, but, we elect a President to administer 24/7, not just when they don’t happen to have a migraine. If there is an emergency the VP can act for the president, but to elect a president that we know is likely to not be available at all time is beyond ridiculous.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  38. Nate NC

    Every health concern before becoming President is an issue. Have you not noticed the level of stress the office of President of the United States poses? Each President goes in looking young and comes out gray and looking half-dead. Look at President Obama, within two years of his term he started to let his gray show, but at the same time did not possess the same vivrant nature he initially portrayed. Part of the reason people struggled voting for Senator McCain was because of the health issues that came at his age before even adding the stress from being the President.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  39. Ed from Texas

    Yes, especially her mental health.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  40. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Of course it should be, as it has been for every other candidate in our history, but HER health is not an issue. Before anyone’s health comes into question, one must be otherwise qualified to be president in the first place. That would include having complete and normal brain function. No one ascribing to the Tea Party has that; therefore she is not qualified to begin with. But just for argument’s sake, let’s say she does have a brain. As a result of job related stress, I used to have migraines, too. I can assure you, I would be in no condition to make life and death judgments, decide serious issues of state or whether or not to go to war during one of those debilitating episodes. So it is not an issue in my opinion. It is a complete disqualifier even if she did have any other qualifications at all to be president.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  41. wesley

    Perhaps Michele Bachmann's mental health should be questioned, if I don't raise my debt ceiling to pay my bills my family would question my mental health.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  42. Jake from Ontrario

    If you ask me Michele Bachmann should not be running for presidnet at all. If she has health issues then she should suspend her campaign until further notice

    July 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  43. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Not her physical health at this time but her mental health is the main issue. Lacking a brain is not something new in the GOP or for that matter lacking a conscience or a heart.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  44. Carol Haines City, Fl

    Yes Michele Bachmann's health should be called into question. Anyone who is President should be competent and ready when any emergency happens or there is an urgent situation that has to be handled. If you have to have pain killing shots, you are not competent to make those big decisions. They tell you not to operate motor vehicles or make decisions when you have to take these medications. So, she should not be president or anyone else with a medical condition that could incapacitate them.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  45. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    you forgot a word in your question, Jack.

    it SHOULD be "Should Michele Bachmann's MENTAL health be an issue in the race for President?"

    and the answer is YES!!!

    ditto for Rick "man on dog" Santorum, Sarah "I can see Russia from my house" Palin and Rick "I've been chosen by God" Perry.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  46. Chris Brown FL

    yes jack i think its very important wait are you talking physical or mental

    July 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  47. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    When President Bachman answers the red phone at 3 AM and says "not now I have a headache", then what will happen to the free world?

    July 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  48. Mike Larson

    Of course, since she says that it is from stress. What do you think the Commander-in-Chief job would be? Maybe her hubby could prey the headaches away?

    July 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  49. Paul From Austin Texas

    Although I am not a hudge fan of her's I do not see a real issue with her health. All we need to do is look back to JFK and FDR they both had major health problems and most of us really did not know any details until after both had left us. Is not that what a Vice President is for to replace the President when and while to ill to give 100% to the position?
    If one would listen to all the networks cable and otherwise and read several papers as I do one would think that not any one person is good enough or able enough to be our President. Maybe the population is looking for a King and not a President. If so our forefathers are rolling over in their graves.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  50. Brian (From Chicago)

    No. But it will be an issue. I am a Democrat, so I can't believe I'm defending Michele Bachman. Her health will be an issue. The reality is we are a vain country Jack We don't like ugly Presidents, we don't like fat Presidents, we don't like old Presidents, and we don't like sick Presidents. It's an unfortunate truth.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  51. Pete

    YES her health should be an issue – crazy people should not be allowed to run for President!

    July 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  52. Jeff In Minnesota

    No, but her constant fact gaffs should be. She has made some of the most ridiculous claims in the past only to have to issue clarifications and corrections. We know all about Representative Bachmann here in Minnesota and cannot fathom why she garners the support she does.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  53. Ken in MD

    Her migraines, no. Her lack of intellect, yes.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  54. Darrell Wright

    NO! her migraine headaches should not be a reason for her to drop out of the campaign. I may not like Bachman that well, BUT, she is more intelligent and appears to be with the TEA PARTY quite a bit more than Sarah Palin. Overall Bachman is a much better choice then the former vice president nominee.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  55. Gary Wolf

    Bachmann's migraines are not an issue. Her mental stability is the issue. I am from Minneapolis, MN. Bachmann only sounds cogent in very short doses. Beyond that, as you will all see, she is quite off her rocker. I hope she is wildly successful within her party. It will be great entertainment and an insurance policy for President Obama.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  56. Dan South Dakota

    Mrs. President we need you in the war room, Iran is fueling a newly discovered missle!

    Not now, I have a head ache......but maybe she needs that down time to "pray away the gay"!

    July 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm |

    Why should it? Our current President is not running on all cylinders.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  58. Bill (Tacoma)

    I think Mrs Michele Bachmann's would make a horrible president; her politics and she as a person appears to be from an entirely different universe. After saying that: I recall Franklin D. Roosevelt and his illness: Polio. But, he was able to do his job. If, I repeat if she is able, and can convince the American people she can do her job: then why not.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  59. Gary H. Boyd

    Are you talking about her mental or medical health Jack? From a mental point of view she appears as screwed up as the rest of the mob in Washington so I'll give her a pass mentally. Medically, to keep up with all other politicians I'd offer her two suggestions - breathe in and breathe out. If she can do that, she's right there with the rest of them.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    July 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  60. Rosemary

    Yes, My experience with Migrains is that when a person suffers from them they can be very debilitating when they occur. I don't think a critical position as President of the United States should be held hostage to this type of illness, when critical issues come up with this person having their hand on the trigger to launch a war or avoid one.

    Maybe now people can understand why Bachmann keeps mangling the Constitution and insulting African Americans on the Institution of Slavery.

    This is beyond being a handicapped person.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  61. Jeff

    Not really, how about a tax lawyer,"small government conservative" taking farm subsidies for a tax shelter farm.Guess it's okay as long as the "I got mine" attitude prevails among the tea party "patriots"

    July 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  62. marybeth, massachusetts


    Mental or physical health?

    Hopefully all signs of insanity are noticeable and public will be smart enough not to vote for someone who is nuts. That seems to be most of the candidates (Bachmann, Palin, etc.) these days.

    Yes. And not just for Michele Bachmann but for each and every other candidate in the race for president. And so should the health of any/all prospective running mates.

    If a candidate has a serious health problem, that could affect the way that person does the job....and if someone with a serious health problem is elected, then I'm going to pay close attention to the running mate, because the running could end up becoming president if the president has coronary disease or an aneurysm or some other debilitating condition or worse, the disease prevents him or her from doing the job s/he was elected to do.

    That said, Presidents Wilson, FDR, and Kennedy had health problems during their tenures in office. Wilson had a stroke, and his 2nd wife took over for him; FDR had had polio and was physically disabled, but had no mental problems. Kennedy had Addison's disease....was assassinated before the public noticed any kinds of problems.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  63. Overby from Melbourne

    Her honesty and integrity should be more of an issue....a couple weeks ago she was on Face The Nation and the host said Politi-Facts checked on one of her speeches and 22 out of 23 statements of hers were shown to be at least partially a lie, most of them completely...he asked her 4 or 5 times to respond as to the reason why and she refused to answer.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  64. calaurore9

    "Not now, Mr. Secretary. I have a headache." If it affects her ability to vote in Congress, then what will happen when she needs to engage in a crisis? Yes, it is an issue to be considered.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    July 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  65. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    She's a crazy person. If that's a health issue, then yes.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  66. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    No, migraines are a distraction, not a disability per se. If she can function in the House, she can function as POTUS. Her tendency to spout extreme right wing non-sense is what should disqualify her from office – although it may get her the nomination. Someone has to be the designated victim and Palin does not want the job.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  67. Jim, Denver CO

    Are you talking physical or mental health? Physical health should not be a factor as long as it is not long term dibilitating/incapacitating. Mental health should be a factor, and with her it sure is! The lady is completely mental.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  68. Aaron

    Michelle Bachmann suffers from "incapacitating migraines"? That explains a lot, doesn't it? Everything she says is symptomatic. Clearly she's off her meds.

    Long Beach, NY

    July 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  69. Sylvia from San Diego, CA

    This question is giving me a migrant!!! The republicans are trying to make a non issue an issue.... This is called, "DESPERATE"!!!

    July 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  70. Annie, Atlanta

    Yes. Just what we need – a hateful religious and anti-government fanatic with a pre-schooler's grasp of our history, drugged out in the oval office, out of commission for days. How much lower can our political discourse go before we recover from what the right wing fringe is doing to our country – if we can recover, that is?

    July 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  71. Paul P

    It shouldn't be, its a fairly common ailment, but if she isn't completely forthcoming with a doctors affidavit of her diagnosis, then rumors will persist, skeptics will surface, facts will become distorted and before you know it'll be a huge issue for her.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  72. Dave

    Well yes it should be to a degree as many times in the past this question has been raised on past presidents.
    But really is this another form of gender bashing on Michele. Really what was in the DR's report that required this question?

    July 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  73. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    Her mental health is most certainly an issue.

    Saying that gay people are part of Satan, you couldn't get a job in the White house as a cleaning lady. "Thanks for coming in. We'll keep your application on file."

    July 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  74. Oz73

    Why are all the people waisting there time and money on this Lady?She may be a fine person, but not a viable candidate!GOD please help us!!! OZ

    July 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  75. Paul Pennza

    Certainly not. World leaders have suffered the same ailments as all of us without impairment. Julius Caesar had siezures, Alexander the Great had gout, Abe Lincoln suffered from melancholy, Teddy Roosevelt asthma, (all before effective treatment). Tell me when I should stop the list.

    P. Pennza

    July 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  76. Joe


    As much as I dislike someone who has milked the government for everything and then wants to dismantle it I do not believe Michele Bachmann should be penalized for migraines. Perhaps we will get lucky, and if she has an episode during a crisis someone who is not as whacked in the head will make the decisions.

    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    July 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  77. Ralph Nelson

    Hate to say it but the answer is yes. I have a relative who has constant migrianes and the answer is yes. I wouldn't vote for her because of it. Dog catcher, Representative, Senator...yes. But not president.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  78. Johnsbmc (Atlanta)

    No, but her experience should. President Obama's lack of experience has cost us dearly and I believe so would Bachmann's. Without sufficient time spent in government service I don't believe a candidate has had time to a) gain the experience to understand the big picture and well as the details, and b) to have build the network of alliances on both sides of the isle that is required to get anything done, vis-a-vis our current President's situation. He has alienated a lot of people he needs working with him to govern.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  79. Karl in Silverton ID

    She sure gives ME a headache!

    July 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  80. Terry in Virginia

    No. If it's an issue that disqualifies her, then health issues for the men should apply also. John McCain wasn't disqualified for having skin cancer and President Obama's smoking didn't disqualify him. I don't agree with Ms. Bachmann's views but that doesn't mean she should be treated differently because of her gender or health issues.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  81. Renee Peoria,Ill

    Debilitating migraines,eh? This woman is so big on signs from god, do you suppose this is a sign her life is going in the wrong direction? This country once had a quadraplegic president in a wheelchair. Physical health is only an issue if it interferes with the president's ability to do their job. Mental health is Bachmann's real problem.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  82. Scott Stodden

    I Think If These Migranes Are Serious Enough Then Yes They Should Be An Issue For Her Running For President Because It's Not Like She's Running For City Council, She's Running For The Most Stressful And Highest Job In The Country. If It's A Problem She Should Get Checked Out To Make Sure She Can Handle All The Stress That Comes With This Job!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, Illinois)

    July 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  83. Gigi Oregon

    I hope when that phone calls comes in the early morning she doesn't roll over and tell her husband "tell them not this morning, dear".

    July 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  84. Michael Roepke

    Absolutely Not!

    If Ronald Regan can be president with Alzheimer's Disease, why shouldn't Michele Bachmann be allowed to stir the caldron of anger and hate that is separating this country. After all, it's not that she has a chance of moving into the White House.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  85. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    Yes, her MENTAL health!

    July 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  86. Benjamin Carter from DC

    Should health be an issue? Yes. Are migraines a real issue? Only if they're completely dehibilitating. Bachmann is sure to give this country its own migraines, but if Obama suffered from them, it'd hardly matter, so why should it if she has them?

    July 20, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  87. Mike W - Dallas, TX

    Her overall health should not be an issue. Her mental health should be. I don't care that her head aches, I'm more concerned with the crazy ideas conjured up in her head.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  88. Ralph Spyer

    F.D .R could not walk. J.F.K took pain killers. Washington has denture , Regan was superstitious, George W Bush was a alcoholic, Willson love to read, Andrew Jackson was a duelist, Gerald R Ford could not chew gum and walk.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  89. Steve

    Can't she just pray away the migraines? : )

    July 20, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  90. texas bob

    Bachmanns health is an issue. Obama's smoking and past drug use is too.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  91. AB

    Yes, Jack, Michelle Bachmann's health should be as much a critical issue as her intellectual fitness to hold the office she is seeking. Its seems that both are serious concerns that should disqualify her from the presidency. The American people do not need a person who has physical and/or mental problems in the white house. Michelle Bachmann is clearly unfit for public office period.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  92. Henry Shuks

    Who would answer the red phone if it rang during one of those migraine headaches episodes?

    July 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  93. Vincent Franco

    Depending on the nature of an illness, health issues can and should be an important factor in holding the nation's executive office position.
    There are many illnesses that can and should be considered, to avoid the issue of discrimination. People have certain rights that are protected in our nation's laws, but if drugs regiments are to be taken that cause mind set backs, the person should not be eligible.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  94. Sam

    The migrraines are a nonissue Jack. My concern about Michelle Bachmann is not her health but her sanity, which I believe is very much in question at the present time.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  95. Bob T - Southfield, MI

    Health issues for any candidate should be of some concern to the electorate. In her case we need to be aware of her thinking and reasoning skills in addition to her hyocracy on a number of issues. The latter issues are of far greater concern to me.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  96. soneill

    This woman is incredibly smart. the headaches probably come with the territory. (They also probably result from the frustration of seeing the country stray so far away from where we shoud be – philisophically and economically)

    July 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  97. Asturiano

    The people have a right to know what ails any candidate and the voters can decide whether that is an acceptable risk. Withholding Reagan's alzheimer's was an insult to all Americans.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  98. Mike Wright

    Not related to her migraines. She has enough problems with her extreme right-wing views to be declared out of her mind by some of us so in that respect yes her health is an issue.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  99. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Jack, are you referring to Bachmann's physical or mental health? Because I would argue that LOTS of people are already serving in public office in Washington who should have their MENTAL health questioned. Lincoln suffered from "dibilitating" bouts of depression and somehow got through the Civil War. Now, we are worried about Bachmann's headache's? Get Real!

    July 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  100. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Her mental health is certainly an issue.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  101. David

    Bachmann is an extremist wingnut, this however is just silly and is clearly not a real issue.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  102. Bookenz

    Why would anyone who gets these kind of migraines want to be president?!

    July 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  103. Laura Hechler

    It's not her migraines that I'm worried about.....but then again maybe they affect her mental process. Seriously, something is wrong with that woman's thinking.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  104. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    O.K. let's go with that Jack, her health is her greatest deterrent in becoming president. Gotcha.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  105. dave in nashville

    I empathize with her problem, probably not life threatening, but good reason she chooses a strong running mate just in case she develops a more serious condition, like cerebral egomania infectus. This condition has been known to infect lesser minds that actually believe they are capable of turning homosexuals straight, and it can cause headaches so severe they, well, end it. Her headaches are not the problem, she would only cause more of them for everyone.
    Come on Jack, we need some humor here now that Strump is out.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  106. Henry Shuks

    Who would answer the red phone if it rang during one of those migraine headaches episodes?


    July 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  107. Kathleen G., Twin Cities

    Migraines can be incredibly disabling. If Bachmann suffers from them, it's yet another reason I won't ever vote for her.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  108. M.K.

    Absolutely! Any ongoing disease or illness that might cause her to lose control of her emotions or coordination of her motor skills would not be a good thing at a time of crisis. She needs to be in some other profession than the wear and tear of cut throat politics. In my opinion she is a very hyper person to begin with and tends to be too extreme. her migraines would just add to that problem. I have suffered from migraines and know from experience that one cannot function when under the pain of that terrible happening.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  109. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills

    Her rationale when normal is questionable. How bad will it get when she is incapacitated with recurrent headaches? May be the best will be to get it cured at her husbands clinic? After all the tax payers money (which she does not want) is going there.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  110. New Yorker

    It's not Michele Bachmann's physical health that worries me.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  111. Len Tyron

    t'm not a big fan of Bachmann...but the President's daily stress surely
    would exasperate her condition.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  112. Jan

    No, but her lies, hypocrisy, ignorance and contempt for women's rights should prevent her from holding any office of importance.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  113. a Minnesotan

    Absolutely. But I think people should be less concerned about her migraines and more concerned about her being total nuts.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  114. Alan in Connecticut

    There are no circumstances I can imagin where I would vote for her. Nonetheless, if she can maintain a very rigorous presidential campaign schedule and her "presence" then her migraines should probably not be an issue.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  115. conoclast

    Having watched my mothers' migraines render her utterly unable to function for hours at a stretch I have to wonder at Bachman's seemingly cavalier attitude regarding her own. If that "3:00 AM call" were to come during a presidential migraine...?

    July 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  116. OJ

    I know 2 people who suffer from migraines. One suffers occasionally, and one suffers more frequently. Their lives stops till the migraines wave passes. The lady with the more frequent migraines takes off work and stays home. It does paralyze you. Sinuses headaches are very painful, imagine those migraines.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  117. Patrick Lewis from DC

    I get migraines – when I'm sloppy about managing the things that trigger them. Every person is unique, but if Bachmann really manages them, it should not be a dis-qualifier.

    HOWEVER, her policies and shrill dismissal of inconvenient counter-arguments should be. It's not the health of her brain, it's the diseased mind that it contains that is the real problem.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  118. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    Headaches are not an issue. The fact that she's a crackpot should be...

    July 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  119. Conor, Chicago

    I was lucky enough to out grow my migrane headaches as an adult but I can tell you that nothing, NOTHING debilitates a person more than a migrane headache. I used to miss consecutive days of school. And guess what was the major trigger of these headaches? Stress. Major stress.

    I'll be perfectly frank. If I supported a candidate for President and found out they suffered from migranes I really and truly would reconsider my vote for them. It's like finding out your chauffer has epilepsy. You feel for them but at the same time simply can't trust that they will physically be able to perform at the level you and everybody else in the car needs them to.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  120. Deb

    Leaving aside, for the moment, that she is not only unqualified but dangerously off balance, the migraine question is a serious one. It is, unfortunately, also a predominantly female question as three times as many women get them as men, sadly.
    I have suffered from migraines since I was eleven and I do mean, suffered. Even with meds that sometimes work I am debilitated. It has damaged every part of my life. It could be worse; it could always be worse. I have had trouble working through my migraines, even though I have done it, though not nearly as well as I would had I not had them, or as well as I do when they go into remission for a few months. Being President of the US. No way. I'm sorry. Not possible. As a migraineur I can even address her hypothesis that they come on when she's in heels: because when she's in heels she's probably acting in a professional capacity that is bringing her added stress and causing her migraine that day. (There are many causes and, frankly, when she's post menapausal she may find them gone. I hear. I'm certainly hoping for me! LOL!)
    I have hated her for years now and am really pissed off to hear she has migraine. Because now, a little part of the fellow sufferer in me, actually feels sorry for her. But that's a Liberal for you!

    July 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  121. Joshua Ludd

    Well, her mental health should be an issue, as that woman is clearly nuttier than a squirrel's lunch... but having migraines? No.. not an issue.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  122. lacesout

    i guess she could not pray away her migraines... maybe her christian counseling service is joke after all...

    July 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  123. Evelyn

    Don'i you need a brain to be the president? This lady is as qualified as the last airhead from Alaska.Brainless,clueless

    July 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  124. andyz Lynn, MA

    Of course it should. Ask Ike and Dick Nixon. By the way, who does migraine girl want as her vice president?

    July 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  125. Craig from Pa.

    Don't we pay for most of the cost of the politicians' health benefits through our taxes?...If that's the case, not on my dime....So yes,..it's an issue...who's really on "welfare"?

    July 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  126. Deb

    BTW, hers must be even worse because as evil as mine are (tears and a dark, soundless room for two days, as many as 23 days a month) I have NEVER had to go to the hosp.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  127. Nancy, Tennessee

    We have had Presidents that have suffered from various illnesses – like FDR who hid from the public the fact that he required a wheel chair. Migraines will not stop Michele Bachman, but her lack of experience, intelligence and tack will. It's time for her to stop wasting campaign money and go back to her day job.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  128. Teena

    Yes, having migraines is a health concern for ANY president–do I want a President with his OR her finger on the tigger who has the potential to be incapacitated or debilitated by ANY condition? NO
    And, since she is refusing to answer any questions regarding missing votes due to migraines, I will continue to question her competency!

    July 20, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  129. Paul M, Boston, MA.

    I am sorry to say that this condition is fatal for Ms. Bachman's candidacy. It troubles me for two reasons, one because it is so serious when it flourishes and can be so devastating for any public office holder rergardles of title, never mind a president.
    The second reason is that she does not seem to realize how cripling it can be and is making so much effort to hide it from the public. As a previous sufferer of migraines-this is not a sexist issue, men can also suffer it, as I did for years- I know how hard it would be to manage it in high office. Should she be required to show the pills she carries in her bag to prove our point?
    On the other hand, I hope she gets better from the condition for her own good and her family's, but please, do all of us a favor, you and the country: withdraw.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  130. Mike -Denver

    Science is learning that, believe it or not, LSD can be an effective treatment for migraine "cluster" headaches. Have no idea if it would help her with the migraines but sure could help her point of view in a very positive way!

    July 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  131. John

    I don't like Bachmann one bit, but I don't think this issue matters. FDR had a serious debility, and he was the greatest President of the 20th century.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  132. Dick M.

    I am a 65 year old male. I had migraines from age 25 to 60. I never found the cause, but suspected food allergy. They are gone now. I am not a supporter of Michele Bachman, but I sympathize with her about her migraines. I never had to go to the hospital for mine. If she goes to the hospital for hers, then they are bad, bad BAD, and she would not be able to function in much of anything except to experience pain. Even a mild migraine is not like an ordinary headache. The presidency and its decision-making would be out of the question. A migraine will eat up a whole day or more-and it is not like being in a wheelchair, as FDR was. He had his mind, but not his legs; Bachman would have her legs, but no mind.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  133. Layne Alleman

    Jack, It depends on who she chooses as vice-president. If she, or anyone running for our highest office, were to be incapacitated for ANY length during these trying times, it would simply be unacceptable. Maybe SHE should consider the vice-president slot. She could still be a "Dick Cheney" type pit-bull and get what she wants done anyway, just doing it behind the scenes. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  134. Jennifer

    Regardless of her qualifications (or lack thereof). Medical issues, including migraines, are an issue for someone running for president. From what I have read in articles, her migraines are triggered by stress.....president is not a low stress job.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  135. cobra

    Only the left wing losers will make an issue of this, what a bunch of losers.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  136. Paul in Dallas

    Her mental health is a big issue. The woman is nuts!

    July 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  137. M.K.

    If she should receive news that the U.S.A. is under imminent attack from a nuclear warhead while under the influence of a migraine or any other illness that makes one incapable of thinking straight, the whole country could be at a devestating disadvantage. The chain of command does not allow for that kind of predicament in that short time frame. A physical impairment would not be insurmountable, but a mental one would be unacceptable at a time of a national crisis. That is a sad but true fact.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  138. Arlene, Illinois

    Michele Who?

    July 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  139. Dr. Felix

    Her migraines are definitely caused by cranial vacuutis, an extremely serious medical condition caused by having a vaccum inside one's skull instead of a brain. Presidential material? Heck no!

    July 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  140. d withrow

    the health problem she has can't be fixed, unless they have a drug for stupidity

    July 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  141. Mike in Denver

    If Bachmann misses votes and key meetings due to migraines, then she should not be running for a position that demands 24 hour a day availability. Perhaps she should go to her counseling center and pray to be cured.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  142. Michael Rock

    If you or I had to contend with multiple voices in our head we'd be seeking seclusion as well.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  143. jamison

    Bush was one mental case too many in the White House. Between monthly PMS and Migranes, Bachmann would be in bed more than Bush was in Crawford Texas.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  144. LarryMoniz


    National Security Director: Madame President, the U.S. is under nuclear missile attack, what should we do?

    President Bachmann: Turn off the office lights and check back with me in about three hours, my headache is killing me!

    July 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  145. Roger from Phoenix

    Hey Jack lets give Michele Bachmann a really bad headache. Lets cut off her farm subsidies her husbands government grants and not pay congress their salary unless they balance the budget like just like California does. Cool idea A .

    July 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  146. Pete in Georgia

    It really doesn't matter whether it's health issues, where she goes to church, or what she got for Christmas.
    The liberals and their national news media...................joined at the hip...................are out to destroy her the same as Sarah Palin.
    It is a foolish waste of time for an attractive, conservative female..................... regardless of her credentials. It's in their playbook and nothing's changing that !!

    Waste of time. The media decides who resides in the White House.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  147. Jon from Baysville, Ontario, Canada

    I'm not a fan of Ms Bachmann, but this issue is a witch hunt. As Sanjay Gupta acknowledged on CNN Tuesday, he himself has migraines, and that doesn't appear to stop him from holding down two full-time highly stressful jobs. Why are politicians so afraid to discuss issues that unidentified sources must be used to derail candidates before they even have a chance to get started?

    July 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  148. Mark from Buffalo

    Physical infirmities are part of the human condition. No candidates are immune. Disclose and let the voters decide.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  149. Dave Sielaff

    She needs a mental health checkup from all of the weird comments she has made.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  150. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    An apple a day keeps the doctor away but when that doesn't work and you start popping pills that's a serious health problem for anyone. Bachmann's migranes cannot be ignored as anything less than a health problem.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  151. Faye from Nevada

    We don't need her and her party in the Whitehouse. It gives me a headache just to think about such a thing.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  152. Ryan

    These comments aren't funny. I mean, how many of you guys wrote "mental health." But anyways to answer your silly question, no. People get fired or leave over differences and then they try to get back at a canidate in any fashion they know how (This happens all the time). These ex-aides are obviously a little butt-hurt about it.
    Anyone who said yes is a more likely a hardcore lefty and they won't ever like her (or any true Repulican), it's as simple as that. If you want to take an accurate poll I guess we can all wait till 2012. Better hope the economy is better by then or I think American's will pick anybody, illness or not, over Obama.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  153. Tom in Desoto, TX

    If it was known that someone was afflicted with such a malady it would probably be a determining factor if the person was hired. Doesn't being President qualify?

    July 20, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  154. Sandra

    It shouldn't matter. Someone's health is a private matter. I suffer from migraines. Should I lose my job just because I have to stay home one or two days because of one. NO, I should not.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  155. Self-Loathing Closeted Husband

    Her health? No.

    Her insanity? Yes.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  156. thies

    so when the president gets that 3am phonecall – can't pick up, migraine....

    July 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  157. George Miron

    I wonder why whe and her husband haven't been successful in praying away the migraines...

    July 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  158. Arnold - Boston

    As a Migraine sufferer I can attest if it as bad as her own aides claim then she is completely compromised in her ability to make decisions during her severe attacks. Of course, she failed to disclose this debilitating condition because she knew it would kill her candidacy. The Presidency is a 24-7 nonstop pressure cooker and it is going to set her off over and over again.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  159. Charles in Colo

    Absolutely should be an issue. If anyone running for the top office cares anything about our country, and knows that they have a health issue that could incapacitate them for any length of time, then they do not really care much for our country. Besides that, in Bachman's case, she is clearly mentally ill as well.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  160. Big Al

    Just ask the family of Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts. The man stripped down to his swim trunks and swam laps to prove that he was healthy enough to be president after beating cancer.

    He lost the Democratic nomination to Bill Clinton and died less than two years later.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  161. HH

    A person running for POTUS or VPOTUS or Speaker of the House should be required to disclose their medical records to the people voting for them.
    If they don't, and a condition is found out, or leaked after election, and the candidate intentional hid it from the voters, Impeachment should be the course.

    If found out before election........Well, what do they think we will do?

    July 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  162. Marsha King

    Millions of people have migraines and function just fine. I've had severe migraines for years and you just learn to live with them. Next thing we'll hear is that a candidate isn't suitable for the white house because he/she has a tooth ache. News reporters must be desperate for stories....

    Marsha King
    Chicago, IL

    July 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  163. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Yes, and so should stupidity that both Bachmann and Palin suffer from

    July 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  164. Henry J

    Anything that is an ongoing health issue, that could incapacitate a President should be part of qualifications for office Depending on who's spinning tells us there may be an issue that is trying to be swept under the table. If her past staff says there is an issue we need to listen.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  165. kim

    yes her health should be an issue. the office of president of the united states is a very, very stressful job. If she had debilitating migraines as a congresswoman that interfered with her ability to do that job, what on earth would happen as president? This is serious stuff folks. We need a sharp, healthy president, not someone with a life long debilitating condition. It's unfair, but that's the way it is.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  166. Alder Dixon La Verne Ca

    I surffer from migranes, however, when Ms. Bauchmann begins to explain her position on the nation's debt, foreign policy or even her and her husband stand on gay therapy, my migraine headaches seem to kick in, so much so that I have to turn off the TV and lie, until I stop feeling dizzy!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  167. Eric in Colorado

    Isn't she receiving government healthcare or can't her husband business pray away the migraines? I guess wen someone bombed America, she would say don't talk to me, I got a headache.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  168. paul

    I'm glad the mystery is solved. At least I'm glad there's something in her head!!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  169. Cathy in Illinois

    Every presidential candidate's health should be of concern. More importantly here, however, is Ms. Bachmann's experience, or lack of experience, in her political career so far. She has had no real impact in the House via a real shortage of bills submitted. She has a truly unimaginable lack of historical knowledge which I feel is somewhat important in government; to know what has come before. She is not diplomatic in her dealings with others which means she'll not be well received by foreign leaders. She's aggressive to the point of being rude. More importantly, I get the impression she's more interested in the 'star' value of being president vs. the work ethic required of a true leader.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  170. larime

    absolutely..last thing we want is some mental defect in the whitehouse who has to take chemical laced drugs to ease the brain pain.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  171. Donald in New Mexico

    Yes Jack, health matters. However her positions on many issues matters much more. She's sick, very sick.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  172. Burbank from CA

    I don't think we need someone on that red phone at 3 A.M. from the hospital with a migraine so bad the lights and anything that makes a noise have to be kept off. Of course it's an issue, a big one. She's not qualified or competent enough to hold an office that high anyway.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  173. Joe

    well, let's see. FDR had polio, Ike, a major heart attack, JFK, a chronic back problem and Bush had no brain, but they all managed to run the country.

    Let the campaign runs it's course. Eventually we will get to decide if Palin's obsessive narcissism is a mental illnes.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  174. Greg, Ontario

    Of coarse it should. She has already shown her ability to tell less than factual truths (she is a liar), she is obviously mentally ill and now she admits to migraines that are often treated with things like opiates or Vicodin etc... That's 3 strikes in my book. Do you really want someone strung out on pills or dealing with incredible pain with their finger on the button?

    July 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  175. DERASA

    With migraine or without it , GOP doesn't have a contender for Obama.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  176. Kevin, Londonderry NH

    Her mental health? Yes, absolutely!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  177. Bill Halverson

    I'm no fan of Michelle Bachmann–I think it would be a national disaster if she were to become president–but I do not think the fact that she suffers from migraines should count against her candidacy. She should be judged on the basis of her positions on the issues, and on that basis she should be soundly rejected.

    Bill in Minnesota

    July 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  178. Jake Rose (West Palm Beach)

    I defer to the former Vice-President, Dick Cheney. He became a heart beat away from the presidency when he barely had a heart beat, and he was no less effective – or less mean spirited to opponents – than he would have been with a perfect ticker.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  179. Richard in Alaska

    absolutly! Judging from some of the pledges she has signed it's obiviously affecting her judgement.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  180. Douglas in Washington DC

    Let me get this straight...is it more important that the potential leader of the free world has debilatating headaches, or that she represents a small minority of social conservatives who believe equal rights translates into equal white anglo-saxon protestants versus the rest of us...humm

    July 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  181. Tom

    Michelle Bachmann, obviously, has mental health issues, as do many of the poliltical candidates with right-wing extremists views.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  182. Mike

    Health won't be an issue with Bachmann–intelligence will be the issue. Maybe the migraines are from her attempts to think.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  183. EmilyC

    It matters. In most other jobs, it probably wouldn't be a problem, but when you're President of the United States, you need to be able to operate at all times. As a mild migraine sufferer, I know that even the mild migraine can cause me to lose focus and energy. Migraines are more than just headaches; they cause nausea, light sensitivity, and in more severe cases, vision problems.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  184. BobinLA

    Absolutely! Today's presidents do not have the luxury of "downtime" like those of 60 year or more ago.
    Her condition has required hospitalization, requires medication that distorts her judgement and stress will only add to the severity and frequency of these migraines

    July 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  185. George,Glendale Ca

    She should continue to run for President no matter what !!
    I'm a Democrat

    July 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  186. Armando

    NO, it should not be an issue, why, because how would she be able to be in contact with GOD?

    July 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  187. Mitt Romney


    Bachmann's health is fair game. I'm gonna give her migrane in 2012


    July 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  188. Karl in Flint

    My concern isn't so much the migraine headaches, I won't vote for her for other reasons, but if she is elected, my concern is who is her Vice President for when she is knocked out with her meds and the country needs leadership. I had the same fears about John McCain's age and health with Sara Palin as his VP.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  189. David, Sisters OR

    irrelevant question Jack–she was never fit to serve-period.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  190. John from Houston

    Of course it makes a difference. She should withdraw, but she won't. It should make the Republican race even more entertaining.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  191. Past is Telling

    Franklin D. Roosevelt had medical issues and he won the presidency four times. JFK had medical issues and did just fine. As long as she can work around her medical issues, it shouldn't be a problem.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  192. David Jensen


    I don't this this is a concern as she has a snowballs chance in hell of winning the GOP primary not to mention the Presidency.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  193. Annonnymous

    Yes, Jack. It was a issue with John Mccain in 2008. Some commercials said he was too old. Just like that, Michelle Bachmann can be affected.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  194. Kim

    Yes, of course...

    July 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  195. Amy

    I know she gives me a headache...

    July 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  196. Dan from New Jersey

    Jack, This isnt an issue. I mean Reagan likely had alzheimers for the last few years of his presidency. A headache problem is no reason to write off her candidacy. Her stances and views however, thats another story.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  197. Alan T. Cox

    Michelle Bachmann gets frequent and debilitating migraine headaches. I guess that explains why my head hurts every time she opens her mouth

    July 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  198. Chris

    Whether she has migraines or not isn't a big deal. We should be more concerned with her mental health.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  199. susan

    Definately it should be an issue. Long hoiurs and stressful situations require someone to be able to concentrate. Possibly on life and death decisions.

    Susan H

    July 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  200. Chris

    Migraines are simply one possible problem in the brain. It's Bachman's brain that's the problem, Jack.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  201. Mark in Hilo

    Tou know, when God is telling her everything from who she should marry to running for President, you would think God would stop giving her a headache. I think we should worry more that she keep screwing up American history than her migraines.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  202. Kevin

    "I can't push the nuclear attack button right now, I have a migraine."

    July 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  203. Joseph Leff

    If by "health" you include mental health, Jack, then her health should be taken into consideration.

    Joe in Delray Beach, Florida

    July 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  204. Carl McCaig

    Of course it is. Anyone running for the presidency must have the physical stamina to manage the office. A President must be on call 24/7, 365 days a year.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  205. David A Whitaker

    Jack her migranes shouldn't have know affecxt for her running for President, eventhough I don't like her whatsoever.


    July 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  206. Langston in Las vegas

    Of course her health should be an issue. I would be more concerned about her mental health given all the kooky comments she makes.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  207. HURRICANEPAUL from Hawaii

    Give me a break Jack.

    Compared to the headaches President Obama has caused the American people since he took office is nothing compared to what Michelle bachman is enduring.

    Every time I hear the words "shovel-ready-jobs" I also hear Obama laughing at me and that is always followed by a long, painful headache.

    By the way jack, my doctor says my headaches will be going away on November 2012.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  208. Mike Donna

    I get migraines from Obama's policies. Would that disqualify me from being President? By the way, in fairness to Bachman's husband, how about telling the story of Michelle Obama turning away patients at University Hospital in Chicago when she was an officer there.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  209. Bri from Maryland

    I think what comes out of Bachmann's mouth will be the deal-breaker.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  210. Erica in Sonoma CA

    While I dislike Bachmann's politics her personal health should only matter if all candidates are required to pass health exams and all facts for everyone involved are disclosed.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  211. Julie, Albuquerque

    Not now Jack......I have a headache!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  212. farmerjeani

    Absolutely. There are health issues that might be minor, but debilitating migraines? Absolutely a no no. Migraines, in addition to extreme pain, interfere with the ability to think clearly, affect decision making and prevent physical presence. Can we afford a president who is in the throes of a migraine during a terror attack? Or one who can't be physically present during a crisis? Absolutely not. Michelle Bachmann needs to stand down.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  213. Laurie Harris

    Absolutely her health matters. What's going to happen when she goes through menopause and has hormonal changes?? Some women go berserk. That's all we need in the whitehouse.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  214. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    Here's a nice scenario; we are hit with another terrorist attack, the country is in a panic and would -be president Bachman has to call time out because she has a headache. I don't think our soldiers stop if they get a headache.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  215. Lee

    Of course it matters. It is not a sexist issue, but simply a medical issue. On the other hand, we need to know the frequency, severity of the migraines and how they seem to affect her decision -making. However, if her campaign announcements are any indication of her ailment, she should bow out of the race.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  216. Ray in Knoxville

    Of course her health is an issue, Jack. The president has to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People I know who suffer from migraines can be incapacitated for hours, if not days, on end. Going back to that 3am phone call example from a past election; the phone can't be turned off when the emergency happens.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  217. F. Nardo Cape Coral FL

    absolutely Not, since most politicians are handicapped (hard of hearing),she should stay in the race unless this question gives her a Migraine headache

    July 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  218. Patrick D - Hampstead Maryland

    Jack – I suffer from Migrane's and function fine with medication. My brother suffers from migranes and even with drugs struggles with it so like most medical issues its different in almost every case. However, in Michele Bachmann's case their is no drug to fix stupid!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  219. Cardhu

    Her mental health, or lack thereof, is pertinent: we already have enough crazy people in Washington and don't need more of the same.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  220. ArtInChicago

    No Jack, her health isn't an issue. The way she thinks is.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  221. brian

    Yes it should,the stress brought on by the responsibilities will only add to to her episodes.She will probably crack like an eggshell.Just look what it did to President Obama,Bush and Clintons hair!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  222. Peter T

    Migraines generally should not be an issue...unless we think you are already suffering from some sort of brain damage to begin with.

    She has claimed that she makes policy decisions based on what she hears from God through prayer. I'm no doctor, but I think someone needs to schedule a CAT scan.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  223. Chris H.

    I don't think its a important issue on a personal level but when it comes to national security in a position to command and control weapons of mass destruction she needs to be in sound of mind.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  224. Bonnie in Whitestone, New York

    As a fellow migraine sufferer, my answer is no. It sounds as though her migraines are similar to mine. There is no way that someone with a debilitating migraine is capable of making important decisions – I'm usually not even able to carry on a decent conversation! The President has to be ready for just about anything 24/7/365 – there is no "Not now, I have a headache."

    July 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  225. Susan from Idaho

    Jack how did you know we were dying to answer this question? Migraine headaches are least of this woman's worries. However if they lead to mental heath issues, Huston she has problem.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  226. Nancy Lenoir

    Of course her health should be an issue. If shes out of commission for hours, and even must be taken to the hospital at times, what is the government to do if a crisis occurs when she's out of commission? Give the responsibility to the VP? She has my sympathy, of course. A headache can cause hellish pain. At the same time, common sense says this health issue could cause problems if she's elected president.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  227. thomas

    i don't think it's serious to be talking about this. i think she's a nutcase, but this is a non-issue. people get sick and treated. human nature. i think it's ridiculous that this is even an talking point to discredit her. she has done enough of that on her own.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  228. dan

    do you really want a person who suffers from migraines having his/her finger on the nuclear button? additionally, presidents work long hours which contributes to on set of migraines thus making her medical situation increasingly worse. I have migraines and they incapacitate me. no way should she be president.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  229. Larry L, Torrance, CA

    Every presidential candidate's health is is automatically an issue.

    Michelle Bachmann has a disqualifying health issue.

    Regardless of what she says, migraine headaches are incapitating. You cannot work. You cannot be burdened by any issues while in this condition.

    It's correct that you must be in a dark, quiet place. And, often the end of the event is accompanied by vomiting.

    If you must go to a hospital for treatment, you've got serious migraine problems.

    This condition disqualifies Michelle Bachmann as Commander-in-Chief.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  230. Jones

    A person's health should not be put into play on the campaign trail, lets focus on the issues.... Look back at JFK and Roosevelt, their health didn't stop them.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  231. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack even your own Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon who's peoples lives depend on him when he is operating on them suffers from migraine headaches. Are we to think that because he has migraines he is not to be trusted as a surgeon and should be stripped of his license? I don't think so and i really think you don't either. Lets not make this issue more then what it is which is a medical issue that is properly controlled with proper medication.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  232. Angie Hicks

    I am a mom, wife, and nurse and deal with migraines. I have to work, and I am sure she does too!! You just learn to deal with them and take the med. We should be more concern with a president that smokes!!!!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  233. Larry aaron

    Jack: Why should her migraines be a problem? Look what the healthy people in Washington are doing to us. We're about to go bankrupt and that's enough to give anybody a migraine. If fact my head is beginning to hurt just thinking about it.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  234. Audrey

    I don't understand why we're even talking about this. It's not like migraines are fatal. For that matter, it's not like she's likely to be the Republican candidate either.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  235. Jeff

    Questioning the viability of our president or any leaders health is a reasonable concern, however, I'm not sure that migrane headaches are a cause to questions anyone ability to lead. I will state, I am NOT a fan of Michele Bachmann, but this ailment shouldn't be of question. My greater concern is profound idiotic statements she's spouted out in the past and I question her ability to be logical.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  236. George In Austerlitz

    My only concern is for her MENTAL health as it pertains to her ability to do her job...

    And the mental health of her supporters, of course.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  237. Val Boyer

    As a person who has suffered from migranes I believe that they can affect job performance. No lights, no sounds, and no conversation. As commander and chief, Michelle Bachman, would be totally incapacitated for a period of time which could be hours or days. Eventually they will probably go away, but in the interim the country cannot take that chance if a crisis comes up during those hours or days. Now that would be a really bad headache!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  238. Wes

    The stress, demanding schedule and responsibilities associated with being POTUS seem like it would exacerbate migraine headaches. It doesn't sound like a good mix.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  239. Mike S

    If it causes her to be unavailable and/or unable to make critical, time sensitive decisions, then I believe it would make her unfit for the presidency.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  240. David Pace

    Sure, what if she has to operate the Nuke" football and has a migraine, gets angry and starts WW3

    David Pace
    Harlan , Ky

    July 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  241. Mighty 1 5 8

    Yes, if she cant, as president, be well enough to heal the "barbarians", she should not be president.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  242. Gman

    yes it should....I don't want someone with a migrane having their finger on the armageddon button....
    I'm well aware of what a migrane is all about, it disabeling.....

    July 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  243. Pat in IL

    Of course, Michelle Backman's migraines need to be considered as problematic to a presidential bid. The president needs to be ready to make important decisions at all times. I can't imagine how many times the vice president would need to be on stand by for someone who suffers from migraines. Medication helps manage them, but doesn't stop them. Plus, she has a history of being incapacitated for hours because of these headaches. It's unbelievable that this is just coming out now, and that she didn't consider it before she made the decision to run. Where are her advisors??

    July 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  244. Jerome Goodley

    Of course she should quit; she should have never started in the first place knowing her condition. The world cannot afford to have a world leader in such fragile condition. Imagine another Boy of Pigs incident or ever another 9/11 and the president of the US indeffinitely incapicitated.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  245. Abbie Herrick

    Bachman's health is a factor. Who knows if there is a factor that the country has to address immediately, what condition is she going to be in. Will she be in a dark room with ice packs on her head or ready to deal with it, or ready to call out the nukes because she considered the pain in her head a call from God.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  246. Bart Stolp

    Michelle Bachman's migraine is the least of my headaches when considering her lack of qualifications and sense of US history in view of her presidential aspirations.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  247. Henry Roko Jr

    Does the fact that someone takes medication for high blood pressure or asthma preclude one from being considered for a job, any job? Does the fact that someone has a speech impediment preclude him or her from a job? I think not! It is the qualifications and character of the individual that is the most important aspect of the selection process. To do otherwise is discrimination of the highest order!

    Sun City West, AZ

    July 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  248. Larry

    Headaches are the least of her problems. She became a lawyer because her husband told her to. Same for running for President. God told her to marry her husband despite the lack of love for him. Does this sound like the kind of decision maker you want in he White House?

    July 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  249. Adam

    This is a serious issue. I'm for a strong republican candidate, but I can't vote for a person that at times can't work, at least not for the presidency of the United States of America.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  250. steve

    Jack, her physical health is not the issue. just keep asking her tough questions and you will discover her real ailments.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  251. HR

    It certainly will interfere! What are we supposed to do? Put nation's business on hold until her migraine goes away????

    July 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  252. Phyllis Broge

    Yes it should an issue about Michelle Bachman and the problem
    of Migraine Headache, they are cause basically because of stress
    issues. Needless to say everything in the government today is a
    stress issue.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  253. Leah

    Re: Michelle Bachman's migraine headaches

    In my opinion, health should be an issue as to whether one should run for President. For years, I suffered from migraines – and to say they are debilitating is an understatement! When a migraine strikes, one is only capable of crawling into bed in a totally dark quiet room and wait either to die or have the migraine end. Whatever one's opinion is of Ms. Bachman's political views and capabilities, unfortunately for her she should drop out of the race out of concern for her country.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  254. David Jensen

    I don't think she has a snowballs chance in hell of winning the GOP nomination not to mention the Presidency

    July 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  255. michael

    If candidate Bachman were President today with all of the long and late meetings about the budget crunch what might we be hearing from her? Not tonight America, I have a headache? This could be a debilitating affliction for all of us.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  256. Daniel wagner


    To me, a candidate's political persuasion and private life are one thing, but a candidate's health is something else.

    It says a great deal about a candidate to deny that debilitating headaches are a relevant talking point.

    What else but pure hubris would allow someone who has on more than one occasion been unable to work – for hours – as a result of migraine headaches to deny that it 'could' have an impact on his or her ability to do the job of being president?

    I don't know about you, but I don't want anyone with any kind of debilitating illness to have a finger on the nuclear button...

    July 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  257. David in Ottawa

    Speaking as someone who also periodically gets Migranes, they are absolutely debilitating and you can't really focus on anything else but the pain when suffering one. I really don't see how she could possibly take on the responsibilities of the most demanding position in the world.

    Never mind the plethora of other reasons she shouldn't get elected.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  258. Linda

    Any candidate's health issues are an issue. But in Bachmann's case, they pale in comparison to her Bronze Age ideology and McCarthy-era political tactics. Wait . . . is she saying that her migraines are the cause of her inability to absorb facts and her bizarre ideas about homosexuality and patriotism? That's still no excuse.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  259. Stoney Burk

    For God's sake! Where in the world are you going to find anyone who will run for Congress if we keep up this stupid rhetoric. Half of Congress or either criminals or senile. We can surely handle a new one with controllable migranes. Please!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  260. Karen Manitoba, Canada

    As a migraine sufferer myself, I know how debilitating it is to have a migraine and to have to wait for it to pass. My answer is yes, Bachmann's health is an issue if she is running for President. What if there was a national emergency ( e.g. 9 11) and the President is out of commission in the dark with a headache? This is not good.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  261. Paul Kerner

    I have had migraines. One attack put me in the hospital. I t is the most debilitating illness I have ever had. Its not caused by physical sources. Its pressure which get to you. I know the medications are better, but I cant see her in that kind of position

    July 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  262. Charlie

    Candidates' health should be an issue if it could in any way impair their ability to govern. Additionally, those implying that this is only being made an issue because Bachmann is a woman are being oversensitive. Real women's issues – pay equity, abortion, childcare – all matter to women voters and candidates. An illness that prevents Bachmann from fighting for women's issues is an issue in and of itself. This is not a women's issue. This is a governing issue.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  263. cheflupo

    Frankly Jack.......
    I'm more concerned about her mental health than her physical health, ......she has the capacity to cause more migraines than those she receives.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  264. Helen, Germany

    She can accomplish all that she has, and with migraines? That means her record clearly speaks for itself. A few hours alone with the shades drawn due to a headache? What's that compared to the countless hours male Senators, Congressmen and, yes, Presidents have spent conducting affairs and engaging in shameful behavior while on the taxpayers' clocks?

    July 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  265. larry scott

    I'm no fan of Bachmann, to put it mildly. But Migraines are a pretty common disorder and many very successful people suffer from them. FDR was certainly not the picture of health. JFK was taking injections of steroids and quite possibly amphetamines (if the investigations are believed). Yes, the health of any candidate IS an issue – but not nearly the most important issue.

    Riverside, CA

    July 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  266. Yvonne

    No, Michele Bauchmann's migranes are not a problem. Idon't believe that the media should be able to make this in to an issue. Obama was a heavy smoker when he ran for president and he even continued to smoke while President. (now he may have quit??) I can't recall you, Mr Cafferty, ever asking the question about whether or not Obama's smoking (health issue) should be an issue for him running. President have great medical teams and care – I believe the migranes are something that can be controlled and should not disqualify her.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  267. Mark Reyes

    Regarding Ms. Bachmann's health issues: other U.S. Presidents (FDR & JFK) had serious health issues, yet were great leaders. Even if Ms. Bachmann became incapacitated, the mantle of presidential power would pass to the Vice President. As such, it is imperative that Ms. Bachmann's running mate also be a high-caliber candidate.

    Thank you.
    Mark A. Reyes
    Jacksonville, Florida

    July 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  268. larry

    Jack – not sure if its an issue but her lunatic rhetoric sure gives many of us migraines.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  269. John - Long Island

    The Migraines are obviously affecting her judgement and preceptions......Now it makes sense! I think that she should open another business....maybe convincing dogs that they are cats! Michelle Bachmann is NOT presidential material and the migraines are just the icing on the cake! Just another reason why she should not be president!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  270. Nick Andersson


    As a foreigner, I would be completely bemused if Americans did not consider her health when voting. After all, the United States – and potentially the free world – would be pending upon her seemingly unstable condition if she became president. In the current situation, Americans should try to minimize risks, not increase them.

    Nick, Sweden

    July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  271. Gail

    Yes her health status should absolutely matter as a possible "that's a joke" candidate for President. Can you imagine the stress that our current president deals with daily and he seems healthy as a horse... You can see how it affects him.. imagine she needs to turn all the lights off in the oval office while Nukes are being pointed at us and she's passed out with a wet cloth on her head..
    Give me a break...

    July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  272. HURRICANEPAUL from Hawaii

    I wouldn't be too worried Jack, if I were you. I heard it from a very reliable source from someone on the inside that the cause of her headaches will be going away, starting November of next year.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  273. Tom K

    No doubt Bachmann can find the proper medications for her migraines but what can she take for her fifth-grader's grasp of history? What can we take for our migraines if she gets elected

    July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  274. Scott in Oregon

    So let's get this into perspective. Michele Bachmann has regular headaches. How about John Kennedy's health issues, or more dramatically FDR's. Don't get me wrong, I'm far from being a fan of Michele Bachmann, but this is just silly. Find something else to complain about.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  275. Stewart Hearn

    Ms Bachmanns health is not an issue. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the worst, her headaches would rank about 2 as regards her ability. On the other hand, the members of Congress have plainly shown that their "abilities", using the same scale, would put them in the area of a 16 or 17. Thank you.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  276. Lee

    Yes, if she becomes the commander in chief (God forbids), and not available for hours or days for the nation's emergency, it would be disastrous. Then again, it would be disastrous if she is elected as the President of United States. If so, I am moving out of this country.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  277. Carlsbad

    Mrs. President United States is having a emergency crisis, her reply not now I have a headache.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  278. Mary Smith

    Yes, but in her case, it should be her mental health.
    Anyone who signs a statement that African-American slave families were better off than in the current Obama administration has a health probelm. What slave had a family?

    July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  279. Dz

    Absolutely Jack. I am a Neurologist and I suffer from migraine headaches as well. Migraines can be very debilitating. I often have to postpone my rounds and delay appointments for several hours when I have a typical headache. Luckily I have my colleagues (who also suffer from migraine and therefore understand what it can feel like) who can cover for me during these times. As a President of the most powerful nation in the world, migraine headaches can severely affect your job and can be an unnecessary distraction in time of crisis, which clearly can provoke an attack!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  280. George in Saskatoon

    The migraines may actually help. Look at some of the crazy decisions she's made and things she's said when they weren't happening.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  281. Bob from Long Island, NY

    In a word: Yes!
    The health of a commander and chief has been the concern for me when we found out the waning days of Ronald Regan in the White House was that of a confused old man with Alzheimer.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  282. kathy from peoria az

    Of course it should! I don't think her health is the real issue. Bachman is still living in the dark ages. Lets hope most Americans are smarter than that but I'm not so sure!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  283. Peter

    Of course, Jack, it should be the most important issue. It is very scary to know that the presidential candidate for this great country has a serious medical problem. Remember Jack Kennedy? Who knows when she would have an attack, and, with such a thing as a migraine headache, she could make the wrong decision and it could mean the loss of many lives. I say, individuals with those kind of problems should stay out of the presidential race.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  284. Jim

    My wife gets migraine headaches. When she gets one I get a debilitating pain in my neck. We don’t need that in the white house.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  285. M.J.

    Who cares that she gets migraines like so many of us Americans do. I get migraines and still go to work everyday and so can she. However my concern is poor command of her record on getting the facts straight. Politcheck found that she repeatedly gets facts wrong and out of more than 18 statements, she was dead wrong on 16. That should be the more important question Jack!
    MJ, Phoenix

    July 20, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  286. Stephen Cito

    Yes, absolutely.
    Any presidential candidate's potentially debilitating health issues should be considered. We are talking about the most powerful and serious job in the world.

    Pittstown, NJ

    July 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  287. Steved Tucker

    Jack; I suffered from Migraines for 28 years. Excruciating cluster Migraines, that completely debilitated me for one hour, up to eight hours at a time.I lost many jobs because I could not perform while hiding in a dark place or any place I could find before I passed out. With a full blown Migraine no one can think clearly , the pain is too much to describe, even with the different medicines they have now. Michelle Bachman does not need a Migraine to prove she cannot perform.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  288. unretired05

    Her migraines are just a topper for her policy beliefs. I think she did sign all the pledges that the Republican candidates have to sign for their litmus test. I
    I still don't understand why taking your marriage vows aren't sufficient to keep a politician faithful. Do politicians need a pledge to their party to remain faithful?
    My marriage vows I took at my wedding mean far more to me than what a pledge designed by some political arm twister.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  289. Lee Isbell

    I'm no fan of Bachmann's, but I am a migraine patient. Before the invention of sumatriptan, I was incapacitated many days per month. Sumatriptan changed my life. It stops them for me, even if not taken immediately. I prefer a half hour of rest after taking it, but can work immediately if necessary. If it works for her, migraines should not be the issue re electability.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  290. Isaac

    Perhaps the migraines are from her delusions of god talking to her. Even if she were in perfect physical health, she isn't fit for any public office.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  291. Mike, Texas

    If she's incapacitated for only 3 minutes she should cease campaigning for POTUS immediately. Here's why:

    "Mr. Putin??? Sorry, President Bachmann can't come to the phone for a few hours, she's having one of her "episodes", check back later............Admiral Willard?? Please ask the Chi-Coms to stop their attack on Taiwan, President Bachmann is totally stressed-out and can't perform as Commander-In-Chief today, can we continue the war tomorrow??"

    July 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  292. Julio USAF

    Ms. Bachman capable to run with migrains? Sure, why not? It didn't seem to affect Dick Cheney. I don't know how many heart troubles he's had that came close to dancing the tango with death, but he kept on truckin'. He even got to enjoy a hunting gun accident fiasco. How about them apples?

    July 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  293. Glenn Martin

    We currently have a President and Vice President who are both literally stupid and shameful liars the American people. Both are missing a couple of belt loops. I prefer Michelle's rare headache. She could operate at 10% capacity and be smarter and be more honest.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  294. lynnej in nc

    We need someone in the Oval Office that is up to the task at hand. Their poor health puts the country at risk especially if it is something wrong with their brain making their decisions suspect.

    But in her case, everything she says and does before this was public knowledge was suspect.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  295. Jack Dempsey

    Jack, I don't think it matters. I Can't imagine any President not having a headache. Just dealing with the Clowns in Congress would give you one. Jack from Nice, Ca.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  296. Mark

    Well, we elected a President afflicted with arrogance, megalomania and narcissism and no one ever questioned that.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  297. Jean

    Why not?? John McCain's health and age were both questioned. Or are we practising reverse sexism here?

    July 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  298. Walter in NC

    Of course health should be an issue, especially given the stresses of being president. Small wonder that Bachmann has migraines with all the crazy stuff going on in her head.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  299. Bob in Houston

    No, but the way she treats reporters is. If she has two people who work directly for her rough up a reporter for asking her a question about a health issue, what is her attitude going to be when she, as President, is pressed on a foreign policy issue, or an issue involving national security?

    July 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  300. Mlenya Johannsen

    I hope the revelation of this debilitating illness will cause her to drop out of the race permanently. It gives me a REALLY bad headache when I have to consider this crackpot could actually become the person with her finger on the red button!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  301. Marlene - Louisiana

    Definitely yes – both physical and mental. She scares me!

    (As an aside, Mr. Cafferty, I admire you tremendously!)

    July 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  302. Yvonne

    I am sorry I posted something earlier – I just read everyones comments and I thought this was for serious comments, not just for jabs at her. I can't believe people really believe that she is mentally unstable. This is not constructive in any way. If you don't like her or what she stands for – then disagree with her positions or policies, but not her as a person.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  303. Sara Walker

    The issue of health has always been a factor in presidential races. However, in modern times the media has made it increasingly difficult for any imperfections (health or otherwise) to pass through unnoticed. We will probably never see an obese president like Taft again because the media would tear him apart. But the fact is that there have been presidents with sub-par health who have achieved great things in the White House, just look at FDR. The bottom line though is that none of us are perfect, and if this is Bachman's only flaw, she's not a bad bet so let's give her a shot.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  304. Lyn Stone

    I have a relative who has chronic dehabilitating migraines but he has a job that gves him space should he be out of commission for a few hours. I don't think the President of the United States has that option, especially during an emergency. "Who's attacking the United States? Sorry, I can't think with this Migraine. Please turn out the lights as you leave my office"

    July 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  305. Duane from Nebraska

    Jack, Even an incapacitated person would be better than what we've got.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  306. Rodger Crowe

    Bachmann's health is not a major issue...remember JFK's history of back problems and FDR's paralysis, both of which were hush-hushed or ignored at the time. The more important issue is Bachmann vs. Obama. No contest...Obama will win in a landslide. Is this what the Republicans want?

    July 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  307. Daniel Murfreesboro, TN

    Abraham Lincoln's gaunt condition was alledgedly due to Lupus and he managed a war and the economy at the same time.

    FDR had polio yet traveled across the country through four presidential campaigns fighting World War II and the depression and traveled around the world to places like Yalta to be an integral part in negotiations with World Leaders like Chruchill and Stalin.

    JFK went through the Cuban missile crisis while suffering from a bad back.
    Ronald Reagan ate too many jelly beans and Bill Clinton ate too many McDonald Hamburgers. Michelle Bacmann and her Migraines? It's all "in your head Jack." 😉

    July 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  308. Go M1ch3ll3?

    Please Michelle fight for the nomination. You are in position to lose the presidency race worse then any other canidate in history. The only thing you can do to make it worse is get Sarah the Pscho on your team. You go girl!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  309. joe

    Of course, the leader of the free world's health is important to the citizens of America

    July 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  310. Ed Scheiner

    If we are to eliminate a candidate for migraines we may want to eliminate candidates for Diabetis, COPD, High blood pressure, .....etc. Remember we had one of our greatest presidents GUILTY of being ill with Depression. Remember Lincoln. Oh and what of FDR we should eliminate him with Polio?
    We have a system where we vote a President and Vice President on one ticket. In reality IF you are an intelligent voter you are voting for the person representing your issues.

    Which is more important to worry about the candidate’s illness or potential for a person to assassinate the president. Let's have our priorities on the defending our elected officials.

    Let's stop with the media drive hype to discredit a candidate. Let's have the public decide who will be best to represent.

    Yes I am interested Backman. But I do not know if she has enough of what I want. But I want her to continue to the finish. Romney is OLD WORLD POLITICIAN.

    It would be nice IF the media could Report the news Not Steer the news.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  311. Steve Weakley

    In the unlikely event that Michele Bachmann should be elected President, we can only pray for incapacitating migraines. As someone once said of Calvin Coolidge, "The greatest governance in the history of the republic occurred every afternoon, when Calvin Coolidge took a nap."

    July 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  312. Patti

    Jack, did anyone question John F Kennedy who suffered with Addison disease? This man also suffered from severe back problems and also took drugs that are illegal today. During his Presidential term he was considered a hero in the eyes of the liberal MSM. If a woman has menstrual cramps or going through menopause are you saying they are not qualified to be President? It's the facts of life woman have it much harder. Lets not forgot Michele took in 23 Foster children and had five children of her own and she endured. I'm sure Michele Bachmanns migraines will not interfere or take up as much time as obamas parties, vacations, golf games, flying on Air Force One and his campaigning. Is this a problem because she is a Republican woman?

    July 20, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  313. Astrya Richard

    Any candidate’s medical needs/issues should be made available for the consideration of voters. Period.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  314. Lou

    Pres Roosevelt was elected four times and he wasn't in the best of health. HE STILL MANAGED TO RUN THE COUNTRY. Pres Kennedy wasin bad healthalso, does it make a difference that they were Democrates?????

    July 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  315. Pete

    No, shouldn't be an issue...as long as everyone realizes that some of those "3 a.m. phone calls" to the White House will be answered with a "Not tonight, I've got a headache!".

    July 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  316. jim

    " ... Bachmann suffers from chronic, debilitating migraine headaches."

    yeah, well, given her ultra-right-wing unsupportable stances on most issues, I can understand why she would suffer serious head issues.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  317. maria

    nobody EVER worried about president Kennedy's excessive narcotic abuse and addiction to other pain medicines that incapacitated him for most of the Cuban Missile Crisis!!!!!!!! They just kept giving him more!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  318. Norman

    The issue is whether Bachmann is prepared to be president when she surrounds herself with an undisciplined staff that, rather than advise her how to handle a predictable and perfectly reasonable question from ABC's Brian Ross, instead chooses to shove him.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  319. Sam from Tennessee

    Her migraines should not be an issue. There would be plenty of people around to make decisions and to fall back on. Her intelligence and judgment, however, should be an issue. She won't be elected President.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  320. The Doctor

    Doesn't she look a little tired?

    July 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  321. Albert

    If your validity as a college grad or veteran is an issue; if you were born in America is an issue; then certainly health and the ability to govern the country expecially in these trying times.....then YES, health is an issue!!!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  322. Alex

    Even if she WAS qualified to be President (as she clearly is not), migraines render you helpless and incapacitated. I know. I just had one for four days and could do nothing about it. I was unable to eat, sleep, open my eyes (due to light sensitivity), or sleep comfortably. The slightest noise was excruciating to hear. It culminated in severe nausea...and tears. I don't wish these occurrences on anyone, and would have serious concerns if it affected our Commander in Chief.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  323. David

    Jack... her mental health is a BIG issue for me... IF you know what I mean....

    July 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  324. Wanda in VA

    No Jack. I doubt we have ever had a president who didn't have some health issue going on since most of them have been older skirt chasing men. I think we are too ready to jump on anything a "former nameless employee" has to say. There is a reason they are "former" employees. If we paid as much attention to what Michelle Bachmann stands for we may find a very qualified presidential candidate.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  325. Joe Seefried

    Her headaches should not even be an issue. Remember FDR? He had what was believed to be polio, and he was able to be president without any problems. The difference is this. FDR did not have to deal with the current media technology. I would imagine back then most Americans didn't even know he was in a wheel chair. With today's media technology, if a candidate sneezes it becomes headline news. I will take Michele Bachmann's chronic headaches over this president's chronic incompetence any day of the week.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  326. Jim

    If she becomes president I will have migraine headaches.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  327. Laxman

    Why do we need a President that may not be able to serve whenever the migraine shows up? Every job has certain specific requirements. Having migraine is not one of them.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  328. Shawn

    A lot of presidents have had medical problems that were controlled or kept under wraps. Roosevelt – polio, Kennedy – Addisons, Clinton – sex addiction, Martin Sheen – MS.

    Migraines may keep you from being out in the spotlight literally but it does not affect your cognitive ability. Where do we draw a line? Why let people with migraines be doctors, lawyers, police officers etc?

    I am a republican and there may be many good reasons for her not to be President – but migraines are not one of them.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  329. Drew


    Anything, as has been said plenty of times, that can prevent the President from doing his or her job as effectively as is required by the American public should be a concern to voters. One of the most frequent triggers of migraines is stress and I'd be interested to see if she has suffered from migraines her entire life or only since she has been elected to public office. Its important to remember that she is looking to acheive the most stressful position in the world.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  330. Simon

    Hey there
    I think it should not be a handicap for her to become president only because of that.
    Surely she should get it under control.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  331. Fred Jackson

    In a word – "YES" – Not only considering what position this is, but also,
    the demanding complex situations we're in !

    Hang in there Caf.
    Thanks, Fred

    July 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  332. Jim

    When was the last time we had a high caliber candidate for one of these offices again?

    The thing is JFK and FDR for all their faults and strengths actually knew what the constitution said.

    Also Bachmann has said on a couple of occasions she's submissive to her husband in all things. So it's actually her husband you're going to end up with in office, just speaking through her.

    Anyone running for a position of power is pretty much disqualified for it by that act alone. Unless you don't care about wise choices... though after the last couple of decades I guess it's pretty obvious we don't.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  333. Emite Goodwin

    Jack URGENT!
    Migrains For all and works on most!
    BC Powder with caffeine from cola and coffee.
    If taken when first starts will stop on most people.
    My wife is the one with them and had suffered until 20 years ago in Mississippi and man shared and changed her life.
    Please share Emite

    July 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  334. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln both suffered from severe depression (Churchill called it 'Black Dog') yet both guided their country through the darkest hours. I don't think a disability like migraine headaches should necessarily disqualify a candidate but Bachmann has little to bring to the office and simply is not the right person for the job.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  335. RG

    If health were not an issue (and a bad choice of running mates) John McCain would be president today.

    If you have Sarah Palin as a running mate, you'ld better be in REAL GOOD shape.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  336. James in Oregon

    Bachmann with a migraine is preferable to Palin with a moose rifle!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:42 pm |