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Two Republican stars -- Palin and Bachmann -- align for first time

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, left, and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) took turns bashing President Obama and congressional Democrats at a campaign rally in Minneapolis.
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, left, and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) took turns bashing President Obama and congressional Democrats at a campaign rally in Minneapolis. (Jim Mone/associated Press)
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Betty Soban, an admiring constituent of Bachmann's, said: "My family left Germany because of Hitler and socialized medicine. I see it happening here." Important to her, she said, are "freedom of ownership. Freedom of our guns. Freedom of having babies."

Soban's sweatshirt read "Liberty and Freedom," and she sported a button that said: "Change? I'd like mine back."

Heading into a competitive contest this fall, Bachmann had raised more than $1.5 million before the scheduled $10,000-a-plate fundraiser with Palin. (The first $4,800 of each contribution will go to her campaign, and the rest to the state GOP.) Only four House Republicans have raised more.

One of Bachmann's Democratic opponents, State Sen. Tarryl Clark, has raised more than $1 million, a significant total for a challenger this early in the election cycle.

But Bachmann sounds determined. She reminded another audience recently of her 2008 comment that Obama might have "anti-American views," declaring, "I said I had very serious concerns that Barack Obama had anti-American views, and now I look like Nostradamus."

Before Wednesday's event, congressional Democrats e-mailed a dismissive message to supporters, saying "the outrageous lies" of Palin and Bachmann "have become the stuff of legend."

Staff writer Perry Bacon Jr. in Washington contributed to this report.


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