GOP candidate Michele Bachmann said she’s laughing off comments from a rival campaign that her “sex appeal” gives her an advantage in the primaries.

Bachmann discussed the inflammatory comments on the Scott Hennen radio show. “Listen, I’m 55 years old. I’ve given birth to five kids and I’ve raised 23 foster kids,” Bachmann said. “So that sounds like good news to me.”

On Wednesday, former Minnesota congressman Vin Weber, who advises Bachmann’s GOP rival Tim Pawlenty, came under fire for saying Bachmann would be hard to beat in Iowa, in part because of her looks.

“She’s got hometown appeal, she’s got ideological appeal, and, I hate to say it, but she’s got a little sex appeal too,” The Hill quoted Weber as saying.

Weber’s comment made headlines, and he quickly released a statement saying his comments were “disrespectful” to Bachmann.

The Fix reported that Bachmann called Weber the following day.

“She said she knows I’ve always bent over backwards to say good things about her and that she took my comments as complimentary,” Weber said in an email to The Fix. “We have been and remain good friends.”

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