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Religion to resentment: Michele Bachmann's appeal

Larry Jacobs addresses Bachmann's ability to cater to the "disengaged."

"Michele Bachmann's career in Minnesota was launched and sustained by her focus on social issues," said Larry Jacobs, a political scientist who directs the University of Minnesota's Center for the Study of Politics and Governance. And she's leveraged them quite effectively. Going back to that first campaign for school board, Jacobs said Bachmann demonstrated a unique talent for mobilizing evangelical churchgoers who he says were "disengaged" from Republican politics in the state. Her outreach "gave them a focal point, an identity, and a candidate to project themselves into a real force in Minnesota politics."

WNYC
July 21, 2011

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