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Michelle Bachmann faces backlash over "Obama" comments

Minnesota Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann is facing a public backash over her comments on Barack Obama, according to Kare11.

Bachmann appeared on the MSNBC program "Hardball" with Chris Matthews. Bachmann, who is running for reelection in Minnesota's 6th district, was asked if she felt that Obama held "ant-american views." Bachmann said: "Absolutely. I'm very concerned that he may have anti-American views."

Her statements appear to be a sharp contrast from statements made a day earlier at a debate in St. Cloud.

"If the presidency would somehow go to Barack Obama, I would welcome him to the 6th District as well," Bachmann said after the debate. "As a matter of fact, I would put my hand on his shoulder and give him a kiss if he wanted to" -- a reference to when Bachmann gained notoriety for grabbing President Bush's shoulder after his 2007 State of the Union address and holding on until he kissed her."

Aside from criticisms on Bachmann's comments as distasteful, Democratic challenger El Tinklenberg has received almost half million dollars online since Bachmann's comments first aired, according to the Pioneer Press.

Bachmann based her comments on Obama's relationships with Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers.

Tinklenber spokesman, John Wodele, stated that Bachmann's statements went too far.

"There was a spark already. But she poured fuel on that spark, and it just exploded," Wodele said. "It struck people as inappropriate."

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