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Michele Bachmann takes heat over BP

Tarryl Clark, the Democratic candidate tasked with the unenviable job of challenging Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), releases a TV ad -- a real one, not a web video -- and becomes, I think, the first to roll out an ad attacking a Republican incumbent for not being tough enough on BP.

The "chumps" quote came from my conversation with Bachmann on Tuesday -- Democrats, bursting with joy after a year of being labeled the "party of TARP," are conflating opposition to the BP fund with a desire to defend BP.

UPDATE: She swings back.

The claims made about my statements are false. In each of the interviews I have given, I have stated that BP is liable to fully compensate victims for the damage they have inflicted on the Gulf Coast with this tragic accident. It's important to make the victims whole, and the American taxpayer should not pay one dime for the mess created by this spill. My opponents are demonstrating with this first ad they are scraping the bottom of the barrel with distorting my views on this tragedy that's been foisted upon so many innocent Americans, marine life and wildlife in the Gulf Coast region. Making false claims and distortions about my statements is indicative of a negative campaign style, and Minnesotans deserve better.

By David Weigel  |  June 18, 2010; 4:52 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , Energy  
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