Bachmann cites her doctor on migraines

July 21, 2011

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NEW YORK - Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota yesterday responded to questions about her migraine headaches by releasing a letter from her doctor saying she is in good health.

The decision to release the letter came after Karl Rove, the political adviser to President George W. Bush, suggested on Fox News that Bachmann, who is seeking the GOP presidential nomination, should release her medical records.

And it followed comments from a rival candidate, Tim Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota, suggesting that presidential hopefuls need to be in good health.

Bachmann released the letter from her doctor in an e-mail to reporters. In it, Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician of the US Congress, describes her as “overall, in good general health.’’

“Your migraines occur infrequently and have known trigger factors of which you are aware and know how to avoid,’’ Monahan wrote. “When you do have a migraine, you are able to control it well’’ with medication.

Mitt Romney, another GOP presidential candidate, defended Bachmann, saying: “Her health should not be an issue in the campaign.’’ — NEW YORK TIMES

Senate approves $73b for veterans’ health care WASHINGTON - The Senate has passed its first spending bill for the upcoming budget year, a $73 billion measure funding increases for veterans’ health care programs.

The measure passed 97 to 2. It may be one of the very few of the 12 annual spending bills setting the day-to-day budgets of Cabinet agencies to become law by an Oct. 1 deadline for the start of the 2012 budget year. —ASSOCIATED PRESS

GOP contenders keep things short on Twitter WASHINGTON - You think presidential debates are challenging? Try limiting your answers to 140 characters.

Six Republican presidential hopefuls traded tweets in the first presidential debate conducted through Twitter yesterday, outlining their agendas across the popular social media service.

In brief responses that buzzed across cyberspace, the GOP field challenged President Obama’s approaches to the ongoing debate over the debt ceiling, job creation and the US involvement in Libya. Republican candidates criticized Obama’s handling of the economy and efforts to reform health care.

“Obama failed. With ur help we can return the people’s voice to the WH, restore fiscal sanity & make Obama a 1 term president,’’ said Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

Asked whether a president can create jobs without expanding the role of the federal government, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum tweeted: “The federal govt kills jobs!’’ — ASSOCIATED PRESS