Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has a new memoir coming out Monday (Nov. 21) called “Core of Conviction: My Story.” In the book, the AP reports that Bachmann tells of her life from a poor childhood in Iowa to politician vying for the Republican nomination for president.
Along the way, she talks about her run for the Stillwater, Minn. school board in 1999. It was her first run for an elected office – and she lost.
“What a mistake. It was a chastening experience, losing an election among your friends and neighbors is no fun. As a result I resolved not to risk embarrassing myself ever again,” writes Bachmann.
But she obviously did not give up politics and in 2000 she beat a GOP incumbent on the way to the Minnesota Senate. She calls herself “the first Minnesota Tea Partier” after that win.
Bachmann does not get into her presidential campaign too much in the book, though she does acknowledge some campaign mistakes, such as in a post-debate interview when she suggested that a vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV) could cause mental retardation in children.
“I’ve learned the hard way at the national level that any erroneous statement will very quickly be magnified. So, as someone who talks for a living, I’ve learned to check, double-check and triple-check my sources. And yet I still make a mistake or two!” writes Bachmann.
She also takes President Obama to task in her closing paragraph.
“I believe that a conventional, play-it-safe campaign will ensure that America has to endure another four years of Barack Obama and his wrecking-crew policies. That is, if the Republican presidential nominee fails to energize key constituencies, or worse, if the nominee is seen as insincere, then we will lose,” says Bachmann.
Will you be picking up a copy of “Core of Conviction” on Monday?