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Bachmann: Despite Apology, Wallace’s ‘Flake’ Question Still ‘Insulting’

Michele Bachmann won’t accept Chris Wallace’s apology about asking her in an interview yesterday if she was a “flake.”

“I think that it’s insulting to insinuate that a candidate for president is less than serious,” Bachmann told ABC.

In a web video yesterday, Wallace apologized for the question.

 “At the end of a very interesting interview, I asked her [Bachmann] about her history of controversial comments, some would say gaffes, and I found myself asking at the end, ‘Are you a flake?’ …  She seemed to be a little perturbed at that, but then gave a good strong answer,” Wallace said.

“In any case, a lot of you were more than perturbed,” he continued. “You were upset, and felt I had been rude to her. In the end, it’s really all about the answers, not the questions. I messed up. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean any disrespect. I was simply trying to put an issue that’s out there directly to her because some people do dismiss her as a flake.”

Wallace web video:

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Original exchange, when Wallace asked Bachmann if she was a flake (around 1:20 mark):

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...


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