Shortly after her remarks [at a South Carolina campaign rally], Bachmann stepped from her stage and read a statement that her press aide, Alice Stewart, appeared to have been fine-tuning onstage just moments before. Here’s an excerpt:
Since entering this campaign for the presidency, I have maintained a full schedule between my duties as Congresswoman and as a presidential candidate traveling across the nation to meet with voters…. I have prescribed medication that I take on occasion whenever symptoms arise and they keep my migraines under control. But I’d like to be abundantly clear: My ability to function effectively will not affect my ability to serve as commander in chief.
Bachmann said that 30 million Americans suffer from migraines, and that “nearly nearly one in 4 American households” have a migraine sufferer. “While I appreciate the concern for myself and for my health,” she added, looking to climb back down to safer ground, “the greater concern should be the debate that is occurring today in Washington, D.C., over whether or not we will increase our debt spending and taxes.” Bachmann reiterated that she would not vote to raise the debt ceiling. And, with that, she departed without taking questions.