GOP Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is no stranger to controversy, but many are raising their eyebrows at the latest comments she has made regarding Hurricane Irene East Coast storm over the weekend and how she was linking it to religion. At a campaign stop in Florida on Sunday, she said, “Washington, D.C., you’d think by now they’d get the message. Earthquakes, a hurricane, are you listening? The American people have done everything they possibly can. Now it’s time for an act of God and we’re getting it.”
Shortly after the quote and the video (embedded below) made the rounds, Alice Stewart, a campaign spokesman for Bachmman, told reporters that the comments were made in “jest.”
Critics of the Congresswoman were outraged by the comments, feeling that the storm was very serious considering that it caused at least 44 deaths throughout its path across the East Coast and that Bachmann was out of line making the storm a punch line and bringing religion into it. However, others felt differently, saying that she was simply making light of the damage Irene wrought and that she didn’t mean anything harmful by her comments.
Also at the Tea Party-sponsored event in Sarasota, Bachmann also continued to slam President Barack Obama over his economic policies. She also promised that she would make deep cuts in government spending if she is elected president next year.
According to the latest Gallup poll, Bachmann is polling in fourth place nationally with 10% of the vote behind Texas Governor Rick Perry (29%), former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (17%), and libertarian Texas Congressman Ron Paul (13%).