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We take a deep look at Republican Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann, her career, her controversies and her soaring climb in the polls.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., officially announces her intent to seek the Republican presidential nomination in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP)
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., officially announces her intent to seek the Republican presidential nomination in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP)

Michele Bachmann can fire up a Tea Party rally and divide American voters faster than anyone in the Republican raft of contenders for the United States presidency.

The three-term Minnesota congresswoman with five kids, twenty-three foster kids, and in-your-face views on God, government and gays likes to say she has a titanium spine. In the last three polls in Iowa, the first GOP caucus state, that damn-the-torpedoes spine, has put her at the top of the Republican pack.

She makes critics seethe. And she is surging in the polls.

This hour On Point: All about Michele Bachmann.
-Tom Ashbrook
Guests:

Michael Crowley, senior correspondent and deputy Washington bureau chief for Time magazine.

Tom Emmer, former Republican state representative in Minnesota and a GOP gubernatorial candidate in 2010.

Melissa Harris Perry, professor of political science at Tulane University,and author of "Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America."

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This program aired on July 18, 2011.

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