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Teen Claims Threats Over Bachmann Debate Challenge

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U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks at the "Values Voter Summit" on Sept. 17, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks at the “Values Voter Summit” on Sept. 17, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey teenager says she’s received threats since challenging U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to a debate over the Constitution.

Ann Myers challenged the tea party favorite in a letter dated April 29. After it started getting media attention last weekend, commenters on tea party websites have threatened to publish her home address and some have threatened violence.

The 16-year-old from Cherry Hill says several commenters have called her a “whore.”

Her father, Wayne, says he’s concerned for his daughter’s safety.

But Cherry Hill Police Lt. William Kushina says anonymous online threats like these are usually empty.

Myers says the Minnesota congresswoman misstates or distorts facts about the Constitution. Bachmann’s office told The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill that it won’t respond to the debate challenge.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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