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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is getting a lot of attention in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Most presidential hopefuls welcome being on a magazine cover, but some think Bachmann’s cover of ‘Newsweek’ this week is not too flattering.

The magazine calls her “The Queen of Rage” and used what can be described as a harsh picture of the 6th district congresswoman.

The full title on the cover is:  ‘”The Queen of Rage” Michele Bachmann on God, the Tea Party and The Evils of Government.’

Humphrey School of Public Affairs political scientist Larry Jacobs says Bachmann a candidate to reckon with, because he has done well in the polls, she is popular in Iowa and her fundraising is strong.

“No doubt Newsweek is sending a strong editorial message here that they think Michele Bachmann is a crackpot,” Jacobs said. “It also acknowledges a reality: Michele Bachmann is here. She’s a major force on the national political scene.”

WCCO hasn’t heard of any reaction so far from Bachmann’s campaign.

Amy Siskind from The New Agenda said the media covers women differently then men and ‘Newsweek’ purposefully used a bad photo.

WCCO’s Natalie Kane Interview Amy Siskind


Bachmann, a tea party favorite, has risen quickly in national polls and is near the top in a recent Iowa straw poll.

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