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Michele Bachmann: Earthquake, Irene Were A Wake Up Call From God For Politicians

Newscom / Olivier Douliery

She hailed the tea party as being common-sense Americans who understand government shouldn't spend more than it takes in, know they're taxed enough already and want government to abide by the Constitution.

"I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending."

Emphasis added. Bachmann's comments put her closer to Pat Robertson's take on the week than her most prominent rivals for the Republican nomination.

Team Bachmann says the line wasn't meant to be taken seriously.

"Obviously she was saying it in jest," campaign spokesperson Alice Stewart told TPM.

Bachmann's comments came on a campaign swing through Florida that included a stop at the Idlewild Baptist megachurch. Her escort was Peter Waldron, Bachmann's "faith outreach coordinator" who has raised his own set of questions for her campaign.

Here's a video of Bachmann's visit made by the the Times:

This post has been updated with the response from the Bachmann campaign.

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