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Rupert Cornwell: Rising star of the US Right is certainly no 'Palin lite'

Rupert Cornwell in Washington

Published 29/03/2011 | 05:00

Michele Bachmann electrifies her audience last weekend in Washington, DC
Michele Bachmann electrifies her audience last weekend in Washington, DC

She will make a decision by June, but she behaves more like a candidate with each passing day

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She has five children and long dark hair. She is prone to gaffes, but can she fire up a crowd. She appeals especially strongly to the conservative wing of her party, Tea Party types and born-again Christians alike. She's a terrific fundraiser, and is seriously considering a White House run. Oh, and one other thing. She's not Sarah Palin.

In the thus-far lacklustre Republican contest to produce a challenger to Barack Obama next year, meet Michele Bachmann. She may have been a member of Congress for barely four years and she is hardly a blip in national polls. Indeed, officially she is not even a candidate.

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