Rep. Steve King on Bachmann: Migraines Never Impact Job Performance

Jul 19, 2011 1:34pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein (@rickklein) reports:

With a new report circulating suggesting that severe migraines have at times debilitated Rep. Michele Bachmann, we asked one of her closest friends and allies in Congress whether he’s ever seen them impact her job performance. 

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, told us on ABC’s “Top Line” today that the answer is no:

“If you would watch her public appearances and see how she performs in each one of them, there would be no clue of such a thing in her public appearances,” King said. “She is one who always rises to the occasion. And all of us have had our times when we’ve been short of sleep — our travels have been intense, a lot of things are pounding on us from the outside. But when it’s time to step up and do your job — are you ready for it? And I think you can see she always is.”

A Bachmann spokeswoman today echoed that sentiment, telling ABC News that Bachmann’s migraines haven’t cost her any time on the campaign trail.

Asked if Bachmann is the frontrunner in his home state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, King said she’s certainly near the top of the pack.

“She’s the one with the most momentum, and if she’s not the frontrunner she’s very, very close to being that. We’ll have to see how the candidates perform and how they organize. You know, part of this measure for the straw poll coming up in Ames on August 13 is how well can you organize. Can you get people to Ames to actually go in there — registered voters to go in and vote in that straw poll?”

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