Michele Bachmann Campaign On Controversial Newsweek Cover: ‘We’re Focused On What’s Important’

By Eliza

Aug 9, 2011 4:16pm

ABC News’ Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) reports:

ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa — Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann delivered her standard stump speech in this lakefront town Tuesday afternoon even as a controversy over her depiction on the cover of Newsweek magazine swirled around her.

Bachmann did not address the cover photo, which shows a wide-eyed Bachmann above the headline “The Queen Of Rage.”

Her spokeswoman Alice Stewart offered this statement to ABC News:

“We’re just not going to address that,” Stewart said. “We’re focused on what’s important, which is meeting with the people of Iowa in advance of the straw poll.”

The flap over the photo has lit up commentators on conservative websites who are crying foul over the Minnesota congresswoman’s portrayal. Some members of the crowd in this northern Iowa town who said they had seen the photo and were similarly concerned.

“As far as her eyes go, I don’t know if it’s her natural eyes or what it is but it wouldn’t surprise me if they didn’t try to Photoshop something and make it look like crazy or something because that’s what, you know, a lot of the media does when it comes to conservative women,” said Brenda Russell a business owner and resident of Spirit Lake.

Russell said she still undecided in the 2012 presidential race, but said her top choices were Bachmann and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain.

Bachmann did not take questions after her event here.

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