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The Democrats, led by Nancy (You’ll have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it) Pelosi, have put a big target on the back of Michele Bachmann this year.

No wonder.

It was Michele Bachmann who introduced the first bill to repeal Obamacare, Pelosi’s prize legislative achievement as speaker of the House.

As a result, Bachmann faces an excruciatingly tough re-election fight in Minnesota in November. With her record of uncompromising leadership in the House over the last six years, she should be a shoo-in for re-election. But Pelosi is raising millions to take her down. On top of that, she’s running against a fat-cat multimillionaire who will spend whatever it takes to defeat Bachmann in his effort to return Pelosi to the position of speaker of the House.

I’m here to tell you we can ill afford to lose leaders like Michele Bachmann in 2012.

She is extremely smart, articulate, sincere, honest, principled and maintains unshakable core convictions about preserving America’s heritage of constitutionally limited government and the rule of law rather than the rule of men.

Anyone and everyone who knows me realizes I don’t make a habit of sticking my neck out for politicians.

But Michele Bachmann is no politician in the ordinary sense of that word.

She ran for Congress in 2006 – a very tough year for Republicans – and has been an outspoken champion of smaller and more responsible government in Washington ever since.

She was my first choice for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2012. That’s how much I think of Michele Bachmann, whom I count not only as a tough-minded, fiscally responsible, solidly pro-life conservative, but as a true friend.

That’s why I am supporting Michele Bachmann for re-election and urging you to join me in this effort.

Michele Bachmann is a tough campaigner who knows how to win tough races. All she needs to accomplish that objective is to raise enough money to fend off the attacks of the Democratic machine.

Will you help?

I urge you not to put the decision off another day. In politics, money raised today is more valuable than money raised tomorrow or next week or next month. Michele Bachmann needs your contributions right now.

Believe me, I know how tight money is for almost everyone these days. And that’s just another reason Michele Bachmann’s re-election is so important. We don’t want to live like this too much longer. We don’t want to see America decline like it has during Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House. We don’t want to see spending increase in Washington year after year after year.

Michele is one of my heroes in the House because she was one of only 22 Republicans who voted to freeze the debt limit.

She recognizes the only way to return Washington to constitutionally limited government is to stop it from borrowing any more money. It’s a prerequisite. It’s the starting point. You can’t seriously talk about reducing the deficit while continuing to borrow.

Michele Bachmann has the heart and the convictions of America’s Founding Fathers. She loves this country, and she genuinely wants to take it back. That’s why she worked so hard to get to Washington. She knows her work is far from done. She’s the kind of citizen-legislator we desperately need in the nation’s capital.

I know this election is the most important one of my lifetime – maybe the most important in our nation’s history.

There are many good men and women seeking to hold on to their offices and many good men and women seeking office for the first time. But, for my money, none is better than Michele Bachmann.

This is my personal plea to all those who respect my political instincts – no matter where you live in the U.S., contribute as generously as you can to the Michele Bachmann re-election campaign now.

If you are simply not in a position to donate even $25 to Michele Bachmann’s campaign because of the Obamaconomy, do something equally important – pray earnestly for her victory.

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