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Bachmann: Irene, quake comment 'metaphor'

WASHINGTON, Conn., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann said Sunday her statement suggesting Hurricane Irene and the East Coast earthquake were messages from God was a metaphor.

"Obviously, I was speaking metaphorically." the Minnesota Republican presidential candidate said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

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"That was clear to the audience. It was clear to me because the American people have been desperately trying to get the president's attention. He's not paying attention. I've spent my time all across the United States listening to people."

Last Sunday, Bachmann told a crowd in Sarasota, Fla., "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."

The next day, she said, "Of course, I was being humorous when I said that. It would be absurd to think it was anything else."

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She said Sunday Irene was a "terrible tragedy. We saw destruction of property but more importantly, of human life" and that her thoughts and prayers were with victims.

Since taking office in 2007, she said, she has been at the forefront in fighting "out-of-control government spending."

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