The surging Rep. Michele Bachmann, by some measures the frontrunner in the Republican presidential race, suffers from debilitating headaches that "incapacitate" her for days at a time, The Daily Caller news site reports Tuesday.
Bachmann moved quickly to address the concerns, saying that her migranes are controlled with medication and have not slowed her bruising campaign schedule.
The Daily Caller's story, based on anonymous former aides and advisers, says that the condition has landed Rep. Bachmann in the hospital on at least three occasions. Some who have worked with her are quoted as saying they wonder if she would able to withstand the stressful rigors of the Presidency.
"Let me be abundantly clear, my ability to function effectively has never been impeded by migraines and will not affect my ability to serve as commander in chief," Bachmann said in a statement.
Meanwhile, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told Iowans Tuesday that they should not blow the whole election for the GOP by choosing a candidate "who is not ready to run the country." He did not mention said candidate by name, but everyone knows he meant Bachmann, a fellow Minnesotan. (h/t TalkingPointsMemo.com).
The two are competing for the same conservative, evangelical base of voters in Iowa, which holds the first nomination votes in the nation. Pawlenty, who has remained mired in single digits in polls while Bachmann rises, has staked his campaign on a strong showing there. Translation: Big motive for hitting Bachmann.