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Bachmann quips quake and hurricane were divine message

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign says she was only kidding when she suggested Hurricane Irene and the East Coast earthquake were a message from God.

Sunday evening in Sarasota, Fla., the Minnesota Republican quipped that the federal government's deficit spending may finally have provoked a divine response.

Bachmann said, "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?'"

Bachmann's campaign is reportedly downplaying the remark.

Talking Points Memo says an email from a Bachmann campaign spokeswoman states it's obvious that "she was saying it in jest."

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