No clear frontrunner has emerged in the race for the Republican nomination, but Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is winning the all-important Glenn Beck demographic. On his radio show yesterday, the conservative pundit announced his support for Congresswoman Bachmann. She responded by sending a statement to her supporters boasting about being backed by Mr. Beck. “I’m thankful for my friend Glenn Beck,” Congresswoman Bachmann wrote.
Until last June, Mr. Beck hosted a show on the Fox News Channel. He was famous for crying on air and holding a massive “Restoring Honor” rally on the National Mall in Washington. Since leaving Fox, Mr. Beck has hosted his show on his own internet TV channel. On his show yesterday, Mr. Beck revealed he would vote for Congresswoman Bachmann in a Republican primary, but he claims admitting his support for the congresswoman is somehow consistent with his policy of not giving official endorsements. His comments were certainly quite effusive.
“There is somebody I think that is exceptional and truly comes the closest to embodying the spirit of Lincoln or Washington in this field. And I believe that it is Michele Bachmann,” Mr. Beck said. “We have to trust somebody. That’s not to say that there aren’t good candidates elsewhere. The others, many of them are good, decent men. But this woman is exceptional and I would ask that you would take a look at the character and the true life of Michele Bachmann. I believe she means what she says and says what she means.”
In her email to supporters, Congresswoman Bachmann described Mr. Beck as a “proven leader for our nation.”
“Glenn is a trusted voice for conservatives across the nation and millions of Americans listen to his radio show and visit his website every day,” Ms. Bachmann wrote. “While Glenn makes it very clear he doesn’t officially endorse candidates, I’m humbled that he would put is trust in me and vote for me in a Republican Primary.”
Ms. Bachmann is currently trailing behind Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Ron Paul in the polls.