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Schier Likens Bachmann to "Mini-Palin" in Christian Science Monitor

May 27, 2011

In the May 27 edition of the Christian Science Monitor, Steven Schier, the Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, compares two potential Republican U.S. Presidential candidates in current Minnesota congresswoman Michelle Bachmann and former Alaska governor and one-time vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin. “She’s sort of a mini-Palin,” Schier says in the article. Schier feels if both women' run, that Palin has the clear advantage, as she’s got far more name recognition, higher poll numbers, and a dedicated national fan base. “If Palin runs, then the air goes out of Bachmann’s balloon,” he says.