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August 12th, 2011
09:55 PM ET

CNN's Don Lemon and others pushed and elbowed by Michele Bachmann's husband and staff

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann kept a crowd of hundreds waiting for thirty minutes on Friday at the Iowa State Fair. While other GOP candidates spoke for twenty minutes or more during their scheduled appearances at a forum called ‘the soapbox’ at the fair, Bachmann arrived thirty minutes late, surrounded by a phalanx of security and staff members and only spoke for about three minutes. Upon leaving, she refused to answer reporters’ questions, including those posed by CNN's Don Lemon. The video which aired on CNN's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer shows Lemon and others being swept away in the media scrum. Lemon explained what happened to CNN's Wolf Blitzer.


When asked for a response, Bachmann Press Secretary Alice Stewart told CNN, “Our number one priority is the safety and protection of Michele Bachmann. It was just too crowded. We were just trying to get her out in order for her to go to other events at the fair and that’s what we were doing.”

See the raw video of the incident below:


Read more about the incident here.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Frank Thompson

    Nothing in the video supports Dom Lemon. Actually it looks like Michele Bachmann was the one being pushed.

    August 12, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  2. Bill Michael

    Don, sorry you are having to put up with such dis-respect. Arrogance and Bigotry are the reasons the Republicans will lose in 2012.

    August 14, 2011 at 3:34 am |
  3. john

    Don Lemon you sound like a little wussy. "I hit my head". Maybe you should stay in the news room instead of in the field. First off, you and others would not yield any space for Michelle to walk through. There were mobs of people around and in todays world I don't blame her for having the type of security around her as she did. Even if she were to stop how would she have been able address questions from individuals like you and your other newsday competitors in that mob like atmosphere.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
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