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Continued: Minnesota Poll: Wetterling leads Bachmann 48% to 40%

  • Article by: ERIC BLACK , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 17, 2006 - 7:25 PM

Tschida, who opposes abortion, said that if Wetterling is really a children's advocate, she should advocate for unborn children as well. Wetterling supports abortion rights.

Sheri Gangle, 37, a St. Cloud Republican and full-time mom, said she would vote for Bachmann because "I could never vote for Wetterling" and because "I don't believe in changing parties, especially in times like this, times when you should support your president."

Anne Dimock, 54, of Afton, a writer and political independent, said, "I'm for Wetterling in large part because I'm against Bachmann."

Dimock has followed Bachmann since her 1999 race for school board and views her as "an extreme conservative, even for a Republican. ... I don't think she really is in favor of public education. I do not trust her. I think she is part of a very conservative right-wing Republican cadre who are evangelical Christians and who want to foist their view of the world on the rest of us."

DFLer and salesperson Jill Joseph, 46, of Avon favors Wetterling "because of her efforts on children's issues, because she's very in tune with the community, because she'll help with education and seniors issues and because I believe she'll be true to her word and fight for what she's campaigning for."

Campaigns react

Bachmann campaign manager Andy Parrish said that Bachmann has been "consistently up in the polls, and we feel comfortable with where we're at now."

Wetterling campaign manager Corey Day said: "Its pretty obvious that Patty's message of hope, opportunity and promise for Minnesota's families is beating the cynical, extremist positions taken by politician Michele Bachmann."

Eric Black • eblack@startribune.com

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