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Michelle Bachmann not apologizing for 'act of God' joke

August 29, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A spokesperson for Michelle Bachmann says the Republican presidential hopeful was joking when she said the earthquake and hurricane that struck the nation's capital was "an act of God."

"Washington DC, you'd think by now they'd get the message," she told the crowd at a rally in Florida over the weekend. "An earthquake, a hurricane. Are you listening? The American people have done everything they possibly can. Now it's time for an act of God and we're getting it."

Her campaign is not apologizing for the comment, saying it was a joke.

Hurricane Irene led to the deaths of at least 35 people in 10 different states.