Michele Bachmann Speaks out on Bankrupt Solar Company; Faces Vaccine Challenge

By: AP
By: AP

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate
Michele Bachmann says a half-billion dollar government loan to a
solar energy manufacturer is an example of an "abuse of authority
and power."

Bachmann made the remarks Friday at an Orange County rally
before the start of the California GOP convention.

The Treasury Department announced Thursday it has launched an
investigation into a $535 million loan to the Fremont, Calif.-based
Solyndra Inc.

The Silicon Valley company was the first renewable-energy
manufacturer to receive a loan guarantee under the stimulus law.
President Barack Obama's administration frequently touted Solyndra
as a model for its clean energy program.

It has since laid off more than 1,000 people and filed for

Bachmann called the loan "crony capitalism" during the rally.

Solyndra executives raised more than $100,000 for Obama and

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A prominent bioethicist has offered $10,000
to charity if Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann
can prove her claim that a vaccination caused mental retardation.

Arthur Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania challenged
Bachmann on Thursday over her comments regarding the human
papillomavirus vaccine.

The topic of HPV inoculation came up Monday during a GOP debate.
Afterward, Bachmann linked the vaccine to retardation, a claim
vehemently disputed by medical experts.

Caplan says if Bachmann can identify a verified vaccine victim
in one week, he will donate $10,000 to a charity of her choice. If
not, Caplan says Bachmann should donate $10,000 to a pro-vaccine

University of Minnesota bioethicist Steven Miles made a similar
offer for $1,000.

Caplan says Bachmann hasn't responded. Her campaign spokeswoman didn't immediately return a request for comment.

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