Meet Amy Myers, the teen who challenged Michele Bachmann to a debate

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Michele Bachmann, meet your challenger
Since we wrote about the high school sophomore who is challenging Michele Bachmann to a debate, news of the youngster's gutsy move has been burning up the internet.

It seems the idea of the factually-challenged congresswoman getting publicly schooled in civics and U.S. history by a child gratifies a deep, unspoken national yearning.

But just who is Bachmann's challenger? City Pages talked to her after school last week to find out.

Amy Myers is a 16-year-old sophomore at Cherry Hill High School East in New Jersey, where she writes for the school newspaper. She loves All the President's Men, and credits it with deepening her interest in politics.

Her frustration with Bachmann boiled over when the Representative claimed the battles of Lexington and Concord took place in New Hampshire, rather than in Massachusetts.

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Amy Myers
"When she said that, we were just learning about that moment in my AP History class," Myers says. "She was just wrong. They're totally different regions."

Myers says she has nothing personal against Bachmann -- she just thinks her ceaseless stream of gaffes and inaccurate statements are an embarrassment to all women with political ambitions.

"It took until the 19th amendment for women to be able to vote, and now it seems like the most famous women in politics are kind of jokes," Myers says.

"You've got Christine O'Donnell, who's best known for her reputation as being a witch, then Sarah Palin, and the controversy with her and the shooting in Arizona, and then you've got Bachmann."

Bachmann may not realize it, Myers says, but her reputation as a truth-mangler makes it harder for young women to be taken seriously in politics.

"It seems like at school there's always a separation between what people think men can do and what women can do," Myers says. "If a girl says she wants to go into politics, people say 'Oh yeah, like Michele Bachmann?'"

That's why Myers wants a public debate and history quiz.

"I want to show that women still have independent thoughts," she says. "I want people to understand that any person can be strong."



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Hank Jackson
Hank Jackson

Bachmann is an example of a true joke!! She can't tell the difference between the real truth and fiction. If she wants to become President of the United States, she has got be A LOT SMARTER than who she is. Palin is no exception. She is a real example of a donkey.

anonymous
anonymous

I know her. She told me that her Dad wrote that Speech. Not her.

A3687778
A3687778

Lets see, Dr Paul wants to stop borrowing money from china to fund the unsustainable wars, stop policing the world on our dime (thus stopping extremism), give us a strong dollar (keeping us from defaulting through inflation), letting people keep there hard earned money to invest how they want for retirement.  Letting local government handle education (we all know big government control is better LOL), He wants to stay out of peoples business of sex, religion, habits (Don't we need Government to tell us what is right for us).he also wants to stop the FED and walstreet from controlling our economy by artificially controlling interest rates (thus making a good idea to save some money).Also he wants to balance the federal budget.  Oh yeah, he also would allow the free market to work.  And this ”crazy" guy has 30 years of voting record to prove it.

A3687778
A3687778

Good Job Amy,   You follow your dreams and don't let anyone stand in your way.  There will be retarted people along the way, just keep you eyes on the goal and enjoy the trip.

Michael Corrieri
Michael Corrieri

The letter was written by a man. Otherwise, Amy would have said, “As one of a handful of women in congress… …you hold a distinct privilege and responsibility to better represent OUR gender nationally”.

But rather than using the inclusive OUR, identifying herself, the writer, as being female, she said “your gender”, which plainly identifes the writer as a male. Any trained professional would point to this letter being penned by a man. It's perfectly legal to have your dad pen a letter in your name, as a kid, either with or without your assent. Is it ethical? You can decide that for yourself.

As for Michelle Bachman, ninny or not (and I say she is more ninny than not), she certainly won't be debating anybody who is not currently running for the same office. That's Politics 101, and even a "dumb as a doorstop" republican knows that.

Carry on.

Rebubs AND Dems are wrong
Rebubs AND Dems are wrong

"new hampshire and massachusetts are like totally in different regions"  hahaha... I'd love to see this debate actually.  Michele Bachman is a complete retard... but so is this dumb teenager that thinks she's mr. smarty pants.  Ummm actually dumb teenager, new hamp. and Mass. are in the same region... they're different states moron.  I'd seriously pay to watch this debate.  

Gary F
Gary F

Amy, as a teacher (albeit an AP Bio/science teacher), I am ridiculously proud of you for having the guts to say what you have said on natinal television. Your AP teacher has to be one incredibly lucky person to have had you as a student. I have 2 regrets. First, that you won't get me for AP Bio, and second, Michele Bachmann will not have the intestinal fortitude to take you on (without a minimumn of a month's review to prepare!!LOL)

Slick
Slick

Most of these replys are written just like an uneducated lib. Of course, what other kind are there?

Brooke
Brooke

Amy, model yourself after Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.  She is smart and works hard for her constituents.

firedup49
firedup49

 My answer to you Walter....

What a waste of time reading all this garbage.  If you read it all the father says the school gets threats, but the school says they have not received any threats but will contact police if they do. 

 Also what  political lefty smear campaign.  

the last sentence on this article....... "So far, however, Team Bachmann has not given any indication the Congresswoman is up to the challenge"

does that sound like worried parents??.

Have noticed how professional the letter this little girl wrote...   for a 10th grader??

I find this a whole lot of nothing

Walter
Walter

I think most of us have missed a most important part of Amy's story. After the news broke, she started getting threats. Real threats to her life and safety. I suggest these crude and violent reactionaries are motivated by fear! Fear not of Amy or even what a reasonable debate would show, but fear that their beliefs and "way of life" might not withstand too much fact based examination. It's the same sort of psychology that drove the lynch mobs and the bullies to attack. Amy, just by being intelligent and reasonable is a threat to their prejudices. Violent reactionaries are dangerous - especially if not taken seriously and exposed to the public light of day.

PorkChopFan
PorkChopFan

To Amy Meyers (the topic of this article): I would like to say you are a brave individual and I think you are proving how strong this country is and we should all thank you for your involvement in the world of politics.

To Michelle Bachmann: Hopefully you use this debate offer as an opportunity to polish up on your history, or at the very least not state as fact something you are unsure of. Somewhere there is a quote from someone famous about "better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt".

I am sure Mrs. Bachmann will use the coming months to correct some of her earlier verbal indiscretions. If not, she will not make it too far in the political arena.With that said Bachmann is not the first nor will she be the last politician to publically spew incorrect facts. And this problem is equally shared by Republican, Democratic and Independent (etc.) politicians, both past and present.

I am sure Amy Meyers could probably out debate almost everyone who has commented before me on the topic of the US Constitution or American History (including me). Just as I am sure that Michelle Bachman could out debate Amy Meyers on IRS law. I could also probably out debate both Amy Meyers and Michelle Bachmann on the history of American League baseball. It is all what you are familiar with. Yes, I know that Amy and I do not currently hold nor are seeking an elected office as Michelle Bachmann does or is seeking to do. So yes, Michelle Bachmann should be held to a higher standard. If that is your argument than I agree with you and she needs to correct her facts. And stating the facts – including American history is very important.

I guess the point of my post was just an objective look at both sides of this argument, sans name calling against either individual. One of the funnier (ironic) posts is from Ashley Michel in this comment section above: “Liberals don't need to have their intelligence challenged. We win every political debate on intelligence alone”. Ashley, I’ll let you decide if you still believe that based on the number of name calling replies by the people in this article. Personally, I think too many fools have opened their mouths.

John
John

Maybe while she's at it, she can challenge Obama to a geography debate.  57 states?  Remember that?

JohnJayJones
JohnJayJones

I don't know what is the greater national embarrassment - Michele Bachmann or the sad lot of  malignant souls that feel the need to attack a young girl because she reminds them of how bitter, irrelevant and silly they have become. Evangelicals like to talk a lot about speaking life and speaking death. People like Amy Meyers speak life. Bachmann and her supporters are the voice of the spiritually dead.

Jill Riter
Jill Riter

smart girl that Amy, and quite the history buff!  but, having the knowledge/qualifications to, let's say, become a history teacher or professor &/or perhaps win a debate on history trivia dot and tittle misses the boat on what the President of the United States is... and needs to be.

she might suggest a challenge to the current President if 24/7 perfect history recall is a necessary ingredient to the Commander and Chief!nice and articulate letter... however, and again, a knowledge of history (and it's perfect representation) has little to do with leading a nation.  that requires oh so much more.  and Michelle has got it.  Palin does, too.  Bush had it.  Lincoln did.  Reagan did.  fact checking is all that is required.  give the speech writer a cup of joe and a faster laptop.  problem solved.give Amy a scholarship to the college of her choice to become a history scholar.  let's not waste Ms. Bachmann's time.  it is of the essence!  again, and let's remember, politicians don't do their own fact-checking, usually... it's not a big deal.  Amy is obviously an intelligent girl.  but, in this, she has missed the boat entirely.

I find Ms. Bachmann to be extremely intelligent, sharp, and powerful!  

Laur
Laur

I'm proud of this young woman & believe that she has a great future! Also am proud that she's a Jersey Girl. Way to represent!

ArnoldSchwertman
ArnoldSchwertman

Sweet heart of you ran for president I'd vote for you over bachmann your right where a Joke a bad joke

Chili Dawg
Chili Dawg

The Scum Bags that write negatives about Michelle Bachman are: On Welfare (includes all government employees except tax collectors that collect more than they get paid),Dope Smokers , Dope Sellers, Sexually Irresponsible, Sexually Deviant, Financially Irresponsible, God Haters, Tree Huggers, PETA, Back Door Sex Addicts, ....that pretty much describes the Democratic Party.

Timmah
Timmah

 What about the challengers for Obama when he said there were 57 states? Or Biden when he misspelled jobs?

Should I get the eight-year old we babysit for challenge them?

An internet sensation? That's actually quite sad. Michele Bachmann has simply moved on professionally from high school.

Suggestions have been made that high schoolers should debate Congressional candidates during the campaign.

1) How many of you would even watch it and

2) Should our reps be wasting time talking to people who've never filled out a W-2 form, paid taxes or had a real job? I know that goes for most liberals, but nonetheless, the point is valid.

alexpatrol
alexpatrol

Love her. There's hope for our country yet, provided Bachmann's policies don't send the planet and the country to an early grave.

Pambytes
Pambytes

Often in the past, bold ladies have been labeled obnoxious; and bold men, courageous. That's why we have regularly rewarded leadership positions to challenging men and conformist women. Hopefully, Amy Myers will be only one of many New Generation leaders, male or female, who will turn this formula on its head. Hail to the new generation - and the baby boomers who let them through.

Tenzo
Tenzo

 Good girl! Get em'!

TheTrue Pooka
TheTrue Pooka

"We have checked her 13 times, and seven of her claims to be false and six have been found to be ridiculously false," PolitiFact editor Bill Adair on Michele Bachmann

Anna
Anna

I AM proud to have Michele Bachmann as a representative of Minnesota, seeing as I AM from there. I am 15, and honestly, I would love to debate with this girl. Last time I checked it wasn't irrelevant historical facts like this girl mentioned that a political figure like Michele should be judged on. Figure it out.

firedup49
firedup49

 Michelle Bachman will have more class then you probably would ever have in your life time.  Do you know anything about her and her accomplishments.    By your letter no, you just regurgitate what you read and hear on TV news

Tom
Tom

 This is a thinly disguised slam at conservative women. The first sentence tells it all. So are we to believe that she avoids situations where she might have to talk to someone who disagrees with her by running for the U.S. House of representatives, and is now mulling a presidential bid? I just turned 60 and the battles of Lexington and Concord has not come up in any job interviews. Let's hope Amy is successful in her bid for president of her sophomore class.

mymoonlog
mymoonlog

La liberte est egale pour tous,a exprime aussi.....je partage

Scott Madis
Scott Madis

 She's an embarrassment to the party and the country.  But I won't blame other woman for her presence on earth - it happens.

Good luck to you, Amy!From a lifelong Republican.

Gwendalen39
Gwendalen39

Amy is right on!

I AM from Minnesota, but I am NOT proud to say Michelle Bachman represents us here, because she does not! She represents herself and her career, but doesn't do her job! She is more an embarassment then a role model to young girls and other women!!

I am behind you Amy! YOU GO GIRL!!

GADEL
GADEL

Interesting.

Carmara
Carmara

It might be too challenging for Michele Bachmann to go up against a high school sophomore, she'd need crib notes.  She is one of the many politicians who needs to study for 'Are you smarter than a fifth grader?' 

lishuzheng
lishuzheng

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Anna
Anna

What about when Obama said there was 57 states.What about when Pelosi said that unemployment checks are the fastest way to create jobs? What about when Barbara Boxer of California said "Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said, "Thank God, I'm still alive." But, of course, those who died, their lives will never be the same again."

Pelosi is noted for unintelligent statements as are several other politicians.If she's going to criticize public figures for mix-ups or "stupid" statements, try playing BOTH SIDES OF THE FENCE. She sounds so ignorant, to say the least.

Also, if she's going to try and prove what others lack, good luck gaining respect. Other women politicians I would love to debate with her. Seeing as I am fifteen.Keep in mind, other political women are NOTORIOUS for saying stupid things (PELOSI AND CLINTON).If you want to change the image of women in politics, I suggest you stop being so biased.

oldgezer
oldgezer

Michelle Bachmann is fucking retarded!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bignified
Bignified

Sadly Michelle will decline this challenge, for reasons that she will declare obvious. So true Michelle, so true.

M.B.
M.B.

"My name is Michelle Bachmann and I AM NOT smarter than a 10th grader"

Bachmann4prez
Bachmann4prez

Why hasn't Amy challenged Sheila Jackson Lee (a nine-term democrat representative from Houston) to a public debate? As recently as 2010, Lee believed North and South Vietnam still existed as seperate countries, and in 2008, she believed Neil Armstrong had planted the American flag on MARS! Lee has her election victories rubber-stamped every two years because she lives in a Democrat-safe district. Amy could do the nation a favor in debating Lee and clearly displaying Lee's ignorance.

The left is deathly afraid of Bachmann! I desperately hope Bachmann runs for and receives the Republican nomination. It will be the second time in two presidential cycles that the left has in essence said women are incapable of being president. Hilary Clinton had vastly more experience than Obama, yet the left cast her aside to vote for the man and keep the status quo intact. The far left will not be able to help themselves and will refer to Bachmann in female-specific derogatory terms, offending half the nation's population.   

C H
C H

Amy you are spot on about everything. The three you point to are terrible. Good luck with getting her to debate you. If she did, be prepared for her to be condescending. And wait for the accompanying smirk. She does that really well.

KS
KS

Someone should propose a matching campaign to this young woman's college fund for funds raised by Ms. Bachmann in New Jersey if Ms. Bachmann agrees.  This would lay down the gauntlet in the press.

Daerice
Daerice

All right! I'm cheering that girl on! The Right has been exalting ignorance for so long, they deserve a smack down from an intelligent young woman - who I'm certain will win if she gets the chance to try. Bachmann should be scared...

Greg
Greg

Seems to me that this schoolgirl really just wanted to make sure that everyone knows that the school system and the teachers are doing a great job brainwashing children with liberal dogma.  Not one positive word anywhere, not even for a Democrat woman. Not a mention of Obama's 57 states, no such things as death panels, police acted stupidly misstatements.  Maybe when Amy grows up she will realize what being taken advantage of means.  For sure it will be many years before she challenges the brainwashed thought of her masters.

TrollDon
TrollDon

 If you want to get technical about whether the battles took place in Massachusetts or New Hampshire they took place in neither. This battle took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay before either state entered the union. Thirteen years later in 1788 they both became states, however, Massachusetts came first in February....Massachusetts or New Hampshire they took place in neither. This battle took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay before either state entered the union. Thirteen years later in 1788 they both became states, however, Massachusetts came first in February....

Nwzimmer
Nwzimmer

 I can't help but think that this is just another smear or another conservative person.  Sure, maybe it's true that Bachman isn't so bright, but I feel like we don't see news like this, with kids challenging the intelligence of liberal politicians;  and it should be too difficult, some of the liberal politicians out there are absolute morons. or another conservative person.  Sure, maybe it's true that Bachman isn't so bright, but I feel like we don't see news like this, with kids challenging the intelligence of liberal politicians;  and it should be too difficult, some of the liberal politicians out there are absolute morons.

Crystal
Crystal

 This girl would mop the floor with Bachmann.  I don't care what your politics are, if you refuse to recognize the lies and "gaffes" and constant evident in Ms. Bachmann's speech, you are delusional.  I hope this inspires many more students to pay attention to politics, and perhaps more adults, too.

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