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Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.), who has been backtracking from her suggestion on “Hardball” that Barack Obama may have “anti-American views,” told a group in St. Cloud, Minn., that she fell into the show’s “trap.”

“I had never seen his show before,” she said, the the Star Tribune. “I probably should have taken a look at what the show was like. A trap was laid and I stepped into it.”

According to the Star Tribune, she told the business group, “I did not, nor do I, question Barack Obama’s patriotism. I didn’t say that Barack Obama was anti-American nor do I believe that Barack Obama is anti-American.”

On “Hardball,” Chris Matthews asked her if she thought Obama held anti-American views, and she said, “Absolutely, I’m very concerned that he may have anti-American views.” She went on to suggest that Democratic members of Congress should perhaps be investigated by the media for their patriotism.

Her opponent, Elwyn Tinklenberg, has raised more than $800,000 since Bachmann appeared on the show. Was it Bachmann’s “macaca” moment? Some political analysts have put the race in the tossup column.