Aug. 29 - Vermont battles record flooding following Irene and Republican presidential hopeful Michelle Bachmann offers her view on the hurricane. Deborah Gembara reports.
Raging rapids in Battlesboro, Vermont and homes bobbing in water after Hurricane Irene swept the eastern seaboard. Irene managed to dump seven inches of rain on Vermont, causing the worst flooding in 80 years. While New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo focused on the extent and range of the storm's impact on his state, Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann raised some eyebrows over the weekend when she offered her view of Irene. SOUNDBITE: REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MICHELE BACHMANN, SAYING: "I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake, we've had a hurricane. He said are you going to start listening to me here? Listen to the American people, because the American people are roaring right now. Because they know what needs to be done. They know the government is on a morbid obesity diet. Its got to reign in the spending. This is not a difficult problem to solve." The Minnesota Congressman and Tea Party favorite later insisted she was joking when she made the remarks. Bachmann is vying for the Republican nomination to take on President Obama in 2012. Deborah Gembara, Reuters.