Bachmann: Media Trying to Provoke 'Mud Wrestling Fight' Between Her and Palin

Rep. Michele Bachmann told potential voters on Wednesday that the media "want to see two girls come together and have a mud wrestling fight. And I’m not going to give it to ‘em," referring to the media's treatment of herself and her possible 2012 opponent, former Gov. Sarah Palin.

With Bachmann's entry into the race this week, there are already a number of comparisons being drawn between Bachmann's relationship with the press and Palin's historically rocky relationship with it. Much like the media have repeatedly pounced on Palin for misstatements while ignoring Obama's misstatements, they are repeating the same vicious tactics with Bachmann while continuing to ignore Obama's flubs.

Bachmann added to her audience, "I have great respect and admiration for the Governor," emphasizing that the main goal to keep in mind is beating President Barack Obama with the best Republican candidate possible.

While Palin has yet to officially decide whether or not she is going to jump into the race, she was also in Iowa this week for the premiere of her biographical film, 'The Undefeated.' Her response to the vitrol spewed by the media and celebrities depicted in the movie was simply, "What would make someone be so full of hate?"

Even a top aide to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Stacy Kerr Wooters, acknowledges the media bias against these conservative women. She tweeted, "Bachmann - she'd never get my vote, but she has my ire at how media is treating her. they'd [sic] never treat a man like this week of announcement."

Bachmann downplayed the idea that any tension exists between herself and Palin, placing importance on her statement that the "race is wide open and we can accommodate all the candidates who want to come in."