New Jersey high school sophomore, Amy Myers, who in April challenged Representative Michele Bachmann to a debate or fact test on the U.S. Constitution, appeared this evening on MSNBC on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell show. 16-year-old honor student, Amy Myers, made the case for the basis of her letter to Rep. Bachmann that politicians should have their facts correct when speaking in public or to groups of people.
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Amy ran and was elected class president in an election held on Wednesday, May 25th. When Amy Myers began her campaign for class president, she became frustrated and disappointed that her male classmates compared her to high profile political women who are frequent targets on comedy and news shows. “I was hearing that some people wouldn’t vote for me because some women they see on television aren’t credible,” said Amy Myers.
During her campaign, honor student Amy Myers became aware of inaccuracies in the speeches and rhetoric she was hearing from Representative Michele Bachmann that Amy felt reflected poorly on female candidates in general, including her. Bachmann says she’s a constitutional conservative and frequently cites the founding document when making arguments against policies or programs she doesn’t support, such as the U.S. Census.
Amy wrote Representative Bachmann a letter, challenging her to a debate saying “I have found quite a few of your statements regarding The Constitution of the United States, the quality of public school education and general U.S. civics matters to be factually incorrect, inaccurately applied or grossly distorted. “I, Amy Myers, do hereby challenge Representative Michele Bachmann to a Public Forum Debate and/or Fact Test on The Constitution of the United States, United States History and United States Civics.”
While continuing to campaign for her upcoming class election, Amy’s letter to Rep. Bachmann has set off a firestorm among political blog sites. But Amy stayed strong and focused on her own election. “Friends are reading the national coverage and especially the girls are glad someone has spoken up,” said Amy.