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  Join the Fix Fridays at 11           Sarah Palin (left) is often compared to Michele Bachmann. But Bachmann has shown herself to be
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                                       between Bachmann and Palin — their approach to criticism. Bachmann,
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                                       at least so far in the campaign, has shown a willingness to acknowledge
                                       mistakes she makes on the campaign trail. Palin is notorious for
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