Michele Bachmann's campaign went into damage-control mode after the presidential candidate told supporters in Iowa that if she were president, she would shutter the U.S. embassy in Iran.
The comment set off a flurry of bewildered responses on Twitter and the blogosphere, because the United States has not maintained an embassy in Iran since 1980, when a major hostage situation led to a severing of formal diplomatic ties.
Bachmann's campaign issued a statement Tuesday night pointing out that Bachmann, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, was aware of the history and was speaking in the context of the U.K. decision to empty out their embassy in Tehran after Iranian protesters stormed the building on Tuesday.
"She was agreeing with the actions taken by the British to secure their embassy personnel and was speaking in the hypothetical, that if she was President of the United States and if we had an embassy in Iran, she would have taken the same actions as the British," said Bachmann spokeswoman Alice Stewart.
The campaign also worked to pivot the issue to a critique of President Obama, who it charged has taken his eye off of Iran, and vowed to never permit Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.