GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says Hurricane Irene and last week's earthquake are messages from God to warn politicians to start heeding divine guidance.
Bachmann made the remarks during a campaign stop Sunday in Sarasota, Fla., attended by about 1,000 people, the St. Petersburg Times reported.
"I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians," the third-term congresswoman from Minnesota said. "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," Bachmann continued. "They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending."
Her comments come on the heels of remarks by former Fox News personality Glenn Beck, who called the earthquake and hurricane warnings to the American people.
"How many warnings do you think you’re going to get, and how many warnings do you deserve? This hurricane that is coming thorough the East Coast, for anyone who’s in the East Coast and has been listening to me say ‘Food storage!’ ‘Be prepared!’" the Huffington Post quoted Beck as saying. "If you’ve waited, this hurricane is a blessing. It is a blessing. It is God reminding you -- as was the earthquake last week -- it’s God reminding you you’re not in control."