Michele Bachmann was in Sarasota Sunday, where she discussed drilling in the Everglades, Marco Rubio and Gov. Rick Perry.

Rerouted from the Northeast by Hurricane Irene, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann made an unexpected stop in Miami on Monday, visiting two iconic Cuban exile locales – the Bay of Pigs museum and Versailles restaurant on Calle Ocho.

At the museum, Bachmann met with veterans of the ill-fated, CIA-backed 1961 invasion of Cuban aimed at overthrowing Fidel Castro. Among those welcoming Bachmann was Felix Rodriguez, president of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association and a key figure in the capture of Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

“She told us that she wanted her first trip to Miami to be a stop to the brigade museum; she said she had great respect for what we tried to do 50 years ago,” Rodriguez said. Bachmann spent several minutes touring the small museum and receiving a crash course on the invasion, which marked its 50th anniversary in April. “She was very cordial and polite and posed with anyone who wanted to have their picture taken with her,” Rodriguez said. “There were two tourists from New Jersey visiting the museum at the time and she was very nice to them.” After her 45-minute visit, Bachmann headed for Versailles restaurant, some 20 blocks away

On Sunday in Sarasota, Bachmann said she would consider oil and natural gas drilling in the Everglades if it can be done without harming the environment.Hurricane Irene bypassed the state and spared Michele Bachmann’s first campaign foray in Florida this weekend, but now she has to contend with Hurricane Perry.

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