You can hear the opening bars of “American Girl” at the tail end of Bachmann’s announcement speech:

The Wall Street Journal‘s Neil King tweeted today that Petty is none too pleased about the use of his song:

Tom Petty’s camp is quietly requesting, via letter, that Bachmann not use “American Girl” as her campaign song, as she did today.

And it’s not the first time Petty has had to beat back Republican appropriators:

… they also asked George Bush not to use any of his music…

Ah, memories…

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