(CNN)- Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann launched her nine-city swing through Iowa on Saturday - pointing out the influence of the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
The three-term congresswoman and contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination told CNN that "life couldn't be better," as she fed waffles to her husband at an Iowa City diner.
"I think Iowa's very important. We want to do very well here, so we're going to be working towards the caucuses that are coming up in August, and on to January and February, and beyond," she said.
Six campaigns have reserved spots at the Ames Straw Poll, set for August. Though the winner of the contest isn't guaranteed the GOP nomination, or even a victory during Iowa's caucus, it can be an early predictor of success in the state.
Other candidates like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman are sitting out the Ames Straw Poll. But for Bachmann, banking on Iowa is an investment with promised returns.
"Iowa is the first in the nation. It's very important to be here and have a presence here, because the values and the opinions that people have in Iowa count," she said.
"This is the bread basket of the world, for a reason. It's important to come and listen to what people have to say here in Iowa and then take that message back to Washington, D.C."
Bachmann will make five stops in four cities Saturday and continue to tour through five additional cities, ending the sweep Monday.
Related: Six GOP campaigns land spots for Ames Straw Poll
How nice to be rich.
that "life couldn't be better in Iowa...is not much saying to her voters in Minn., of course, she could not care less about them, only to get government hand outs for the Marcus clinic and the farm.......go Minnesotans, vote for her and she will laugh at you, AGAIN and AGAIN
Life couldn't be better, well sure when you are getting tens of thousands of dollars in federal money for your husband's business. This woman is as sick as they come.
The only thing amazing about Bachmann is her continued ability to defend her statements when facts to the contrary are shoved right in her face. I guess that can go for Palin as well.
I'm certainly happy that life couldn't be better for Mrs Bachmann, when millions upon millions of her fellow Americans are suffering everyday without a dime to pay the rent and no job in sight. I hope she gets diarrhea at her next speaking engagement.
If you kick a soda can – the emptiest one always makes the loudest noise.
As a citizen of Minnesota, I invite her to just stay there.
Such a nice lady. She's make a good President after four years of incompetence and stupidity and amateurism.
If you have ever known any tax lawyers, you will probably agree that they are not Presidential material, especially this flaky Ms. Malaprop.
So um, gee Michele. If "It's very important to be here and have a presence here, because the values and the opinions that people have in Iowa count," how does the fact that same-sex marriage is legal in Iowa square with your opposition to it? Or do those opinions only could if you agree with them?
There must be a reason Romney and Huntsman are not participating in the Ames straw poll. Is it that they are smart enough to realize that as Iowa votes the rest of the nation will NOT follow? Iowa will be Bachmann's swan song. Enjoy your 15 minutes, Michele. You will go by the way of Palin before you know it.
Referring to article "life couldn't be better in Iowa", did Ms Bachmann abandoned Minnesota, seems like that her home state is not doing well at the moment. How can she justify having a great time when there is a government shut down in the state where she resides. I couldn't or wouldn't be out giving speeches for a presidential position, in a time of great need in her state. Again, this proves that some of these candidates do not know where the priorities lie, there is plenty of time for her to find out how life in Iowa is, almost, to be fair, she has got a good eight to ten months. What's wrong with these people!!!!!!!!!!! What does GOP mean? "Goof off party"
How appropriate that she's feeding her husband waffles. She's going to do a lot of waffling when she tries to explain away his bigoted homophobic remarks.
Snookie Palin wants the money that Bachmann is taking in for sure. Run Snookie Palin run!
This [Iowa] is the bread basket of the world, ...Bachmann said. M'am, bread is made from wheat. Iowa grows corn.
Bachman is an uninformed individual. Maybe she should do the country a favor and leave the political arena.
She is wrong. Kansas is even more backwards. No evolution, no smart education, religious right, no abortion, no brains,
etc. The world started 5000 years ago!! Tea party!
And she wants to be President!!!
The people in her district have to be the most ignorant people in the country.
35 per cent of the vote . . .
Bachmann's history lesson for Iowa: "This is a great state to spend the 4th of JUly. Afterall, Iowa was one of the 13 original colonies"!!!!!!!
Between the primaries and the Electoral College, America has one of the worst systems in the industrial world for selecting a president. Iowa and New Hampshire matter most in the primaries. Ohio and Florida are crucial in the national election, but New York, California, and Texas are taken for granted by one party or another. W wasn't the first to win the White House while losing the popular vote. Straw poles, caucuses, pregnant chads, super PACs, election day on a Tuesday, crossover voters, and round-the-clock coverage of Sarah Palin?!?!
How about we start with a fresh sheet of paper, work out rotating primaries, a popular vote for president, and if the margin of victory is less than the verifiable accuracy of the vote counting system, we have a run-off in two weeks. Yes, I know it will take a constitutional amendment to do this. It would be worth the effort.
We need a non Socialist in the White House. Nobama in 2012!
life couldn't be better? in Iowa?
I remain astounded at the criteria applied when Republicans select a candidate to champion for President of the United States! Do they realize they'd be required to send Bachman abroad to represent the United States in matters of critical importance? Didn't the Bush experience teach them anything? Remember the famous neck rub "W" tried to give the German Chancellor? Did you forget the attack on Iraq? Folks, brains and knowledge are really important to the POTUS! Just being a bigoted, right-wing bible-thumper might be enough for hillbilly politics in the Red States, but in the real world leaders need some level of awareness and sophistication. Can't you find some hateful person who isn't dumber than a bag of hammers?
That is about the only place that it will be with the exception perhaps S. Carolina where most of the rest of the right wing zealots are.
This woman will never make it in a serious debate with Obama or any other Knowledgeable person.
She thinks the earth is six thousand years old..
Some of these people are living in the distant past and believing that they are relevant contenders to be leaders in a highly technological country and World.
They seem to have absolutely no realistic self perseption !