Bachmann talks like a front-runner: ‘It’s on to all 50 states’
August 13th, 2011
09:52 PM ET
7 years ago

Bachmann talks like a front-runner: ‘It’s on to all 50 states’

Ames, Iowa (CNN) – Newly minted Ames Straw Poll winner Michele Bachmann is already sounding like a front-runner – saying her win is the “first step” on the road to the White House.

And though the GOP congresswoman for Minnesota has not yet won any caucus or primary, she said she’s ready to head to all 50 states. The Ames contest is a nonbinding contest that generates tremendous buzz, but does not award delegates toward winning the GOP presidential nomination.

“Thank you everyone. We did this together,” Bachmann told a crush of supporters just a short while after narrowly clinching victory in the critical Iowa contest. “What we saw happen today, is this is the very first step toward taking the White House in 2012.

“This was a wonderful down payment on taking the country back. Now it’s on to all 50 states,” Bachmann added.

The congresswoman’s husband, Marcus Bachmann, was asked how he reacted to his wife’s win.

“We held each other for quite awhile,” he said.

Moments after – as Bachmann hurried off with handlers to a media appearance - CNN asked how she felt about her win.

“I’m grateful,” Bachmann said.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. L

    I thought there were 57 states.

    August 13, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Wow... Iowa, congratulations!!! No gender bias there! They value female crazy over male crazy. Good show!!

    August 13, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. CBR

    Iowa has started this next round of elections and we are barely through August of 2011. This will be a long, long, long presidential race again. It seems as if we just have one election and we are on to the next election. So many politicians sat on their hands during this Congressional session that very little was accomplished. Many just refuse to do anything in case President Obama would get credit for the legislation. Why are we allowing this to happen?

    Someday we will all step forward and say enough is enough. Let's put a cap of the length of these races and move to shorten the time between nomination and election.

    The money spent over the last month could very well pay off some of our debt. The question is where is all this money coming from? Who is footing the bills for the candidates? Why isn't this money being used in a more productive way? I think we need to know because the Supreme Court has taken the oversight of political campaigns away.

    August 13, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. Conrack

    What an incredible accomplishment, winning by 152 votes over Ron Paul in the Reactionary Run-Off in Iowa. If you think its on to the White House lady, you need an entire team of highly trained professionals to help you break through a very serious delusional system.

    August 13, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. crop1981

    It's a little like winning a $20 gift card from Walmart.

    August 13, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  6. John

    And that should just show you how crazy this woman Is. She Is a Fruit cake that Is RACIST and that LIES.Plus she a Tea Party nut case. The Tea Party Is out to Destroy America.

    August 13, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. Mike

    “This was a wonderful down payment on taking the country back". When will anyone in the GOP start thinking about how to take the country forward? We're getting a little tired of this backward movement – back to the income inequities of the gilded age, back to the time before unions, back before we had social security and Medicare. We don't want to go back. It wasn't so great then.

    August 13, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. Clwyd

    Do the republican voters of Iowa realize that they have given their support to a woman who is plain crazy (nuts!).

    August 13, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  9. Jeff, NM


    Obama 2012.

    August 13, 2011 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  10. DTD in New Mexico

    This Bachman woman and Sarah Palin are both cut out of the same cloth: the IDIOT, radical,right wing extremist cloth!!

    August 13, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  11. deelove

    i will never vote a dummy

    August 13, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  12. joe

    straw vote matches what her message is. Nothing!1

    August 13, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  13. Cato Younger

    She only one by 152 votes! Less than 1% of the vote over Ron Paul.

    Statistically they tied.

    Each individually had more than double Pawlenty's total and yet Ron Paul is never mentioned in this sham piece? What a degraded "journalism" you shamelessly promote.

    August 13, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Top 10 things overheard at a Bachmann rally

    1. Hey, you a member of The 4-H Club?
    2. She sort of looks like your Grandson don't she?
    3. Mom, why is the man next to me groaning?
    4. This isn't that Palin woman is it?
    5. Ok lady, I'm here, where's my farm subsidy check?
    6. I paid 30 bucks and all I got was a lousy Bachmann T-Shirt?
    7. Lets leave in the seventh inning so we can beat the traffic
    8. And no, we're not hitting Rita's Water Ice on the way home
    9. That lady looks better upside down
    10. That's it, I'm voting for Obama

    August 13, 2011 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  15. Winning

    Please God let her be the Republican nominee. PLEASE. I won't masturbate ever again I swear

    August 13, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  16. gopgagme

    So MB thinks(and I use this term tery loosely)This means Obama will be a 1 term Pres. Ha she is dumber than she looks and speaks! Honey you just guarenteed him 4 more years. Not only that but come 2012 when we recall and vote out the rest of u nut jobs to the point where u wont even have the numbers to philabuster a damn thing then America will be free. 64% of Americans will have spoken so listen up!

    August 13, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  17. Oldie in TampaBay

    Doesn't have a snowballs chance ..

    August 13, 2011 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  18. bill

    If she would have said 'on to all 57 states', I would have been concerned.

    August 13, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  19. John N Florida

    Historic Straw Poll Results:
    President / Party Candidate / Winner
    0 / 1 / 1

    August 13, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  20. ARMY CSM

    ...full of sound and fury, signifying nothing! At the end of the day, the end of a long fifteen months it will be written; Barack Obama
    is re-elected as PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The genie can not be placed back into the bottle.. Sorry

    August 14, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  21. KathyC in Minnesota

    Enjoy this moment while it lasts, Michele!!

    For you will soon find that you are over your head and your ego deflated when the real campaigning starts. The BOYS will be after your hide. Too bad you do not have a record of acomplishments to run on.

    August 14, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  22. Tom

    Michele Bachmann is delusional if she thinks she's the front runner in the republican party.

    August 14, 2011 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  23. Independent Texan

    What a nut job.

    August 14, 2011 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  24. bj

    Iowa doesn't seem like a place I would go to for a visit. It appears there are a lot of nitwits there.

    August 14, 2011 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  25. Will

    BachMan would be a good candidate if she could just STOP making up her own facts.

    August 14, 2011 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
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