Bachmann disputes poll numbers, says campaign still strong
October 9th, 2011
11:31 AM ET
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Bachmann disputes poll numbers, says campaign still strong

(CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann dismissed the notion that her campaign was in trouble Sunday, saying she was still very much in the running to become the 2012 GOP presidential nominee.

“I think we are doing a good job getting our message out on job growth and on turning the economy around,” Bachmann said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “That's what we're working on. We're not focusing on the day-to-day. Because as you have seen with many of the other candidates, candidates go up, candidates go down and what we're very concerned about is making sure that the message gets out there, because it is not about any one of us, it is about turning the economy around and creating jobs.”

When presented with poll numbers that show her sliding among the GOP candidates, Bachmann said she wasn’t disheartened.

“We're just starting a kick-off today of four days here in New Hampshire and we've got a wonderful experience in Iowa and we've been in South Carolina, Florida, we've worked very hard and we have very strong numbers in those states and we're looking forward to continuing that,” Bachmann said.

She played down a recent loss in a closely-watched Florida straw poll, saying her campaign had chosen not to partake in that event.

“We did not participate in the Florida straw poll,” Bachmann said. “We didn't participate at all so the ranking is completely inaccurate.”

Bachmann said her performance in the Iowa Straw Poll – which was held August 13 – were the indication of her standing in the race.

“That poll is the only poll of all the ones that you've mentioned where anyone in the state can participate,” she said. “It's the most reflective of an actual primary election or caucus and that's why we were excited to win that poll.”

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Cut off her subsidies – and get her Freddie/Fannie backed mortgage into the private mortgage industry. She's a taker. And she's an idiot.

    October 9, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. GOP: Greed Over People

    What else is the manic moron going to say when you haven't got a prayer of a chance to win, put you still want the supporter sheep to keep sending in the coins so you can turn your house into your "campaign headquarters" and have them pay your mortgage?

    October 9, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Michele Bachmann campaign was in trouble?

    Michele Bachmann campaign never been in good shape because candidates is Michele Bachmann

    October 9, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Video Guy

    I hope she remains in the race a little longer. After she drops out, she will have destroyed her support in Minnesota. Then she can go back home and pray away the gay with her husband.

    October 9, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. Mike Dallas

    One thing she has not lost, is the glass eyed stupid stare!

    October 9, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. lynn

    Did I hear her say to Candy Crowly today, that she had 55 yrs. experience? She was born in 1956, so apparently she started her career in infancy. She blabbers without saying anything except her practiced talking points.

    October 9, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. Katy

    You can say that again.

    October 9, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. trex

    Bachmann is an EMBARRESSMENT to her MN congressional district, as well as any MORON , idiot enough to have given her your HARD EARNED MONEY......and your vote.

    October 9, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. zip

    I question a politician who is unwilling to get a good boob job. Step up, honey!

    October 9, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Rep. Bachmann promoted "her record" in Congress as proof of where she stands on issues. In can be successfully argued that Rep. Bachmann has the worst voting attendance record (around 56%) in Congress over the past 5-6 years since she came to DC. Seeing how she didn't cast on vote in September, how Congress was on vacation almost all of August, she has been derilict in her duties as a representative of *the people* of her district.

    October 9, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. A vote for Bachmann is indeed historic, it will put the First gay male in the WH!

    It is beginning to look like Marcus is going to have to return that gown he bought for her Inauguration!

    October 9, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Squigman

    Without question, the dumbest politician ever. Where in the hell did they find her.

    October 9, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Still Seceding from Texas

    Didn't she buy the most tickets for her "voters" in Iowa?

    October 9, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Drew

    Buy Michelle, see ya have fun on the farm. Maybe you and Sarah can get together and have a wine and cheese party.

    October 9, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Go home crazy lady.

    October 9, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. T'sah from Virginia

    Bachmann would not even win MN!!! She is never in WH to vote and I truly believe her constituents are no longer having faith in her!!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 9, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Terry Gloege

    How much longer are we going to have to listen to this half-wit talk nonsense? Still can't believe the people of Minnesota were taken in by this woman.

    October 9, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. thomas

    It's hard t believe that this country would consider elect such people.

    October 9, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. RINO Bil

    Bachmann is done. She and her campaign are as relevant as a week-old newspaper.

    October 9, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. jim

    (yawn) yet again, she refuses to accept facts.

    October 9, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Rep. Bachmann, I think you caused more harm than good to your campaign by evading questions and espousing your talking points. You came across not as someone sticking to their convictions, but someone who ignores the concerns and issues that are important to others.

    Some probably saw your performances today as a demonstration of intolerance. Some probably saw your performances as a parrot reciting what its' been taught to recite (no need for a teleprompter, huh?) And, a distinct minority of viewers saw your performances in a positive light. You did not demonstrate new ideas, profound thought, or respect of the forum in which you participated. You failed again, I am sorry to say.

    October 9, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |