Bachmann dines with Trump, espouses campaign optimism
October 13th, 2011
01:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann dines with Trump, espouses campaign optimism

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann paid a visit to Trump Tower in New York Thursday to meet with real estate mogul Donald Trump.

It was the third such visit for the Minnesota congresswoman, who said she and Trump had a "wonderful breakfast" and agreed to continue a "close relationship."

Trump passed on his own bid for the White House earlier this year and has since hosted major GOP candidates at his home.

Bachmann noted the reality television star's penthouse was "impeccable" and that his chef served a breakfast of fruit, coffee, juice and egg whites.

The trip follows a rough patch for the candidate whose national poll numbers have declined recently. A CNN Poll of Polls released Thursday showed Bachmann at 5% behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 23%, businessman Herman Cain at 20%, Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 14%, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas at 10% and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 6%.

But Bachmann maintained her campaign is strong and that the poll numbers are simply a sign of the race's volatility.

"I think what it says is that this is absolutely volatile and that it's anyone's to win right now," Bachmann said after her meeting with Trump. "It is not solid. Every day it's a new person who could be president of the United States."

She pointed specifically to her August win at the Ames Straw Poll in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa as a sign of her political strength.

"I'm the only candidate that won the Iowa straw poll. That is the most significant straw poll in this race," Bachmann said. "We are very well-positioned in this race and we look forward to competing and winning."

Also see:

CNN Poll of Polls: Romney & Cain battle for top spot

New nation poll shows Cain at top

Bachmann implies Cain plan could be devil's work


Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Fruit, coffee, juice, and egg whites is the breakfast of birthers now? How do you tell Michele that she bought 6000 votes in the Iowa Straw Poll, and only 4800 voted for her then? Please go home Michele.

    October 13, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. ART

    We allowed this moron into our City, Why? This bobble head needs to leave out town this ain"t no red neck state, get out you witch

    October 13, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Bill

    I sure hopes she loses her seat in the MN. 6th. She is not fit to be a representative in the Congress. The woman has done nothing in Congress, i.e. not one piece of legislation she has introduced has become law. She certainly has no chance in this race.

    October 13, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Did she kiss his ring for a large campaign contribution like all of the others?

    October 13, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    Two peas in a pod, as they say. Either they both feign crazy for attention, or they're both unbalanced. Either way, same results.

    October 13, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. thomas

    Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann paid a visit to Trump Towers in New York Thursday to meet with sometime GOP kingmaker and reality star Donald Trump.

    Only in America !

    October 13, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Nam

    Make sure pregnancy is not made at the crook's tower.

    October 13, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Why are these candidates meeting with Trump? They should be talking to the real leader of the right wingnuts, Rush Limbag. At least we know Rush's breakfast would include a dozen eggs, two pounds of bacon, three pounds of hash browns, and a toast with Promise margarine.

    October 13, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Dave Harris

    All she has to do to take the lead is declare herself a "birther", like Trump did.

    October 13, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. AnitFringe

    Bachmann is toast. Trump has a reality show. What good is he?

    October 13, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. mdn

    Thump has declared bankruptcy three times! How does this make him credible, particularly to the party that makes claims about fiscal responsibility.

    October 13, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. enough of lies

    hmmm, reminds me of her act at the Iowa State Fair, if you know what I mean, lol

    October 13, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. SaintM

    The question is, was there an official taster at this event? I just got the most wonderful idea.....ha ha.

    October 13, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. Bryan

    Good lord, how much more swelling does the ego of Donald Trump need? How did he become a "Kingmaker"?

    October 13, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. vic , nashville ,tn

    We know what they discussed also how knock Herman Cain and Mitt Romney they don’t have the basic qualification on republican ballot

    October 13, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Justin

    I would have thought Bachmann would have had a nice juicy corn dog for breakfast as she knelt down & looked up in awe listening to Trumps wisdom.

    October 13, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. no1atall

    Ladies and Gentlemen, for your comic interlude: Mr and Mrs Irrelevant to the Presidential Campaign!

    October 13, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. fayse

    Could it be that Trump is sizing up the moronic GOP candidates so that he can jump in and run as an Independent? He could use their crappy talking points against them. Either way, I don't care, they are all a bunch of losers, including Trump.

    October 13, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. Pat in il

    She is history...along with trump.

    October 13, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. BLKMANinAmerica

    Someone please inform this chick that shes toooooooooooooooooooooooooooo crazy and tooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much of a LIER to every be U.S. President.

    October 13, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Tony 140

    Despite her poll numbers – you know that Michelle is going to fight to the end. How can you not admire all these strong, principled Conservative women. Over the years, these women have not only been a true minority but also have been viciously attacked by both the Left and the so-called women's movement. I would want my daughter to grow up idolizing these women.

    October 13, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. The Greedy Old Pigs are out of touch with reality!

    Your GOBPbaggin' Krazy Klown Kar is getting a real workout!

    October 13, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    I would pay to see the looks on the candidates faces when they finally realize that Trump is going to donate much of anything to their campaigns. Trump is going to do what is best for Trump. Always.

    October 13, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. ST

    Is Trump making a film of GOP contenders or what? Why all must sit down and dine with him?

    October 13, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Boytjie

    I wonder if they ate their bagels with a knife and fork too.

    October 13, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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