Bachmann's big upset prediction
November 22nd, 2011
11:41 AM ET
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Bachmann's big upset prediction

(CNN) – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is banking on another victory in Iowa, and this one will be an upset.

In a Tuesday interview on CNN's "American Morning," Bachmann said 70% of voters are still undecided about who they'll support for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination and the "flux" of the race could be a boon for her.

Programming note: GOP presidential candidates face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 22, in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C.

Bachmann scored a win at the critical Ames Straw poll in Iowa back in August and predicted Tuesday "there's going to be an upset on January 3rd in Iowa. We've worked very hard…we think we're going to be the winner in Iowa."

Winning the first GOP presidential nomination contest in the nation would be significant boost to Bachmann, who has fallen to the bottom of the pack in recent national polls.

In a Monday interview, Bachmann implied it was time "to let a woman speak," a reference to a recent debate controversy where she was asked fewer questions than some other candidates. A CNN poll released Monday placed her in sixth place with five percent support.

In the Tuesday appearance on CNN, the candidate emphasized the benefits of a Bachmann presidency in a pitch that could be aimed at women when she added, "It's time to have a mother in the White House. We never had that before-to have a mom in the White House-I think it's time." Five percent of women back Bachmann, according to the CNN poll.

Bachmann also touted her national security chops in the interview, stating she's "the only one involved in foreign affairs and national security" of the GOP candidate pack as a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

And saying she looks forward to the debate hosted by CNN, the Heritage Foundation, and AEI Tuesday night from Washington, D.C., Bachmann named the focus of the debate, national security, as her "favorite topic."

Also see:

Cain signs anti-abortion pledge

Cain, Paul crossed off for Iowa group's pres. endorsement

Who can make a difference in New Hampshire?

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • TV-American Morning
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Noodle Nose Johnson

    It's a boon for Obama because it means that none of the GOP candidates is worth a dang, least of all the crazy lady from Minnesota.

    November 22, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Sorensen

    Could somebody please tell the little, naive ex-IRS low level employee, that she is an intellectual embarrasment to the
    GOP (not that that is perticularly difficult!), and to womanhood in general.

    November 22, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    How obsessed she is with herself is probably the only thing going for Michele Bachmann anymore. Everyone else wrote her off long before she ever announced her candidacy.

    November 22, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Indy

    Says the lady that promises $2.00 gallon gasoline if you vote for her.How scared would 300 million people be if she was near the red phone ?

    November 22, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Mark

    She has no shot, and that's coming from the republicans. Michelle, keep wasting money that could be put to a more productive use. No one wants to see you as president. Get over yourself.

    November 22, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Rep. Bachmann, you had your chance in the limelight. You fumbled the ball. You began making ridiculous, dangerous remarks about the economy and international policy. You shot yourself in the foot. You have been sent to the back of the line, not the head position of the class that you were granted for just entering the race.

    I will grant you all of the time you need to explain stuff: how do you plan to give us $2 per gallon gasoline; how did you plan to pay for this year's budget if you didn't raise the debt ceiling; what sectors of the economy will produce the millions of jobs that you have predicted. Speaking of predicitons, you haven't told us how soon, or in what year, you would balance the annual budget and eliminate the national debt. The only catch is that you must now pay for you own air time.

    November 22, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. SoulTrain1946

    Lady gonna do it!

    November 22, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Vince

    I certainly hope so!!!! I'm pulling for you Bachmann! GO ALL THE WAY!

    November 22, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. usualone

    People pay to be in the straw poll. This woman is toast unless those same ones are the only people voting in Iowa.

    November 22, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    Michelle some of your own TEA PARTY folks said that you need to quit. Take their advice and save people's money. You have about as much chance to become POTUS as I do.

    November 22, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Voice of Reason

    OH PLEASE please please please!!!! If Only she could nab the nomination! I would laugh till i cried, then celebrate some more! It would be a banked sure thing for another 4 years of Obama/Biden.

    November 22, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Michele Bachmann would be a serious contender for the Office of President of the United States of America, if she would act like a presidential candidate instead of a radio talk show host! Has she learned it's not what you say, but how you say it.

    November 22, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. REG in AZ

    I suspect that the "upset" will be how Bachmann feels after the results are in.

    November 22, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. WhereIsPalin

    If it can't be Palin.......please let it be Bachmann.

    November 22, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Voice of Reason

    If 70% is even a real statistic – and at this point ANYTHING out of her mouth is suspect – then here is what it shows: That people dont see what they want from this field of rejects. Perry and Cain have proven that they have NO IDEA what they're talking about. Huntsman and Santorum are only running ego campaigns now, cause they're so far behind they'll never catch up. Bachman and Paul are the co-chairs of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (seriously – do they KNOW how silly they sound to sane people?), and Newt's ethics make hime repellent. Just repellent. That of course leaves Romney, and He's battling to keep up with 'None of the above' in the polls.

    So – No, Michelle – the 70% is NOT going to vote for you. They're going to hold their collective noses and vote for whatever candidate turns their stomachs the least (again – that's not you).

    November 22, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. vet in texas

    I'd like to thank Sharon Angle, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Christine O'Donnell, you ladies have taken one for the team regarding writing the unwritten book on how NOT to run a campaign, now NOT to say the first thing that comes out of your mouth, and how NOT to speak without facts.

    You alone have shown future women the do's and DON'TS of running for office. Women, please pay attention and take notes (don't write them on your hands though), do the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of these women and you will win every election you enter.

    Also, take note from Hillary, DO NOT CRY before you get nominated, it will hurt your chances of portraying a tough intelligent woman.

    November 22, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Bachmann Turner Overdrive

    Has the republican winner in Iowa ever won the national election?

    I thought a win in Iowa just confirmed your credentials as a narrow minded, ultra conservative bigot.

    November 22, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. one voice

    This lady is nuts, PERIOD

    November 22, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Al-NY,NY


    I certainly hope so!!!! I'm pulling for you Bachmann! GO ALL THE WAY!


    November 22, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. SPLAT!~

    She appeals only to the religious right al la Bobby Vanderputz, and between Rick, Dick and Mic that caucus block will be splintered. The Iowa Republican caucus is irrelevant, I mean who the hell is Mike Huckabee?

    November 22, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Russ

    Ok, Michele, Lets add this up. Latest poll in Iowa:
    Gingrich 32
    Romney 19
    Cain 13
    Paul 10
    Perry 6
    Santorum 5
    That adds up to 85% leaving you with a possible 15% even though your number in that poll was 6%.
    So what was that you said.........70% of the voters are undecided? We sure don't need your math running the country.

    November 22, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It's time to have a mother in the White House."
    Not if the mother is and intellectually unfit, I meant to say.

    November 22, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Russ

    Speaking of Sarah Palin......where the hell is she these days. She sure got quiet after the latest book of her checkered past came out. That was a rhetorical question. I really don't care to know.

    November 22, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Lolo

    This lady is dreaming. Go help your husband pray the gay away.

    November 22, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. vic , nashville ,tn

    Bachmann said “70% of voters are still undecided”

    That means 70% republicans voters not happy with GOP candidates

    When we include democrats and independents in general election it will be 95% voters unhappy with GOP candidates

    November 22, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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