(CNN) - As the GOP presidential race heats up with more attacks and negative ads, Michele Bachmann on Saturday threw out a less-than-common word to amplify the political rhetoric, describing a few of her top rivals as "milquetoast."
"I must raise every available dollar between now and January 3rd to ensure our hard-charging constitutional conservative campaign – not some milquetoast opponents like Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich – wins over these undecided Iowa voters," Bachmann said in a statement to supporters.
Meaning "weak" and "spineless," the word originated as the name of a character - Caspar Milquetoast - in an early 20th Century comic strip by H.T. Webster called "The Timid Soul."
Bachmann, who experienced a brief surge in the GOP race after announcing her bid for president this summer, now polls in the single digits. On the campaign trail, she frequently boasts having a "titanium spine" when comparing herself to the rest of the GOP field.
Meanwhile, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has taken the top spot in many national and state polls, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul following behind.
"With so much on the line for our nation, struggling Americans deserve a consistent conservative to solve our economic problems and create jobs - not the same empty rhetoric offered up by my opponents and the Democrats," Bachmann said in her fundraising pitch.
The Minnesota congresswoman will face off against five opponents in an Iowa debate Saturday night.
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Mrs. Bachmann will soon have just one thing to 'shred'. That won't be Obama's reforms. It will be her book, whose dismal sales make it less popular than cookbooks.
Never mind that she supports the same policies and ideology is what has brought our country to it's knees this whacko-of the-right wants us to regress even further.
What part of NO don’t you get??
Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum need to quit so the real frontrunners can hash things out. The Republican Tea Party needs to start uniting if they are going to beat Obama. Let Mitt, Jon and Newt settle things.
You claim to be a smart woman ,but you don't know when you have lost. It time to Quit because you don't stand a chance.
A person should know when they're no longer relevant.
Another pit bull with lipstick. We really don't need two. Actually, we never needed even one.
In the race to see who's crazy enough to appear to the Tea Party – she wins! Imagine this flake with her finger on the button to launch thousands of nuclear weapons... I wouldn't trust her, or ant of the GOP's ridiculous circus of candidates, with a BB gun.
Freedom of lightbulb act !
What a leader !
iN JUST ONE YEAR the baggers in the House of Representatives have done more damage to this country than can be undone in a decade.
All she has to do in Iowa is eat more hot dogs as she did at the state fair this past summer. It'll knock 'em dead.
I have to agree with Michele on this one.
Bachmann's got my support for certain. Made a list of the good and bad on all of them. I mean I really look into them and vet them myself... She was the only one with a short bad list and long good list. Easy decision.
Bachmann often talks about how she is a job creator, but I have never heard how many hundreds or thousands of jobs she has created, anyone know ?
Why doesn't she just get lost? She knows she doesn't have a chance to get the nomination but still somehow she wants to keep on jabbing and to think she has supporters....... unbelievable.
Has she created even one job for her favorite state of Iowa?
I like what Leno said about her the other night.
Michelle Bachman was asked what should be done about the Shiite problem. She responded by saying, eat less Fiber.
The GOP wingnut/teabagger trainwreck implosion continues full speed ahead.
More meaningless rhetoric. When will these candidates learn that actions speak louder than words?
Gee, I was hoping she skipped because she was pulling out her 3 or 4% rating. The woman is a real fruit cake nut job!
Ya, her husbands gay clinic to
pray away the gay, must be one or two jobs, go back to mn and milk some cows you cow!!!
She must put that make up on with a trowel...
Sounds like she was also describing her husband.
It looks like her makeup was done by a mortician!
Marcus is making manic Michele's life a living Hell, since he has had to return the inaugural gown, and now she is taking it out on her opponents!
She should go back to playing with Bachmann-Turner Overdrive. They were good. She stinks on her own.