Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) – Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann kept up her full court press against frontrunner Newt Gingrich on Friday morning in Iowa, the morning after the two exchanged blows in the final debate before January's caucuses.
Speaking to reporters before launching a 99-county bus tour of the Hawkeye State, Bachmann also targeted former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is making a late play in Iowa.
"They are both moderates and they haven't held conservative positions," she said. "All you have to do is look at the fact that Newt has been backing the individual health care mandate for 20 years, as recently as May of this year. This is exactly what I have been fighting, and also with Mitt Romney as well."
Bachmann said Gingrich supported the Wall Street bailout and has "the most liberal record on illegal immigration" of anyone in the Republican field.
In Thursday's debate in Sioux City, Bachmann accused Gingrich of being a lobbyist for Freddie Mac while the federally backed mortgage giant was playing a role in the collapse of the national housing market.
Gingrich received $1.6 million in consulting fees from Freddie but denied lobbying. He said Bachmann was making up "wild allegations."
Bachmann said she could back up her arguments with fact and pointedly said Gingrich was being condescending toward her.
She repeated the charge on Friday.
"I am not a student of his," she said. "I am a serious candidate for the presidency, and I think its important that I be treated like an equal on that stage."
Asked if she thought Gingrich was treating her differently because of her gender, Bachmann would not say.
"People looking at that would have to make that accusation," she said.
Bachmann also weighed in on Nikki Haley's endorsement of Romney, a blessing she had sought in multiple meetings with the South Carolina governor.
Despite the setback, Bachmann had nothing but praise for Haley.
"I love Gov. Haley," she said. "I think she is a marvelous woman. She is a terrifici governor, and I respect the choice she made today. Certainly I would have loved to get her endorsement."
@ted and anakid, Bush was a moderate. Though I suppose to someone as far left as you and your compatriots are, someone in the middle would seem very conservative/right wing to you. Since ya'll are so far left it makes sense that your opinions don't matter since your views are narrowed so much by your blinders.
Gingrich can be Conservative, Moderate or Liberal. It all depends on who's "showing him the money".
Newt has already picked his running mate, Tom Delay. He wanted NIxon, but found out he was dead. I heard it all on the new American, non-MSM network started by the Tea Party, Am-Jazeera.