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."
Bachmann oh Bachmann, when you speak it's obvious you've never been a student of anyone. You speak lies, you're ignorant of the facts. It takes a lot to stand there and expect people to take you serious.
You are a total embarrassment!!!!!!! Please take your money and go away.
The more I listen to Bachmann, the more I like Newt. She may have just pushed me over the edge into voting for him. Newt needs to pay her to go around the country and debate him–she articulates his positions better than he does.
If Michele Bachmann had been a student of Newt Gingrich, I am certain he would have given her a richly deserved "F."
Michele, please stop focusing so much on the other candidates and focus on your message. If your message doesn't fly and you get no support, then drop out. Constantly attacking others isn't goin gto get you the nomination.
Hey Bachmann! You can mess with Newt, leave Mitt out of it.
Gingrich is a moderate?! You have GOT to be kidding me! He was the leader of the neo-con movement in the 80's. Anyone who would consider Newt a moderate is dangerously out there on the fringe.
Gingrich is visibly shaping-up...gaining strenghts and the only thing he is losing IS...body-weight which makes him more appealing...Lets face it America he is it to "RESTORE AMERICA TO ITS GREATNESS"........!!
The woman is blowing whistles all the time. Can't she talk in such a way people will take her as a civilised person?
"She is a terrifici governor, "
Riiiight. Well, at least we know what they consider being a good governor: covering your tracks and destroying evidence of your governance by systematically deleting all of your office's emails. Yes, she's been doing ti all throughout her tenure in SC. No wonder she likes Mittens so much. Two turds floating in the same bowl.
A Gingrich presidency would be Obama's second term. A real conservative administration is needed for at least one term to get us out of the mess the last few decades of moderate and left wing administrations has created.
The tea party guy who got arrested for caring a firearm on a plane in New York, is like gay marraige law in New York, not valid in other states that do not have the law. If he wants the law of New York State to change for gun rights the same should be for Gay Marraige. Is this is right what is his legal aurgurment for not getting the same sentence as that football guy.
None of the GOP candidates in the clown car have a chance at the presidency. At the rate they shoot off like roman candles and quickly flame out due to various personal issues, the only logical choice is:
The only student you are is from the Goebbels school of propaganda. And now I see the gender "victim" card is being pulled out.....how nice
The irony that no journalist ever asks Michelle Bachman about is that despite her overwhelming admiration of the founding fathers she fails to recognize that this group, that did not think women should have the right to vote, would never have allowed a woman to be president.
Gurgi – must anyone remind you of the disastrous deficit ridden insane war presidency of George W Bush from 2001-2009? Were you comatose to how badly that moron did his job? Get a grip, Gurgi.
"I am a serious candidate for the presidency".....
Michelle is nothing than a sub par intellect with a nasty streak.
Please go pleasure yourself to all things Willard Romney elsewhere. Your Bieberesque cheerleading for Romney is pretty disturbing.
Dems and the left have GOT to be loving this. The self-imploding GOP is doing all the work for the DNC attacking each other. It's driving the likes of Rush Limbaugh CRAZY......Ronald Reagan would be ashamed.
Gurgi – at some point you are going to have to accept that it was a conservative administration that got us into this mess with tax cuts for the wealthy, two unfunded wars and Medicare Part D.
"I am a serious candidate for the presidency,....." Nothing but lies from Bachmann.
Ted wrote – None of the GOP candidates in the clown car have a chance at the presidency.
This is correct and I am looking forward to Obama’s second term, especially with Dems in the majority of both houses. The downside to all of this is that once the bar is lowered it tends to stay lowered. And let’s face it the Republicans are really presenting bottom of the barrel candidates. I really hope after the sweeping losses of 2012 the Republican Party decides their new mantra is ‘take our party back’. Opposing voices are part of a healthy democracy. Unfortunately, most of the voices from the right, or at least the loudest, are just sprouting lies and illogical nonsense.
Phil in KC
"Gingrich is a moderate?! You have GOT to be kidding me! He was the leader of the neo-con movement in the 80's. Anyone who would consider Newt a moderate is dangerously out there on the fringe."
Got to give her a bit of slack here ... Bachman was a Democrat before she became a Republican. It's taken a bit of time for her to catch up, that's all. I suspect she confuses herself over most everything, including Gingrich.
@ted and anagramkid, Bush was not a real conservative, he was a moderate.
Just like the rest of the GOP – nobody thinks Bachman is a student, and most of us question whether any of them ever were.
None of the current GOP candidates represent any basic knowledge, rational thought, or deliberative ability.
Just swirling chaos of nasty egotistical ravings motivated by fear and hate, except for Rand Paul who actually exhibits some rational thought.
Gingrich is dismissive of Bachmann because he only says women in one role and Bachmann is fulfilling it; Calista is, at least at the moment.