[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/08/25/art.welch.bachmann.jpg caption="Michele Bachmann kicked off a bus tour on Wednesday."]Woodbury, Minnesota (CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota kicked off a two day, multi city bus tour Wednesday morning at a bakery and café. But while the two-term Republican congresswoman spoke to local reporters, she was not available to take questions from national media covering the event.
In a Bachmann campaign press release, the tour is touted as the first in a "series" of bus tours throughout her sixth district designed to give Bachmann the chance to "speak with small business owners and concerned [sic] regarding the current struggles facing the economy."
Media was invited to tag along and the release noted there would be a press availability between the first and second stops of the day. Both CNN and FOX News were declined access at the site of the first location, with spokesman Sergio Gor stating the tour is for "local media only."
The campaign of Bachmann's opponent, Democrat Tarryl Clark, took a swipe at the tour in a press release of their own, in which the campaign attempts to shed light on Bachmann's out of state engagements.
"Bachmann has finally decided to squeeze in two days in her district talking to her constituents," Clark's campaign manager Zach Rodvold said in the statement. "[She] has not done one single event that constituents can attend."
Bachmann has become a national figure among the tea party movement and appears frequently on FOX News. Her supporters in the state have often drawn comparisons to former Alaska Governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and the two have appeared together.
CNN twice attempted to ask if there's any merit to the opposing camp's claim that she has been spending too much time in states other than her own. She did not respond and a staffer said she was "not taking those questions today."
Bachman was met with some mild cheering and a cry of "We love you Michele!" as she and her husband Marcus-dressed in Minnesota Twins baseball jersey- stepped off the bus in Woodbury Wednesday morning, flanked by a few supporters.
About two dozen constituents were on hand at the bakery to welcome the bus as it rolled in Woodbury. Bachmann did not address the crowd with any statements, and chit chat was kept to benign subject matter like the fact that her dog is on the bus with her. She shook hands and then moved inside with bakery staff where she was presented with a cake in the shape of Minnesota, complete with a replica of her tour bus-also in cake form.
"What kind of cake is that?" Bachmann could be heard asking. When one employee responded that it was marble, Bachmann responded, "A marble cake? Everybody's favorite!"
Bachman's bus is wrapped with a logo of "Michele Bachmann.com" on top of the words "U.S. Congress." Accompanying the lettering is a four-foot tall headshot of Bachmann wearing a yellow blazer. "Connect with Michele: Text VICTORY to 69467" appears along the base of the side of the bus.