Bachmann 'encouraged' in Iowa
Michele Bachmann attends a reception for Iowans for Tax Relief.
January 22nd, 2011
01:29 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann 'encouraged' in Iowa

(CNN)-Republican Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann made political waves in Iowa with a visit to the capital city Friday, raising speculation of a possible presidential run in 2012.

"I am very encouraged by what I heard and the level of support that I saw today," Bachmann told the Des Moines Register.

The tea party favorite sounded much like a presidential candidate while addressing the Iowans for Tax Relief group Friday night.

"It is not too late to change course and save this great nation. I believe we can preserve this exceptional nation-this land of promise–for our children and grandchildren, she said. "We've got this tiny window of opportunity and the tea party patriots are saying, 'We have to take our country back.'"

Ties to the first-presidential-caucus state may serve Bachmann well should she choose to run. Born in Waterloo, she summoned her Iowa roots stating, "I feel like I know you, because I was born here. I was raised here. These are my values. I feel like we understand each other."

Bachmann maximized her visit to Des Moines by spending time at the Iowa Capitol in meetings with the governor, house and senate leadership. She also traveled to the state GOP headquarters.

And she doesn't plan to be a stranger to the Hawkeye state. She plans to participate in a series of lectures for presidential candidate prospects held in Iowa in April.

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Alan Graham

    We have to take America back from those Americans! We have to save our country from those other Americans: Don't you realize that the Americans have invaded America and won't give it back without fight.

    January 22, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Sir Craig

    If Bachmann felt "encouraged," she is truly delusional. Just because she represents a small knot of meatheads in Minnesota doesn't mean she has a snowball's chance in heck of convincing the rest of this country she's a rational human being.

    January 22, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Terry P

    Presidential possibility? Don't think so. She only won her seat in 2010 with 52% of the vote – no landslide.

    January 22, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. tek

    After more than a year of hearing "Take our country back", I still have no idea what they mean.

    January 22, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. lions_fan

    May I point out to CNN that Michele Bachmann is NOT a senator, but a member of the House of Representatives. Please, let's not give her any more standing than she already has!!

    January 22, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. carl lobel

    thanks for promoting ms. bachmann. according to this blog post she is now a senator from minnesota. i hope she is replacing the comedian.

    January 22, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. david

    is bachmann a congresswoman, not a senator?

    January 22, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. vic nashville tn

    Sen. Jim DeMint,Rep. Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin speaking to their own group

    Correction she is not a senator

    January 22, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. James

    Michele Bachmann is a congresswoman from the state of Minnesota, not a senator.

    January 22, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Get A Grip

    Love this woman....a woman that truly loves her country!!!! What a great president she would make!!!

    January 22, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. jerseylou

    Bachmann, If Iowaian's support you there must be something in the food and water supply.As i am driving through the State i will have my pedal to the metal and won't stop too eat or drink anything.

    January 22, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. rusty155

    I wouldn't vote for anybody back by the Tea Party. Why Is all you people back by the Tea Party keep saying we got to take our country back. I didn't know any body had It. It just you, Tea Party think everyone In this country should be WHITE ONLY because you people spread hate and Racist.This country was make with all kind of different people, If you don't think that way than we need too give It back too the only real American. The American Indian.

    January 22, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. PR

    She's not a Senator, she's a Congresswoman.

    January 22, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Indy

    It is hard to figure out if the potential Republican nominees list is "The World's Biggest Loser" list or actual candidates. It really is a very sad state of affairs when you list includes Palin,Bachmann,Romney, Trump ,Gingrich etc. The Republicans think that being POTUS is just another reality tv show and anyone with a loud mouth and bad hair can make a run for the most important job in the land.

    January 22, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. RemainCalm

    The Democratic Party would love to see this woman become the Republican presidential nominee in 2012.

    January 22, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. B

    Go ahead and run.. Palin and Bachmann are two of a kind but that is where 1+1 = 0

    These two are definitely a gift to the Democrats.

    January 22, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Jeff

    Congratulations, Representative Michele Bachmann, on your election to the U.S. Senate!

    January 22, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Drew

    She's a rep, not a senator!

    January 22, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Superhiro

    Man.. so she's the 4th potential republican candidate for president who has absolutely ZERO chance of winning a general election. Looks like Obama's getting a second term even if he doesn't want it.

    January 22, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Kevin

    The GOP has really hit rock bottom. This woman actually think she can beat President Obama in 2012. The funny thing is she actually believes it. Only Rep. Bachmann beleives that all Americans are members of the tea party. She is one hateful woman, not anything she says could unite us as a country, all she cares about is power, just like the GOP. Again when the President gave the speech at the Tucson memorial, the entire country was remind why he truely is the Commander-in-Chief. Now think people can you imagine Bachmann or worse yet Palin giving a speech to unite the Nation, I don't think so.

    January 22, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    She has so much hate, and only one lifetime to spread it.

    January 22, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Bachmann would be encouraged if someone dropped a tray of silverware, as she would think it was a message from some right wingnut God.

    January 22, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. greyhackles

    So there's "Contract On America" Newt, "Failin' 'n' Bailin" Palin, "9-11! 9-11! 9-11!" Giuliani, "Guess? Who?" Pawlenty, "What Mormon Problem?" Romney, "Just a man with a guitar" Huckabee, "My Own State Hates Me. Yours Can, Too!" Santorum, and now "I'm not a deep thinker" Bachmann, all inserting themselves into the race for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination – none of which could possibly be THAT STOOPID to believe they actually have a Dove Bar's chance in Hell of surviving the process.

    Which leads me to the conclusion that it must be a *highly lucrative process*, to inspire every whack job in the Republican Party to "run". Niiiiice....

    January 22, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    By all means, RUN.
    The next couple of years are going to be GREAT for comedians

    January 22, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Capt. Crunch

    ...the tea party patriots are saying, 'We have to take our country back.'" Sorry, M'am, but it's not just yours or theirs nor is it something to take back. It's everyone's and is a mutual process not something for your group alone to make decisions about. This arrogance and intolerance are un-American. We're all in this boat together and you had better learn to be a good shipmate

    January 22, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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