Rollins: Bachmann will be strong candidate in Iowa
June 7th, 2011
09:24 AM ET
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Rollins: Bachmann will be strong candidate in Iowa

(CNN) - The campaign veteran who has signed up to run Rep. Michele Bachmann's expected bid for the Republican presidential nomination says the congresswoman from Minnesota would be a formidable candidate in the Iowa caucuses.

One day after longtime GOP strategist Ed Rollins confirmed to CNN that he would steer Bachmann's campaign if she announces her candidacy, which is expected later this month, Rollins said Bachmann "has a tremendous opportunity to follow the pattern of Mike Huckabee, whose campaign I was involved in four years ago. She'll be a very strong candidate in Iowa. She was born in Iowa. She was the first Republican woman to ever represent the neighboring state of Minnesota. She's got a tremendous opportunity to go into the religious right, which is a strong constituency."

Iowa's caucuses traditionally kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar.

Rollins, who made his comments on CNN's "American Morning," was the campaign manager for President Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election landslide over former Vice President Walter Mondale. Rollins, a guest on numerous CNN programs over the years, is also more recently known for running former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's bid for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. Huckabee went from being a long shot candidate to winning the Iowa caucuses before ultimately losing the nomination to Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Rollins told CNN on Monday that "we'll try and duplicate what Huckabee did in Iowa. It's a good act to follow."

Rollins also says that Bachmann won't have a problem when it comes to fundraising, adding that "she's got a gigantic list" of supporters and contributors.

Asked about Bachmann's past controversial comments, Rollins said the congresswoman would "have a good team around her and we'll basically make sure that everything is 100 percent fact checked."

Bachmann has all-but-declared her candidacy. She recently told reporters and supporters in Iowa that "when we make that all-important announcement – which will happen in the month of June – that announcement. I am pleased to tell you tonight, will be made in Iowa. And I will also tell you that announcement will be made in the city where I was born, in Waterloo."

Bachmann is also taking part in next Monday's CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    He soliciting himself for a campaign job with somebody, so that he can have the credentials to return to being a cable political pundit after the election.

    June 7, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. blf83

    As a former Iowan, I do hope that Bachman gains no traction there. Iowans are smarter than that, I hope.

    June 7, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. ART

    Don't forget she's also a hateful woman, not very smart and cannot answwer a straight question

    June 7, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. martin

    Wise move. Now she'll get the Black vote for sure, Ed will see to that.

    June 7, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Ed, if you are looking for a job I think KFC is looking for someone to wear the white suit.

    June 7, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. Don

    It's all about the packaging!

    June 7, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Video Guy

    But when it gets right down to it the woman is a "nut case". The middle will only let her be a WH chamber maid.

    June 7, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. Paul1st

    Michele is going to quietly build a base in Iowa and when the Palin circus arrives there later this year, there will be a "No Vacancy" sign out to greet her.

    June 7, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. ja

    rollins is saying what is needed to earn a check, that's all, hell will freeze over, before bachman is nominated

    June 7, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. doight

    Maybe Rollins can run as her Vice President.

    June 7, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. John

    Michele Bachmann won't be a strong Candidate any were. She don't have a chance In hell to win.

    June 7, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. Grondahl

    Ms. Bachmann and The Facts do not play well together. Remember the business about Obama spending $200 million a day in India? Or Nancy Pelosi's $100K bar tab? Or that we don't have to disclose information to census-takers? Or that the Swine Flu was a Carter administration problem? Or her blatant, fear-mongering falsehoods about Health Care Reforrm?

    She couches her persona in the worn-out Us vs. Them, intellectually insulting rhetoric that she shares with Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum.

    I'll pass.

    June 7, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. lefty avenger

    Rep. Michele Bachmann is the epitome of the big pharma drugged out starry eyed right wing republican wacko. A total nut, befitting a tea party person. Go ahead run Bachmann being nuts, Palin shooting deer from a helicopter and Mitt Mormon. These candidates will all be firmly rejected on the coasts.

    June 7, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. GI Joe

    He's hitched his wagon to a FALLING STAR. Can anybody say crash and burn? AAAAAAGAIN

    June 7, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. GI Joe

    He's almosy as bad as Pat Buchanan. I switch channels when either of them show up on TV.

    June 7, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |