Bachmann: 'Life couldn't be better' in Iowa
July 2nd, 2011
12:25 PM ET
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Bachmann: 'Life couldn't be better' in Iowa

(CNN)– Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann launched her nine-city swing through Iowa on Saturday - pointing out the influence of the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

The three-term congresswoman and contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination told CNN that "life couldn't be better," as she fed waffles to her husband at an Iowa City diner.

Bachmann's tour of the Hawkeye State follows her official announcement in Waterloo last month of her presidential bid, and seems timed to capitalize on support that's been building in her home state.

"I think Iowa's very important. We want to do very well here, so we're going to be working towards the caucuses that are coming up in August, and on to January and February, and beyond," she said.

Six campaigns have reserved spots at the Ames Straw Poll, set for August. Though the winner of the contest isn't guaranteed the GOP nomination, or even a victory during Iowa's caucus, it can be an early predictor of success in the state.

Other candidates like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman are sitting out the Ames Straw Poll. But for Bachmann, banking on Iowa is an investment with promised returns.

"Iowa is the first in the nation. It's very important to be here and have a presence here, because the values and the opinions that people have in Iowa count," she said.

"This is the bread basket of the world, for a reason. It's important to come and listen to what people have to say here in Iowa and then take that message back to Washington, D.C."

Bachmann will make five stops in four cities Saturday and continue to tour through five additional cities, ending the sweep Monday.

Related: Six GOP campaigns land spots for Ames Straw Poll

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. EddyL

    How nice to be rich.

    July 2, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. carlos

    that "life couldn't be better in not much saying to her voters in Minn., of course, she could not care less about them, only to get government hand outs for the Marcus clinic and the farm.......go Minnesotans, vote for her and she will laugh at you, AGAIN and AGAIN

    July 2, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. George

    Life couldn't be better, well sure when you are getting tens of thousands of dollars in federal money for your husband's business. This woman is as sick as they come.

    July 2, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. CaliforniaBC

    The only thing amazing about Bachmann is her continued ability to defend her statements when facts to the contrary are shoved right in her face. I guess that can go for Palin as well.

    July 2, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. George

    I'm certainly happy that life couldn't be better for Mrs Bachmann, when millions upon millions of her fellow Americans are suffering everyday without a dime to pay the rent and no job in sight. I hope she gets diarrhea at her next speaking engagement.

    July 2, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. surfninja

    If you kick a soda can – the emptiest one always makes the loudest noise.

    July 2, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. David

    As a citizen of Minnesota, I invite her to just stay there.

    July 2, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Jones

    Such a nice lady. She's make a good President after four years of incompetence and stupidity and amateurism.

    July 2, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Jeff Spangler

    If you have ever known any tax lawyers, you will probably agree that they are not Presidential material, especially this flaky Ms. Malaprop.

    July 2, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. JimS.

    So um, gee Michele. If "It's very important to be here and have a presence here, because the values and the opinions that people have in Iowa count," how does the fact that same-sex marriage is legal in Iowa square with your opposition to it? Or do those opinions only could if you agree with them?

    July 2, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Tom

    There must be a reason Romney and Huntsman are not participating in the Ames straw poll. Is it that they are smart enough to realize that as Iowa votes the rest of the nation will NOT follow? Iowa will be Bachmann's swan song. Enjoy your 15 minutes, Michele. You will go by the way of Palin before you know it.

    July 2, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. grammy that is worried

    Referring to article "life couldn't be better in Iowa", did Ms Bachmann abandoned Minnesota, seems like that her home state is not doing well at the moment. How can she justify having a great time when there is a government shut down in the state where she resides. I couldn't or wouldn't be out giving speeches for a presidential position, in a time of great need in her state. Again, this proves that some of these candidates do not know where the priorities lie, there is plenty of time for her to find out how life in Iowa is, almost, to be fair, she has got a good eight to ten months. What's wrong with these people!!!!!!!!!!! What does GOP mean? "Goof off party"

    July 2, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Joe

    How appropriate that she's feeding her husband waffles. She's going to do a lot of waffling when she tries to explain away his bigoted homophobic remarks.

    July 2, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |

    Snookie Palin wants the money that Bachmann is taking in for sure. Run Snookie Palin run!

    July 2, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Jake

    This [Iowa] is the bread basket of the world, ...Bachmann said. M'am, bread is made from wheat. Iowa grows corn.

    July 2, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. rw

    Bachman is an uninformed individual. Maybe she should do the country a favor and leave the political arena.

    July 2, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Sorensen

    She is wrong. Kansas is even more backwards. No evolution, no smart education, religious right, no abortion, no brains,
    etc. The world started 5000 years ago!! Tea party!
    And she wants to be President!!!

    July 2, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. David

    The people in her district have to be the most ignorant people in the country.

    July 2, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. Go Michelle . . . You Are Guaranteed To Win . . .

    35 per cent of the vote . . .

    July 2, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. paul

    Bachmann's history lesson for Iowa: "This is a great state to spend the 4th of JUly. Afterall, Iowa was one of the 13 original colonies"!!!!!!!

    July 2, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. GonzoinHouston

    Between the primaries and the Electoral College, America has one of the worst systems in the industrial world for selecting a president. Iowa and New Hampshire matter most in the primaries. Ohio and Florida are crucial in the national election, but New York, California, and Texas are taken for granted by one party or another. W wasn't the first to win the White House while losing the popular vote. Straw poles, caucuses, pregnant chads, super PACs, election day on a Tuesday, crossover voters, and round-the-clock coverage of Sarah Palin?!?!

    How about we start with a fresh sheet of paper, work out rotating primaries, a popular vote for president, and if the margin of victory is less than the verifiable accuracy of the vote counting system, we have a run-off in two weeks. Yes, I know it will take a constitutional amendment to do this. It would be worth the effort.

    July 2, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Joe Moore

    We need a non Socialist in the White House. Nobama in 2012!

    July 2, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. Myles

    life couldn't be better? in Iowa?

    July 2, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Larry L

    I remain astounded at the criteria applied when Republicans select a candidate to champion for President of the United States! Do they realize they'd be required to send Bachman abroad to represent the United States in matters of critical importance? Didn't the Bush experience teach them anything? Remember the famous neck rub "W" tried to give the German Chancellor? Did you forget the attack on Iraq? Folks, brains and knowledge are really important to the POTUS! Just being a bigoted, right-wing bible-thumper might be enough for hillbilly politics in the Red States, but in the real world leaders need some level of awareness and sophistication. Can't you find some hateful person who isn't dumber than a bag of hammers?

    July 2, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. B

    That is about the only place that it will be with the exception perhaps S. Carolina where most of the rest of the right wing zealots are.

    This woman will never make it in a serious debate with Obama or any other Knowledgeable person.
    She thinks the earth is six thousand years old..

    Some of these people are living in the distant past and believing that they are relevant contenders to be leaders in a highly technological country and World.

    They seem to have absolutely no realistic self perseption !

    July 2, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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