Bachmann talks like a front-runner: ‘It’s on to all 50 states’
August 13th, 2011
09:52 PM ET
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Bachmann talks like a front-runner: ‘It’s on to all 50 states’

Ames, Iowa (CNN) – Newly minted Ames Straw Poll winner Michele Bachmann is already sounding like a front-runner – saying her win is the “first step” on the road to the White House.

And though the GOP congresswoman for Minnesota has not yet won any caucus or primary, she said she’s ready to head to all 50 states. The Ames contest is a nonbinding contest that generates tremendous buzz, but does not award delegates toward winning the GOP presidential nomination.

“Thank you everyone. We did this together,” Bachmann told a crush of supporters just a short while after narrowly clinching victory in the critical Iowa contest. “What we saw happen today, is this is the very first step toward taking the White House in 2012.

“This was a wonderful down payment on taking the country back. Now it’s on to all 50 states,” Bachmann added.

The congresswoman’s husband, Marcus Bachmann, was asked how he reacted to his wife’s win.

“We held each other for quite awhile,” he said.

Moments after – as Bachmann hurried off with handlers to a media appearance - CNN asked how she felt about her win.

“I’m grateful,” Bachmann said.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. zip

    If this keeps up, my dog is gonna think he can be president.

    August 14, 2011 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  2. Norman C

    You know I listened to the Republican speeches from Iowa...M.B & the lead? What the hell did they do in Iowa, turn their cash crop of corn into that California Stuff..?...Never in my life have I seen such insanity and disconnected Cana-dates all-la fruitcakes'! Except in one of those really bad ones someone gives ya at Christmas that everybody hates...Don't like them...Don't like this. Pinky B.: "Gee Brain, What are we going to do today?"...Brain P.:" Give more senseless Republican Speeches' , take over the Field, and then the world!"

    August 14, 2011 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Just give it time ... she'll have a stress-induced migraine, disappear to the hospital for a couple days and that'll be it.

    August 14, 2011 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  4. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Please, PLEASE let her be the republican nominee! It will be that much easier for Obama to get re-elected!
    Bachmann has even less original ideas than Pawlenty.

    August 14, 2011 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  5. Peter E

    Questioner: What is your plan to get the economy going?
    Bachmann: I will oust Obama and then the economy will be fixed.
    Questioner: But what is your specific plan?
    Bachmann: To win the election.
    Questioner: Yes, but after winning the election, what policies do you plan to implement to help the economy.
    Bachmann: Err... policies? If by policies you mean ousting Obama as president, I have policies.
    Questioner: No, I meant what is your plan to create jobs for Americans? How will you help main street?
    Bachmann: I plan to win the election.
    Questioner: But after the election what is your plan...
    Bachmann: You damn media types are so biased against me!

    (note, it's not only Bachmann. You can substitute any of the candidates for the same conversation. Seriously, not one of them has a clue. Their only obsession is to win the election while not having answered a SINGLE question about how they would fix the economy. Their only policy is to campaign)

    August 14, 2011 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  6. Julian

    WHAT is she smoking?

    August 14, 2011 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  7. A True Man of Faith


    I pray you stop Michele Bachmann's campaign in its tracks. She is nothing but a prophet of deceit and future suffering.


    August 14, 2011 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  8. chewpoo

    It's going to be a wild ride for the GOP!

    August 14, 2011 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  9. Bonnie

    Very interesting.....

    August 14, 2011 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  10. ChinaisRepublicToo

    This is seriously a joke – Michelle Bachman, the village idiot... is running for office? Please! She's carbon-copying what her idiot idol Sarah Palin did... except she's not waiting to be invited on to a ticket, she's just gonna hope a bus, spew garbage and hope to get a reality show before things get serious and she gets torn a new one in a serious presidential debate. Have you seen the way her handlers protect her from the media and tough questions? It's laughable.

    August 14, 2011 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  11. CTYank

    "Taking the country back." From whom, the electorate?
    The really scary concept here is "Michelle" & "White House." Sorry, but she's way too simple-minded and ill-informed. And, like her goomba Sarah, shows no prospect of improvement, ever.

    August 14, 2011 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  12. Name king

    These repugs are out of their minds, they keep falling for the same old lines over and over again, yet they refuse to watch the repugs actions. Hey an amicable can sweet talk you and promise you he won't eat you if you get in his pond, and if you did how can you blame this alligator if he eats you. one day you've got to know a person character. The repugs already told us they want to get rid of government. That means fire most of the workers and privatizing our entitlements. They want to give powers to the corporations, in a time unlike the days we grew up in, because back then we didn't have an open global market. Now the markets are wide open, and while we are on a down ward spiral other countries are on a upswing. Giving powers to all these corporations and their share holders who cares about one thing, their bottom lines, would it be a smart thing to get rid of government and hope the corporations choses us over china. Stupid stupid people, I guest we didn't get enough of the tea baggers we want total destruction of our country.

    August 14, 2011 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  13. D. Wilson


    August 14, 2011 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  14. A Moderate

    Taking back the country from whom? the majority? Please give this woman the nomination so you can watch Obama get easily re-elected in 2012.

    August 14, 2011 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  15. jim

    It doesn't matter much who a handful of Iowigians pick Bachmann still doesn't stand a chance of winning the nomination or the general election.

    August 14, 2011 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  16. mark

    I live in Iowa and I can tell you right now this means nothing, Ames is a tiny nothing hick town which is why they hold it there.

    If she came into C.R. she would of been booted out!

    August 14, 2011 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  17. EddyL

    Bachmann and her prohibitionist faith-based politics cannot win the GOP nomination.

    August 14, 2011 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  18. Hooper

    Does she even know the
    50 states? Stay away from MI we don't need anymore hate here we have our own hater we are trying to recall....

    August 14, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  19. SilverHair

    Can she cook dry straw?

    August 14, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  20. mb2010a

    The Iowa Straw Poll means absolutely nothing...

    August 14, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  21. Indy

    So if you vote to default the country, tell the country default wont hurt a thing, and do nothing but say no in congress, take government grants while pretending that you are against government grants you can win the Ames straw poll ? Thank goodness the winners of this pole never go all the way to the Whitehouse, except of course for the Republican hero W that put the country in the mess it is in today.

    August 14, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  22. zanny

    Help us!!! I cannot believe that she actually thinks she has a chance. I have ti believe the rest of the American voters are so much smarter than the straw voters in Iowa. The only other state that may be in the same field is South Carolina.. They have Jim DeMint and that former governor who"was hiking on the Appalachian trail"(in Argentina) which says a lot. It has never occured to her that her vote against raising the debt ceiling and those of her other tea party nut jobs is why our credit rating got lowered. For some reason they have yet to hear what S&P said. Nothing to be proud of.

    August 14, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  23. put down the tea

    GREAT JOB ! I have an idea. If Bachmann is the nominee. then we save the time and money- skip the farce and appoint Obama Prez. Then use the savings to buy back our credit rating from S&P, since they sell their meaningless ratings to the highest bidder.

    August 14, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  24. cigrman

    Michelle, you have got to be kidding. You paid for Six Thousand votes, but you only received around forty three hundred. I really think that you are as nutty as your twin sister, Sara Palin. The two of you should join together and open up ypur own asylum, both of you are great candidates for that.

    August 14, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  25. vic , nashville ,tn

    Ok yes she won the Iowa Ames Straw Poll

    Do any one believe she can go to the white house answer is no

    August 14, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
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