Bachmann to take in Iowa gridiron
September 9th, 2011
12:49 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann to take in Iowa gridiron

Washington (CNN) – The change from summer to fall this year means two things for the state of Iowa – politics and football. And this weekend, those two passions will meet.

Republican presidential hopeful and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann will be in the stands on Saturday when the Iowa Hawkeyes face off with the Iowa State Cyclones. The two teams will be competing for the Cy-Hawk Trophy.

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Bachmann is no stranger to Ames, Iowa, the location of Saturday’s game. She edged out Rep. Ron Paul, to win the Ames Straw poll in August; a win that she had hoped would propel her to the front of the Republican field.

The first game of the Iowa State-Iowa rivalry was played in 1894. Iowa State won the first three games, but since that time University of Iowa won 39 out of the 55 meetings.

A release from the Bachmann campaign stated, “Bachmann will mix-and-mingle with voters, and participate in tailgate activities at the East Stadium Gate.” She will be joined by Iowa state Senator Jack Whitver.

The campaign release did not state whether she would be supporting Iowa or Iowa State but Whitver in an alumnus of Iowa State.

Bachmann announced her bid for the GOP nomination in Waterloo, Iowa and has made the state a focal point of her campaign. The first-in-the-nation caucus will be held on February 6, 2012.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Nevis

    Who cares? She is yesterday's news.

    September 9, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. NoMoPalin

    That ticking sound you hear, Michelle, is the clock telling you how much time you have left in your campaign. Your time is running out, just like your popularity.

    September 9, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Does this woman represent Iowa or Minnesota. I am really confused as she spends all her time in her home state and not in the state where the idiots in her district keep voting for her.
    I have a feeling that she is not going to be reelected for anything. I guess her "barbarian" will have to give her a job where she can pray away all her stupid.

    September 9, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Voice of Reason

    Let the Right-wing Redneck Republican Rube Roundup begin! This nonsensical catering to the rural, blue-collar republican base makes me ill. What a phony. She wouldnt be watching the game, let alone be tailgating if she werent pandering to votors. And note how she wont endorse one team over the other? Because she wants to make nice with both sides, and these idiots in Iowa are just dumb enough to write her off if she doesnt support the right football team!

    These are NOT the people you want choosing who's running for president! The parties need to set all the primary dates the same from state to state. Quit giving the biggest vote to the demographics for ONE state. If all the primaries happened on the same day, then 1) the party conventions would be unnecessary, and 2) candidates would have to garner wide support from all aspects of their constituency, not just pander to a bunch of rednecks growing corn somewhere in the midwest....

    September 9, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Do you think she will announce her inevitable withdrawal from the race in Iowa, too? Calm down. She's still in it to beat Obama, which doesn't neccessarily means she's in it to win it. (Her words, not mine.) I think she'll stick around until at lest the Iowa primary, though.

    Too bad she's had too many verbal gaffes to be excused from all of them. $2 gasoline? What she neglects to tell is that while we may $4 gas today, we had $4.50 gas six months before Obama took office. Then, the Global Financial Crisis hit. Demand dropped. Many of those speculators on Wall St found themselves out of job, and those remaining were under scrutingy. Supply and demand ruled the price for a barrel of oil. Today's $4 gasoline means things are going back to where they were before the Global Financial Crisis. Bachmann wants to blame it on President Obama. Do not believe anything that comes out of her mouth.

    September 9, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Bill NY

    I'm sure her first question will be: how many outs are there?

    September 9, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. Jamie from Riverside

    Why bother, babe, you're over.

    September 9, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    Is she still opening her BIG fat bad breath of a mouth? Everyone except the moron herself knows it over for her. I can't wait until she's no longer in the Ticker anywhere.

    September 9, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. boocat

    Keep pandering still don't have a chance in hell.......

    September 9, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Wes B.

    Who is Michele Bachmann?

    September 9, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Spock500

    This woman is a self-serving, narcissistic, egomaniacal, mentally disturbed [insert your pejorative noun of choice here] . . .

    September 9, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Name king

    Baukman one main thing to do if she get in office; kill Obama care so that corporate America can get buck wild with the American people. When the government take their hands off the insurance industries yah help us. They will do us worst than big oil. I wonder why Obama didnt slap a few regulations on big oil, so they wouldn't ruin America consumers, oh! I just remembered the repugs stopped the regulation that the dems were trying to keep big oil honest. Guest what folks brace for the unregulated money hungry insurance companies when these repugs take office and let them loose on the American people.

    September 9, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. lynn

    Is Iowa so hungry for the limelight they allow this foolish woman to continue using their State for her purposes?

    September 9, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Don't you think she has a job to do in the US Congress? She has a long history of missing more votes than almost anyone in the House; and that was long before there was a Tea Party, or a run for POTUS.

    Wouldn't it be nice if she had a jobs plan of her own? The only way she can deliver $2 gas is through subsidies to the oil companies. I think she has tumbled in the polls because of that $2 promise just as much as because of Perry because she's fallen below Romney, whom she was leading.

    September 9, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Bob Motamedi

    How is this crazy woman still in the political discussion?
    Isn't she the one who said that god is unhappy with president Obama and he is showing it with the earthquake and Hurricane Irene?

    We have serious problems here, can we please find a serious candidate?

    September 9, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Mark in Seattle

    Maybe she can have another corndog at the game. That about max's out her abilities.

    September 9, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |