Bachmann dines with Trump, espouses campaign optimism
October 13th, 2011
01:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann dines with Trump, espouses campaign optimism

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann paid a visit to Trump Tower in New York Thursday to meet with real estate mogul Donald Trump.

It was the third such visit for the Minnesota congresswoman, who said she and Trump had a "wonderful breakfast" and agreed to continue a "close relationship."

Trump passed on his own bid for the White House earlier this year and has since hosted major GOP candidates at his home.

Bachmann noted the reality television star's penthouse was "impeccable" and that his chef served a breakfast of fruit, coffee, juice and egg whites.

The trip follows a rough patch for the candidate whose national poll numbers have declined recently. A CNN Poll of Polls released Thursday showed Bachmann at 5% behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 23%, businessman Herman Cain at 20%, Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 14%, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas at 10% and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 6%.

But Bachmann maintained her campaign is strong and that the poll numbers are simply a sign of the race's volatility.

"I think what it says is that this is absolutely volatile and that it's anyone's to win right now," Bachmann said after her meeting with Trump. "It is not solid. Every day it's a new person who could be president of the United States."

She pointed specifically to her August win at the Ames Straw Poll in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa as a sign of her political strength.

"I'm the only candidate that won the Iowa straw poll. That is the most significant straw poll in this race," Bachmann said. "We are very well-positioned in this race and we look forward to competing and winning."

Also see:

CNN Poll of Polls: Romney & Cain battle for top spot

New nation poll shows Cain at top

Bachmann implies Cain plan could be devil's work

Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. AlaskaPalin

    Your dear comrade leader called for a civil discourse. This can only be done by a civilized people. The postings of the dear comrade leaders children leave one with the suspicion that they are something quite different but then again the suspicion could be wrong.

    October 13, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. William

    Two nutty religious zealots. I can't imagine the conversation. The topics must have been mind numbing.

    October 13, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. HenryB

    One has-been visiting another has-been.

    October 13, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    @ AlaskaPalin:

    Would you prefer a webpage with pictures of candidates in crosshairs? After all, that is an example of your heroine's style of "civil" discourse, which her political spawn seem bent on repeating at every available chance.

    October 13, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Tony 140:

    What is there to admire among conservative women? Not an original thought amongst the lot, just a mindless herd of phrases and ill-informed talking points roaming the political landscape in search of people to scare. She has none of the optimism that characterized real conservatives like Goldwater and Regan.

    October 13, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Straight Shooter

    I wonder if she went all 'corn dog' on him?

    October 13, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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