'Iron Lady' goes back up on Iowa TV
January 2nd, 2012
08:32 AM ET
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'Iron Lady' goes back up on Iowa TV

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - One day before Iowa's caucuses, Rep. Michele Bachmann touts her Hawkeye State roots and conservative credentials in a new TV commercial.

The congresswoman's Republican presidential campaign says the ad, titled "Iron Lady," will run on broadcast and cable TV across the state starting Monday.

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"Born and raised in Iowa, only one candidate has been a consistent conservative fighter who fought 'Obamacare,' who fought increasing our debt ceiling – even as other Republicans were cutting deals with Obama. An expert in tax law who will fight for deep cuts in spending to reduce America's debt, restore our economy and create real jobs – and she'll never back down," says the narrator in the 30-second spot.

On the campaign trail, Bachmann often compares herself to the famously strong former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was nicknamed the "Iron Lady."

The three-term representative from neighboring Minnesota won a much watched straw poll in Iowa in August, but her poll numbers quickly dropped after Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the race. Bachmann was in the single digits in the three most recent surveys in the Hawkeye State.

She went up with a modest ad buy in Iowa over the summer, but then went dark on Iowa airwaves until about ten days ago.

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Also see:

Gingrich mulls strategy shift after Iowa

Leading Perry backers head to Iowa for final push

Bachmann: Polls not a good measure of support

Romney goes on offense

Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Jack V

    These pols are full of themselves. Have they no humility?

    January 2, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  2. Ramesh Shrestha


    January 2, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. gg

    theres a big difference -between crazy lady and iron lady

    January 2, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  4. ST

    Does Michele think she can change things overnight?? I doubt it. Here is my prediction: Ron Paul will emerge as number one. Santorium with the help of evangelicals will take position 2. Romney with all the money he has dashed there will come as number 3. Either Gingrich or Perry will fight to death to be number 4!

    January 2, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  5. Curt

    Is Bachman on drugs? Comparing herself to Margaret Thatcher is hilarious. The lady is a joke. She thought the U.S. still had an embassy in Iran, thought the HPV vacine caused mental retardation. thinks her husband can "cure" homosexuality through prayer just to name a few. I still can't make up my mind about who's stupider,Bachman or Palin.

    January 2, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Rusty brain is more like it.

    She's too weak to believe in anything other than her christian hate for the progressive people in this country. What is so wrong with progress?

    January 2, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Quite a plus for a candidate to make sure 50 million people remain uninsured and have no access to a doctor, who fought to have our bond rating lowered, who fought hard against job creation and the middle class. I would think she would be leading in Iowa.

    January 2, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. aaa

    she has nothing to offer. Too fresh and inexperienced, same as Romney who is in the same boat..

    January 2, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  9. Indy

    An expert in tax law who will fight for deep cuts in spending to reduce America's debt, restore our economy and create real jobs – and she'll never back down," says the narrator in the 30-second spot.

    Where did Bachmann get her degree again ??? She has not worked in tax law for years and has lived off tax payers for years now and has no record to speak while in Congress for three terms.How many thousands of jobs has her government funded clinic created ? She has been away from tax law for so long she is no longer qualified. Iron Lady ? LMAO Bachmann needs medical help NOW !

    January 2, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. brian

    This woman has no shame,as do none of the GOP presently running for office, for her to compare herself with Thatcher is like nemo thinking he was moby dick.....................lol

    January 2, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. billy

    Head as thick as iron.

    January 2, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. NH Grandma

    Give it up, wack job, go home!

    January 2, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think that she is experienced enough to even claim that. She was also leader of Great Britian. Bachmann doesn't come close to her level.

    January 2, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. jack539

    Delusional, just delusional.

    January 2, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  15. TM

    Iron Lady? Bachmann?! More like Rusty! Or possibly Tin. A Tin Lady, who like the Tin Woodsman, lacks a heart.

    January 2, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  16. ShawnDH

    She's just crazy. Period.

    January 2, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. Liz the First

    This dingbat comparing herself to Margaret Thatcher is ludicrous! it's like hamburger comparing itself to filet mignon! Bachmann has a mind like a steel trap, rusted shut! people brag about being conservative like it was a good thing. conservatives have brought this country to the brink of disaster. their appeal is to the basest of human nature, fear, greed, hate, ignorance. this is not the philosophy that made this country great, it is the exact opposite! if we'd listened to the conservatives back in 1776, we wouldn't even have a country today, we'd still be part of England!

    January 2, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Bachmann is a religious nut and thus unqualified to be President. Decisions she makes would invariably be made in the interests of her imaginary god and only incidentally in the interests of the country.

    January 2, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. Michele the Crazy

    Please do not refer Bachmann to "Iron Lady"

    This is only a name penned for very smart and intelligent PM. Margaret Thatcher. It is inexplicable that the MSM refer to crazy Bachmann such as this.

    Bachmann has ruined her brand from now on. She is also in trouble in her home state that sh represents for her congressional re bid

    This is now and finally the demise of crazy Bachmann. Will we the people ever see Crazy Michelle implode just like the wicked witch of Oz! Stay tuned!!

    January 2, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. kmp

    She is a lot of things, but she is NO Margert Thacther. So will Michelle be able to coalesce a unity government in order to insure her agenda get through? Will Michelle work with the other side to make sure that the government runs smoothly ensuring there is not lockjam? Additionally, does Bachman have the brains to represent this country as the head of state of this country? The answer is NO to all three.

    January 2, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Larry L

    Michelle Bachman does not seem capable of telling the truth. What an imaginary world she lives in...

    January 2, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. Seattle Sue

    The Crazy Lady is more dumb than I thought. She is in last place in the polls. Does she have to be hit between her eyes in order to know that people just don't want a Crazy Lady. But she just keeps wasting money and time when she should quit. Plus she is still being paid her salary from the taxpayers while she is out on the stump with her Crazy talk.

    January 2, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |