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Bachmann grabs Iowa momentum, says she’s ready to take on Obama
One day after winning the Iowa straw poll, GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann did a victory lap Sunday, hitting all the major political talk shows and pushing the message that she is the Republican best qualified to defeat President Obama.
“[Voters] really want to take the country back,” she said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I think they see in me a champion.”
“Obama is my strategy,” she later said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I intend to be the nominee of the Republican Party and to take him on and to defeat him in 2012.”
The congresswoman from Minnesota shook up the GOP contest with a critical victory on Saturday in the Ames straw poll, edging out Rep. Ron Paul of Texas with 4,823 votes, or 29 percent, to 4,671 votes, or 28 percent, for Mr. Paul out of nearly 17,000 cast.
“I’m grateful that we won the straw poll,” Mrs. Bachmann told NBC, “but we see this as just a small step in a very long race.”
The straw poll has served historically to weed out weaker Republican candidates rather than as a boost to the White House.
In the five times it has been held during a contested Republican presidential primary, only once has the winner gone on to win the presidential election — George W. Bush in the 2000 cycle. One other poll winner — Bob Dole, who finished in a first-place tie with Sen. Phil Gramm in the 1995 vote — has gone on to win the Republican nomination, but lose in November. Straw-poll winners George H.W. Bush in 1979, Pat Robertson in 1987 and Mitt Romney in 2007 all failed to win the party’s eventual nod.
Saturday’s poll results forced out former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. After finishing in a disappointing third place in the poll with 14 percent of the vote, he announced the end of his campaign on Sunday.
“I wish him well,” Mrs. Bachmann said of Mr. Pawlenty on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “He brought a really important voice into the race, and I am grateful that he was in. He was really a very good competitor,” she said.
Mrs. Bachmann, a three-term congresswoman who has been billed as a hard-line conservative, said Sunday that she is confident she can add independents, and even Democrats who are unhappy with the Obama administration, to her growing base of support.
“They’ll tell me, ‘I voted for Barack Obama,’ ” she said, ” ‘but I’m not voting for him again.’ “
Still, she is struggling to garner support from some in her own party.
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” congressional colleague Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, called her a friend but stopped short of endorsing her bid for the presidency.
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