Iowa Tea Party Patriots Leader Endorses Bachmann

Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 02:31 PM

By Andra Varin

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The chairman of the Iowa Tea Party Patriots is backing Michele Bachmann for the GOP presidential nomination, an endorsement that could have a big impact on the upcoming Iowa Straw Poll.

Michele Bachmann, Iowa, straw, poll, GOP, president“I’m not so arrogant to think people will take an endorsement from me and endorse just because of that,” Ryan Rhodes told The Des Moines Register for a story published today. “They’ll do their own due diligence. But I hope they respect me enough to realize this was not whim and I searched deeply to find the best candidate.”

The Minnesota congresswoman has been campaigning on a platform of limited government and fiscal responsibility. She is also the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus.

“Her leadership has been instrumental in shifting the entire debate in Washington. Without Congresswoman Bachmann’s leadership an even worse sellout on the debt ceiling was inevitable. Without her leadership, Obamacare would have had a much clearer path. Without her leadership cap and trade would have happened,” Rhodes said.

“After spending time with her, I saw someone who lives the way she talks. She is a genuine conservative. This is why I believe with her leadership we will repeal Obamacare, we will balance the budget, we will get rid of the czars, we will repair our relationship with our international allies, and we will live in a blessed and prosperous nation once again,” he said.

The Ames straw poll, which draws voters from all over the state, will take place Saturday.

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