Bachmann: Gingrich Slipping Because He's 'Progressive'

Saturday, 17 Dec 2011 08:43 PM

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Iowa voters who have ignored or abandoned Michele Bachmann since her August win in the Iowa Straw Poll are, she says, once again looking to her as the only “consistent conservative” in the running here.

“I think after the debate we saw in Sioux City, Iowa, it’s like an electric light switch has been turned on,” Bachmann said in Grundy Center.

“Our crowds have been phenomenal. Our support keeps sliding up. There are no surprises with me. I’m not a politician. I’m a real person.”

Bachmann was on a bus Monday for the fourth day of a whirlwind tour of Iowa in which she plans to visit all 99 of the state’s counties,” ABC’s “The Note” reported. Nearly half-way through her bus tour, Bachmann has been drawing consistent crowds even in small rural towns.

A new CNN poll puts Gingrich and Romney in a dead heat, with 28 percent each, and Ron Paul a distant third. But in a recent tele-conference poll of Tea Party conservatives, Gingrich won with Bachmann right behind him, which turned him into a Bachmann target.

“I think he’s slipping, because it’s very clear that his record is coming out now and people are seeing that he’s not a conservative by any stretch of the imagination. He’s a progressive, and people don’t want that in our nominee,” she said, according to “The Note.”

She accused Gingrich of supporting Republican candidates unopposed to late-term abortion, and of pocketing more than $1 million from Freddie Mac, the insurance giant at the center of the housing crisis.

“I think Iowans are learning some very significant facts, troubling facts. They’ve learned Newt Gingrich has been willing to support and campaign for those candidates who support the barbaric practice of ‘partial birth abortion. …

"We also learned Newt Gingrich has been one of the most active insiders of the Washington, D.C., establishment for over 30 years– and he took over $1.6 million to advance a fraud and failure called Freddie Mac. He’s still yet to be forthcoming about that money and I’m calling on him to return that money.”

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