Bachmann Looks for Boost From Early Primaries

Thursday, 06 Oct 2011 09:03 AM

By Greg McDonald

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Rep. Michele Bachmann says she believes Republican voters will settle on a GOP presidential nominee pretty fast now that Sarah Palin and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have decided not run.

“Every single day, the water changes as far as the political scene goes. But I think now the table is set,” the Minnesota congresswoman and presidential contender told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Wednesday. “I think now we know who the candidates are, and now I think people will make a decision.”

Bachmann described Palin as “a friend of mine” and said the 2008 vice-presidential nominee will play a longtime role in U.S. politics. But Bachman stressed that no politician or candidate is more important than the issues, which she said ultimately will determine the outcome of the GOP primaries and the general election.

Asked about her own recent struggles in the presidential race, Bachmann dismissed the national polls and suggested that she may be in a better position than other candidates because of the many days she has spent campaigning in Iowa and other early primary states.

“I just flew in today from Iowa. We’ve been in there a significant amount of time. I won the straw poll in Iowa, and we have a very strong base of support,” Bachmann told Van Susteren. “But we’ve also spent significant time in South Carolina, Florida, and in New Hampshire . . . All of the races are pushing up about a month early. And so we’re very happy with all of the time that we’ve spent in these early states.”

Bachmann said she finds it funny that President Barack Obama is calling himself the underdog when stacked up against likely Republican candidates.

“The underdog with a billion dollars. Isn’t that an interesting moniker for him?” she said, referring to Obama’s campaign fund war chest.

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