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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Sunday Shows

Bachmann Brushes Aside Poll Numbers

January 1, 2012

Michele Bachmann on Sunday brushed aside her withering standing in recent polls and said she was confident that she would be competitive in Iowa come Tuesday. 

"I'm the strongest core conservative in this race. There is no comparison with of the other candidates and my credientials," Bachmann said on ABC's This Week

(FROM SUNDAY SHOWS: Santorum Embraces Status as Surging Candidate)

 

Bachmann, R-Minn., who won the Ames Straw Poll months ago, polled at just 7 percent in the latest Des Moines Register poll, lagging far behind her Republican rivals in the Hawkeye State. 

She attributed her fall to the competition in the race. 

(FROM SUNDAY SHOWS: Iowa Pols Attack and Endorse Few)

"I think what's happened, lot of candidates have come in; Iowa voters and national voters have taken look at all of the other candidates," she said. 

Touting her visit to all 99 Iowa counties—something that Rick Santorum has also done—Bachmann suggested that the polls are not necessarily accurate predicters of what will happen on Tuesday.

"People make the decision in the caucus room. Iowa is very different; they gather in living rooms, elementary schools, and they make their decision on the spot with their neighbors," Bachmann said. 

(FROM SUNDAY SHOWS: Perry—We Got a Late Start in the Race)

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Bachmann suggested the potency of support for her campaign among evnangelicals, citing a "caravan of pastors" traveling throughout Iowa. But aside from her support from that demographic, Bachmann said that what makes her a better candidate than Santorum is not necessarily her platform, but rather his record.

 "Spending, which is the number one issue-he has been a big spender in Washington, D.C. That's not what the American people are looking for," she said, citing his votes to increase the debt ceiling and his vote for the bridge to nowhere.

 

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