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Bachmann: This Won’t Just Be a Two-Man Race

Michelle Bachmann speaks at 2011 Faith and Freedom Conference.(Chet Susslin)

photo of Olga Belogolova
September 23, 2011

Michele Bachmann says she's confident that the fight for GOP presidential nomination will not just be a two-man race.

Appearing on CBS’s Early Show on Friday, the Minnesota congresswoman cited her success in the Iowa Straw Poll, saying, “There has only been one true vote so far.”

But the very same day that Bachmann was celebrating her victory in Iowa, Texas Gov. Rick Perry jumped into the race, and he has been siphoning off her political base since then.

 

Though poll numbers and political analysts are suggesting that the 2012 GOP nomination will come down to a choice between Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Bachmann says she remains confident in her bid.

“We're in this for the marathon, for the long haul, so we are in it to win in Iowa, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Florida -- and so, those primary and caucus states we’re focusing on,” she said on Friday.  

Bachmann said that she, like Romney, plans not to participate in the Florida Straw Poll. The Florida poll, she said, is “very small and with pre-selected delegates.”

Iowa, she said, is “the one that really counted.”

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