Michele Bachmann is moving home.
The Minnesota Republican “will basically be setting up camp and almost living in Iowa until the Iowa caucuses,” her Iowa campaign co-chairman Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, told Iowans who participated in a Bachmann campaign telephone town Hall conference Oct. 10.
Bachmann, who noted she has spent 80-some days in Iowa, confirmed she’s planning to spend even more time in her native state ahead of the first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses, tentatively set for Jan. 3.
“I look forward to camping back in Iowa,” Bachmann told her audience, which her campaign said was a mixture of supporters and other Iowa Republicans. “I can’t wait to get back.”
She’ll be back in Iowa Oct. 13 to campaign, mostly in heavily Republican western Iowa because she’s planning to win the “all-important” caucuses.
She stopped short of saying Iowa is a “must-win,” but her campaign manager, Keith Nahigian, didn’t.
“She has to win Iowa and move on from there,” Nahigian said in a video message to supporters. “By winning Iowa she will be on a path to victory.”
Bachman, who was campaigning in New Hampshire earlier in the day, is hoping to correct course by concentrating her efforts in Iowa.
She alluded to her skid in the polls since finishing first in the Iowa GOP Straw Poll in mid-August. A new Gallup Poll shows her support nationally had dropped from 13 percent in July to 5 percent last week. Bachmann dismissed the polls, saying they “go up and down all the time.”
“The main poll will be caucus night. That’s the poll that counts,” Bachmann said. “If you give me your support, then you will choose the next president. Don’t want to see an Iowans in the White House?”
That sounded good to Elizabeth in Sioux City,
“No. 1, I think we need a woman president,” she said. “We really do. We can get this country straightened out yet.”
“I’m all for you,” Bachmann replied. “I think it’s time as well and I’m looking forward to providing that leadership.”
Not everyone was so firmly on board.
Mary from Hartley voted for Bachmann in the straw poll, but is having second thoughts.
“In the time since the, I’ve been kind of on the fence,” she said.
While she likes Bachmann’s talking point or “hook lines,” Mary said, but “what I’m not hearing is the nitty-gritty about how you plan to tackle the economy and ‘ObamaCare.’
“People are hungry to hear that,” she said, “so we can dig in … so I can have those talking points so I can talk to people about it.”
The problem, Bachmann said, is candidates rarely have time to offer details when they are being interviewed. In debates, she added, candidates typically get 60 seconds to explain themselves.
With that, Bachmann launched into a one-minute overview of her “common-sense plan” to solve the nation’s economic problems by encouraging job creation by zeroing out the repatriation tax on the $1.2 trillion U.S. companies have overseas, cutting federal spending and the size of the federal government, repealing “ObamaCare” and the Dodd-Frank legislation, cutting taxes on investment and productivity, increasing exports by passing free trade pacts and “legalizing” American energy production.
Bachmann also fielded questions about corporate taxes, health care and Medicare, U.S. relations with Israel, gun rights and immigration.