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Posted December 22, 2011
Bachmann revs up bus tour with visit to motorcycle museum

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., signs autographs during a campaign stop at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

ANAMOSA – Michele Bachmann revved up the Dec. 22 leg of her 99-county bus tour by hopping on a vintage motorcycle at the National Motorcycle Museum.

Bachmann, who is about three-quarters of the way through her pre-caucus tour, made a quick look around the museum after asking 50-some people for their support in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses Jan. 3.

Like she does in every county, Bachmann also made a video that will be part of an invitation to supporters in each county to come out to the caucuses. The invitation also will include information on how to caucus.

Many in the audience said they have Bachmann on their short list, but haven’t decided who they’ll support Jan. 3.

“Absolutely not,” Rob DeSotel of Anamosa said when asked if he knew who he would support. Herman Cain was his leading candidate before suspending his campaign. Now he’s leaning toward Bachmann.

“I think she has more of a connection to the Midwest and the middle-class,” DeSotel said.

Bob Vondran of Monticello is going back and forth between Bachman and Rick Santorum. He believes both are honest and he appreciates their support for “family values.”

“I’ve got a couple of more days to figure it out,” he said.

Roger Stivers of Anamosa is in the same quandary. He connected with Santorum early on when he learned the former Pennsylvania senator also was involved in Promise Keepers.

“But I really like this lady, too,” Stivers said.

His wife has been a Bachmann fans from early in the campaign.

“Not just because she’s woman,” said Roseann Stivers, “but that doesn’t hurt.”

“She’s focused and tenacious,” Stivers added.

Bachmann didn’t stay at the museum as long as long as former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson. A Harley-Davidson rider, who made a campaign stop at the museum four years ago, Thompson made a more detailed-inspection of the museum’s display of over 320 motorcycles from around the world as well as thousands of photographs, posters, postcards and pieces of motorcycle memorabilia.

Bachmann also made stops in Vinton, Tama, Brooklyn and Iowa City before moving out of Eastern Iowa.

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