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Bachmann Counting on ‘Miracle’ In Iowa

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite her last-place standing in the latest Iowa polls, GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is counting on a “miracle” Tuesday night at the Iowa caucuses.

“This isn’t just about polling,” Bachmann said on Sunday's “This Week.” “This is about what we’re seeing in reality, and I think Tuesday night people are going to see a miracle.”

A new Des Moines Register poll released Saturday shows Bachmann at the back of the pack, with just 7 percent support from likely Republican caucus-goers. Mitt Romney led the field with 24 percent support, followed by Rep. Ron Paul with 22 percent.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, Bachmann’s key competition for the votes of social conservatives, has surged from low single digits up to 15 percent in the Register poll, showing the greatest momentum in the final week before the caucus. Tex. Gov. Rick Perry is also competing for the same voters, drawing 11 percent support in the Register poll.

Despite trailing both Santorum and Perry, Bachmann said she believes she is “the strongest core conservative in this race” and that voters will move to her campaign in the final days.

“There is no comparison with all of the other candidates and my credentials. No other candidate has current national security experience in the race,” Bachmann said. “And when it comes to social issues, there’s no one who can compare with my record… I have an unassailable record on life, on marriage, on religious liberty.”

The Minnesota congresswoman has tumbled in Iowa since her first place showing in the Ames Straw Poll in August. But she said she believes her retail politics across the state in recent weeks will pay off.

Bachmann said she hopes to win over undecided voters. According to the Register poll, some 41 percent of voters say they may still change their mind on Tuesday.

She also maintains that she will move forward with her campaign beyond Iowa.

“We’ve bought tickets to head off to South Carolina. And we are looking forward to the debates,” Bachmann said. “We’re here… for the long race. This is a 50-state race. And we intend to participate not only in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, but to go all the way.”

“We’re looking forward. We’re not looking in the rear-view mirror,” Bachmann added.

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Bachmann Attacks Gingrich on Link to Freddie Mac

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WEBSTER CITY, Iowa) -- GOP contender Rep. Michele Bachmann attacked the latest GOP frontrunner Wednesday, assailing former Speaker Newt Gingrich for receiving over $1 million in consulting fees from mortgage giant Freddie Mac.

Gingrich, now nearing the top of the polls, said Wednesday he did not remember how much he was paid for work he did at Freddie Mac between 1999 and 2007, but a former Freddie Mac official said it was upward of $1.5 million.

Freddie Mac and its sister institution Fannie Mae have been blamed by many, on both sides of the aisle, for playing a role in the housing crisis that precipitated the financial crisis, making Gingrich’s involvement there fodder for the competition.

“Fannie and Freddie, as you know, have been the epicenter of the financial meltdown in this country,” Bachmann said. “And whether former Speaker Gingrich made $300,000 or whether he made $2 million, the point is that he took money to influence senior Republicans to be favorable toward Fannie and Freddie,” she said Wednesday at a campaign event in Webster City, Iowa.

“While he was taking that money, I was fighting against Fannie and Freddie.  And I believe that Fannie and Freddie should be allowed to go into receivership and have an orderly winding down....And so I’m standing up for the little guy in the United States and I believe that Fannie and Freddie need to be shut down. And so I wasn’t shilling for them, I was fighting them,” she said.

The comments came following a CBS Early Show interview Wednesday morning in which Bachmann also came down hard on Gingrich for appearing with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in a television ad about global warming, and for his support of an individual health care mandate.

“He was standing with Nancy Pelosi to advocate for a national sales tax on energy. That’s not what we need right now in our economy. He was also the chief author of the individual health care mandate and that is what is [now] known as Obamacare. No one wants to see that either,” Bachmann said.

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Bachmann Stirs Base, Pans Socialism in Speech

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama’s policies will strip the United States of its sovereignty and slip the country into socialism, GOP contender Rep. Michele Bachmann said Monday to a group of conservative activists.

In a speech titled  ”Core of Conviction,” which is also the title of Bachmann’s new book, scheduled for release Nov. 21, Bachmann found ways to work in the phrase, or something similar to it, no less than five times.

Invoking the states’ rights of the 10th Amendment and the morality of the 10th Commandment, Bachmann accused the president of legislating from the Oval Office and warned that “America needs to open its eyes.”

“The president’s economic policies, most notably ‘Obamacare,’ represent the most ambitious social-economic engineering project in the history of this country,” Bachmann said Monday at the Family Research Council.

Bachmann said the 10th Commandment, the biblical prohibition against coveting anything someone else has, underpins her opposition to the president’s health care proposal.

“The 10th Commandment teaches those shall not covet thy neighbor’s goods. It’s time to act on this self-evident truth.  …  America needs to open its eyes.  Look at Europe. Focus your attention on Greece.  Socialism is unsustainable.  There simply isn’t enough money to pay for all the wants of all the people.”

Though the United States has signed the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, it is one of only two countries; the other is Somalia, which has yet to ratify it. President Obama said he wants the Senate to ratify the treaty, but the agreement has long been held up by conservative groups like the Family Research Council. Those groups fear it supplants federal and state law with international law.

Calling the U.N. a “threat to the American family,” Bachmann said that if elected she would “withdraw the signature of the United States from this treaty and every other unratified U.N. treaty of this type.”

Bachmann made a point to reiterate her position on those social issues held dear by the Family Research Council – opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.

“I am not confused by what it means to be 100 percent  pro-life.  I am both personally and publicly pro-life.  I believe it is the role of government to protect life from conception to natural death.  I’ll never be confused about that issue, and you won’t find You.Tube clips with me advocating otherwise.  For starters, Planned Parenthood will be zeroed out if I am president.”

Bachmann said she fully supported an amendment to the Constitution that would define marriage as between a man and a woman.

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Confusion Surrounding Bachmann's Tax Plan of Choice

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The idea of a flat tax may be in vogue these days among conservatives, but Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is not on board.

“Reagan didn’t have one tax rate,” Bachmann said in an interview with Jonathan Karl. “The principles that I’m borrowing from are Reagan’s.”

What Bachman wants, she says, is a flatter tax -- fewer tax brackets and lower rates, but not the kind single-rate flat tax proposed, in various forms, by Herman Cain, Rick Perry, and Newt Gingrich.
“What my plan is to abolish the tax code and bring those rates down,” Bachmann said. “There will more information forthcoming but right now what I’m talking about are the principles. The principles are those that have worked.”

How many brackets? What tax rates? She won’t say -- at least not yet. The lack of details creates some confusion about just what exactly Bachmann is proposing. Shortly after pointing out that Reagan’s tax plan included multiple rates -- and was therefore not a flat tax -- Bachmann described her plan as “a flat tax on the order of Ronald Reagan.”

We’ll have to wait until Bachmann releases the specifics of her economic plan to find that means. She promises those details will come soon. Meanwhile, she suggests the Rick Perry, who released a fairly detailed flat tax plan on Monday, has taken some of her ideas.

Rep. Bachmann was also asked about her future plans, if her presidential run doesn't pan out. When she announced her intention to run earlier this year, she said she would not run for re-election to the House of Representatives. Asked directly if she would still categorically rule out running for Congress if she fails to win the Republican presidential nomination, Bachmann did not offer a definitive answer.
“I serve the sweetest people in the United States. Wonderful people,” Bachmann said. “I am so grateful that they have appreciated my service and allowed me to be able to represent them in Washington. Now what I want to do is take that voice that I took to the House of Congress and take it into the White House where it hasn’t been heard for a very long time.”

But does she rule out running again for Congress? “What I’m doing is focusing on the Presidency. Very seriously I am 100% focused on the presidency.”

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Countdown to Ames: Key Iowa Event Fast Approaching

Comstock/Thinkstock(AMES, Iowa) -- A week from Friday the year's biggest event in Iowa will kick off when the state fair opens its doors to more than a million visitors. But just up the road from the state capital, a far more serious contest -- and one that doesn't involve a butter sculpting contest -- will unfold only days later when many of the top Republican presidential candidates descend on a college town for an event that could set the tone for the crucial campaign battles ahead: the Ames straw poll.

Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum have all been touring the Hawkeye State in recent weeks in an attempt to build support for the straw poll, set for next Saturday.

While other contenders -- frontrunner Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman -- are not officially competing in Ames, they will be keeping a close eye on what happens there. After all, they are on the ballot too.

Four years ago Romney won the straw poll, but it was Mike Huckabee's surprising second-place finish that sent the former Arkansas governor surging to victory in the Iowa caucuses that winter.

This time around Bachmann, Pawlenty and others are hoping to tear out a page from the Huckabee playbook. The secret to success in Ames, pundits say, is the right mix of strong organization, a passionate base, and low expectations. In 2007, Huckabee hardly boasted the organization or war chest of Romney, but his second-place finish -- fervent supporters flocked to Ames -- far exceeded expectations. As Huckabee said at the time, the runner-up result was really "a victory."

Various candidates in this year's field appear to possess ingredients needed to win in Ames. Rep. Bachmann, for instance, enjoys passionate support that has sent her surging up polls in recent months.

In addition, her popularity among evangelicals is similar to Huckabee's four years ago. At events across Iowa, Bachmann's staff typed furiously on iPads to sign up voters for the straw poll. But the flip side to her rise in the polls is that it raises expectations: the Minnesota congresswoman is now viewed as the favorite to win in Ames.

Fellow Minnesota native Tim Pawlenty is in almost the exact opposite position. The former governor has been languishing in the polls. A slew of "pre-obituaries" for his campaign have appeared in the national media.

Even if Ames might not crown an eventual winner, it can spell doom for a candidate who has a dismal performance. The poll has serious financial ramifications: if donors decide on the basis of the Ames results that a candidate cannot win it all, they could stop filling that hopeful's campaign coffers with money.

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