Bachmann Doesn’t Play Favorites in Cy-Hawk Rivalry

By Addison Speck, Reporter

Republican presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Iowa, talks with Mark Chelgren of Ottumwa, Iowa, while tailgating before an NCAA college football game between Iowa State and Iowa, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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AMES, Iowa - After the Ames straw poll in August, presidential campaigning has been pretty quiet in Iowa. But today the straw poll winner made a trip back to Ames, to tailgate.

A large crowd surrounded Michelle Bachmann on Saturday, as the GOP hopeful supported both Iowa and Iowa State. "I love everybody so we are here for both the Hawkeyes and the Cyclones, I love them both," Bachmann said.

The Republican candidate shook hands, grilled hamburgers, and even played bags. Tyler Stahlin, of Marshalltown, played bags with the congresswoman. "I was surprised at how quickly she caught on she made the 2nd shot right in the hole," Stahlin said.

Brad Andrews, of Iowa Falls, noticed Bachmann passing through the Jack Trice Stadium lots. He imagines she gets a good feeling being back in Ames. "She has got to love it in Ames, she won the straw poll here," Andrews said.

Despite winning the Ames straw poll less than a month ago, after last Wednesday's GOP debate, some have claimed the "Bachmann hype" has washed away.

"She's got a tough row ahead. Some questions came up in the debate and she become a second-tier politician," Andrews said.

But the Republican candidate assures voters that she isn't falling behind. "There is only one candidate that's won anything out there and it's me, I was fortunate to win the straw poll here in Ames," Bachmann said.

With the Iowa Caucus in February, Bachmann won't be the only one making stops in the state of Iowa. But the congresswoman says she is the one people want in Washington DC.

"People have decided they want Barack Obama to be a one-term President and they see that I am the person who could be the champion for their voice to the White House," Bachmann said.

The Iowa Caucus is February 6th.

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