Bachmann 'concerned' conservatives will split vote in Iowa caucuses

Rep. Michele Bachmann looking to gain momentum less than 48 hours ahead of the Iowa caucuses expressed concerns Monday that conservative voters would fail to rally behind one candidate.

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the GOP hopeful was asked if conservative Republicans were worried that their vote would be split among numerous candidates in the Iowa caucuses, handing victory to Mitt Romney and solidifying his front runner status.

“It’s a big issue and it’s something people are talking about,” said Bachmann. She added that “people are concerned” that “the nominee represents the party.”

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But she insisted that her ground game and efforts in Iowa would pay off in Tuesday’s vote. “We’ve done a very good job on the ground,” said the Minnesota congresswoman who said the results of that would be “something we’ll see tomorrow night during the caucuses.”

“We’re going to see that borne out. Nobody has done what we’ve done.”

Bachmann also insisted that regardless of how she performs in Iowa, her campaign has the funds and structure to continue the fight to other states. “We’ve already bought our plane tickets,” she said indicating that they were ready to move on to New Hampshire.

She also continued to aim her fire at Romney suggesting that he would be unable to rally conservative support. 

“This is an anti-establishment year and if you look at Mitt Romney he’s the epicenter of Obamacare,” she said criticizing the former Massachusetts governor for health reforms he enacted which conservatives liken to the Democrats’ health care law. “That’s President Obama’s signature issue,” said Bachmann.

Bachmann continued to stress her “anti-establishment” credentials in a crowded field where she is competing with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for many of the same conservative voters.

“For the last five years, I’ve been the most anti-establishment representative in the House,” she said. “I’ve taken them on, whether it’s my own party or the Democrat party, I’ve taken them on.”

Bachmann also said her strength on national security issues would rally late-breaking voters and focused on Iran saying she would move “Patriot and Aegis missiles into the region” to send a message to Iran not to pursue nuclear weapons. She would also “start selling bunker buster bombs, jet fighters” to Israel and “begin the process of engaging with dissidents within Iran.”


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