Bachmann touts Iowa roots, leads voters to straw poll booths

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) stressed her Iowa roots and social conservative values to Hawkeye State voters, whom she sought to personally lead to cast their vote in the Ames straw poll. 

Bachmann was heavy on references to her upbringing in Waterloo, Iowa, in her final pitch before voting ended in Saturday afternoon's influential straw poll. 

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"From one Iowan to another, Iowa will be the pace car, if you will to set the tone and set the pace for bringing this country back," Bachmann said in her speech toward the end of the day's itinerary. "I believe it's time we have an Iowan in the White House."

The Tea Party darling has made her Iowa roots a cornerstone of her campaign to win the straw poll, which would in turn boost her chances to win next February's Iowa caucuses. She launched her campaign in Waterloo, and she's betting that a connection with Republicans in the state will help her capture victory in the state. 

Bachmann beckoned supporters — especially undecided voters who hadn't made their tally in the straw poll voting before the 4 p.m. CST deadline — to literally follow her to the tent her campaign had set up to cast their ballot. 

"Join me, I'm heading over to the voting booth right now," said Bachmann. "Come with me now."

Bachmann also touched on social conservative principles, a point of emphasis for Iowa Republican voters, during her speech. 

"We are social conservatives, and we will never be ashamed of being social conservatives," she said. "We understand that religious liberty is the essence and foothold of this nation."


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