Bachmann: With Cain out, voters will 'come home' to my campaign

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) Sunday argued that she deserves to inherit the support formerly given to pizza mogul Herman Cain, who bowed out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination on Saturday.

Bachmann said her campaign has been in talks with Herman Cain's suspended campaign about a potential endorsement, adding that she was optimistic Cain backers will take a second look at her candidacy.

"A lot of Herman Cain supporters have been calling our office and they’ve been coming over to our side," she said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” "I think they see my voice will be most reflective of his."

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Cain suspended his campaign Saturday, citing various sexual allegations against him, which he denied, as making it impossible to continue.

Weeks before the crucial Iowa caucuses, the latest Des Moines Register poll shows Bachmann with only 8 percent support, tied with Cain. The poll however was conducted before Cain suspended his campaigning.

Bachmann said Tea Party voters will ultimately "come home" to her campaign and boost her bid for president at the upcoming Iowa caucuses.


“When they find out I’m the candidate that stands the most for their values, that’s when they come home," she said on CNN. "We’ve got 30 days [until the Iowa caucuses], that’s an eternity in this race."

Bachmann also spoke on Fox News Sunday where she described herself as “the true Tea Party candidate in the race.

Bachmann used her appearances on Fox and CNN to go after frontrunner Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

She said, unlike her, that both supported Obama’s healthcare reform plan, Wall Street bailouts and actions to mitigate climate change. Because of this, they are not qualified to take on President Obama, she argued.

“I am the only one who can do it because I am the only one who is not compromised,” she said on Fox.

She said she would repeal “Obamacare,” Wall Street reform and “abolish” the tax code.

She accused Gingrich of “influence peddling” and receiving more than $100 million per year for lobbying activities. She said because he supported a plan by President George W. Bush to reform immigration that Gingrich is in favor of “amnesty” for illegal immigrants.

On CNN, Bachmann said both Romney and Gingrich had supported "the essence of Obamacare." "I'm the biggest fighter against Obamacare," she said.

This story was updated at 10:05 a.m.