Bachmann: Campaign was ‘almost mistake-free’

The Minnesota congresswoman was forced to abandon her presidential aspirations earlier this year after a disappointing sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. Despite winning the influential Ames straw poll there and originally hailing from the state, Bachmann fell well short of rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

{mosads}But Bachmann told the Christian Broadcasting Network in an interview aired Thursday that she was doomed by the media’s focus on a couple minor gaffes, rather than any strategic error on her part.

In the discussion with CBN host David Brody, Bachmann is asked what lessons she learned from the 2012 campaign:

Michele Bachmann: I think one thing I learned is a person has to be extremely careful with what they say. Make sure you have Elvis Presley’s birthday down, because that’s very important, and know where John Wayne was born. Those are two extremely important pieces of information.

David Brody: Oh, the media loves to beat everybody up.
Michele Bachmann: What they focus on is kind of amazing, when it looks like the house is burning down around us, that’s what they care about.
David Brody: You ran pretty much an impeccable campaign, in terms of a mistake-free campaign.
Michele Bachmann: Thank you, it really was.

David Brody: It pretty much was.
Bachmann: It really was, we were extremely careful, and we were almost mistake-free, but for those two points, Elvis Presley’s birthday and John Wayne’s birthplace. I’ve apologized, and we moved beyond.

While on the campaign trail, Bachmann said that cowboy actor John Wayne was born in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa. In fact, it was the infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy who was born there. The Minnesota congresswoman later wished singer Elvis Presley a happy birthday on the 34th anniversary of the iconic singer’s death.

Bachmann returned to the campaign trail Thursday, traveling to Virginia to formally endorse Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee.

“I am honored … to lend my voice and my endorsement to Mitt Romney as our president to take the country back,” Bachmann said at an event in Portsmouth, Va., alongside Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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