Bachmann, a U.S. representative from Minnesota, has set an early June deadline for deciding whether she'll formally enter the presidential race. Asked about her straw poll strategy, Bachmann said in a telephone interview with The Des Moines Register: "What we plan to do is have a strong presence in Iowa. ... We need to let people in Iowa who aren't familiar with my background know I am one with them."
Bachmann is anti-establishment with tea party street cred, but so are Ron Paul and Herman Cain. She's a strong social conservative who can appeal to the home-school network, but Rick Santorum and others will be targeting that group, too. She hammers away at spending and the debt, but every Republican in Iowa will bang that gavel.
Asked how she can pull ahead at the straw poll, Bachmann said she thinks her deep roots in Iowa as well as her history of fighting for one-man-one-woman marriage, taking unwed mothers under her wing to prevent abortions, and taking on both Republicans and Democrats on spending issues will seal her popularity with Iowans.
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