Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won the Iowa Straw Poll but peaked in the race for the GOP presidential nomination just afterwards, denied on Sunday that her campaign has “imploded.”CNN’s Candy Crowley pressed Bachmann on several high-profile staff departures, poll struggles, and reported fundraising shortfalls, to which Bachmann replied that “your assessment is completely inaccurate — it’s not true at all.”
Watch the video, or read the transcript below. It gets awkward at the 7:40 mark:
CROWLEY: Let me ask you, in our final moments here, in talking about your campaign, the last time we spoke you had just won the Iowa Straw Poll. Since then you came in dead-last in the Florida Straw Poll. You came in fourth at the Value Voters Summit yesterday that we know of. It appears that your campaign is imploding.
What has — why has there been such a downfall in the national polls, as well as in the state polls for you?
BACHMANN: Well, your assessment is completely inaccurate. It is not true at all. We’re just starting a kick-off today of four days here in New Hampshire and we’ve got a wonderful experience in Iowa, and we’ve been in South Carolina, Florida, we’ve worked very hard and we have very strong numbers in those states and we’re looking forward to continuing that.
But I’ll be doing several town halls today in New Hampshire and we look forward to it. And let me correct you, we did not participate in the Florida Straw Poll. We didn’t participate at all so the ranking is completely inaccurate.
CROWLEY: Well, then let’s take New Hampshire, which they just put out a poll. Your favorability there was 29 per cent in July. It is now something like minus 18 per cent. Do you feel that anything has gone wrong in your campaign? What accounts, do you think, for at least the trajectory of these numbers?
BACHMANN: I think we are doing a good job getting our message out on job growth and on turning the economy around. That’s what we’re working on. We’re not focusing on the day-to-day. Because as you have seen with many of the other candidates, candidates go up, candidates go down.
And what we’re very concerned about is making sure that the message gets out there, because it is not about any one of us, it is about turning the economy around and creating jobs. That’s my focus and I think that’s why I won the all-important Iowa Straw Poll.
That poll is the only poll of all the ones that you’ve mentioned where anyone in the state can participate. It’s the most reflective of an actual primary election or caucus and that’s why we were excited to win that poll.
CROWLEY: Congresswoman, thank you. Just quickly. Are you planning to run for re-election in your district or have you decided come what may, you won’t? BACHMANN: Candy, I am running to be president of the United States.
CROWLEY: Have you ruled out running in your district? BACHMANN: Candy, I am running to be president of the United States.
CROWLEY: OK. Fair enough. Thank you so much. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, good luck to you there in New Hampshire.
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