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Iowa: Bachmann vows to press on past Iowa

Posted at 8:35 AM on January 2, 2012 by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Iowa

Here's a dispatch from MPR's Mark Zdechlik.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is pledging to continue on past the Iowa caucuses regardless of the outcome.

But political observers say if Bachmann fails to post a strong showing in the Hawkeye State, she could be finished.

Bachmann appeared on two national television shows Monday morning. The only campaign stop on her schedule for the last day before the caucus is a visit to a Des Moines restaurant. She also plans to be at her suburban Des Moines campaign office Monday night at 9:00 for a "Countdown to Caucus Headquarters Event."

After months of aggressive campaigning in Iowa, Bachmann will spend her final pre-caucus hours trying to appeal to Republicans in her birthplace of Waterloo. She is expected to speak at caucuses there Tuesday evening before heading to suburban Des Moines for her caucus night party.

Released over the weekend, a Des Moines Register poll of likely Iowa Republican caucus goers showed Bachmann in last place among the Republicans competing in Iowa. On Saturday Bachmann called reporter questions about whether she would stay in the race regardless of how she finishes in the caucuses "ridiculous."

The Bachmann campaign is hoping newly produced videos, customized to each of Iowa's 99 counties, will help increase turnout for her at Tuesday evening's caucuses. The roughly 90-second videos feature messages the Minnesota congresswoman recorded along the way in each of the counties she visited during the 10-day barnstorm of Iowa she completed last week.

A brief explanation of how the caucuses work and what people interested in participating need to do follows the customized introductions.

"I need your vote on January, 3," says Bachmann starting off the video that was sent to potential supporters in Blackhawk County, Iowa. "Would you please take just a moment and watch this important video because together this is how we will take our country back?"

Bachmann staffers said the congresswoman was spending time over the weekend preparing for the next candidates' debate which takes place on Saturday in Manchester, New Hampshire. They also said she will head to South Carolina on Wednesday.


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Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.