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June 27th, 2011

Bachmann Stresses Iowa Roots As She Launches Presidential Bid

By Craig Robinson

It seemed only fitting that Michele Bachmann held her “Welcome Home” event in a historic dancehall named Electric Park. Bachmann, who officially announced her candidacy for president this morning in Waterloo, was electric last night when speaking to residents of her hometown.

Over 500 people filled the ballroom where Bachmann’s parents used to dance. The facility is located on the grounds of Waterloo’s National Cattle Congress, a place which Bachmann looked forward to visiting every summer as a child.

She kept her remarks focused on her time in Waterloo. As she would mention the hospital she was born in, one of the two churches her family belonged to, or the elementary school she attended, many of those in attendance could be seen nodding their heads, signifying that they shared a similar background with the now presidential candidate.

There is no sign announcing that Waterloo is the birthplace of Michele Bachmann, but after last night, there might be an effort to erect one. If any one doubted her Iowa roots, she made it abundantly clear that Iowa is her home. Even though last night’s event was the first time she has visited her hometown since she began flirting with a presidential run, Bachmann drew a big crowd and connected with most of those present.

The only mention of Obamacare last night came from Jason Lewis, a conservative radio show host from Minnesota, who also has Waterloo roots. Bachmann brought up President Obama a couple of times. She said that President Bachmann would retire the presidential teleprompters, and then later asked for people’s support so that President Obama will be a one term president. The crowd ate it up.

Even though her speech last night wasn’t political in nature, Bachmann did display the one critical skill that every candidate needs. As she was wrapping up her remarks she pleaded with those in attendance to support her at the Ames Straw Poll a little over a month from now. Having a candidate who can persuade people to volunteer or get active is not as common as you might think. Bachmann proved that she can make the close, and the crowd responded with a roar.

What’s yet to be seen is whether her staff can capitalize on her star power and talents as a candidate. The crowd of 500 was impressive, and while most signed in, the key at any political event is to get people to sign up. Bachmann gave a great pitch last night, but there were no supporter cards being put in the hands of those in attendance. Like every campaign, it will take a little time to work out the kinks.

The past few weeks couldn’t have gone better for Bachmann. Ever since her announcement that she was going to participate in the CNN New Hampshire debate, everything she has done has turned up roses. Timing is everything in politics, and Bachmann has been impeccable in that regard.

Photo by Dave Davidson

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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