ABC News' Matthew Jaffe (@matthewbjaffe) reports:
AMES, Iowa – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann today had one message that she really wanted to hammer home to the crowd at the Iowa straw poll here: she is an Iowan, too.
“I tell people that everything I needed to know in life I learned in Iowa,” she told the audience here in the Hilton Coliseum on the campus of Iowa State University.
“My mother and father taught us to always love Iowa,” she continued. “They said, ‘Be grateful that you’re from Iowa. Iowa is the breadbasket of the world. We feed millions of people from Iowa. Be grateful.’ So I have always been grateful that I am an Iowan and I believe it’s time we had an Iowan in the White House.”
Time and time again in her speech, Bachmann emphasized her Iowa roots, from noting that “the crops are growing” to touting that she is “a seventh-generation Iowan,” even though she moved to Minnesota when she was 12 and is now a congresswoman for the North Star state.
“I’m asking for your vote to be the next president of the United States and take your voice to the White House,” she said in conclusion. “God bless you. God bless the United States of America. I love you all.”
She then urged supporters to go vote as she walked off stage with her husband Marcus. Earlier, Marcus was glad-handing outside their tent when a woman walked up with a t-shirt that said, “Some dudes marry dudes. Get over it.” The woman said she would vote for Bachmann if the congresswoman became an atheist.
Bachmann has enjoyed long lines at her outdoor tent all day long today. One woman – even though she had already voted for Bachmann and even been hit by a golf cart – was still happy to wait in line at Bachmann’s tent.
Now it only remains to be seen if that sort of passion and dedication will carry over to a straw poll victory for the Minnesota congresswoman – and Iowa native.