ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports:
AMES, Iowa — After her victory in the Ames straw poll today, Michele Bachmann emerged from her campaign bus to thank supporters here.
"I want to thank all of the wonderful people of Iowa. Thank you everyone, we did this together. Thank you everyone for coming today," she said. "What we saw happen today was this is the very first step towards taking back the White House in 2012 and you have just sent a message that Barack Obama will be a one-term president. This was a wonderful down payment on taking the country back and it started in Iowa. You've done it Iowa, thank you. God bless you all. God bless America. We love you. Thank you everyone. We love you. God bless you. God bless America. Now it's on to all 50 states. God bless you everyone."
As she gladhanded with supporters after her initial statement, Bachmann reiterated that she thought her straw poll triumph was just the beginning.
"Well we've just gotten started. This is the downpayment and we'll be back to Iowa many many more times," she said. "We take nothing for granted. We're extremely humbled and grateful."
"It's the people of Iowa who did this," she added. "This is 48 days and we're just astounded and stunned with the results and we're humbled and grateful, we're gratified and I just want to say thank you to the people from Minnesota who came down and volunteered to help us. So many longtime friends and supporters but also here in Iowa. The outpouring of support, the love, the care."
"We'll go to all 50 states and campaign because we do intend to make Barack Obama a one-term president. This was the down-payment and we have a long way to go and we need a lot of help. We'll keep working and we'll get her done."
And with that she got back on her campaign bus and headed out of Ames, victorious and grateful.