DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Michele Bachmann ramped up accusations Thursday that a top supporter was paid to defect to rival Ron Paul, and vowed to stay in the race through next week’s Iowa caucuses.

The Minnesota congresswoman dismissed the idea that her campaign was in disarray following the departure of former Iowa chairman Kent Sorenson the night before. She called her campaign organization “strong” and said her headquarters had received 150 calls of support after Sorenson’s switch was made public.

Sorenson backed Paul on Wednesday, a few hours after appearing with Bachmann. She alleges he was offered “a lot of money” to change sides, an inducement she said Sorenson had told her about during a telephone conversation on Tuesday.

“I know what I was told in that conversation,” she said.

The Paul campaign and Sorenson deny that money factored into the decision or that any such offer was made.

Sorenson, a state senator, has not returned multiple telephone and text messages from The Associated Press. He spoke with CNN on Thursday and refuted Bachmann’s description of their telephone conversation.

Sorenson explained that he wanted to back a candidate who is in a position to keep Mitt Romney from winning Iowa. “I love Michele Bachmann. I love her family. I think they’re fantastic people. It’s unfortunate they’re resorting to these type of tactics,” Sorenson said. “But the fact of the matter is she wasn’t going to win Iowa.”

Bachmann’s Iowa political director, Wes Enos, said he doesn’t believe Sorenson left for money.

“While I personally disagree with Kent’s decision, and plan to stay with Michele Bachmann because I truly believe in her, I cannot, in good conscience watch a good man like Kent Sorenson be attacked as a sell-out,” Enos said in a written statement.

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Comments (23)
  1. michele4ever says:

    Yes, please stay in the race until July. Promise?

    1. Woha says:

      Looks like someone is off there medication again…….

      1. michele4ever says:

        If she stays in past June, she can’t run for her seat here in MN. shhhh

        That’s the point. No meds needed.

  2. tan pup says:

    What an attention WHO REA

  3. Tom says:

    And the band played on…

  4. A Voter says:

    Are the Rats leaving the sinking ship?

  5. Jay says:

    The woman is DENSE! The writing is on the wall, she isnt going to make it to the final 4 even. By staying, she is just reinforcing our beliefs she is dumber than a box of rocks.

  6. helpermonkey says:

    One does not simply walk into RonPaul.

  7. PTL flag waiver says:

    After all, God wants her to win and have alot of money!

  8. Michele B says:



  9. Sarah says:

    Poor lady… they always pick the worst pictures of her.

  10. Richard Cheese says:

    If she really loves the U.S.A. she’ll stop with all this nonsense. She’s such a poser.

  11. Tom says:

    This just goes to show you how delusional Bachmann is. She has no chance to win the White House. And if there are people who are telling her otherwise then they are just as delusional as she is.

    And being IA is a very Social Conservative state Bachmann should be winning this state hands down or at least doing better than she is. That just goes to show you that even though she touting from being from IA that is not helping her at all!

  12. TL the alligator says:

    ooooohhhh man…..she is going to go down as a laughing stock, instead of trying to maintain some dignity she has shifted into damage control and is starting to think and say stupid things accordingly….the final downward slide has begun….wont be long before she is forced to concede, tuck her tail, and fade away…..i’ll bet there is going to be good fodder for SNL material coming up.

    1. Swamp Rat says:

      @TL the gator
      Too bad she doesn’t have the common sense to regroup/retrench and disappear back to her homestead in Stillwater. If she is going to run for Congress, again, she had better get her ducks in order for the race in a new gerrymandered 4th District. Too bad her her Presidential campaign has been dominated by the axiom for this campaign–“Stupid is as Stupid does”!

      If she has any sense of common sense and dignity she should withdraw and disappear as you stated. She had her “15 minutes of infamy” in the political limelight and now she is just wasting time for the ignoble coup de grace of defeat that will befall her next week.

      SNL has political fodder for the next few months because of her. Maybe she should go into show business if she wants public attention.

  13. RIII says:

    I lost interest and respect for here when she backpedaled on her comment that Congress had communists in it. Since then I have often wondered what color the sky is in her world. Romney is a RINO who would not get my vote. That leaves Paul, I think he would make for interesting times.

  14. The Truth says:

    This is hilarious. He defected to Paul because he thought Paul had a realistic chance of winning Iowa? If he does, you might as well hand the White House back to Obama.

  15. Fun says:

    When was Elvis born? or where was John Wayne born?

    1. Jeff says:

      Elvis was born in the 53rd state and John Wayne was born in the 57th. Even Corpsemen know that.

  16. Kevin says:

    Standing? Lay down Ill be right over…..

  17. Goodbye says:

    I hope MB finds a home in Iowa and stays there after she finally recognizes she is a loser and always will be.

  18. I know says:

    Just dawned on me – she has to stay in.
    She is soooooooooooo damn humilated and embarrassed by her pathetic showing that she cannot face the MN voters anymore.
    Well – that 6th District wiill be there clapping I imagine and have a case of new Depends for her and likely someone to help her change into a fresh one-imagine after 9 days in it they thing is a bit ripe.
    Me wonder if Marcus gets to bring home the man-boy he has with him? Is it permissible under their God’s teachings? hmmmmmmmmm

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