ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Michele Bachmann is playing up her Iowa past in the debut television ad of her presidential campaign.

The Minnesota congresswoman began airing the 30-second spot Thursday on Iowa television stations statewide.

The ad opens with a cityscape shot of Waterloo, Iowa, her birthplace. It is heavy on photos and biographical details meant to introduce her to a broader audience. Bachmann also stresses an unequivocal stance against raising the nation’s debt ceiling.

The ad begins its rotation about six weeks before the important Republican straw poll in Ames, which serves as a 2012 test of strength.

Another GOP candidate, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, has also been airing TV ads in Iowa.

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Comments (28)
  1. Bently says:

    Please put this kook to rest.
    A religious nut bag.
    She is sickening. You born again kooks turn my stomach

  2. Carl says:

    Ah Waterloo, the hometown of John Wayne Gacy and other great republican patriots.

    Nice one Michele, keep the gaffs coming.

  3. kieron says:

    Will there be photos of her drooling over Bush after his State of the Union speech, or snaps of Michele hiding in the shrubs on Capitol grounds, or clips of her shaking her booty beside her dancing queen, Marcus?

  4. Shirl Mann says:

    is she fessing up with her acceptance of her subsidies she and her family accepted for the clinic her husband runs and the family farm?????Would this be a conflict of interest here?????? i could respect her more if she’d give up her serving our country with this type of back ground.

  5. Give me Liberty says:

    Be afraid liberals. The hammer is coming.

    1. Give me a break says:

      You obviously have been living in your own little fantasy land for quiet some time now.

      No one is afraid of “the hammer” in fact there is no such thing.

      What you should be afaid of is how you are going to feed yourself and your family with no high school degree and only manual labor skills. The “hammer” as you say…is coming for you in the form of unemployement and general lack of dignity and respect from your peers.

      Have nice day!!

      PS…if bachman is for liberty…why does she want MORE government control over peoples personal lives? I dont expect your smart enought to attempt to answer that, but i thought i should point it out none the less.

      1. Give me Liberty says:

        Oh, you know the hammer is very real and coming to get you.

        Unemployment is up, economy is in the tank, debt ceiling will not be raised, default is on the horizon. Generic candidate is leading Obama.

        Boogieman is coming to take all of your freebies away. Boo!

        1. Reasonable says:

          Unemployment decreased in June and other than a few thousand state workers in MN getting temporarily laid it would be down even more.

          Comparing unemployment in 2011 to 2000, it is still net higher, but oddly enough more jobs have been created (in both public and private sectors) in the last three years than in all eight years of the second Bush administration.

          The economy is in fact NOT in the tank. The DOW is trading at 85-95% of its highest ever close quite regularly and has doubled since the end of second Bush administration. You may recall that is was down to roughly 6,000 at the end of 2008 but has since returned to hovering around 12,000.

          Default is not on the horizon, and believing Rush and Sean Insanity in that is self servicing to say the least. The debt ceiling has been raised about a dozen times in the last ten years. The only reason that it’s a big deal now is because Obama’s comments as a Senator that it showed Bush as a failed leader is coming back to bite him on the rear.

          It’s ok to lie to me since I know the truth Give Me Liberty, but please don’t lie to yourself as it’s rather pathetic.

          1. dan says:

            Yyour facts as you call them are not even close. Maybe Google the Dow before spewing your Leftish rants. The end of 2008 the Dow was around 12,000. It dropped to 7000 during the crash but was recovered to over 10,000 before Obama even moved into the White house.
            In regards to jobs created/saved, everyone knows these are numbers made up by Biden and Co.
            Good Try to set everyone straight.

          2. Give me Liberty says:

            I am rubber and you are glue. What bounces off me sticks to you.

          3. Bily says:

            Looks like reasonable went off to play with someone that actually believes the garbage that comes out of his mouth.

    2. Tan pup says:

      Hey; We want your SS check back (past, present or future)! better hope that the higher power you pray to really likes you so you NEVER need assistance in the form of health care. I’m sure you wont because of that great job you have will never get sent overseas (MB supports) or fail due to incompetent management. Oh, and please return the deductions you take off on your tax returns every year. From your comments, I really doubt you make minimum wage. One other thing, we want you to pay back the tuition that was subsidized by my grandparents if you went to college. If you served in the militarly, we want those benefits back too! You want liberty – put your checkbook where your month is. And if you didn’t serve in the military SHUT THE H__ UP and move to country that expresses your views! Oh,that’s right, there isn’t one.

  6. bubba says:

    like when she couldn’t pronounce corpsman or when she said that there 54 states…oops that was Obama.

    1. Drunken Dissed Orderly says:

      Pointless comment.

      Bachmann is an unqualified buffoon.

      1. drts says:

        Your comments are not helpful, Mr. Bachmann.

      2. Ray says:

        You mean like Obama was? At least she will be able to produce real birth records.

    2. dan says:

      Dont even start on the number of Gaffes old Biden has slipped on over the past 2 years.

    3. Tan pup says:

      It’s OK “bubba”. It’s good to be comfortable with who you really are. But now it’s time to take your warm can of cheap beer and return to the comforts of your climate controlled trailer to continue scratching yourself while Fox does all the thinking for you.

  7. Liz in Stillwater says:

    The good thing is they aren’t showing her nursing on a sow …., well, not yet anyway.
    I think the looney tune will carry farther in Iowa with her message since they so desperate for anything fresh to suckle on. Iowa – you still have time to avoid being the biggest joke in the USA. The question is do you have the brains to understand a flake is a flake and do the right thing. My money thinks not . 😉

    1. Former Stillwater Resident says:

      @ Liz

      I totally agree with you.

  8. Tan pup says:

    Finally – Stillwater – It’s good to be free – How’s that highschool doing that she pushed down everyone’s throat? When are people going to stand up for these type of bullies!

    1. STIL-H2O says:

      The High School is already overcrowded and considered out-of-date. They actually tried to get approval for ANOTHER new High School already.

      I graduated from the Old SHS that’s actually IN Stillwater.

  9. dkauls says:

    As a conservative, I have to try to defend core principles that have been hijacked by a motley crew of Republican candidates. It has become hard to defend these principles when they also are so firmly, and inarticulately, espoused by two of the largest frauds ever foisted on the American public: Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. I know we are divided as a country. But shouldn’t there be some level of intellegence and competency required for the most important job in the world? Can’t we at least agree on that? Is it really enough to go around reciting meaningless sound bites for the faithful like a religious huckster, making all of us conservatives look like imbeciles? Then we have the one guy who could get elected and actually has some gravitas, Mitt Romney, who clings to a cultish religion and personally seeks to convert the souls of dead Jews. I know there are other candidates, but these three suck all the air out of the room. I can’t bear the thought of Rick Perry jumping in, with his prayers for ending the drought in his home state (which went unanswered, by the way; big surprise there). Can’t we have a spokesperson for conservative principles who has a chance of getting elected and isn’t a kook? Someone that could go toe-to-toe with Obama and without all the baggage?

  10. No to Pawlenty says:

    Dayton wants to raise taxes on those making over 1 million dollars and he wants to raise taxes on cigarettes. Did you notice the words taxes on Cigearettes. Pawlenty the double talking liar raised taxes on Cigarettes 75 cents and then called it Fee’s. Why should anyone beleive what Pawlenty says.

  11. BeenThereDoneThat says:

    I hear all the slamming of Bachmann…as unqualified ect ect..What qualifications did Obama have? What experience. Michelle Bachmann ran a business …has practiced law as a tax attorney…as to a right wing religious nut…did any one forget Obama’s rev Wright? His association with Bill Ayers? All he brought to the presidency was a gift for rhetoric..Personally I want Herman Cain

    1. dan says:

      Obama was a community organizer and a law professor. Isnt that enough to be president? Wow, he is the most underqualified person in any room he enters!

      1. GOP hoe down says:

        I’ll give him this one tho – he’s not a Fricken Blooming Idiot and Pyscho
        nuff said.

        Now MB – she’s the skankiest and dumbest thing we got in the party. # LAST in my book. Palin actually seems bright lol

  12. No Morals says:

    Still like “the dancing Queen Marcus” comment from kieron. Shelly is going to be good humor. No one is really serious about her are they? Remember George Wallace?

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