Duane Nollen, The Oskaloosa Herald, Iowa –
OSKALOOSA Patrons of the Pizza Ranch got a free side order of politics with their food Thursday night as Republican Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann made a campaign stop.
Bachmann appeared before a packed house and made the rounds greeting people and shaking their hands. Bachmann was on the road to garner support for the Jan. 3 Iowa Caucuses.
“What you see here is what she does when the cameras are not rolling,” Bachmann’s state co-chair state Sen. Brad Zahn said. “She’s the real deal.”
Zahn said Bachmann made 10 campaign stops Thursday, Oskaloosa being No. 8 for the day. He said she has had good crowds show up to hear her message.
“She stands by her convictions,” Zahn said. “You are not going to hear about her flip-flopping.”
Bachmann told the audience that she’s pro-Second Amendment gun rights, favors building a fence along America’s southern border, against taxpayer-funded abortions, supports marriage as being between a man and a woman, and fiscal conservatism. She also stands up for Israel, and wants to stop Iran from gaining nuclear weapons. Bachmann said a president must follow the Constitution and wants to get rid of czars in the White House.
“I need your vote,” she said.
Bachmann is determined to visit all 99 Iowa counties before the caucuses.
Bachmann, an Iowa native, said she learned a lot of values from her parents such as “your word is your bond.” She pledged to not run negative campaign ads and to do a person-to-person style of campaign.