Alex Moe, NBC News
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann serves burgers outside Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa Saturday morning.
AMES, Iowa –- Shortly before kickoff at the annual Iowa vs. Iowa State football game, Michele Bachmann mingled with tailgaters outside Jack Trice Stadium. Sporting a combo Hawkeye and Cyclone jersey with ‘Bachmann’ on the back, the congresswoman would not say who she was rooting for.
“I love everybody,” she said with a small Bachmann blimp floating overhead.
This was her second appearance in the Hawkeye State since her straw poll win and she pointed that out to reporters after flipping hamburgers for supporters who stopped by her tent.
“What we’re seeing on the ground is there’s only one candidate whose won anything in this race and it’s me and I was fortunate enough to win that straw poll here in Iowa,” Bachmann said when asked about fallout from the debate this week.
Also during the short press avail this morning that Bachmann addressed recent criticisms that she has not been spending enough time with voters.
“We love Iowa,” she said. “We’ve been in Iowa 70 days and I think what we’ve been known for is our time with people and talking with people so that’s why we’re here today with people again.”
The congresswoman was the only presidential candidate to attend the annual rivalry game that had just over 56,000 in attendance. She did participate in one tailgate game, cornhole. Bachmann tossed her second beanbag straight through the hole for 3 points. In addition to serving burgers and playing cornhole, she mingled with the crowd, signing autographs, taking pictures, and hugging lots of babies for roughly an hour before heading to the airport. (Iowa State would go on to beat Iowa 44 to 41 in triple OT)