Michele Bachmann became the first major Republican presidential candidate to barnstorm the state this year, capping a six-city tour Monday in Miami where she sipped cafecitos, paid homage to Cuban Americans and kicked off a month of intensive GOP politicking in the state.
“We’re going to be all over Florida because Florida chooses presidents. You choose presidents,”’ Bachmann told dozens of supporters and onlookers at Versailles Restaurant in Little Havana.
“I want to win Florida twice with your help: Once in the primary and then the general,” she said. “And that’s how we will make Barack Obama a one-term president.”
That last line, the de facto trademark of the fiery Minnesota congresswoman, was repeated word for word by the crowd.
But is it likely that she’ll be the one to topple Obama?
A recent Mason-Dixon Research and Associates poll of Republican voters showed she’s running in third place in Florida, the nation’s largest swing state. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney garners about 28 percent of the Republican vote with Texas Gov. Rick Perry in close contention with 21 percent. Bachmann’s support: 13 percent.