Michele Bachmann's team calls Iowa 'must-win'

If Bachmann wants to be taken seriously, she needs to study more. She will not win a national election with some of those ideas she has. For her right now, they are all must wins. She must improve her debating skills and fight these guys to the finish.

Michele Bachmann has hedged about whether Iowa is a "must-win" state, as her former campaign manager Ed Rollins called it, but in a new strategy video, her current top adviser acknowledges that the caucuses are make or break for her.

As POLITICO's Reid Epstein reports:

In the four-minute slide show titled “The Path to Victory,”the campaign showed an outline of Iowa with the text: “Iowa is a must win state.” At the same time, campaign manager Keith Nahigian, who narrated the video says, “She has to win Iowa and move on from there.”

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Nahigian goes on to say that Bachmann plans to focus her post-Iowa efforts on South Carolina rather than New Hampshire.

“We are going to compete in New Hampshire and not dominate our effort like we are in Iowa,” he said. “If she wins in Iowa, does well in New Hampshire, wins South Carolina, she is basically on a very clear path to win the nomination.”

The Iowa-or-bust admission, presumed about the campaign since Bachmann began to fade after her Ames straw poll victory, is a slight turn from what Bachmann herself said Monday on WHO radio in Des Moines. Then, asked directly by host Simon Conway if she had to win Iowa for her campaign to survive, she said, “not necessarily, we might go on.”

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