As Tim Pawlenty grabbed the morning’s headlines by dropping out of the Republican presidential primary campaign, his fellow Minnesotan, Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won the Iowa straw poll on Saturday, made a victory lap on all of the major Sunday morning talk shows.
Pawlenty went public with his exit in an appearance on ABC’s This Week, while Bachmann made the rounds on that program and the four other shows. She spoke graciously of the former Minnesota governor despite a series of testy exchanges between the two candidates on the campaign trail.
“I wish him well,” she said on Fox News Sunday. “I have great respect for the governor.”
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But the big question that came up on all the shows was Bachmann’s viability as a candidate, particularly compared to GOP rivals with executive experience such as front-runner Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who entered the race on Saturday.
What sets her apart from her gubernatorial rivals, she said, is that she has been “at the tip of the spear” in the fiscal battles that have recently rocked Washington, leading the charge against raising the debt ceiling.