Bachmann not worried by 4th place Iowa poll finish

October 30, 2011 - 11:30 AM
Iowa Up For Grabs

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. speaks in Denison, Iowa. Iowa's presidential caucuses are any Republican candidate's to win. Just two months before the GOP nomination voting begins, Iowa Republicans aren't surging toward former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney even though he's essentially been running for president since losing here in 2008. And, this time, none of his opponents has emerged as the consensus candidate of conservatives _ and, thus, Romney's chief challenger _ the way Mike Huckabee did four years ago. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michele Bachmann says she's not worried that a new Iowa poll puts her fourth among GOP presidential candidates.

But she won a straw poll in the state in August, was born in Iowa and is counting on a strong showing in the January caucuses.

Since the straw poll, the Minnesota congresswoman has struggled in the race, especially after Texas Gov. Rick Perry jumped in. Bachmann once led national public opinion polls, but got only 8 percent support in the new Iowa poll from the Des Moines Register.

Bachmann tells ABC's "This Week" that her campaign is "doing exactly what we need to do." She says she's campaigning heavily in Iowa and isn't worried about "day-to-day snapshots" of the race.

She's not saying whether Iowa is a must-win state.