U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., stumping in South Carolina in her campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, told the audience that she plans to compete everywhere, including Hawaii.
Bachmann said she plans to win decisive early victories in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina on her way to the White House. She promised to follow that with a national campaign – even in the heavily Democratic state of Hawaii.
“We want to win Hawaii,” she said. “And we think that there is a certain Hawaiian president who should go back to Hawaii!”
Bachmann stopped in Hawaii in February as part of national speaking engagements to test the waters for a potential campaign.
U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, had strong island ties. The Navy veteran and former Vietnam War prisoner also had a natural constituency in the state’s large military and veteran population. But McCain received less than 30 percent of the vote against Hawaii-born Barack Obama.