With a low position in the polls, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is going on the offensive as she attempts to regain ground against the two GOP nominee frontrunners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
A national opinion poll released this past weekend found that only 6% of those surveyed thought Bachmann should receive the nomination, placing her well behind Gingrich who captured 39% and Romney who got 23%.
During an ABC Republican debate and other press appearance this weekend, the Minnesota congresswoman accused Romney and Gingrich of being on the same side of the healthcare issue as President Barack Obama. As a result, she lumped their names together to create the “Newt-Romney” moniker when describing their positions.
They both agree with Barack Obama. This is the seminal piece of legislation of Barack Obama. It's the one issue that our candidate has to take President Obama on with and they won't be able to debate him on this issue because they're on the same side as the president," Bachmann said during the debate. "Also, 'NewtRomney' are on the same side as the president when it comes to cap and trade, the $700 billion bailout, illegal immigration, even the payroll tax this week," she added.
Bachmann continued efforts to distinguish herself as the only consistent constitutional conservative in the race during an appearance on CBS' Face the Nation, where she said:
When it comes to "Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, it is very clear that there's not a dime's worth of difference between the two of them."