Bachmann in Waterloo (Charles Dharapak/AP)Michele Bachmann's narrow win at last weekend's Iowa straw poll crowned her the unofficial Republican frontrunner in the early presidential caucus state. But with that momentum comes greater scrutiny.
Just three days after the Ames poll, Bachmann faces fallout from not one, but two, potentially damaging stories in which the candidate was caught not quite telling the truth.
On Sunday, Bachmann irked Republican voters in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, when she showed up late to a party fundraising dinner. Politico's Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin noted that Bachmann delayed her arrival on stage, even though she had been already introduced, as staffers fussed about stage lighting.
While this was happening, Bachmann wasn't shaking hands or mingling with potential Iowa voters, as rivals Rick Perry and Rick Santorum--who were also on hand--did. Rather she was "camped out" in her bus, according to Politico, and the crowd was, in turn, puzzled by her absence and her seeming unwillingness to step out of her campaign bubble.Read More »from For Michele Bachmann, momentum in Iowa means greater scrutiny