Michele Bachmann spoke at Liberty University Wednesday, conveying a personal, passionate and faith-based message in an attempt to reach out to the Christian conservative potential voter pool for the Iowa caucuses, which could be key to her presidential campaign.
The former presidential candidate told the Christian crowd, “Don’t take your life, don’t take this university, and don’t take the future of the most magnificent country God has ever bequeathed for granted.”
Bachmann’s current campaign mantra is “don’t settle”. She told Liberty students, “Don’t settle for anything less than what this great and mighty God has planned for you.”
Tailoring her “don’t settle” theme for the private religious Virginia audience, Bachmann focused on her own story and life journey.
She told students of the Jerry Falwell funded university how she found Jesus Christ at age 16 and how having a miscarriage was an experience that sustained her faith.
The Minnesota lawmaker’s focus on her Christian conservative credentials may be the ticket to her keeping her campaign alive.
A 2008 exit polling found that 60 percent of the Iowa Republican electorate was “born-again Christian,” while white evangelicals make up about just one third of the Republican electorate nationwide.
According to a new American Research Group poll out of Iowa, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is in the lead with 21 percent support with Bachmann coming in second with 15 percent. Perry is closely behind her at 14 percent and so is Ron Paul at 12 percent.
When Rick Perry entered the race, Bachmann’s standing in the Republican primary was slightly dropped after peaking in August when she won the Iowa straw poll.
In recent days, Bachmann has focused on telling audiences that this is a moment to elect a true conservative. Her Liberty University address was no different.
“As believers in Jesus Christ, each of us only have one life…don’t settle with this gift He has given to you,” said Bachmann during her speech that also included the message that they shouldn’t accept their fate as the first generation of Americans who may not do better economically than their parents’ generation.