Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) dismissed the idea of a Republican war on women Tuesday morning because she won the Iowa straw poll during her failed presidential campaign.
Bachmann appeared on Fox & Friends to fire back at the accusations against her party’s policies regarding reproductive rights, saying they have come about because President Barack Obama “can’t talk about his record.”
A recent CNN/Time Magazine poll of Florida voters shows Obama leading presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney by eight percentage points among women voters, and four points among all likely voters.
Without offering policy specifics, Bachmann told Gretchen Carlson that Obama was trying to create a “phony narrative” in order to win over female voters, and pointed to South Carolina Governor’s Nikki Haley’s upcoming appearance at the GOP convention as a sign the party is friendly to women.
“We believe that women are competent, they are capable, they are intellectual, and so we come to this with a foundation that women can handle their own lives, and we want to empower them even further,” Bachmann said. “We’ve got such a positive agenda. Unfortunately, President Obama has hurt women terribly economically.”
Bachmann also talked up her win in the Iowa straw poll last August.
“Only the Republican party had a women who won the first contest – the Iowa straw poll. That’d be me,” she said. “So, we are a party of women. We fielded an African-American candidate in Herman Cain, a female candidate in me, and so we’re a very diverse, inclusive party.”
Neither that diversity nor Bachmann’s straw-poll win yielded long-term success for either candidate; Bachmann dropped out of the race less than four months after her Iowa victory, and two weeks after Cain “suspended” his own campaign in the wake of allegations he had sexually harassed employees.
Bachmann’s interview, posted by Fox News Tuesday, can be seen below.