(Video) AINN reporters give home-state insight into 2012 candidates Bachmann and Perry
Last night’s GOP presidential debate in Michigan featured nine candidates vying for the party’s nomination in 2012. Among the participants were U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Texas Governor Rick Perry, two candidates who have seen their respective campaigns reach considerable buzz and hype, followed by an equally impressive drop-off in attention and perceived viability as frontrunners in the race to face President Obama. According to a new Gallup poll, only 9 percent (for Perry) and 3 percent (for Bachmann) of Republican voters see them as the likely candidate to receive the nomination.
Ahead of the debate, Minnesota Independent reporter Andy Birkey and Texas Independent editor Patrick Michels discussed how their home-state candidate is viewed back home, how religion plays a big part in both candidates’ politics and the “outsider” personas they have cultivated on their way to the national stage.