By CNN's Wolf Blitzer
(CNN) – Having interviewed Michele Bachmann on many occasions, I can attest that she is one tough lady. She is not shy at all about speaking her mind. And that was very obvious at the GOP debate Thursday night in Iowa when she unloaded on Newt Gingrich.
She told him that it was "outrageous" for him to say she gets her facts wrong. "I'm a serious candidate for president of the United States," she declared repeatedly.
Today, I taped an interview with her and she went a lot further in blasting Gingrich. She said Gingrich's comments about her were "condescending" and "insulting." (The interview will air in “The Situation Room” today during the 5 p.m. ET hour.
I asked her if she thought he was speaking down to her because she's a woman. She declined to make that conclusion. But when I asked if Gingrich has a problem with women (and some men) because he's been married three times, she went into a long declaration about the importance of personal values, insisting those are key factors for voters to consider.
Bachmann was born in Iowa and represents a congressional district in neighboring Minnesota. She has spent a lot of time in Iowa, but so far - at least according to the latest polls - she has not jumped to the top. She did win the Iowa Straw Poll in August.
Bottom line: she needs to do well on January 3 in the caucuses if her candidacy is to continue.
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