Bachmann tries to regain SC tea party supporters

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Posted: Nov 28, 2011 12:10 PM
Bachmann tries to regain SC tea party supporters

White House hopeful Michele Bachmann is questioning GOP presidential rival Newt Gingrich's consistency on the issues as she tries to reclaim tea party support in South Carolina.

Bachmann said Monday that she hasn't been a longtime Washington insider like the former House speaker and some other candidates. She notes that she founded the congressional Tea Party Caucus.

Bachmann listed a group of 37 South Carolina conservatives who are supporting her campaign. This, as Gingrich begins three days of campaigning in the first-in-the-South primary state. Polls suggest Gingrich has become one of the leading conservative alternatives to the frontrunner, Mitt Romney.

Bachmann will be in the state for three days beginning Friday as she promotes her new book.