The Sacramento, Calif.-based Tea Party Express offered support for Michele Bachmann in the 2012 Republican Presidential primary race, but did not officially endorse the candidate.
According to Roll Call, the California-based Tea Party Express said in a statement that, while it has not endorsed any candidate, it remains committed to backing the conservative candidate best positioned to beat President Barrack Obama in 2012. The group said it wants a competitive primary, beginning with the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3 and in all of the States that follow, to jump-start that process.
“While the Tea Party Express has not endorsed a presidential candidate at this time, Michele Bachmann garners strong Tea Party support because of her work and commitment to restoring fiscal responsibility to Washington, D.C.,” Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer said. “Let’s let the voters in Iowa choose the leading candidates to go forward from the many excellent candidates we have.”
While Bachmann’s campaign claimed last week to be in a “statistical dead-heat” with Iowa frontrunner Ron Paul (19 percent), she actually followed Mitt Romney (18 percent) and Newt Gingrich (16 percent) with only 15 percent voter support, according to The Des Moines Register.