Bachmann: “There is no downside to being born in Iowa” (AUDIO)

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann spoke with the group of reporters who’ve gathered in a Des Moines hotel for what was to have been a Bachmann speech to Polk County (Iowa) Republicans.

She told the assembled throng (of reporters) she would announce her candidacy for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination — in Waterloo, Iowa.  It’s her hometown.

When asked what kind of advantage being a native Iowan might give a candidate, she replied:  “Oh, goodness.  Being born in Iowa gives every advantage, every advantage a girl would want to have.  There is no downside to being born in Iowa.”

AUDIO of conference call (16 min)

UPDATED: Here’s the Radio Iowa story.  Bachmann spoke to the banquet crowd via Skype.  The connection was lost about 7 minutes in, then reconnected; she talked for about 24 minutes then fielded questions for another 10 minutes before ending.

The polite Iowans in the audience said things like “it could have been better” when I asked what they thought of the event. Another was a little more candid with CNN’s Peter Hamby.

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.