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Ed Rollins, senior campaign adviser for Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., talks to media in the spin room after the Republican presidential candidate debate at the Reagan Library Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, in Simi Valley, Calif. Rollins just this week stepped aside as campaign manager into the role of senior adviser. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Ed Rollins, senior campaign adviser for Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., talks to media in the spin room after the Republican presidential candidate debate at the Reagan Library Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, in Simi Valley, Calif. Rollins just this week stepped aside as campaign manager into the role of senior adviser. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  

Ex-campaign manager: Bachmann ‘doesn’t have the resources or the ability’ to go beyond Iowa

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Will Rahn
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Ed Rollins, the famed Republican strategist who until recently served as Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign manager, says the Minnesota congresswoman “doesn’t have the resources or the ability” to go past next year’s Iowa caucus.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Monday, Rollins said that, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are “strong candidates with strong organizations and the ability to raise money,” Bachmann would only get a “another look” if she can pull out a win in the Iowa caucus. (RELATED: Bachmann coins the term ‘PerryCare’)

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According to Rollins, Perry “drew from the same group of voters” and took away much of Bachmann’s attention when he jumped into the race last month. Although he said Perry had some weaknesses, Rollins described him as a “strong conservative” who has the support of the “tea party base.”

Rollins, who made headlines late last week when he criticized Bachmann’s suggestion that the HPV vaccine Gardasil could cause “mental retardation,” also said that his former boss has a history of saying things that are “not appropriate.”

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