“She is my candidate, and I want to do what I can to help her,” said Reiland, a registered nurse who went to Washington, D.C., this year to attend a health care rally Bachmann headlined. “But I haven’t heard anything back.”…

Bachmann had been weighing a presidential bid since January but only began raising money toward a campaign in June. On Saturday, she dismissed claims that she was scrambling to get organized in Iowa. Bachmann said she had been laying the groundwork for her Iowa campaign since last month, before she officially announced her White House bid last week in her childhood home of Waterloo, Iowa.

In Marshalltown, campaign aides handed out supporter cards outside Taylor’s Maid-Rite, a popular downtown lunch spot where about 100 people met Bachmann’s bus. Standing on a platform next to the bus in the afternoon sun, Bachmann asked residents for support.

“We need your help at the straw poll. Will you come out and help me? We’ll bring around the buses. We’ll pick you up, whatever you need. We’ll get you down there,” she said. “We need your help because winning back the White House begins in Iowa.”