Presidential Race Kicks Off in Midwest

The Midwest became the center of political activity as President Obama kicked off his bus tour, Michele Bachmann won the straw poll, and Sarah Palin takes some of the spotlight. INSIDE EDITION reports.

President Obama made his first stop of a three-day bus tour of the Midwest—an important battleground in the 2012 presidential race.

The President is facing his lowest approval rating ever at 39 percent—not exactly the best time to go on vacation. So is Obama reconsidering his trip to exclusive Martha's Vineyard later this week?

Bob Cusack, Editor of, told INSIDE EDTION, "It is a ritzy part of the Northeast. Some people say it doesn't look good when a lot of people are out of work and you've had the stock market go up and down."

Top White House advisors are debating what to do about the President's nine-day vacation. It's doubtful they'll cancel it altogether, but they could cut it short.

And presidential candidate Michele Bachmann sat down with Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace for the first time since their clash earlier this summer when Wallace asked Bachmann if she is a flake. Wallace tried to clear the air on Fox News Sunday.

"Let me just say, because I inadvertently offended you, I sincerely apologize. I didn't mean to do it," said Wallace.

"All is forgiven. We move forward," replied Bachmann.

Bachmann basked in her victory in the Iowa Straw Poll over the weekend.

Sarah Palin, who still hasn't said whether she's running for President, was also in Iowa, prompting headlines like "Palin Looking to Steal Iowa Spotlight?" on Fox News's website.

"I don't think I'm stealing any spotlight. In fact, if anybody thinks I'm stealing the spotlight, go! Go find the other folks and say hello," said Palin.

"If she's going to run, she's got to get in relatively soon, because the race is well underway," said Cusack.

Meanwhile, her husband, Todd, had a war of words with a woman who called Palin a "sellout."

"We're from Alaska. We were sick when she quit. Everybody in Alaska thinks she sold out," said the woman.

The woman was angry that Palin resigned from the governorship of Alaska in favor of lucrative book and TV deals. Todd said they needed money to pay their legal bills.

"What would you recommend doing when you got $6 - 700,000 hanging over your head?" Todd asked.

"Oh, it's not there anymore is it? You got quite the deals. Sell out!" said the woman.