In a campaign event billed as the “Bachmann Takes it to Perry Rally,” the Minnesota congresswoman did just that – focusing sharp criticism on Texas Governor Rick Perry for his position on illegal immigration and what Rep. Michele Bachmann called “a pattern of issuing executive orders.

Bachmann, who has fallen in the polls when Perry entered the race, acknowledged that today’s event was orchestrated to highlight the differences between she and the Texas governor, particularly on the issue of illegal immigration.

“This is Perry, Iowa, and we’re taking this issue to Perry, Iowa,” she said. “But obviously also it’s tongue in cheek, because the governor of Texas had also brought this issue up and was proud of the fact of offering in-state tuition credits to illegal aliens.”