GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann says her campaign is “alive and well” as she disputed the claim of former campaign manager Ed Rollins that she doesn’t have “the ability or the resources” to make it past the Iowa caucuses.

Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswoman, has dropped in Gallup and other national polls since Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined the White House race last month — on the same day she won the Iowa straw poll.

She’s now at 5% in the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll released yesterday, well behind Perry, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

Rollins, who stepped down as Bachmann’s campaign manager earlier this month, made his comments in an MSNBC interview. He said Bachmann could get “another look” from voters if she won the Iowa caucuses, scheduled for early February, but faces challenges beyond that crucial state without the deep pockets of Romney or Perry.

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