“He hasn’t clearly made any decision yet,” Bachmann said of her state’s Republican governor in an interview on CNN’s John King, USA. “And I haven’t backed any candidate yet or said that I’m going to be necessarily on their team. It’s very early in the process.”
“If you could pick, who would it be?” CNN Chief National Correspondent John King asked the Minnesota lawmaker.
“Well, we’ll find out,” Bachmann coyly replied, “I think after 2010, it will become much clearer.”
But the conservative Republican did have one 2012 prediction which she was willing to share.
“But I do know as I've been speaking to people, especially in my district in Minnesota, they see President Obama as a one-term president. So I think there is a very strong likelihood that we'll see a change after this election.”
Bachmann also expressed concern about how Obama is handling the economic damage caused by the Gulf oil spill.
The lawmaker made it clear to King that “I’m not here to shill for BP. That’s not the goal.
“BP clearly is at fault here. They need to pay every last dime of damage, and that’s what needs to be done.”
But on the same day that Obama announced BP’s agreement to fund a $20 billion escrow account to be disbursed by a well-known attorney, Bachmann added she was concerned the oil giant might be getting caught up in the politics of Washington.
“We don't want these payouts to become political. And we don't want - we don't think it's a good idea for the federal government to see private industry as essentially a piggy bank for the federal government.”
She added, “And while it's important that all the claims get paid, let's just make sure that this isn't a permanent ATM card.”
The Minnesota Republican explained her concern by pointing to the Obama administration’s multiple, unprecedented efforts to intervene in the private sector since late 2008 when the economy was teetering on the brink of another Great Depression.
“Today it seems like the automatic effort from the government is: let's have the federal government take over private industry,” Bachmann told King.
“We don't want that to be the automatic response of government, because we're a free-market economy. And unfortunately, the Obama administration hasn't been making any efforts to unwind the government out of these private industries. We're still deep into GM, deep into Chrysler, et cetera. And I just think we don't want to have the federal government take over effectively the oil industry either.”