June 16th, 2010
09:43 PM ET
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Bachmann not yet ready to back Pawlenty in 2012


Washington (CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, refused Wednesday to say whether she will back Gov. Tim Pawlenty should he launch a 2012 White House bid.

“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.”


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  1. Mohammed Chawla

    The arm twisting of BP was a purely political move. I have done a lot of research and there is neither a precedent nor a legal authority to impose such harsh restrictions on a private eneterprise. Even moraly the administration is on shaky grouds.

    BP has not denied their responsibility, nor have they refused to pay every legitimate claim.

    What the administration is doing is destroying a very well known and responsible company and all the benefits that are derived by the us from their operations. In the end its demise may be a financial blow to our well being and our eceonomy.

    Chicago thugs have moved to Washington and there is going to be a whole more of the same. They do not believe in rule of law and there is nothing to stop them from destroying this country.

    June 17, 2010 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  2. Republicans is smart in the head area

    This woman is a nut job. Why would anyone other than fellow nut jobs care what she has to say?

    June 17, 2010 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  3. dan

    Seriously who cares what this idiot has to say

    June 17, 2010 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  4. Marge

    Why in the world should such political trash as Bachmann have an opinion that matters. If she didn't have the most gerrymandered district in the whole state, drawn for her by a republican administration, she wouldn't even get a job as a bathroom cleaner. Wait til after the 2010 census and see what happens to that district.

    If anything is illegal it is the way that district is drawn. Up down around and including only the republicans.

    June 17, 2010 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  5. one voice

    You have to be a KOOK to stick up for B.P.

    June 17, 2010 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  6. malabar

    She's right. although i wud have more respect 4 any dem that has the guts to admit that's what they want. wudn't support it, but truth wud b refreshing and a step 4ward, having all cards on the table

    June 17, 2010 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  7. greg the progressive

    So she thinks BP ia at fault and should pay every single dime they are supposed to but when someone is making them pay, she thinks they are being taken advantage of...... that is what the lady said, right?

    June 17, 2010 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
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