(CNN) - When Rep. Michele Bachmann heads to Iowa later this month, she just might have a potential presidential campaign on her mind.
"She's not taking anything off the table, her focus remains on Minnesota's 6th District, but she hasn't ruled anything out," Doug Sachtleben, Bachmann's communications director, told CNN.
Bachmann, who is beginning her third term, will head to the Hawkeye State on January 21 to deliver a keynote address in Des Moines at an event sponsored by the Iowans for Tax Relief. It's also expected the Tea Party darling will meet privately with Iowa political operatives to discuss a potential presidential bid.
News that Bachmann is considering an Oval Office run was first reported by ABC.
The outspoken congresswoman was among the first conservatives to embrace the Tea Party movement and has remained one of its staunchest allies in Congress. Last year she formed the House Tea Party Caucus and is usually a staple at Tea Party-backed events throughout the country. Bachmann is also a political ally of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, herself a Tea Party favorite who is mulling a presidential bid.
While little known to the broader electorate, Bachmann would enter the presidential race as a relatively familiar face to the Republican base. Her constant presence at conservative conferences in Washington and her at-times eyebrow-raising comments have all but made her a national figure among many Republican stalwarts - as well as a constant target of Democrats.
Most recently, Bachmann took heat for falsely claiming on CNN that President Obama's India trip in November was costing taxpayers $200 million a day. In another controversial comment, she called on the media in 2008 to investigate congressmen to "find out if they are pro-America or anti-America."
It's previously been speculated that Bachmann is mulling a 2012 Senate bid in Minnesota to challenge the incumbent Democrat, Amy Klobuchar. Either way, a trip to Iowa is a surefire way to raise any politician's profile – whatever the ambitions may be.
Bring that on – she is certfiably a nut job! I lived in MN and she is an embarassment. If I ever move back it will be to her district in order to aid whomever runs against her – she needs to be defeated!!!!!
Yet another example of fraud, waste, and abuse of tax dollars. You folks in Minnesota need to vote her off the island. She is dumber than Sarah and W combined.
Is this what America has come to? We're quickly becoming the world's laughingstock, It's completely & totally embarrassing, Obama takes office 1/20/09; Teaparty starts 2/09 all about taxes, ok! are we becoming a nation of dumbed down,uneduacated, hysterical rednecks. America is showing the world what a racist country it still is, complete ignorance when Michelle Bachman & Sarah Palin think they're qualified to run for President.
I think the water supply in her district needs testing.To get that many MORONS in one area needs to be addressed.
Just wen you think you've heard it all. This woman is the Palin of the lower 48.
LOL! I hope this woman runs so she can screw up the GOP primary.
Hahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!! Michele Bachmann running for President. Hahahahahahahahahahaha......her Republican counterparts will rip her up more that Sarah Palin during the campaign. This woman can out do Palin when it comes to saying stupid things. Again.....Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!
More appropriate for this wacko is a "nuthouse" bid!
Another Tea Party stalwart who's so infatuated with her own simplistic rhetoric and slogans that she disregards the need for workable solutions. Like the other Tea Partiers, she is long on demands ('Balance the Budget!') but awfully short on solutions. After all the sturm und drang of the Tea Party, they and their Republican allies still haven't shown how they will simultaneously balance the budget without cutting defense, Medicare/Medicaid, and/or Social Security and without raising taxes.
She is bizarre and wacky...the American public will not vote her into the White House. Next!
Thank you, no.
Ms. Bachmann is not what we need in the White House.
Even good job numbers could not prevent the market from dropping with the take over of the House by the Republicans. After climbing from the bottom caused by Bush and his party and two years of hard work on reform by the Democrats it is an interesting phenomenon.
Bachman / Palin ? Palin / Bachman? One in the same. Both have a tendency to stretch the truth all out of shape.
I have to say that all these ideologues that are planning or thinking of running for president will find the campaign to be the nominee a litlle easier than the general election. Obama made some lofty goals, but he knew that he couldn't get everything he wanted done. Will these tea baggers realize this? I don't think they have a clue.
You have got to be kidding! Isn't it bad enough that we have Sarah Palin to contend with and now another "crazy rightwinger" is entering the scene. What is going on in this wonderful country of ours? Perhaps they can run as a TEAM!
I hope she runs----– just to hear some of the nutty BS she will undoubtedly spew.
Never underestimating the idiocy of the average conservative voter, I put her chances at about even.
Oh my! Birds falling from the sky must surely herald the "End of Times" if this kooky loose cannon can even speak the words "White House." What will the self-destructive Republican'ts come up with next? A Palin–Bachmann mud wrestling reality show?
can't help but laugh....not surprising ...what will she run on, hate?
Good Lord, another one! God help us!
Whichever route she takes ... either the presidency, or trying to unseat Amy Klobuchar ... is a fools errand, and Bachmann ought to know this very well. Add Bachmann to the Ego Run Amok list of other GOPer fools thinking they are God's gift to mankind.
I literally laughed out loud when I read this...even less electable than Palin
Super! we can have a 'crazy-off' between her and Sister Sarah. it's anybody's guess who would win that one.
C'Mon. She has zero chance. She just uses this to get her name in the press.
Now that is funny even funnier than Palin running.