(CNN)-Republican Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann made political waves in Iowa with a visit to the capital city Friday, raising speculation of a possible presidential run in 2012.
"I am very encouraged by what I heard and the level of support that I saw today," Bachmann told the Des Moines Register.
The tea party favorite sounded much like a presidential candidate while addressing the Iowans for Tax Relief group Friday night.
"It is not too late to change course and save this great nation. I believe we can preserve this exceptional nation-this land of promise–for our children and grandchildren, she said. "We've got this tiny window of opportunity and the tea party patriots are saying, 'We have to take our country back.'"
Ties to the first-presidential-caucus state may serve Bachmann well should she choose to run. Born in Waterloo, she summoned her Iowa roots stating, "I feel like I know you, because I was born here. I was raised here. These are my values. I feel like we understand each other."
Bachmann maximized her visit to Des Moines by spending time at the Iowa Capitol in meetings with the governor, house and senate leadership. She also traveled to the state GOP headquarters.
And she doesn't plan to be a stranger to the Hawkeye state. She plans to participate in a series of lectures for presidential candidate prospects held in Iowa in April.