Bachmann previews trip to New Hampshire
February 18th, 2011
09:23 AM ET
7 years ago

Bachmann previews trip to New Hampshire

Washington (CNN) - Michele Bachmann may not have decided about a presidential run quite yet, but the Minnesota Republican is heaping praise on a critical early-voting state.

"We're live-free-or-die people," Bachmann told New Hampshire's WMUR on Thursday, evoking the Granite State's motto. "We love the state, we love the tax structure."

Bachmann spoke with WMUR ahead of a planned visit in March, when she'll attend a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party and meet voters at planned events in Manchester.

"People in New Hampshire have a very important role to play," Bachmann said. "They decide who the nominee will be."

"I'm choosing to go to the early primary states to talk about why we can't have a second term for Barack Obama," Bachmann continued. "I think many people across the nation are happy we only had on term for Jimmy Carter, and I think that's the feeling of a lot of people across the country when it comes to Barack Obama."

Bachmann added that the eventual nominee will be forced to make tough decisions, and said the ideal candidate will be a "strong, courageous, constitutional conservative, someone who understands the times we live in, and knows what to do about it."

Bachmann also weighed in on one of her potential rivals for the Republican nomination, businessman Donald Trump. When asked if his interest in a presidential run was purely a publicity stunt, she said she wasn't sure.

"I don't know," she said. "We'll find out soon. I don't know what he's thinking."

Bachmann's trip to New Hampshire won't be her first visit to an early voting state: she has already visited Iowa and is making a trip to South Carolina this weekend.

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • New Hampshire
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    So I assume that everything in Minnessota is fixed, and she is not needed there?

    February 18, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Melissa Stewart

    Great, just what we need coming to New Hampshire! Michele Bachmann is another slogan spouting conservative who knows nothing about the problems with the tax structure in New Hampshire. You like our tax system? Do you know that the vast weigh of the tax burden is being carried by the local property taxes that are so high people are being forced out of their homes? I live in a small cape on one third of an acre and my property taxes are over $8500 per year. You think that great?
    I would much rather have a state sales tax and income tax to distribute the burden. Get your mind off sound bytes and join reality, there are no simplistic solutions. FYI – global warming is a problem, too. You might mention that to the Koch brothers.

    February 18, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Does she ever work? Who is paying for her presidential campaign tour?

    February 18, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Whatever state she visits will have a temporary loss of intelligence until she leaves.

    February 18, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. A keen observer

    Is Bachmann a case of the blind leading the stupid or the stupid leading the blind? In either case, the outcome will not be good.

    February 18, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. lynn

    What is it with the Republican candidates and their speech patterns, all sounding the same. No new ideas, nothing substantial they are promising, but all they want is get rid of the black president. They stop short of putting into words why they are so full of hate, but only when a black Democrat was elected did they feel the need to use the phrase "Take back the White House".

    February 18, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. a in austin

    We, the people, don't have any issues with "feeling the pain" long as Main Street isn't the only one sacraficing. Bachman, another bought and paid for by the kochs, dick armey, etc.

    February 18, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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