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.