(CNN) – Political observers waiting for a big announcement from Rep. Michele Bachmann will have to wait a little longer. The three-term Minnesota congresswoman said in an interview Tuesday that she'll hold off deciding whether to run for the Republican presidential nomination until early this summer.
"I think there's a natural time frame and I think probably by about early summer a decision should be made," Bachmann said on CNN's "American Morning."
"I've gone to some of the primary states for the reason, really, to go and talk about the bigger issues that we have to focus on," Bachmann said. "Our nominee will be chosen in probably about four states."
Bachmann did say the field of potential Republican presidential candidates was strong.
"I think we'll have a very good contest," she said. "I think it's important that people keep in mind, with all of the issues that we have in front of us, that we need a nominee who really understands the times that we live in who knows what to do in response to that. And who has the political courage to do what has to be done."