Bachmann will decide on run in 'early summer'
March 8th, 2011
08:34 AM ET
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Bachmann will decide on run in 'early summer'

(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."

Bachmann is headlining a Republican fundraiser in New Hampshire this weekend, and has made visits to Iowa and South Carolina in the past few months. She says trips to early-voting states are important for laying out issues to voters with outsized influence in the nomination process.

"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."

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  1. NameEllie

    And why does anyone care about the FAKE Palin-Wanna-Be hypocrite who can't utter a single line coherently and intelligently??

    We don't want Sarah Palin, what makes Michele Bachman think we want her phony-lying behind?

    March 8, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Debbie from Arizona

    Good grief. Just when I think the Republican Presidential field couldn't get much wackier, her comes Ms. Over the Top herself. Let the games begin. I've said it before, I'll say it again. The Republican Primary is going to be the best comedy show on TV. SNL will have so much material to work with, it will be difficult for them to pick what to put on their show.

    March 8, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. ThinkAgain

    "Bachmann did say the field of potential Republican presidential candidates was strong."


    – So-called "Christians" who wouldn't understand Christ's teachings if they hit them in the face (specifically, Matthew 25:40, "And Jesus will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ')

    – They want to cut taxes for the rich, even though that doesn't result in job creation here in the US.

    – They want to force their warped version of morality on all of us.

    – They don't understand the Constitution and its guarantees of freedom of religion, press, assembly and speech.

    – They have nothing to offer our country except lies, fear, hatred and divison.

    – They all support the same tired Republican economic, military and foreign policies that make their "base" feel good about themselves as they self-righteously thump their chests – but are all PROVEN FAILURES and have nothing to do with reality and taking our country forward.

    March 8, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. fideauxdon

    Someone, somewhere, might be more delusional than this poor excuse for a Republican (and the bar is pretty low), but if they think that they're qualified to lead the most powerful nation in the world, they should be locked up.

    March 8, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Canuck

    "Bachmann did say the field of potential Republican presidential candidates was strong."

    This woman is delusional.

    March 8, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Rickster

    The former tax attorney, business owner and three-term congresswoman Bachmann would be a great choice to be president. She has the kind of experience that we need right now as opposed to the woefully inadequate and inexperienced community organizer that we are currently stuck with.

    March 8, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Lenmsith

    Other than being somewhat crazy and a nut, what are her qualifications?

    March 8, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. GI Joe

    She needs to go back to MN and bake some cookies or "personally feed some babies" and leave our lives to US. She can stay out of my bedroom, out of my checkbook, and out of my church.

    March 8, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. roro

    Oh, please run, Michelle. You're just what this country needs – another idiot who can't, or won't, answer any real questions, but just keeps making the same talking point over and over again even if it's completely untrue and unrelated to the question. You are a LIAR and a really scary zombie-like individual who talks and looks like she's in some kind of mind-controlled trance. Try blinking once in a while. What is wrong with you people in Minnesota?

    March 8, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. JR

    Michele you have no chance at all...... You should just concentrate on an issue that you really understand and put your heart and soul into it........ you know like Light Bulbs.

    March 8, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. maf

    and that nominee would not be YOU!!!

    March 8, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Pete

    Factual information and truthful discourse are obviously not a priority to Bachmann.
    This woman is out of her mind. The few followers she may have must be crazier than she is.
    Go to and see her track record for lunacy.

    March 8, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Sgt. Joe.

    Is this loonie tune serious? Please say no!

    March 8, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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