(CNN) – In a rousing speech before a standing-room-only audience at a conservative conference in Iowa on Saturday, Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann said "I'm in" for 2012.
Bachmann then asked the crowd to join her in pursuing her goals for the country. The thinly veiled comment was at the very least another step in her consideration of a possible run for the Republican presidential nomination.
Referring to the ideals of the founding fathers, Bachmann said, "You cannot build a nation unless it is built upon a rock-solid foundation. And America has that and it is the character, and it is the values of our people and that's why I am so absolutely confident in 2012.
"And so America has decided they're in for 2012, and so that's my question for you here today in Iowa. Are you in? Are you in for 2012? Are you in? Are you going to make it happen? Are we going to take our country back?" Bachmann asked, to cheers from the crowd.
"I agree with you! I say we do, I'm in, you're in, we will take this back in 2012," she said.
Earlier this week, CNN learned that Bachmann will form a presidential exploratory committee. The Minnesota Republican plans to file papers for the committee in early June, with an announcement likely around that same time.
But a source close to the congresswoman said that Bachmann could form the exploratory committee even earlier than June so that she could participate in early Republican presidential debates.
During the speech at Republican Rep. Steve King's “Conservative Principles” rally, Bachmann also touched on topics ranging from homeland security and immigration to health care, taxes and the spending fight in Washington. The possible GOP 2012 presidential contender bashed Obama administration policies including the recent military operation in Libya, and underlined her commitment to conservative values.
Speaking about the recent military action in Libya, Bachmann criticized President Barack Obama for engaging the U.S. in a "third Middle Eastern war" and compared Obama to former President Jimmy Carter.
"The president has us engaged it yet another, third Middle Eastern war, talk about March Madness, can anyone say Jimmy Carter?" Bachmann said.
On the health care bill, Bachmann hit at the administration for passing legislation she said would lead to increased costs. She referred to a “government takeover” of health care.
"The ultimate arrogance coming out of Washington is Obamacare. With this bill we're all going to be spending more and getting less," Bachmann said.
Bachmann also took aim at liberal Democrats such as New York Rep. Anthony Weiner and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, earning boos from the crowd when she mentioned Weiner's name.
She blamed Pelosi for the rise in the national debt, saying "75 percent - that is the amount the national debt has increased just under the four years that Nancy Pelosi had the gavel."
Bachmann returned to themes she has touted throughout her career, slamming Washington for raising taxes and pushing for a reduction in government spending.
Referring to the tax code as a "weapon of mass destruction," Bachmann called for it to be abolished, saying, "From there we are going to fly."
– CNN Senior Political Editor Mark Preston contributed to this report.
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Bachmann Palin 2012
It would not surprise me if she won. This country elected Bush twice....people wake up and vote. We will be in a huge mess if this woman wins. I know I will be moving out of he country if she does.
Just like her sister politician Palin, they use many flowery adjectives, with no substance. It took Palin 5 yrs,. in various colleges to learn that trick, but Bachman just listens to Fox/Beck/Limbaugh to get her talking points. Bachmann is a lunetic of the highest order.
How come the Republucans have such short memories when it comes to the deficit spending under their watch? As long as the very rich keep making increasing amounts of money the Republicans seem to be satisfied and don't care abount the unintended consequences.
women dont have a chance of getting positive press... clinton, palin,it dont matter...the left dumbs down conservative women and the right deamonize the liberal women... so go iron a shirt.... the media will tear you apart,,,
I WAS a Republican. I did not vote for Obama. However, I don't hate our President. He is the President. I do not agree with some policies and choices he has made. I am looking for a formidable candidate to run for the GOP. Seeing Bachmann...THIS...and what's out there....there's no one to vote for. And even with what they've got, they're not worth voting for. I honestly think Obama may get a second term (or a Bush 4th term at the way things go). I would hope her and palin would go away. Just go away.
Tax cuts for the weathy, no gay rights, no rights for non christians, no universal health care.
And no brains.
Have fun, Bachman.
Bachmann doesn't live in a progressive and changing World, she still has the mind-set of that little girl before technology, etc. you know, like the old way of doing math which isn't done that way anymore. Bachmann still doesn't understand you must capture the hearts and minds of ALL AMERICA and not just a small group.
Bachmann / Palin 2012
The Dark Divas of Doom , have no clue what the founding fathers were thinking !
II would be the happiest person in the world if she won the Republican nom for 2012. Funniest. Presidential race. Ever.
OMG, this ditz has no clue.
When would-be immigrants apply to live in the USA they are required to swear an oath that they are not Fascist, and have never been Fascist. Some of our members in Congress need to be investigated that they are not Fascist and never were Fascist. We, the people, want an investigation to make sure that neither MB's parents were ever members of the US Nazi Party of the 1939s, and proof that MB is not currently a Fascist or member of any Fascist organization.
What a flaming lunatic this woman is! Nothing she says makes any sense at all. She clearly has no grasp at all of what the average American deals with. By the way, idiot Bachman, my taxes were lower the past two years than they've been in 7, how do you explain that? However, my insurance premiums have been going up for 6 consecutive years....well before health care reform, so get the facts straight. Insurance is high because of the uninsured, what's your solution for that. You want to prohibit women from getting abortions, even if raped, yet your party wants to cut all the aid going to poor unwed mothers who are generally welfare cases. Got answers? Quit your whining and shut the hell up!
I am not sure what she wants to take back in 2012, but she sees Palin and how rich she got after her run, so now this woman wants to make some of that kind of money. She doesn't have much going for her.
I guess Bachmann isn't any nuttier then any other Republican running for the office of President. Sad.
She's Nuts! She'll probably be the Republican Presudential Candidate if she can work the words," Reagan, Pro-Life, Birth Certificate, and possibly Mushroom Cloud" into her next appearance. Looks like she missed those power points.
"Take our country back"? Hmmm...maybe she means moving Lexington and Concord "back" to New Hampshire since she evidently thought the "shot heard round the world" occurred there rather than in Massachusetts. Pesky facts – they will trip you up every time.
Guess she must have heard from god... Although I don't agree with how harsh alot of the Dems have been regarding Michelle Bachmann. You have to admitt, this lady is next level crazy. As far as reading some of the post from republicans on this site stating that they would vote for her. Those are the EXACT people that most of us Independents think should not be allowed to vote.
I am a Democrat. My most fervent prayer is that the Republicans nominate a Michele Bachman/Sarah Palin ticket. And they likely could. Because these female Tea Party Republicans are out there on the extreme edge, they are the most talented at whipping the "base" into a mindless frenzy. In 2011 and 2012 I sincerely hope they alienate the moderate Republicans in Name Only (RINOs). Then we can finally have an election where the real "silent majority" walks to the polls and repudiates this vocal, violent minority who believe that God has appointed them to run the world. Go ahead. Make my day. Nominate Michele or Sarah–or both.
Palin 2012...Bachmann 2012...same thing!
Michelle Bachmann for American Dream Destroyer in 2012
Just shows you the majority of absolute morons in this country that an ignorant wh*re like this could even hold some official office...let alone have enough support to presume she could run for president. Disgusting.
Bachmann and Palin running in '12? The republican primary is going to be a show for the ages. Popcorn time.
Maybe she will get an elementary history school tutor when she runs, so she won't miss another hard history question. "The shot heard round the world" was pretty tough on that tiny brain of hers.