(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.
this ding bat is not running for anything. She is a brand and knows that 'running for pres' is a huge money maker. Just like Palin and Gingrich, they are taking the looney far right for a very expensive ride.
That's just what we need-another loud mouth trying to out do Palin. This woman is dangerous. I can't find words at the moment adequate to express my feelings!
Can anybody say GWB who started 1 war, didn't finish off Bin Ladin then started another and did finish off Saddam? You know, the guy he said had weapons of mass distruction, the guy he said was repressing his own people, like Gaddafi. Now don't get me wrong, I don't really like the idea of another mid-east war, but it amazes me how the Republicans will spin anything. Bachman for president is as scary as Palin.
If these possible candidates spent half the time trying to unite us rather than divide us, the country would be in a much better place.
Boy... you GOP are really grasping at straws here. Just another witch from the Wizard of Oz!
What has me confused, is why is it that these Republicans have people that think based on being name recognized, and familiar, this merits running for President...
Why come qualifications matter anymore, I mean Sarah Palin is also a prime example, just becuase John McCain picked her as VP, she feels this qualifys her to be President, these peoples ego's are out of control.......!
If this is the best the republicans have to offer, I'll vote for Obama...
Michele's against spending ... you bet ... unless it's in her own backyard. Ask her about the $.7B bridge to nowhere she wants to build in her district. We don't need it or want it!
Bachmann has delusions of grandur and that is about all there is to say.
Oh please! Just to see the comedy on late night shows and the upcoming Keith Olbermann show would be more than priceless but the absolute carnage it will cause the fascist republicant party will be be iceing on the cake!
Of course, what Bachmann fails to mention is that most of the debt is the result of Bush and the GOP's insistence on fighting senseless wars, stuffing the pockets of wall street with gold, and lowering taxes. This woman is obviously mentally deranged. She has little business being out in public, let alone runnig for public office.
This is the political child of lGeorge W Bush with Sarah Palin.
Well she sounds smarter than Palin but that ain't say'n much! We now know she's against anything Dem.. Is she for anything not Tea Party?
Oh I didn't know that the Dem's started all three of the wars? Bush was a Dem.?
The writing in Bachmann's speech isn't as bad as one would expect after her celebrated confusion about Concord's location near the general area of Massachusetts.
I think that Bachmann is in a time/space warp. Not only is she unsure about the location of events in American history, she believes that we can travel back to other centuries that would have offered her more comfortable sociological realities.
Please run Michele. Losing will be good for you and you will guarantee that President Obama will get another term. Thanks girly.
God has apparently spoken to malicious, "my way or the highway" Michelle and told her that America needs a dictator, so give it a go!
What a miserable, ignorant, classless clown. The sad thing about it is the circus cheering her on. Backman "you can fool some of the people most of the time but, you cannot fool all of the people all of the time! " Oh BTW, where has our country gone? I served in Iraq twice 2x, 3ID Thank You , and I never knew the country was taken???? "Take our country back,
take our country back?" Is that some sort of code worded GOP divide and conquer cry?? It ain't got a blue tag on it so
we don't want it... You should have been at the shopping center in Arizona.
Someone needs to explain to all of us citizens who don't follow the Tea Party philosophy exactly who are you taking the country back from? Is it from me because I voted for a Democrat? Is it the Catholics because they're not evangelicals like you? Is it voters under 30 years old? Is it people of color? Is it pro-lifers? Or do you mean that you want to take America back in time, to ignore progress?
Exactly which American citizens do you believe have taken your rights away? Exactly what rights have you lost? This is the most moronic statement that any candidate can utter. This country doesn't belong to Ms Bachmann any more than it belongs to me. It belongs to us all, and the fact that the Tea Party wants to "take back our country" should scare everyone in this nation because if the "take America back" that means that they'll be taking someone's rights away.
This ignorant nutcase is the best thing that every happened to the Democrats. You go girl!
Ms Bachman wants a reduction in government spending. That is, unless it's personally to her benefit as was the $260,000+ government farm subsidy awarded to her and her family co-owners. I would guess that they all had some nice tax breaks to boot. Bachman and her cohorts take verbal punches calling the Health plan 'Obamacare'.....properly interpreted, it means that Obama cares. Caring is anathema to tea party republicans.
Do you see her pants on fire? You should because she is a LIAR. She is only in it to be a distraction.
A vote for her is a waste of time and effort. Obama would take her to the cleaners in a debate. He knows what he is talking about and can back it up.
How can you be president of the United States when your talking points divide the states/class/race/etc.
Here we go again. We will have this long, long nomination process. Each candidate will think he or she can do a better job than the president. Be that as it may, the candidates that we hear and see like Ms. Bachmann is steeped in her own ideology. She repeats it often enough and maybe she will convince others to join her.
This country was not based on the religion or ideology of one man or woman. The person is president of all the people and must make accommodations during his/her term. The United State of America stands tall because so many Americans are willing to find ways to work with each other, support each other, and look, out for one another. The candidates all seem to believe that their way is the best way and only conservatives will be acceptable.
all the people who hates Bachmann are bigots
she is the first lesbian nominee for the republican party