(CNN) – As she contemplates a bid for the White House, Rep. Michele Bachmann is making her case when it comes to why she's qualified to sit in the Oval Office.
Speaking to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly Tuesday, the Minnesota congressman touted her "broad, extensive background."
"I'm a student of many years. I've studied a number of, a wide berth of topics," she said. "I sit currently on the Intelligence Committee. We deal with the classified secrets and with the unrest that's occurring around the world. I also sit on Financial Services Committee."
"But again, I've lived life," continued Bachmann. "Tomorrow, I'll be celebrating my 55th birthday, and I've had a wide, extensive life. And again, my background is a very practical, solution-oriented vision."
"So you are a problem solver," O'Reilly responded.
Bachmann's defense of her qualifications comes in the wake of increasing signs the Tea Party favorite is likely to mount a presidential bid. Earlier in the week the congresswoman hired a key staffer in Iowa while CNN reported Wednesday she is set to appear with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley during an upcoming trip to that key state.