(CNN) – Iowa Congressman Steve King surveyed the comings and goings of the 2012 GOP field Sunday following the Minnesota split: Rep. Michele Bachmann's Saturday win at the straw poll in Ames and news of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Palwenty's departure from the presidential race.
"You can never say never in this business," King said.
Considered a close friend of Bachmann's, King explained his delay in making an outright endorsement of her candidacy.
"I want to weigh all these candidates objectively," he said. "She carries a tremendous resume and a tremendous list of qualities, I've watched her develop… but still I, like everyone, need to weigh who would make the best president of the United States.
"I already know who'd make the best friend," King said. "But we need to weigh who'd make the best president."
The five-term congressman hosted the Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines last March, an early cattle call for conservatives mulling over presidential bids.
He plays a role in orchestrating the Iowa introduction for presidential hopefuls who wish to win big in the nation's first caucuses and stressed the importance of communicating effectively with voters.
"I think the conclusion Tim Pawlenty came to is he didn't connect with voters the way he hoped to connect with voters," King said.
"We need to nominate the presidential candidate who fits all of these standards along the line of the full spectrum of constitutional conservatives and also can express a vision for the destiny of America."
And he doesn't count Bachmann out of that equation.
"You can't diminish the charisma that Michele Bachmann has used," King said.
"She didn't have a ground game. This is the force of herself as a candidate lined up against the ground game of Tim Pawlenty. And that was the measure that happened yesterday."
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