Orlando (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said Thursday that the 2012 presidential election is "a window of opportunity" for social conservatives because President Barack Obama is so politically vulnerable.
Republicans have a chance to nominate the most conservative candidate possible and still take back the White House next November, she said.
"Of any election, this is the one where conservatives don't have to settle," Bachmann said at a rally in Orlando organized by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the group founded by conservative activist Ralph Reed.
"President Obama's approval numbers are the lowest they've ever been, and I am here to tell you, they are going lower further," she said. "So we don't have to go to the side, we don't have to sit on the back of the bus in this election. We need to stand up and be counted and have a candidate who is truly a social conservative who will stand for our issues."
Bachmann, once the darling of social conservatives in the 2012 field, has seen her standing diminished in the wake of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's entrance into the race.
Since then, she has pitched herself as the true conservative in the race and has been trying to raise questions about Perry's conservative bona fides.
The rally took place just hours before the Republican presidential field takes the stage for yet another debate, this one sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida, Fox News and Google.