(CNN) - Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann said Thursday a plan to extend the payroll tax cut by only two months was a "temporary gimmick" that would do nothing to boost job creation.
Speaking to CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, the Minnesota congresswoman said the temporary solution reflected a lack of leadership from President Barack Obama.
"The real problem is that this is one more temporary gimmick," Bachmann said on CNN's "John King, USA."
"It's not a permanent solution. That's been the problem from the beginning. President Obama is unwilling to lead, to get the country back on this track of job creation."
When asked if she would be comfortable seeing tax rates increase by not passing a short-term extension, Bachmann stuck by her answer that a long-term resolution was preferable.
"We need a long-term answer," Bachmann said. "It was wrong for Harry Reid to lob a bomb into the House and then dismiss all the senators and send them on recess. This is, again, complete failure in Washington. People are tired of it."
Bachmann was interviewed in Iowa, where she is campaigning for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. The congresswoman remained optimistic about her chances of becoming the nominee, despite a slate of polls showing her running near the back of the presidential pack. An Iowa State/Gazette/KCRG poll, taken December 8-18, showed Bachmann in fifth place in Iowa, at 7%.
"January 3 will tell the tale," Bachmann said. "We've had incredible numbers of people switching. People are undecided. They've been switching over toward me because they know that I will be the candidate to take on Obama."
The polls, she said, weren't a problem.
"There's polls up and down all day. Who cares?" she said.