Bachmann considering White House bid
January 5th, 2011
10:11 AM ET
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Bachmann considering White House bid

(CNN) – When Rep. Michele Bachmann heads to Iowa later this month, she just might have a potential presidential campaign on her mind.

"She's not taking anything off the table, her focus remains on Minnesota's 6th District, but she hasn't ruled anything out," Doug Sachtleben, Bachmann's communications director, told CNN.

Bachmann, who is beginning her third term, will head to the Hawkeye State on January 21 to deliver a keynote address in Des Moines at an event sponsored by the Iowans for Tax Relief. It's also expected the Tea Party darling will meet privately with Iowa political operatives to discuss a potential presidential bid.

News that Bachmann is considering an Oval Office run was first reported by ABC.

The outspoken congresswoman was among the first conservatives to embrace the Tea Party movement and has remained one of its staunchest allies in Congress. Last year she formed the House Tea Party Caucus and is usually a staple at Tea Party-backed events throughout the country. Bachmann is also a political ally of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, herself a Tea Party favorite who is mulling a presidential bid.

While little known to the broader electorate, Bachmann would enter the presidential race as a relatively familiar face to the Republican base. Her constant presence at conservative conferences in Washington and her at-times eyebrow-raising comments have all but made her a national figure among many Republican stalwarts - as well as a constant target of Democrats.

Most recently, Bachmann took heat for falsely claiming on CNN that President Obama's India trip in November was costing taxpayers $200 million a day. In another controversial comment, she called on the media in 2008 to investigate congressmen to "find out if they are pro-America or anti-America."

It's previously been speculated that Bachmann is mulling a 2012 Senate bid in Minnesota to challenge the incumbent Democrat, Amy Klobuchar. Either way, a trip to Iowa is a surefire way to raise any politician's profile – whatever the ambitions may be.

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soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. Margie

    Being from Minnesota but thank goodness NOT the sixth district, I have something to say. If Bachmann "focus" on the White House the way she focuses on the sixth district in Minnesota people wouldn't remember who in the devil was the president. She ignores her district and how in the world other than she has the most gerrymandered district full of nothing, and I mean nothing but republicans is why she wins. She has the worst district for UNEMPLOYMENT, NO JOBS. She has the worst district for FORECLOSURES. She has the worst district for infrastructure. Goes t show republicans don't give a hoot about anything they would even eat out of garbage cans just to elect a republican.

    January 5, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Joe

    Oh god help us....this crazy woman has NO accredited formal education, and is demonstrably nutz. Please make her go away...somebody...anybody. It's a national embarrassment this wingnut was elected to represent ANYONE in government.

    January 5, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Katie

    Run Michelle run!! The 2012 elections – particularly the republican nomination process – is going to be an absolute hoot!! It's guaranteed to make it an easy choice for voters. Your choices...the ridiculous or the adult.

    January 5, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. billy

    She better run while she is still pretty because she sure can't run on intelligence.

    January 5, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    A word to the wise, TeaPers. Don't overstep your bounds here in Minnesota. Your darling Bachmann isn't as popular in Minnesota as you have made her out to be nationally. TeaPer influence isn't as far reaching as most TeaPers seem to think it is. Suffice it to say, we in Minnesota aren't as easily swayed by hollow TeaPer threats of *we're coming to get you, too* talking point innuendo. Michelle Bachmann spent $13 million to keep her 6th District seat, going against a reatively unkown liberal Tarryl Clark. How much more are you all willing to spend to try and un-seat a very popular Amy Klobuchar?

    January 5, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Grondahl

    Wait a minute, is this The Onion? Because that's the funniest headline I've read all week. Great job, guys.

    January 5, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. ingrid

    All that I can see about Bachmann is that she misinforms/lies to the American people to advance her agenda. Ugh. Why cannot the GOP find a woman (or man) who is upstanding, understands our unique history, is also caring, smart and has integrity to run for office? Is it too hard to find the above mentioned qualities???

    January 5, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. stevetall

    Great. Another out-of-touch Republican who thinks she has the intelligence, foresight, and compassion to lead this great country. I don't know what drugs they're taking over at the RNC, but they ought ot be outlawed. Bachman is another brainless twit (and Palin wanna-be) who is only concerned with Bachman and has no concept of selfless service to our nation. Boo to her!

    January 5, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA/The Fascists 112th Congress

    No chance in hell this Psycho Talker is going to get elected to any office higher than where she already is. Michelle Bachmann is evil and doesn't belong in Congress. She's a blatant liar and should have her tongue removed from her mouth.

    January 5, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Observer

    She seems to be a Palin clone with the same intellect. Not a compliment.

    January 5, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Freedomics

    Sweet! Bachmann in the primaries would force the GOP candidates even further to the right. Line up the lemming parade.

    January 5, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Lisa

    Heaven help us all if she does!

    January 5, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Sandra

    God help us, this woman and Sarah Palin need to go to an island somewhere and their followers should go there with them. We need someone who is stable, not this nutbag. I'm from MN and am not in her district, but I donated to her opponent, and was saddened by her constituents voting her back in. Frightening.

    January 5, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. geecee

    Let's be honest. There are a whole lot of people who would vote for this nutjob simply because she constantly attacks President Obama and they hate him so much that regardless of how outrageous and untrue her comments against him may be, they would vote for her just for saying them. Much like the Palin thing. However, fortunately the sane people in this Country slightly outnumber the insane people – not by much – maybe 10,000,000 voters or so. We can only hope the sane people will prevail in 2012 and Obama will win a second term!

    January 5, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. QACoach

    Oh, PLEASE...let her be the Repub candidate in 2012! I'll start planning the Demo victory parties now!!

    January 5, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Jay

    Lord have mercy

    January 5, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Kenneth of Minneapolis

    I can see it now, Bachmann will hold a fundraiser to raise money to purchase gas for Air Force One......remember, after she have over $10 millions on hand during the campaign, she asked for money to gas up her tour bus.....Bachmann is a beauty!

    January 5, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA/The Fascists 112th Congress

    Who is paying for her travel? I thought Bonehead Boehner was going to cut congressional spending by 5%. Broken promise on Day 1 in office. The fascists have returned and are focused on destroying the middle class permanently. Where's Sharon Angle and her Second Amendment remedies when you need them. These next to years will surely call for them.

    January 5, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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