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

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. CathyinAZ

    Bring that on – she is certfiably a nut job! I lived in MN and she is an embarassment. If I ever move back it will be to her district in order to aid whomever runs against her – she needs to be defeated!!!!!

    January 5, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. The Dude

    Yet another example of fraud, waste, and abuse of tax dollars. You folks in Minnesota need to vote her off the island. She is dumber than Sarah and W combined.

    January 5, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Diane P

    Is this what America has come to? We're quickly becoming the world's laughingstock, It's completely & totally embarrassing, Obama takes office 1/20/09; Teaparty starts 2/09 all about taxes, ok! are we becoming a nation of dumbed down,uneduacated, hysterical rednecks. America is showing the world what a racist country it still is, complete ignorance when Michelle Bachman & Sarah Palin think they're qualified to run for President.

    January 5, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Boycotts Work

    I think the water supply in her district needs testing.To get that many MORONS in one area needs to be addressed.

    January 5, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Squiggs

    Just wen you think you've heard it all. This woman is the Palin of the lower 48.

    January 5, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Alistair

    LOL! I hope this woman runs so she can screw up the GOP primary.

    January 5, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Russ

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!! Michele Bachmann running for President. Hahahahahahahahahahaha......her Republican counterparts will rip her up more that Sarah Palin during the campaign. This woman can out do Palin when it comes to saying stupid things. Again.....Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!

    January 5, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. Sgt, Joe

    More appropriate for this wacko is a "nuthouse" bid!

    January 5, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. davec.0121

    Another Tea Party stalwart who's so infatuated with her own simplistic rhetoric and slogans that she disregards the need for workable solutions. Like the other Tea Partiers, she is long on demands ('Balance the Budget!') but awfully short on solutions. After all the sturm und drang of the Tea Party, they and their Republican allies still haven't shown how they will simultaneously balance the budget without cutting defense, Medicare/Medicaid, and/or Social Security and without raising taxes.

    January 5, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Cincinnatian

    She is bizarre and wacky...the American public will not vote her into the White House. Next!

    January 5, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. jules sand-perkins

    Thank you, no.
    Ms. Bachmann is not what we need in the White House.

    January 5, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. AEK

    Even good job numbers could not prevent the market from dropping with the take over of the House by the Republicans. After climbing from the bottom caused by Bush and his party and two years of hard work on reform by the Democrats it is an interesting phenomenon.

    January 5, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. fayse

    Bachman / Palin ? Palin / Bachman? One in the same. Both have a tendency to stretch the truth all out of shape.

    January 5, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I have to say that all these ideologues that are planning or thinking of running for president will find the campaign to be the nominee a litlle easier than the general election. Obama made some lofty goals, but he knew that he couldn't get everything he wanted done. Will these tea baggers realize this? I don't think they have a clue.

    January 5, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |

    You have got to be kidding! Isn't it bad enough that we have Sarah Palin to contend with and now another "crazy rightwinger" is entering the scene. What is going on in this wonderful country of ours? Perhaps they can run as a TEAM!

    January 5, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. james Miller

    I hope she runs----– just to hear some of the nutty BS she will undoubtedly spew.

    January 5, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Drew Williams

    Never underestimating the idiocy of the average conservative voter, I put her chances at about even.

    January 5, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. hillcrester

    Oh my! Birds falling from the sky must surely herald the "End of Times" if this kooky loose cannon can even speak the words "White House." What will the self-destructive Republican'ts come up with next? A Palin–Bachmann mud wrestling reality show?

    January 5, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. sara

    can't help but laugh....not surprising ...what will she run on, hate?

    January 5, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Tam

    Good Lord, another one! God help us!

    January 5, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    Whichever route she takes ... either the presidency, or trying to unseat Amy Klobuchar ... is a fools errand, and Bachmann ought to know this very well. Add Bachmann to the Ego Run Amok list of other GOPer fools thinking they are God's gift to mankind.

    January 5, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. DANNY

    I literally laughed out loud when I read this...even less electable than Palin

    January 5, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. Liz the First

    Super! we can have a 'crazy-off' between her and Sister Sarah. it's anybody's guess who would win that one.

    January 5, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. Who Cares?

    C'Mon. She has zero chance. She just uses this to get her name in the press.

    January 5, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  25. kmp

    Now that is funny even funnier than Palin running.

    January 5, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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