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. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Pay attention to her... because CNN said you should...

    January 5, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. jc

    Oh man, I needed a good laugh today. HAHAHA!!!! Thank you Bachmann.

    January 5, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Peter E

    Other than being able to read political myths on the internet and regurgitate them what skills does she have?

    January 5, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. once upon a horse

    team her up with Sarah Palin and that can be the BEST ticket the Democrats can hope for in the history of politics. Of course if they were to win it would show our nation has really gone off the deep and further prove why we have fallen to about 25th in the world in education.

    January 5, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. jake1969

    What a joke. She is completely unelectable at any level higher than district. She couldn't win a Senate seat in Minnesota, and sure as heck can't win the republican nomination. Romney or Palin would kick her b#tt. (not a Palin fan, but she would stomp Bachmann) Bachmann's made so many fruit loop comments over the years. And she's filled with hate. Hate does good at the local/district level, it fails at State or national levels.

    January 5, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Marcus

    People get ready for some of the dirtiest and 'smear mode in full' campaign adds ever seen in the world!!!

    January 5, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. sharon

    April fools early The only candidate who could possibly be worse than her is oops I can't think of anyone worse than her. My opinion of people friom Minnesota keeps dropping, first Pawlenty what a bore, then the constant pursuit of a has been quarterback so their pro team can be losers, and now keepin on electing this woman to office. She makes up 90% of that which she says to go along with her agenda. She is truly scary because their are actually people who believe what she says.Justin Beiber would perobably make a much better president.

    January 5, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. XWngLady

    Will these people PLEASE STOP SMELLING THEMSELVES!!?!!.....Are you kidding me? I guess she figures, well if Sarah Palin can do it, so can I"....OMG, someone please put me out of my misery. I'm suffering from a "Tea" overdose, tea-poisoning or something....ugh.

    January 5, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Wes B.

    And the dolts keep rising to the top of the Republicans' ballots.

    January 5, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. mfhpr

    Does any sane person really trust this woman or have faith in her sanity and ability to be a GROWN-UP?

    January 5, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. d

    Good Lord. If clowns like Palin and Bachmann are considered presidential material, then I may as well announce MY candidacy today. Sure, I don't have any qualifications, but I'm good at making things up and sticking to them even when they're proven false. I also like to use the word "constitution" a lot.

    Or, a more succinct response to a Bachmann presidential bid..."Ahahahahahahahahahaha"

    January 5, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Clyde

    What is it with these crazy bimbos that they thirst for the White House? Oh, I forgot, the right-wing loonies have convinced them that they are actually worthwhile human beings rather than rather dim trailer trash housewives.

    January 5, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. DerrickAnthony

    Michele says she hopes that the Blacks in Minnesota would leave, for the South.

    January 5, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. betty

    Now CNN has a new GOP fantasy babe to promote. Will the insanity never end?

    January 5, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. DIANA

    Please have a Bachman/ Palin ticket for 2012. That would guarantee another four years for our President.

    January 5, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. AO

    Palin/Bachman 2012 would be a dream ticket. The entertainment value would be a Mastercard moment: priceless. In addition, Obama wouldn't have to spend any money or time on campaining and could simple work to get things done. Please, if there really a sky daddy, make it happen please.

    January 5, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. The unsub

    Its too early in the morning for jokes.

    January 5, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Ben Ben

    Another right wing nut I wont be voting for

    January 5, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. TM

    Sarah Palin's prayers have been answered. Now there is someone in the potential candidate field that will make her look educated and reasonable by comparison

    January 5, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. CyndyP

    Bachman and Palin – Dumb and Dumber! Has the world gone mad? For either of these women to think they have what it takes to be President just proves how delusional they are. The Republican Party doesn't have any solutions (eight years they prevailed and ran the country in to the ground). Now their focus is reversing health care, instead of creating jobs like they promised!

    January 5, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. njemnu

    Because Obama won, everybody thinks they can be president. A gross underestimation of who Obama really is.

    January 5, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Liz

    I'm sorry...she's not that bright. She's offensive to women who use their brains. Not someone I would ever vote for.

    January 5, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. doug

    Truly a great human being who values honesty, real compassion, and fairness. I sure wish that more women in the blue areas of the nation would realize that all the money in the world spent on plastic surgery and other bs wont make them pretty, its whats inside that does that, and that is why conservative women are so beautiful.

    Please compare conservative women like Michelle Bauchman to the Democrat women you find on Houswives of NJ/DC/NY and the Jersey Shore. It speaks volumes about just how telling ideology really is in defining our moral character.

    January 5, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. Name oscar torres

    that would be great. You have Palin as loony running and with Bachman now you will have nutty running......

    January 5, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. TheProgram

    there is simply nobody more frightening in Washington.

    January 5, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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