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. David

    Go for it Michele!

    January 5, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Jack

    Gosh, wouldn't that be fu if she ran? Just imagine the videos of all those outrageous, idiotic things she's said over the years. Of course, she'll have to address her family's farm federal subsidies all these years and he anti-federal gov't subsidies. Hmm. And, between her and Palin, all those male Republican candidates will all be running around trying out "man-up" one another.

    January 5, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Aatami

    God help us all. This woman is an idiot.

    January 5, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Peace

    Well qualified and fit for the job women like Hillary were not able to make it, and this woman Michele Bachmann full of mischiefs wants to try!!! What a big joke. Go for it madam and taste the heat and the brutality of campaigning.

    January 5, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. In the West

    She's as nutty as Palin. I say get her into the national spotlight as a potential POTUS candidate. The American people aren't dumb enough to support her (at least not a majority of us)

    January 5, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Four and The Door

    Romney/ Bachmann 2012! This would send Obama back to Chicago and get the American economy back up and running.
    It would also set up Bachmann for a 2020 bid. She's young enough.

    January 5, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. taildragon

    She does have the advantage of making Palin look competent and rational. Maybe she can balance the ticket in 2012.

    January 5, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Nutjob

    Ugh CNN...can't some people just go to Iowa and it not be headline news?

    January 5, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Monrob

    The 2010 elections have damaged the minds of republicans even further (as if that was an easy task). Bachmann & Santorum to run for President? They are delirious.

    January 5, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. JWN

    Palin and Bachmann.........Dumb and Dumber!!

    January 5, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Me

    The original crazy GoP bat for President? I think she'e upset Palin swooped in and took her spot in spectacular fashion. I don't think she's hot enough to be a GOP Pretty Girl...which seems to be a new trend for republicans

    January 5, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. infidel

    I heard that her trip is costing the taxpayers 200 million dollars a day!

    January 5, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. Mikey

    This is a retarded psychotic maniac who is sooo paranoid that it's almost funny. Look at some of her statements. If you have ever heard half of the false info that comes out of her mouth then you must realize that she is nuts...pure and simple..
    I would love to see her run...Just the debate between her and Obama would be worth the price of admission. He would just bury her.

    January 5, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. sharon

    Yep.............they all start to line up in weird ville......................................

    January 5, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. LouAZ

    Could Minnesota be as lucky as Alaska to have an elected official quit mid term so she could better serve the needs of Minnesota ? Has she been to Washington DC at all in the last year ? We are all looking forward to the cat fight when Motormouth Michele, Queen Sarah, and Little Angel Christie start their useless Presidential bids. You betcha !

    January 5, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Iowan

    Politicians; please don't come to our state! Electorate; demand that Iowa not be 'First in the Nation'! Please take your dog and pony show elsewhere! LEAVE US ALONE!

    January 5, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Chas in Iowa

    Sarah Palin wannabee.
    One of the new GOP gold diggers.

    January 5, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. kyle

    Another Faux news favorite.

    January 5, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. sane citizen

    Bachman for President??? ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!! Oh my! Thanks for the laugh, CNN!

    Why is it that every fool in the GOP thinks they are qualified to be President? Let's say the answer all together now . . . delusions of grandeur!

    January 5, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. KatR

    Oh goody.....another palin wannabee. Obama will win by a landslide in 2012.

    January 5, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Noocrat

    On behalf of the greats state of Minnesota, we once again apologize for making you listen to this twit.

    January 5, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Rickster

    Bachmann would be a tremendous president. A tax attorney and business owner which means she already has more experience and credibility than Scrawny Barry and she is a true conservative leader. Of course democrats will immediately start calling her "dumb" because she is female and because everybody knows that democrats believe that if you are a female or African-American then you should shut up and toe the line....if we think you should move up then we'll let you know....that's the democrat party way.

    January 5, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. gino

    Another brainless bimbo brought to you by the party that loves the rich–and only the rich.

    January 5, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. GaryOwen27

    Wow....and the jokes just keep on comming from the Red Neck Right.

    January 5, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. mk1

    Oh yeah, Palin/Bachmann or Bachmann/Palin, the absolute dream tieam!!!! Run Run Run

    January 5, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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