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. Lynne

    I can just see it now - Palin & Bachmann (aka Dumb and Dumber) running on a ticket.

    January 5, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Patrick

    Bachman is as batguano crazy like Palin! Neither of them should be holding any sort of government position. But then again the conservative right admires those kind of crazies as "The Leader Potentials" for America. If that be so, then America as we know it is doomed. Please have a nice day now.

    January 5, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Jack in Florida

    Another nut job comes out of the Republican closet!!!!!

    January 5, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Joe

    Newsflash! Sarah Palin isn't the only self absorbed and deluded twit who thinks she can be president.

    January 5, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Lindsay

    If this crazy lady runs and wins, the buses carrying the sane and rational out of the country will form a line 3,000 miles long. I'll be on the first bus. Bachmann makes Palin look like a viable candidate.

    January 5, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. GOP = Greed Over People

    Dreams do come true!

    Bachmann/Palin 2012!

    January 5, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Trey

    Can you imagine Bachmann as our next President? She has no chance in "Hell" Americans are not stupid, well some might be but the majority are not. But I do hope she runs and becomes the Republican Nominee that would be a guarantee for Obama, and how the Republicans have been acting lately they might pick her for their nomination because they have shown they are "Idiots" So I say run Michelle run!!!!

    January 5, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. cjg

    One word .....absurb!
    Two words ....Chritsine O'donnelish
    Three words ..falsifies known facts

    January 5, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Tom

    Just what the USA needs, another right wing idiot aspiring to higher office, sheesh!

    January 5, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Billy Tucker

    this Woman is a Palin want to be.

    January 5, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Demi

    Letthe fun begin

    January 5, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Crooked Bridge

    Thanks for this ticker. I needed a chuckle.

    January 5, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Jim

    Is there not enough liars and haters, with Palin and Donnelly? We need this moron out there too?

    January 5, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Emily

    As a Minnesotan, let me say that Michelle Bachmann is an embarrassment to many of us! If I lived in her congressional district, I would certainly have voted against her...the woman is a nut case! She obviously loves the sound of her own voice and must think any press is good press, because she doesn't bother to check her facts before spouting off. The first time I became aware of her was a few years ago when she grabbed Bush's shoulder at the State of the Union address and wouldn't let go...and she hasn't changed a bit except to get louder!

    The idea that this woman is thinking of a presidential bid shows how out of touch she is with the real world. She has about as much chance as her fellow Tea Party member Sarah Palin!

    January 5, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. shoegazer

    Bachmann/Palin 2012......Palin/Bachmann 2012.....Bring it on.

    January 5, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. Patrick

    To every Minnesota resident with any grasp of reality this woman is an embarrassment. I apologize to the nation. She does not represent true Minnesota values. It makes me sad that both her and our outgoing governor Tim Pawlenty are looking for more national exposure. It makes us look like idiots up here. On the other hand these two would make such terrible candidates that there is no way they could win. Better yet, Maybe Bachman could run as a tea party candidate and divide the right. Niiiiccce.

    January 5, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. hwy9

    Sure, why not? Palin and Bachmann, the looney tunes sisters – they'd be GREAT presidents...

    January 5, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Nick

    yeh, she is going to win – when pigs fly.

    January 5, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. eddale

    If this nut case can get elected open up the nut house doors.

    January 5, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. cjr

    Michelle is in serious need of a reality check – she and sarah are an embarassment to really bright hard working women.

    January 5, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. Jim

    Oh please run. Please, oh please. It would signal a guaranteed win for the Dems in 2012, or whatever year you run.

    January 5, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. Jerome

    Please run! She will be better for Obama then Palin would.

    January 5, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. Cracker

    Perfect, Michele. You or Palin can secure the GOP nomination and ensure a Democrat victory. Please run.

    January 5, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. johnRJ08

    OHMYGOD! This woman is truly delusional. Can you imagine her performance in a presidential debate? I would love to see her debate Palin in the primaries. That would be absolutely hilarious.

    January 5, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Lolo

    Give me a break. Why do the crazy chicks think they can run the country. She is just as ditzy as Sarah Palin. Two peas in a pod.

    January 5, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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