Presidential buzz surrounds Bachmann
January 21st, 2011
10:17 AM ET
12 years ago

Presidential buzz surrounds Bachmann

(CNN) – As if Rep. Michele Bachmann's foray into the early-voting state of Iowa didn't raise enough 2012 speculation already, now comes news the Minnesota Republican will meet behind closed doors with two of the most important GOP officials in the state.

Bachmann, who is heading to Des Moines Friday to deliver a keynote address at an event sponsored by the Iowans for Tax Relief, is also scheduled to meet with newly-minted Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa GOP head Matt Strawn, Bachmann spokesman Doug Sachtleben tells CNN.

Sachtleben would not say if Bachmann's potential presidential ambitions would be discussed in the meetings, though it's safe to say both Branstad and Strawn will be pivotal behind-the-scenes players in the lead up to the first-in-the-nation caucus.

Earlier this month, Sachtleben told CNN that Bachmann "hasn't ruled anything out" when it comes to a presidential bid.

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.

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soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. Florida Joe

    Surely the Repubs have SOMEONE that is even remotely qualified to run for President. Bachman needs to take her hate and go back to Minn, hopefully in 2012 the voters there will smarten up to this embarrassment and retire her

    January 21, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. The Other Michael in Houston

    She will not win as well as any other Republican. There are 80 million of us that voted in 2008 that will make sure of that.

    January 21, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. donkey party

    Why do you lend credibility to these kinds of people CNN? That woman has no redeeming values whatsoever.

    January 21, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Dave

    LOL! She could select Palin as a running mate. The tag line would be "Dumb and Dumber want your vote."

    January 21, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. kyle

    This is just another Palin on steriods.

    January 21, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Nick , California

    Would never vote for her... just as bad as Palin.. maybe a little more intelligent but just as closed minded! She is part of the "keep government out of our lives" except when I say so.. no gay marriage.. no woman's right to choose.. etc!

    January 21, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Mike in MN

    i hope she runs for two reasons. First she'd guarantee an Oboma win, and second, maybe we can finally get her kicked out of our district.

    January 21, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. Pennsylvania Super Patriot Deluxe

    is this clown going to explain why she received $250,000 in government Farm Subsidies? she is a total hypocrite. nice to know the tea party folk like to give her a pass on her own personal welfare without any questions. and don't try and pass of the family connection to the farm. total bs

    hello mcfly, hello monster zero, hello orlando patriot, hello stufit, hello four and the door- if you clowns don't call her on that then you are worse than she is only dumber (because at least she is getting paid)

    January 21, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Gil

    OMG, the B word and Bachmann sure go together! Just when I thought sarah was the worst bimbo in the republican party along comes this witch!

    January 21, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. james Miller

    Bachmann/Palin for 2012. I can just see it now. The TV networks` ratings would be off the chart world-wide. Two right-wing nut jobs on the same ticket. WOW !!!

    January 21, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. once upon a horse

    as President Bush once said BRING IT ON!!!! I would love ot see this.

    January 21, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Scott ATL

    Please run Michelle... Pretty pleeeeaaaase... If One flys over the cookooo's nest, Barack will glide right into a second term, and probably won't have to campaign much either... Please run...

    January 21, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. roro

    Oh, goodie goodie. I can't wait to see a debate between Brainless Bachmann and Failin' Palin. What a hoot that will be!

    January 21, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. Nobody Special

    Oh my. You mean to tell me that the Palin / Bachmann 2012 ticket is actually a possibility?

    Holy mother of Gawd!

    January 21, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. jim

    She's pretty ...she's a conservative ... watch out Michelle, CNN may have a new obsession!

    January 21, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. purnellmeagrejr

    That's not a Presidential buzz – they're flies.

    January 21, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. usa/canada

    the pragmatic miss Bachmann would make a great canadate. if your a democrat !

    January 21, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. ART

    Palin 2 has no clue, she's as dumb as a door knob

    January 21, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Who Cares?

    LOL..Palin...Bachmann...Newt...Hucklebee and 9/11 Rudy. Is it a tryout for a new Three Stooges play or Presidental Nominees?

    January 21, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. Four and The Door

    I hope she does run. There are already several excellent Republican candidates considering running for the obvious reason that we need a change in Washington, in fact Americans are screaming for a change in Washington. It is clear what the country needs... an adult to step up and manage the resources the country has rather than borrowing from the resources we expect to have in the future. And America needs someone who can get the federal government back in synch with the economy as opposed to making decisions adversarial to the needs of the economy. America needs to get people back to work and companies back in business. These are awkward objectives for Democrats and Americans realize that now.

    January 21, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. carlos

    pretty soon the republiCONS will have more presidential candidates than voters......that would be hilarious, hehehe

    and this woman, as vile as she is, is also considering??????...laughable to say the least

    January 21, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. Indie Woman in Denver

    Give. Me. A. Break. This woman is even less qualified to be prez than Sarah Palin. Clearly all thiis attention she's getting has gone to her head. If you like conspiracy theories, you'll like Ms. Bachmann, but for the rest of us (i.e., the sane ones) she's just a nut-job.

    January 21, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. JD

    I am sad to say I live in Bachman's district. She shares not only Sarah Palin's political philosophy but also her delusional sense of self-importance. She does nothing for her constituents. It is all about Michele; just as it is all about Sarah. Since she believes that no one should have government health care or a pension, I am waiting for her announcement that she is voluntarily giving up both.

    January 21, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. gate

    Is it April Fool's Day already? She makes Palin look sane. She isn't qualified for the office that she holds much less the Presidency.

    January 21, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. Blake

    Definitely everything about this woman, her vast knowledge of the issues, her restrained temperment and ability to work with points to her being the type of person you want to be president – of your sorority..

    January 21, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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