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. Rand Palin Kentucky equals great education

    please please please run!!!! cant wait to see you make a fool of your self

    January 21, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Seriously?

    More comedy from the Right. What a joke! This woman is not even close to being qualified to be President. If it hadn't been for the TeaParty and the lies they spewed in the last election, she would not even have the job she has now. I truly beleive American's are finally seeing these quacks for exactly what they are. She can run, but she can't win. Of course, there are the right-wing nutjobs who think her and the loser Palin would both be qualified. I know, let them run together and that will assure Obama gets 4 more years. Then Bachmann and Palin can go out and milk the dumbest Americans for even more money.

    January 21, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Alina77

    When you think you've seen everything. What a shame that any can run now for a President, no standards any more.

    January 21, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. Militantdem

    That "Buzz" is caused by flies attracted to something rotten........

    January 21, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. JR, San Diego

    Don't ya love when the republican nutcakes start flapping their mouths, it makes the GOP look like a pack of fools, LOL.

    January 21, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |

    She could make a run for it, but she would have to distance herself from Sarah, or maybe even run against her. She would have to show how she is different.

    January 21, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    ...and the list of "not a chance in h#ll" candidates grows.

    January 21, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Fascinated at the Prospect

    I'm always amazed at the skillful verbal gymanstics spinmeisters on both sides of the policial spectrum are able to perform.

    So I'd love to see Michelle Bachman throw her hat in the ring if only to see how those who argued that Barack Obama was too enexperienced for the job will suddenly find Bachman more than qualified.

    This should be fun!

    January 21, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. DAW, NC

    A close friend of Sarah and a Tea party member, need we say more about what she represents.

    January 21, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Chris in CA

    Ummmm, no. I don't think so. This shrill has done nothing but throw stones. It's time for ALL of us to start voting in moderate, centrist, fiscally conservative, socially liberal people who can start to re unite this country.

    January 21, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. palinist

    Bachmann is a palin clone and just another divisive personality....
    Another 'reload', 'drill-baby-drill', add-more-catchy slogans, entertainer....
    Unlike this palinist, I believe America needs the EPA more than ever; clean natural resources owned by all Americans needs to be protected against governments and corporations...

    January 21, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. minnesota mom

    Yeah!! Palin/Bachmann ticket–just call them dumb and dumber.

    January 21, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Lawrence

    Smart people don't seem to run for that job anymore, why is that?

    January 21, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. jjj

    Im from MN. We all want her to go away. Please take her.

    January 21, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. lieNoMore

    Another pinhead psycho loser. Something must be wrong with the Repub internals. They have good smart people, but only the turds & dimwits seem to float to the top.

    January 21, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. DOCinPA

    Did I hear someone say there's a politician that's more of a dingbat than Palin? I won't mention any names; but her initials are Michele Bachmann. Oops. I slipped. My bad.

    January 21, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. 11cavnam

    That is all this country needs, a far right wing loonie running the country. She is as bad as is Sarah Palin in terms of saying whatever happens to pop into her head at the moment, whether factual or fantasy, makes no difference, as long as her supporters believe it, that is all that matters

    January 21, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. Carrie

    I'm from Minnesota. I don't know how that woman keeps getting elected.
    She's a moron.

    January 21, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Zionfulfilled

    Bachmann is my choice. She is godly, articulate and beautiful. Please run.

    January 21, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Richard T.

    A fine fine person. She wants voters "armed and dangerous." Now there is a true conservative statement of the "secon d amendment remedies" they think are the correct wayh to get what you want if you lose in a democracy. Idiot fully of disgusting rethoric.

    January 21, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. ps

    Run Bachman run!

    Nothing will ensure Obama's second term more than for this narrow minded congressional impersonator to win the republican nominee..

    January 21, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Ken in NC

    It's easy to explaine Palin and Bachmann being Tea Party candidates. When the Tea Party convenes it serves up Tea as it's maine drink and with one's Tea there must be some form of "Fruit Cake" served. Hence the "Palin and Bachmann Fruit Cakes". Take your pick. There's not a lot of difference between the two. Both Fruit Cakes contain nuts.

    January 21, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    She's be more fun to watch run then Palin! LOL! Go Backman!

    January 21, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. Artifex

    First Palin, now this chucklehead. I am beginning to fear that the movie "Idiocracy" was more prophetic than comedy. If the tea baggers can field enough of these duplicitous flame throwers then the chance for one of them to knock America back into the dark ages becomes all that much greater. We continue to earn the fall from the greatest nation to laughing stock thanks to the pro-ignorance conservatives.

    January 21, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Ric

    She apparently has a higher opinion of herself than the rest of the nation. She may be loved and supported in her home district, but not anywhere else. General opinion of her is that she is pretty nuts. She hasn't got a chance, but if she wants to waste contributor's dollars, go ahead and try.

    January 21, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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