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. Louisiana Man

    YEA!! Comedy central–Bachmann and Pallin

    Two low IQ cerberal voids whose egos are totally opposite of their intellect.
    Wonder what the GOP critics that so lustfully knocked the 2000 Dem line up- will have to say.
    Not to worry. There will be enough fodder and amusement to fill everyone's plate.

    January 21, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Robert

    Palin/Bachmann 2012 for the Republican ticket – because Jon Stewart needs good material!

    January 21, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Video Guy

    She could work as a Chamber Maid in the White House. Beyond that she is useless.

    January 21, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Robert

    As a Democrat I fervently hope Bachmann will run. Her candidacy, however delusional, would only deepen the growing fissure in the Republican Party between the radical, extremist Tea Party types and the corporate flunkies of the "main stream" Republican Party. Grab some popcorn folks - this will be fun to watch. If Palin joins the race, the entertainment value will be even higher.

    January 21, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would like to see her run long enough for her to miss the chance to get her name on the ballot in her district. If that makes her fade from view, that would be great. Only if Palin would fade from view as well.

    January 21, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. ABM

    What a joke if she decides to run. She is NOT worthy of the office. Not at all. What are these people thinking? They think it is easy to talk about running the country but they have not proven to me that they really can. This person has time-and-time-again created her own reality with falsified accusations and commentary so she can be a 'darling' on FOX. That does not make you Presidential. Show people you can lead, interact with world leaders (with maturity), respect all citizens, and more importantly show that you are willing to listen and compromise. Then you might have a shot.

    OBAMA 2012

    January 21, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. praveen

    has the GOP completely lost it? Seriously, Bachmann and Palin should not be even discussed jokingly as Presidential contenders. The country has too many serious issues to be dealt with to have loon tunes like this at the helm.

    January 21, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Bill

    The only person alive today who has as big a mouth and spits out nonsense like Sarah Palin is Michelle Bachmann. She ranks a close second to Palin.

    January 21, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Former Republican, but never again!

    This woman is REALLY crazy and just as stupid as Palin!

    January 21, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    "Palin/Bachmann"? Bachmann/Palin? Either way, a Democratic dream ticket.

    January 21, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Jon in Rochester NY

    I hope that she gets the nomination and has Palin as her running mate! Two crazies on a ticket are better than one!

    January 21, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Joe

    The first thing that comes to mind is what a waste it will be of all that money that will go toward her campaign. How much good could – what will no doubt end up being milions of dollars – that money have done if just being simply donated to worthy and realistic causes – food pantry's, homeless veterans, support for the needy families of active duty military, etc.

    ....and, of course, she's nuttier than squirrel dung.

    January 21, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Tea Partiers are an Affront to Democracy

    If Bachmann thinks anyone in their right mind would elect her to the presidency in 2010 then she is crazier than a rat in burning meth lab. She stands only a slightly better chance than Sarah Palin of being her party's nominee (that is, slim to none) and is way out of touch with mainstream America. Sure the birthers, whack jobs, racists, and illiterate hicks who make up the tea party and the extreme right wing of the GOP would vote for her, but that's hardly enough to win the presidency. Do everyone a favor and stay home, Ms. Bachmann. Better still, resign...immediately.

    January 21, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. gt

    the media use to love women who ran for office... ops.. i mean liberal women who run for office... i am sure the left wing nut bags will try to ruin her like Palin and Hillary...

    January 21, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. JD

    She makes Palin seem like a legitimate candidate by comparison.

    January 21, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. Just Me

    Oh geez...another wack job running for POTUS? Nice. I say let her run so that the American public could finally let her know what they think of her.

    January 21, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Dave

    They call her Crazy Shelly for a reason.

    Seriously, this woman is worse than Palin. I really hope she runs because it would be as entertaining as watching a circus, and it would be an easy win for the Democrats.

    January 21, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. carrie

    She handles the truth way too loosly , smarter than Palin but more hateful , not moderate enough for independents. Do not even see her as an option. Her hate for Dems is so strong you could shovel it . She has made her bed with her way off base comments and could only become a more divisiive voice for the GOP!

    January 21, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. willie floyd

    I'm not sure which I consider the worst-Palin or Bachman. They're both dangerous-not to Pres. Obama_but to the entire country. I look at both as domestic terrorists.


    January 21, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. Bessy

    Heaven help us ! The ego of these Republican idiots is just amazing ! They really have to work at getting their party together, but then again, maybe they should just go the way they are going. Eventually, the people in America who now think they are a great party will finally see them for what they are.

    January 21, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. RN

    Once Palin was introduced as a viable VP candidate everyone seemed to think they could be president too. The bar has been set so low that we will have trouble deciding who is qualified. But, vicious, hateful rhetoric does not translate into useful policy.
    On the upside: a lot of money will be spent on these campaigns and employ a lot of people for a while.

    January 21, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. TJ

    Wow, if anyone can out-crazy Palin, this is the one! Palin/Bachmann '12!!! Winning ticket for the Dems!

    January 21, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. PalmReader

    Michelle Bachmann... mistakenly assuming that being on the Intelligence Committee and being intelligent are one in the same –decides she wants to be president too? Well, umm ... sure ... you betcha.

    January 21, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Larry

    Will she talk to these people about the secret plans Iran has to partition Iraq (if you remember, she was surprised none of the media has heard about this), or Obama's trip to India at $200 million per day. At least this moron reads Indian newspapers, unlike the Wasilla Imbecilla who forget what she read.

    Come on, Michelle, put another nail in the republican coffin.

    January 21, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Panelist

    Too soon, dear Michele–with one l.

    But, Palin and Bachmann (with two n's) would be a fun race to watch.

    January 21, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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