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. rockloper

    If her and palin were not so good looking they'd still be no names. The polls show men support these fantasies more then women do. Nitey Nite dreamers.

    January 21, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Padre Pio

    Could God so possibly bless us as to have BOTH Palin and Bachmann run? Praise him!

    January 21, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Just what this country needs...a Palin clone.

    January 21, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. joe

    Wow a true Commie running for office. She has a snowballs chance in hell about making it to the White House. Dose she think she is the renecarnated spirit of Tail Gunner Joe Mc Carthy. Just what DC needs another witch hunt?

    January 21, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Joe

    Oh please....this clinically-insane nutbag has zero chance of winning the Presidency. It's already an embarrassment that she's in Congress. She has a sham education from a fake, religious university and has made so many false and plain nutty statements that she should be under the care of a physician....

    January 21, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Jojo

    Who's BUZZING about this?? – Alexander Mooney?, the guy who wrote the article? – cuz, ain't no-one else in all of America Buzzin about this – – Bachman has proven to the world over and over again that she's a stupid piece of trash – ain't no one Buzzin about her but the shill paid to plant this story – oh, if only CNN had investigative reporters instead of employing opinion spinners direct from political parties...well they might not be the total joke they are.

    January 21, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. jen

    Really Bachmann? another clown, another clone(palin's)

    January 21, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Melvin

    God Help the USA. A republican fruitcake running for President. You will see a mass exodus if she is elected.

    January 21, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Dave

    And, as an added bonus to Obama fans, she's at least as wacky and polarizing as Palin. Thus she would easily hand the president a second term.

    January 21, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Markarian

    Who's the bigger joke? Palin or Bachmann?

    January 21, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Jaime

    Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please run!

    Or at least be Sister Sarah's running mate!


    January 21, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. shoegazer

    Palin/Bachmann 2012...hahahaha.Can anybody with even a speck of intelligence actually imagine either one of these two being a force in American politics? I'll retire to Bedlam.

    January 21, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. keeth in cali

    Please run for president! There's no way you'd ever be elected!

    January 21, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Publius13

    Run Michele, run. Please run. We want all the right-wing nuttos to run. Take the GOP so far to the right that it falls off the Earth. Then maybe we can have a reasonable debate about how to get this country moving forward.

    January 21, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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