Bachmann relying on faith for 2012 decision
February 18th, 2011
12:11 PM ET
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Bachmann relying on faith for 2012 decision

(CNN) – She's making visits to all the crucial early-voting states, but Rep. Michele Bachmann says she won't run for president unless she feels a sense of "inner assurance."

Speaking to the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody, the Minnesota Republican and tea party favorite says prayer and reflection will ultimately drive her decision-making process.

"I think it will be an inner assurance more than anything of what I am supposed to do," Bachmann said in the interview published Friday.

"We're strong people of faith. My husband and I gave our lives to the Lord when we were 16 years of age and so that's been a long time now," she continued. "We're both almost 55 years old and that has been the greatest help and source of stability for both of us to have that ability in prayer to look to the Lord for guidance and I can't say enough how important that's been to us to give us that rock of assurance on which path we should go."

Bachmann's comments came ahead of a trip Friday to South Carolina – one of the handful of early primary states that is often crucial in deciding who the party's nominee will be. She has also made trips to Iowa and will visit New Hampshire in March as she mulls a presidential bid.

"I think the voters in particular, in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, they have a tremendous opportunity. But also, a sacred duty, if you will, because they will be choosing our next nominee and 2012 is a crucial window," Bachmann said. "Again, we have to get the policy right in 2012, or we could be looking at a vast sea of red ink. The United States of America now think of this. The greatest nation that has ever been known in the annals in history, we could become a Greece if we don't reverse course, quickly."

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  1. LouAz

    What she didn't say is that she will also visit her Palm Reader, a Tarrot Card Reader, certain Tea Leaf readers, a Voodoo-Hoodoo-Doodoo Witch Doctor, and a friend of hers that does chicken bones. If your a Druid Priest/Priestess please contact her soon. She needs all the help she can get to overcome the lead runner in the Flat Earth Republican Beauty Contest. You betcha !

    February 18, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. mrkusn

    I am an evangelical too. But, sister, we disagree on much in terms of governing and policy. Perhaps there are some issues where we might find agreement such as the pro-life issue. I think it might stop there though because you seem to also ignore some weightier matters out there from a policy standpoint. I applaud your personal concern for raising foster children and adopting. But policy can go further on that issue and many more. Tax cuts for the sake of cuts are not good if they are cutting the wrong things – or things that will help people. Why cut unemployment benefits? Why are tax cuts for wealthy individuals applauded but saving unemployment insurance for millions is not? Is this really grounded in principles that you and I share Congresswoman? Is a pro-corporate agenda really more righteous than an agenda that provides a social-financial safety net or protects the environment?

    February 18, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. Joe in PA

    OMG, you may want to rely upon common sense instead...she is so laughable

    February 18, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Marcus

    Hypocrisy at its core, a woman whose job seems to use the Bible as a shield to all her hate and smearful talks is wishing to have 'a guidance from above' in order to know if she's going or not to give a try in 2012?
    Get real.
    She will wait to see if (nationally speaking) the number of people who reject her get (by some far odd chance) smaller than those who are indiferent or applaude her positions. THEN she will see if she runs nationally or tries to keep her seat.

    February 18, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. ART

    This woman opens her mouth and I begin to laugh. People of Minnesota should all be embarrassed by her,you would think she was some dumb beauty queen from Alaska

    February 18, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |

    She claims to be a Christian but I don't believe her for a minute. Hearing her preach hate and lies just proves that she's not a Christian. Jesus was an extremely liberal thinker, help your neighbor, take care of the poor and the sick. These are not republican values, but somehow they claim that they are Christians and that Democrats who actually practice and do what Jesus taught are not. The GOP is filled with hypocrites and this woman is at the top of the list along with Palin. I hope that she remembers that Angle said God told her to run for Senate in Nevada too. I think God has a grand sense of humor.

    February 18, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Guest

    Where do these people think they are qualified to run for President let alone electable???? How diliusional has this country become?

    February 18, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Dave

    Instead of being born again why don't these people just grow up? Why is it that some of the born again Christian people feel the need to justify their bad behavior by praying and asking for forgiveness? You sinned, owe up to it, admit it, don't lie about it, don't make excuses, etc.

    That having been said, Bachmann, Palin, Beck and their like are the worst of the bunch. If they die tomorrow and get into heaven I know that the bar for entrance is set really, really low. Not unless God needs someone for comedic value.

    February 18, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. willie floyd

    To Think Again-As a Chrictian myself the entire book of Matthew would be a good idea. My favorite of the Beatitudes-"Blessed be the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God". Lots of other good ones too.

    February 18, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. cecilia

    Sometimes Ms. Bachmann, God in His wisdom, takes care of us in ways we cannot even imagine – my guess is He will find you a nice hole for you to descend safely into – then it will be up to you to stay there unless you are beyond all hope

    February 18, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. sammieb51

    Where is Michelle's husband and who is he? What does he do? I don't recall seeing him at any of her speeches or fundraisers. Interesting I would say, you'd think after 5 kids they'd want to spend some time together ha?

    February 18, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Lost in Texas Forever

    "he who is without sin cast the first stone", "love your enemy as you love yourself", "judge not and ye yourself not be judged", "give your wealth to the poor" These are some of the verses I recall seeing in the Christian Bible and I don't see very many on the right following ANY of it, especially those like Bachmann and Palin who are so quick to throw insults not only at the president but his wife as well. If I was not a Christian and it was folks like this that proclaim to be one, I would NOT want to be one myself at all.

    February 18, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Helen,Indiana

    I hope the republicans can find candidates better than Michelle and Sarah although it would be great for Obama. Surely the republicans have some intelligent people. Whoops, the tea party group don't like intelligence. They want to get rid of Rhodes Scholar Richard Lugar who seems to be the only intelligent republican in Indiana.

    February 18, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Jane (Minnesota)

    I'm praying too, Michele – that you stop embarrassing the rest of the State of Minnesota that you do NOT represent! Just another wingnut on the loose!

    February 18, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. JEJ

    Run, bimbo. Go ahead and run. I have full faith in Obama's ability to deliver to you a smackdown of biblical proportions. How's that for faith? LMFAO!

    February 18, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. cecilia

    Don't you just love it, all these Republicans and Tea Party folks are hearing God's voice directing them into Politics so they can take care of the Country. But is seems to be these same folks are the ones who start unnecessary wars, do not want families to have health insurance – really don't care about the homeless, the poor, the hungry – Maybe if they listened better they would hear God saying to them Blessed are they etc etc

    February 18, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. normajean

    It's going to take a lot more than faith for this misinformed woman to make any further moves in the political world. If you are going on national television spouting your views on ANY subject, you had better know the facts. She has thrown around her opinions, but her facts are incredibly non existent. History was obviously not one of her better subjects.Sorry Michelle, there are some things you just can't fake. You and Sarah are both guilty of saying anything that comes to mind and hoping that those listening don't know any more than you do. Sorry, but WE DO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 18, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. suziQ

    what is that striped mark on her face under her right eye....? the mark of the beast .......:-0

    February 18, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. Shardik

    "we could become a Greece if we don't reverse course, quickly." Yeah, turn this ship around. God forbid we be the font of democracy, artistic, scientific and intellectual pursuit.

    February 18, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. jim fixit

    you know what I really dislike? These few states deciding who I will get to vote for. Where are the real candidates? Leaders who have a real plan to salvage social security; cut the budget, stop the panhandling to every special interest group AND business out there, and for crying-out-loud get us off of foreign oil? There are so many bigger issues than what a person believes privately in their heart about God. I'd really like to see a candidate who will protect American's rights from encroachment of the UN and other foreign entities, someone like Bolton for example. And could we do something about illegal immigrants massacring our citizens? Three dead in Virgina, and this is not the first time.

    Please NRC give us someone who has a clue.

    February 18, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. kevin

    Greece fell because of it's inability to unify the waring city states you home schooled idiot

    February 18, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. The unsub

    Michelle means well, but most people thinks she is plain crazy!

    February 18, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. beowulf2

    Bachmann relying on faith for 2012 decision

    And rightly so.

    February 18, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. Rationalist

    Yes Michelle, please do rely on your imaginary inner faith and decide to run for President. In fact, lets get a Palin/ Bachmann ticket for the GOP. Then after you suffer the worst Republican defeat since 1936, why don't you go visit Greece and learn a thing or two about world history and how the history of that country helped shape the world we live in today

    February 18, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Michael

    Well, if Jesus has ever read the Constitution he'll tell her not to run for President. It's a position that requires one to be partial to ALL Americans not just the one's who share your religious beliefs.
    (By the way, Palin also said 2008 was in God's hands and God made his choice for Obama). So why isn't she accepting AND supporting God's choice. She's essentially going AGAINST the Lord's choice.
    Because like most deeply religious people, she only accepts results when they fit into her personal point of view and selfish need for confirmation of her beliefs.

    February 18, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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