Rep. Steve King weighs in on Pawlenty, Bachmann
August 14th, 2011
12:38 PM ET
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Rep. Steve King weighs in on Pawlenty, Bachmann

(CNN) – Iowa Congressman Steve King surveyed the comings and goings of the 2012 GOP field Sunday following the Minnesota split: Rep. Michele Bachmann's Saturday win at the straw poll in Ames and news of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Palwenty's departure from the presidential race.

"You can never say never in this business," King said.

Considered a close friend of Bachmann's, King explained his delay in making an outright endorsement of her candidacy.

"I want to weigh all these candidates objectively," he said. "She carries a tremendous resume and a tremendous list of qualities, I've watched her develop… but still I, like everyone, need to weigh who would make the best president of the United States.

"I already know who'd make the best friend," King said. "But we need to weigh who'd make the best president."

The five-term congressman hosted the Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines last March, an early cattle call for conservatives mulling over presidential bids.

He plays a role in orchestrating the Iowa introduction for presidential hopefuls who wish to win big in the nation's first caucuses and stressed the importance of communicating effectively with voters.

"I think the conclusion Tim Pawlenty came to is he didn't connect with voters the way he hoped to connect with voters," King said.

"We need to nominate the presidential candidate who fits all of these standards along the line of the full spectrum of constitutional conservatives and also can express a vision for the destiny of America."

And he doesn't count Bachmann out of that equation.

"You can't diminish the charisma that Michele Bachmann has used," King said.

"She didn't have a ground game. This is the force of herself as a candidate lined up against the ground game of Tim Pawlenty. And that was the measure that happened yesterday."

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    "She carries a tremendous resume and a tremendous list of qualities”, but no qualification

    "I think the conclusion Tim Pawlenty came to is he didn't connect with voters the way he hoped to connect with voters,"

    Next door popular republican governor couldn’t connect with grassroots of republicans voters do you think they will listen to democratic president NO GOP grassroots live in different planet

    August 14, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia


    I’m NOT ready to make an [“…outright endorsement of her candidacy.”]
    Because ["I want to weigh all these candidates objectively,"]
    Even though ["She carries a tremendous resume and… list of qualities…”
    Me thinking about that now gives me a MIGRAINE, so I’ll wait and see!!

    King knows Bachmann is not going anywhere. Therefore, he is not going to endorse someone that is heading for a “bridge to NOWHERE!!!”

    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 14, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. never1565

    King is an embarrassment to Iowa..comparing the abuse on prisoners in Iraq to frat house hazing.

    August 14, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    She does not have a resume of accomplishment, other than to continually open her mouth and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that she's a nutter.

    August 14, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Indy

    Bachmann won the first place ribbon at a county fair and it will soon be down hill for Crazy Eyes. This is a small county fair and does not represent the entire state let alone the entire country. Bachmann has no chance of gaining support from left,center or independents and her star will soon start to fade into oblivion. The county fair ribbon is probably going to be her top prize, unless she get the Republican nomination which would have every single democrat smiling all the way to the election.

    August 14, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |