Bachmann ‘Not Ruling Out’ Presidential Bid

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is the keynote speaker at a GOP event in the early presidential caucus state of Iowa later this month, and a spokesman said Wednesday that the tea party favorite has “not ruled out” a bid for president.

In an interview Wednesday afternoon, Bachmann would not say directly if she is or isn’t running. WCCO’s Esme Murphy asked Bachmann, is it fair to say you are leaving the door open for a run for the presidency?

“What I’m doing is focusing not necessarily on personality, on who the nominee will be,” replied Bachmann. “What I am focusing on is a commitment to ensuring that we will be able to return to American exceptionalism in allowing people to have the American dream restored so I will be speaking about that on into the future.”

“Nothing’s off the table for her,” said Andy Parrish, Bachmann’s chief of staff, earlier in the day. “She’s looking forward to traveling to Iowa for the fundraiser, and you know, she’s looking forward over the next year to traveling and sharing the story of why we can’t re-elect Barack Obama as president.”

Parrish wouldn’t say when Bachmann would decide. But he said she won’t be affected by the decisions of fellow Minnesota Republican Tim Pawlenty or former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whom Bachmann has previously called a good 2012 prospect.

Bachmann, who has drawn a national following with frequent guest appearances on cable and network news shows, broke fundraising records with an $13 million haul en route to winning her third term in Minnesota’s 6th District. She also founded the congressional tea party caucus.

“In many ways it’s not a surprise,” said Hamline University political analyst Dr. David Schultz. “In many ways she’s at the peak of her popularity right now.”

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Schultz says Bachmann won big in her congressional race and is at the crest of the Tea Party movement.

“She is maybe looking at this as her best shot to run for the presidency. Although, it is a huge leap to go from the House of Representatives as a third-termer to the President of the United States,” said Schultz.

Bachmann, 54, is a native of Waterloo, Iowa, but as a child moved with her family to Minnesota. On Jan. 21, she will deliver the keynote speech at the Iowans for Tax Relief PAC Taxpayers Watchdog Reception in Des Moines — an event co-hosted by U.S. Rep. Steve King and other prominent Iowa Republicans.

Parrish wouldn’t say whether Bachmann would talk presidential politics with state GOP leaders. He said she made several trips to Iowa in 2010, and while he wouldn’t reveal specific travel plans in the coming months, he said she could end up in other early caucus or primary states.

Bachmann has also been mentioned in recent weeks as a possible U.S. Senate candidate against Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012.

While popular with party activists, Bachmann has struggled to parlay that into Capitol influence: Last month, she abandoned a bid for a top post in the House Republican conference after Speaker John Boehner and other prominent colleagues backed her opponent.

As for attracting strong independent voters, Schultz believes that’s doubtful.

“She’s won big in a congressional district that’s very conservative. And even within the Republican Party she seems to have a more contentious relationship with the more moderates of the Republican Party,” said Schultz.

Schultz also added this maybe good news for democrats because it could potentially pit Bachmann against Palin.

“Palin seems to the major darling of a lot of the Tea Party movement in the United States, and has more name recognition. Right now you still have to give a nod to Sarah Palin,” said Schultz, “potentially dividing the Tea Party and making it easier for Democrats and perhaps moderate Republicans to do well in 2012.”

Bachmann and Palin, who also hasn’t hinted at a timetable for her presidential decision, presented themselves as ideological allies at a Minneapolis rally last April. At the time, Bachmann suggested Palin would be a strong 2012 contender while Palin similarly lavished praise on Bachmann.

Pawlenty, whose two-term stint as Minnesota governor ended earlier this week, has laid the groundwork for a presidential campaign and made frequent trips to Iowa and other key states in recent months.

He has promised a decision in the next few months, and probably stands to lose the most if Bachmann jumps in. They share the same geographical base and the fiery Bachmann has generally inspired a more fervent following among both religious and fiscal conservatives than the low-key Pawlenty.

A spokesman for Pawlenty did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

Though they’ve maintained a cordial public relationship as the state’s two most prominent elected Republicans, Pawlenty and Bachmann have never been seen as close political allies.

In September, both pulled their names from a Values Voters Summit straw poll of potential 2012 GOP contenders. Pawlenty cited his inability to attend because of an Asia trade mission. Bachmann spoke at the event, but dropped from the poll after her then-opponent suggested she had bigger goals on her mind than her congressional seat.

Asked if the GOP presidential race would have room for two Minnesota Republicans, Parrish deferred: “I can’t answer that because the decision hasn’t been made.”

WCCO-TV’s Esme Murphy Reports

  • MrB

    Oh please Bachmann, do not embarass us anymore, do not run!

  • Kevin

    Even though I think this chick is just about the dumbest mess to come out of MN (the 6th District being the 2nd dumbest mess for electing her), I doubt even she believes she has a chance in he$$ of getting anywhere with this nonsense. She’s using the Palin tactic – say anything to keep your name in the news. That’s all Bachmann knows how to do – flap her mouth, flap her mouth.

    • Craig Pelletier

      I don’t have a clue as how she keeps getting elected, in her district its got to be something in the water. Now she wants to run for President of the United States. Give me a break, You have got to be kidding.

    • Leah

      Who’s the first dumbest disriict?

    • tim

      you are so right what an air head

  • truth_hurts


    do or say anything for attention…

    great way for the republican party to draw the teabags’ votes in… can’t hate on the tactical move….

  • EAE

    That womanis a joke, how she ever got elected the fist time is beyond me.

    • Slim

      Isn’t it obvious that she gets the votes? Cool it, as that is because there are more supporters than folks on your side of the aisle at this point. At least she addresses issues head on instead of playing games.

      • Really?

        It is obvious. Your district is chalk full of hillbilly rednecks, who buy magic beans on your way home from work. Ok..she addresses issues huh?? Name some smart guy?? Name any legistalation she has drafted that has beneficial to ordinary citizens (not the rich)?? Name anything she has done that has meritted her re-election? YOU CANT!!! There is nothing!!! People vote on emotion and fear…not logic and independent thought. Your district is like cattle, no one wants to think for themselves…they just want a pretty woman to first, identify the boogey man, and then talk about she is going to stop it. That is all it takes for you people to sleep good at night. Folks who vote for her are the average, dumb, reading at an 8th grade level hillbillies. No intellegence = no future. God save us all.

      • Get a Life

        Adresses the issues head on? She flip flops more than anyone. She says whatever the crowd listening to her wants to hear. Embarassment to MN.

  • Andrew Arhelger

    Enough already!

  • Patrick

    I like the idea that she has fostered a lot of kids but she has no business in government. She is a complete nut job. Now that I think about it….don’t let her foster anymore kids. They need a better example of an adult. What’s in the water in the 6th district anyway?

  • Otto

    I hope she does run. It will be a guaranteed Republican loss

  • mellow out

    I can see it now…Palin/Bachmann 2012, the boob ticket.

  • Kevin

    Actually, I think a much better idea for Bachmann would be a Bachmann/Palin ticket. Can you even imagine??

    Oh wait, the Bible has a word for that………..

    The Apocalypse!!

    • Get a Life

      Funny! Good point.

    • Jane

      ha! so true!!

  • JHT

    I am in her district and I don’t get how she keeps getting elected either. Everything that comes out of her mouth is not a fact–it is made up or twisted and when called on it she blames others for bad information. She was schooled in Law but doesn’t have her license in MN. My guess is she would fail on the Professional Responsibililty. She decries government subsidies but takes advantage every chance she can get. She has been on the public dole long enough. While admirable she took in foster care–would she have if not paid to do it? She took her farm subsidies–oh wait–that was her in-laws and her family was just partial owners….

    • Kieron

      Sad thing is, I know a former Dem turned Repub who is a carbon copy of Bachmann, foster kids and all, was banned from the court at one time for spouting off at a judge, and is really a very strange person overall, with a strange husband and 3 biological children who will need therapy. It’s not just the sixth district… it’s epidemic.

  • jon

    Good luck. Obama is going to have an easy time being reelected with the names we are hearing so far. Pawlenty, Palin, Bachman… He will not even need to try.

  • kh

    Hey, if B. Hussein obama can get elected, ANY unqualified…..even non us citizen…..can get elected.

    • Really?

      Really….we are two years into it and you “birthers” cant let it go. OMG…get a life. At least attack his policys and platform…something that shows you have a brain!!!!!

      • carla

        hahaha you guys just can’t let this damn birther thing go. What else do you need when the U.S Supreme court validates the birth certificate. God forbid you hear the facts.

  • nan

    Great, I support that since it means Obama will be re-elected. She is truly delusional.

  • Lynn

    Personally sick of all the men around the world ruining our lives with their stupid ignorant wars. You guys have had a long time to get it right, and you still can’t figure out how to get along! Now, let the women have a chance; at least a couple hundred years. Ok… being a women, I admit we are not very good at it yet, but give us some time please. Thank You

    • Reagan

      Yeah nan, because then more countires will think we are idiots than already do. Moron

  • Reagan

    Can at least one of you clowns name at least something bad she has done? or you just don’t like her personality??

    • Kevin

      Take your pick of dump things Bachmann has done. Take your pick. It’s pretty much laid out for you here:

      • slim

        Thanks Kevin, you are proving a point for me where people are now just saying “go to this web site” and find all the answers because they can not come up with anything on there own. Here go to and you will find answeres to all your questions…

      • Reagan

        Nice bog, I was looking for facts. moron

    • Really?

      Can you name something good she has done, that benefitted the general public, constiuants of the 6th district, or any minnesota resident. Tell us smart guy….why should i vote for her?

    • dphilips

      How about twisting the facts on death panels in the healthcare bill?

  • K.

    I agree to let a woman try…………………BUT NOT THIS WOMAN, PLEASE!!! She’s a real bimbo. They say she is rising in popularity but that’s only in her district. I think the rest of Minnesota can’t stand her. I know the country would barf!

    • L.

      Maybe she can learn the ropes and pass on valuable information to other women?

  • Kevin


    The word is BLOG not BOG……………..


    • Reagan

      I know I can’t type. :-(

  • Reagan

    Great comeback though, your a real thinker!

    • Kieron

      The word you’re thinking of is YOU’RE. The apostrophe, that little mark hovering over the other letters, indicates a contraction… oh never mind. You’re is short for YOU ARE. As in “YOU ARE apparently illiterate.”

  • red

    give a person a break on the typos ok but Bachmann is a Bimbo is a Bimbo, ditz, you name it And just last Saturday she told Esme Murphy that she probably was not interested in running for president. she already a liar. you want she as president?

  • red

    my computer flipped so please forgive give my typos

  • Dave K

    There is zero chance she will get the nomination but the bigger fear is what if a Romney or Huckabee (or fill in the blank) puts her on the ticket at number 2? What a scary thought that this uninformed loudmouth could be that close to being President.

  • Kevin

    Well, for starters if you want an example of a dumb Bachmann rant:

    (from the Star Tribune)

    “By 2012, incandescent light bulbs will be no more,” Bachmann said. “Fluorescent bulbs are more polluting because of their mercury content. We are working on a light bulb bill. If the Democrats can hose up a light bulb, don’t trust them with the country.”

    The electrical and manufacturing industries, in a rare alliance with environmentalists, portray Bachmann’s mercury concerns as overblown. They argue that fluorescent lights actually reduce mercury emissions in the long run. That’s because the new bulbs use so much less electricity, much of which is produced by burning coal, which emits greenhouse gases and mercury.

    “That’s not just the industry talking,” said Mark Kohorst of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. “That’s an accepted aspect of these products, and that’s why they’ve been promoted so heavily.”

    Whatever one’s views on global warming, Kohorst said, the energy savings of fluorescent lights are real. “The lamp thing has merit,” he said. “Unfortunately, [Bachmann] has lumped it in with this whole conspiracy thing.”

    Environmentalists are more emphatic in downplaying the mercury hazards of fluorescent bulbs, which they say are minimal.

    “There is 200 times more mercury in each filling in Congresswoman Bachmann’s teeth than there is in a compact fluorescent light bulb,” said Julia Bovey, a spokeswoman for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    The federal government is also on board, with Congress’ last energy bill, signed by President Bush in December, having mandated a phase-in to energy-saving bulbs starting in 2012.

    But in a letter to congressional colleagues earlier this month, Bachmann asked for support of her legislation to reverse that mandate, unless a comptroller general report shows clear economic, health and environmental benefits from the switchover to fluorescent lights.

    Her letter says that the energy bill “forces consumers and businesses to use only light bulbs chosen for them by the government” and that further study “is simple due diligence.”

    Again, just nonsense from Bachmann.

  • Brolan

    Don’t blame me, I voted for Clark.

  • A. T.

    OMG – a Palin wannabe! Please say it isn’t so!

  • Slim

    I guess we missed the most obvious points shared here… These personal attacks on Bachmann and the other commenters here show a real lack of respect. You cannot expect legitimate results when you have such an awful opinion of a respectable public servant. She doesn’t owe you any favors and could easily retire without the headaches and harrassment like I see here… I am not saying that she should pursue this, but back off on the ridicule!

    • Paul

      Your comment would carry more wait if you were equally critical of people badmouthing Governor Dayton or President Obama. I’m not a big fan of the personal attacks of elected figures, but I would be a fool if I assume only one party did it.

    • Kevin


      A respectable, public servant?? I would have to disagree with every word in that statement – every word. She is not respectable and in no sense of the word a public servant. She’s out to make a name for herself and that’s it.

      More famous Bachmann quotes:

      “Literally, if we took away the minimum wage—if conceivably it was gone—we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.” —Michele Bachmann, 1/26/05, Jobs, Energy and Community Development Committee, testifying against SF 3, a bill to raise the MN minimum wage and advocating the elimination of the minimum wage altogether..

      “Many teenagers that come in should be paying the employer because of broken dishes or whatever occurs during that period of time. But you know what? After six months, that teenager is going to be a fabulous employee and is going to go on a trajectory where he’s going to be making so much money, we’ll be borrowing money from him.” —Michele Bachmann, 1/26/05, explaining why teenagers should pay employers for the privilege of working instead of receiving minimum wage.

      “If we allow businesses to be prosperous and accrue capital, they’ll be giving their employees more than they can even begin to imagine. But when we continue to tie cement blocks on businesses (like the minimum wage) and constrain them, they can actually do less than their employees.”—Michele Bachmann, 1/26/05, testifying against SF 3, a bill to raise the MN minimum wage and explaining why it actually keeps wages and benefits lower.

      “I was wondering, if most employers are already doing this anyway, isn’t minimum wage really just superfluous? Why do we even have one?” —Michele Bachmann, 1/26/05, Jobs, Energy and Community Development Committee, testifying against SF 3, a bill to raise the MN minimum wage, and advocating the elimination of the minimum wage altogether.

      “If raising the minimum wage to $7.00 an hour is a good idea, that why dont we just raise it to $20.00 an hour, that must be even better.” —Michele Bachmann, 1/26/05, Jobs, Energy and Community Development Committee, testifying against SF 3, a bill to raise the MN minimum wage.

      “I look at the Scripture and I read it and I take it for what it is. I give more credence in the Scripture as being kind of a timeless word of God to mankind, and I take it for what it is. And I don’t think I give as much credence to my own mind, because I see myself as being very limited and very flawed, and lacking in knowledge, and wisdom and understanding. So, I just take the Bible for what it is, I guess, and recognize that I am not a scientist, not trained to be a scientist. I’m not a deep thinker on all of this. I wish I was. I wish I was more knowledgeable, but I’m not a scientist.” – Michele Bachmann interviewing with Todd Fiel at KKMS as quoted in the Stillwater Gazette, September 29, 2003.

      “Something that I think sometimes people don’t like to hear is that secular people can be sometimes even more dogmatic in beliefs than people who are not secular. … In some ways, to believe in evolution is almost like a following; a cult following — if you don’t believe in evolution, you’re considered completely backward. That seems to me very indicative of bias as well.” – Michele Bachmann quoted in the Stillwater Gazette, September 29, 2003.

      “No one that I know disagrees with natural selection — that you can take various breeds of dogs … breed them, you get different kinds of dogs,” she said. “It’s just a fact of life. … Where there’s controversy is (at the question) ‘Where do we say that a cell became a blade of grass, which became a starfish, which became a cat, which became a donkey, which became a human being?’ There’s a real lack of evidence from change from actual species to a different type of species. That’s where it’s difficult to prove.” – Michele Bachmann quoted in the Stillwater Gazette, September 29, 2003.

      “On the morning of December 7, 1941, local St. Paulite Orville Ethier was aboard the USS Ward, a boat manned by 82 Navy reservists from St. Paul, when a small Japanese sub appeared near the entrance to Pearl Harbor. The Ward fired two shots, one of which struck and sank the sub, which constituted the first American shots of World War II. The commander of the Ward relayed a message about the incident back to military headquarters in Honolulu. The message stated “We have attacked, fired upon and dropped depth charges upon submarine operating in defensive sea area.” The message, sent more than an hour before the 8 a.m. attack on Pearl Harbor, went unheeded.

      In case you haven’t guessed, I really don’t like Michele Bachmann and I don’t even live in her district.

    • Ignorance must be bliss

      You are so wrong when saying she owes no favors. How do you explain the fact that SHE WORKS FOR US!!! We are the employers here, she owes us for every dime she has made while in office. I would say that means she should have the idea that there is a debt that needs to be paid back to the people.

    • carla

      You cannot expect legitimate results when you have such an awful opinion of a respectable public servant.

      First off, she is not a respectable public servant. That is the whole point. We (Minnesotans) want her to simply retire and quit embarrassing us.

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