Reporting Esme Murphy
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Appealing on WCCO Sunday Morning, Rep. Michele Bachmann said she would not be endorsing any of the remaining Presidential candidates before Minnesota’s caucuses on Tuesday.
However, the former presidential candidate is running for re-election in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District.
It’s a race that experts say will be a tough one for her, in part, because new district boundaries that will be announced next week will likely affect the number of Republicans in her district.
But there is another issue that her critics point to — the time she has spent away from her district running for President.
Congresswoman Bachmann spent much of the past year campaigning for President. Much of that time she was in Iowa, where she played up her Iowa roots.
Bachmann was born in Waterloo and often referred to herself on the campaign trail as an Iowan. But critics say that could hurt her as she tries to run for re-election here in Minnesota.
Appearing on WCCO Sunday Morning Congresswoman Bachmann offered this response.
“I have been a proud Minnesotan ever since I was 12. I will be 56 years old, so the bulk of my life has been spent here in Minnesota, living in the 6th District working in the 6th District, going to church in the 6th District, having our business in the 6th District, so I am a 6th District Minnesotan,” she said.
Bachmann has won her 2010 re-election race with 53 percent of the vote. It was the most expensive congressional race in U.S. history with the candidates raising and spending $15 million between them.
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