MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Former Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she is weighing whether or not to run for Al Franken’s Senate seat.

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In an interview last week with a religious TV program, Bachmann said that she’s praying on if she should return to Washington at a time when “the swamp is so toxic.”

“The question is: Am I being called to do this now?” she told televangelist Jim Bakker. “I don’t know. I don’t know.”

While the former U.S. representative says she could handle the day-to-day demands of the Senate, Bachmann said the current political climate and the financial aspects of running for office pose significant concerns.

“There’s a price you pay,” she said. “And the price now is bigger than ever.”

Bachmann, 61, was elected to Congress in 2007 to represent Minnesota’s 6th District. She was in office until 2015.

During that time, she ran for the Republican nomination in the 2012 presidential election.

If she were to run for Franken’s Senate seat, she’d have to begin her campaign relatively soon for the November special election.

On Tuesday, Franken was scheduled to officially step down from the U.S. Senate. His resignation comes following a string of sexual misconduct allegations.

His replacement, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, is expected to be sworn in Wednesday.

Smith, a Democrat, says she’ll run in the special election.

Comments (40)
  1. John Nelson says:

    Michele should run for the seat. It should not be abandoned to the corrupt Franken Marxocrats.

    1. Mike Butler says:

      That would help drain the swamp!

  2. She’s got my vote. No more Democrats. They had their chance. They failed over and over and over. Al Franken was an admitted rapist. He never denied the charges. Time for change.

  3. Paul Roberts says:

    I will vote for Michele! Go for it! Much better than any comedian or Sharia Islamist the Democrats can come up with.

  4. That’s all we need, another republican quitter.

  5. Norman Grant says:

    Needs to do some mental weightlifting first.

  6. She’s Good Enough, She’s Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Think She’s A Hotty!: Daily

  7. Tim Browne says:

    I believe it was Winston Churchill who first said “better to stay quiet and be assumed an idiot than to open your mouth and remove any doubts”. Republicans need her in the Senate almost as much as they needed her running for President.

  8. She’s smart but the fact that she’s hanging with nut like Baker says a lot. NO THANKS.

  9. Doug Day says:

    Why did Frankenfunk wait till 2018 to leave? Did he qualify himself for a lifetime pension at full pay?

  10. While I’d vote for her, I wish the Repubs would find a smarter candidate, say, Jeff Johnson.

  11. Lar Jam says:

    I love her!!! Run Please Run!!!!!

  12. Anything but another worthless liberal Franken look-alike. Minnesota owes the country a decent conservative.

  13. Ed Alberts says:

    PLEASE do it!!!! She’s a LOT smarter in person than she comes across in 10 second sound bytes — she was right on Huma, right on Obamacare, etc…

  14. Please don’t run ! Dumber than a Box of Rocks !

  15. Bachman would be a great choice but anybody with an IQ higher than room temperature would be an improvement over Franken.

  16. Hope so she was a good congresswoman.

  17. “Yes, Michelle, I am calling you to run. America needs to be shown that there truly is a politician even dumber than Donald Trump!”
    – God

  18. Should Michele run for the Senate seat?

    Are you kidding me?

    Not only YES but HELL ( I meant HEAVEN ) YES!

    Where do I send a contribution?

  19. OUCH, if republicans want to ceded the election, nominate this dimwit.
    Michelle makes Sarah Palin seem intellectual.

    1. Yes, she would be fantastic. Run, Michelle, Run! Franken was a disgrace and one of the dumbest people EVER elected to the Senate.

  20. Bachmann is one of the dumbest politicians to ever win a seat to Congress. One has to wonder if she thinks Minnesota is a Southern state. The days of the evangelical “moral majority” are not numbered…they are over. If Minnesota elected her as its senator the state would vie with Alabama as the national disgrace.

  21. It would be good to have a senator who is not an America hating communist.

  22. It would be fun. We would get to see more of her silly husband.That’s right, Vote for the Ziffels

  23. Ryan Simmons says:

    Her district was meth head deadbeat/birther farmers Minnesota. Nobody in Franken’s district will vote for her, but I hope she does because her gay husband is comedy gold.