Minnesota GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann says if she decides to run for president in 2012 it would be independent of who else is running — and that includes former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Bachmann also said on CNN Thursday that if she becomes a candidate she will have to work on her discipline — as she hasn’t always been “accurate.”
“My decision will be independent of whichever candidate gets in,” Bachmann said on CNN’s “John King USA.” “I have great respect for Governor Palin — I consider her a friend — and if she gets in, she gets in. That won’t impact whether I get in or not.
“It has absolutely nothing to do with me — it has everything to do with the American people and our economy and were we’re going,” she said, confirming she would make a final decision next month. “And my decision about getting into 2012 or not is completely independent. My decision will be made on whether I think it is the right thing at the right time — and we’ll let you know in June.
“But I do know that no matter who the candidate is on the Republican side, that person needs to be elected because Barack Obama has not been good for our economy,” Bachmann said. “And we’ve seen millions of jobs lost and they're not turning around, and the dollar has been grossly devalued under this president. For the sake of our children, we need to have a change in course.”
Bachmann said if she chooses to run, she’ll have to work on her discipline, since she hasn't been "accurate" on everything she's said.
“Have I been accurate on everything I've said — no, that’s not true,” she said. “The fact is I read and I read a lot . . . it isn’t my job to go and fact-check sources that come out in publications.
“When you’re in the presidential realm I do think that message discipline is required, and I think that is something — you know, all of us have areas that we need to do better and that’s certainly one that I will pay a lot of attention to," Bachmann said.
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