Michele Bachmann: I May Run for President

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Friday, 25 Jul 2014 10:11 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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Retiring Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she’s contemplating a second bid for the Republican nomination for president, though she’s perplexed why her name hasn’t been floated as a possible contender, according to Real Clear Politics.

"The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running," she told the political website. "They haven’t speculated, for instance, that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run."

She says she would have the benefit of experience from her first foray, in 2012, something that would improve her chances.

"Like with anything else, practice makes perfect," she said. "And I think if a person has gone through the process – for instance, I had gone through 15 presidential debates – it’s easy to see a person’s improvement going through that."

Bachmann told syndicated columnist Cal Thomas in February said she didn’t think most Americans were ready for a woman president. In the same interview, she also implied President Barack Obama’s race helped win him the office.

"I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt," she told Thomas.

Bachmann touts herself as a fundraiser extraordinaire, telling Real Clear Politics she is "one of the top – if not the top – fundraisers in the history of the United States Congress," crediting her money-raising prowess to her authenticity.

"It’s because people saw that I had an authentic voice, and I was fighting for them," she said. "I wasn’t speaking to them like a politician. I was speaking like a real person who was fighting for what they believed in."

Hillary Clinton, she added, would be weighed down by "fatal problems" during her time as secretary of state, problems that should "disqualify her" from being commander-in-chief.

Bachmann, a tea party Republican, entered the 2012 race in June 2011 with a bang – she won the Ames Straw Poll – but dropped out seven months later after finishing sixth place in the Iowa caucuses.
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