Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann
says she has “inched closer” to a run for the GOP 2012 nomination for president, and will make a decision by early summer. Bachmann also said on Fox News Thursday she will continue to visit early primary states, concentrate on the nation’s “anemic” job creation, and on appealing Obamacare.
“We have inched closer. I think because of that, we’ve been making trips to the various early primary states to talk about . . . 2012,” Bachmann told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “We are looking at the Iowa straw poll in August — in order to be part of that, we'll have to make a decision about an exploratory committee.
“And what we’re saying is if we do make that decision — and we are making serious consideration [but] the decision is not made yet, I want to be clear about that — but if we do make the decision, we are looking at the early part of summer,” she added.
Bachmann told Van Susteren, whether she runs or not, her legislative focus will continue to be the nation’s fiscal crisis.
“This is uppermost in people’s minds — no matter if they are self-identified as social or fiscal conservatives. Everyone is concerned about the anemic job creation in the United States. Everyone is worried about the out-of-control spending,” Bachmann said, adding one of her main concerns is repealing Obamacare.
“That’s my commitment now as a member of Congress. I think that has to be done by our next president of the United States,” she continued. “We need a full and complete commitment that Obamacare will not only be rolled back — it will be repealed and defunded, so we can get back to free-market healthcare and healthcare that will reduce the cost, and provide better care, for people.”
Van Susteren asked Bachmann what distinguishes her from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin or former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, both of whom are also considering a 2012 attempt.
“They are great people. I think we'll have a very good, broad bench of candidates we put forward,” she said. “What I bring to the table is the fact that I’m a fighter — I’m authentic. I’m the same person when I campaigned, as I am when I'm elected to public office.
“I was that way when I served in the Minnesota Senate; I've been that way in the House of Representatives,” Bachmann added. “And I'm willing to fight — and fight hard, no matter what the opposition is — for what the people of my district have sent me to do.
“I've been willing to do that on the national arena. I think that’s what people are looking for now in 2012,” she said. “They want a candidate who is actually willing to take on, even if it is uncomfortable, the [special] interests that are in Washington, D.C. — even if it means taking on their own party. That is something I’ve been willing to do.”
On Libya, Bachmann said she would not have intervened and attempt to end the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
“Well, I would not have done what the president did in Libya — I would not have intervened now at this time,” Bachmann said. “We don’t know who the opposition forces are. We don’t know if the opposition is being pushed by Hamas, Hezbollah, or even al-Qaida in Northern Iraq.
“That could be a far worse outcome than dealing with Gadhafi,” she continued. “The current situation in Libya is a very difficult one. But I would not have gone in with United States soldiers, particularly not without consulting Congress, and without making the case to the American people.”
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