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Michele Bachmann 2016: 8 Facts About Political Background of Potential GOP Presidential Hopeful

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Though she announced she would not run in 2014 for the congressional seat for which she was first elected in 2006, Michele Bachman still could be a GOP presidential hopeful for 2016. She ran in 2012 and had a few good moments, particularly when she won the Ames Straw Poll, beating Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Rick Perry.

She hasn't announced a bid for presidency — in fact, it sounds like she's not interested in doing so — but that doesn't mean she can't help shape the Republican primary race. She still has influence in the GOP.

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Here are eight facts about the political background of the woman who many consider to be the queen of the Tea Party.

1. Though her family supported the Democratic party and though Bachmann worked on the 1976 campaign for Jimmy Carter, she switched her allegiance to the Republicans when she was a college senior. She was reading a book by Gore Vidal, and, as she told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "He was kind of mocking the Founding Fathers and I just thought, 'What a snot.' I just remember reading the book, putting it in my lap, looking out the window and thinking, 'You know what? I don't think I am a Democrat. I must be a Republican.'"

2. In her first two elections to the Minnesota state legislature, she had to defeat two incumbents. The first victory over 28-year veteran Gary Laidig came in 2000, and the second came two years later, after redistricting, against incumbent Jane Krentz of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

3. She first won her seat to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving Minnesota's 6th District, in 2006 when she defeated Democrat Patty Wetterling in what was the most expensive race in Minnesota history.

4. Bachmann is on record as not supporting the idea of climate change. Said Bachmann in 2008, "The big thing we are working on now is the global warming hoax. It's all voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax."

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5. Bachmann formed the Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives in 2010, and its membership group grew to 60 members before 10 of them were defeated for their seats in 2012. Still, Bachmann used her Tea Party fame to push herself into the presidential race.

6. Her victory in the 2011 Ames Straw Poll was a little surprising at the time, because she hadn't necessarily been thought of as a strong candidate to capture the GOP presidential nomination. But even though she had only announced her candidacy two months prior, she won over a number of social conservatives in the poll. But her time at the top of the primary was short-lived. By the time of the Iowa caucuses in January 2012, she finished in sixth place. With her campaign low on money, she dropped out of the race soon after.

7. Bachmann announced in May 2013, that she would not run to reclaim her congressional seat, saying her decision was not influenced by any concerns about being re-elected or about how a former aide had accused her of making improper payments during her presidential campaign. "There is no future option or opportunity, be it directly in the political arena or otherwise, that I won't be giving serious consideration if it can help save and protect our great nation." she said.

8. In December 2014, Bachmann was asked about the possibility of another presidential run.

"I think to help shape 2016 because it's very important in this next presidential election that the voters truly know who the candidates are, what they've done and what they stand for. We can't have a mystery package when we go into the polls. Too much is at stake and I just want to be a part of that conversation," Bachmann said.

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Though she announced she would not run in 2014 for the congressional seat for which she was first elected in 2006, Michele Bachman still could be a GOP presidential hopeful for 2016. Here are eight facts about the political background of the woman many consider to be the queen of the Tea Party.
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