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Michele Bachmann Says She's Not Ruling Out 2016 Presidential Run

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U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images, File)

By    |   Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 08:15 AM

Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who was the lone woman in the Republican field for president in 2012, told Real Clear Politics this week that she has not ruled out another run for the presidency in 2016.

When asked about her speculation of what Republican women could throw their hats into the ring during the Republican primary, Bachmann made it clear that she could be one of those women.

"The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it's going to be various men that are running," Bachman 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."

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Bachmann, a strong Tea Party supporter, announced last year that she would not run for a fifth term in the U.S. House, according to Politico.

But when it comes to the presidency, Bachmann told Real Clear Politics that she would benefit from her experience running for the Oval Office in 2012.

"Like with anything else, practice makes perfect," Bachmann told the website. "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."

Some argued that Bachmann's concentration on the presidency made her vulnerable back home, as she won her fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives edging Jim Graves by 4,298 votes, noted Real Clear Politics. Her presidential aspirations fizzled when she finishing sixth in the Iowa caucuses with five percent of the vote, leading her to drop out of the race.

Bachmann, a fierce critic of President Barack Obama, said in February, "I don't think there is a pent-up desire" for a female president while there was a "cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt."

"People don't hold guilt for a woman," Bachmann said in Cal Thomas interview, addressing the challenges of presumptive 2016 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. "Two things that need to be done: Remind people [Clinton] is seeking to become commander in chief [and] how she has operated in the past with these types of responsibilities. She was in charge during the Benghazi debacle. If a person reads the Senate Intelligence [Committee] report and the House Foreign Affairs [Committee] report released [last] week, it is damning for Hillary Clinton."

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Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who was the lone woman in the Republican field for president in 2012, told Real Clear Politics this week that she has not ruled out another run for the presidency in 2016.
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