WASHINGTON — Rep. Michele Bachmann has not ruled out a run against Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012, a spokesman confirmed to MinnPost this morning, after a Capitol Hill publication suggested she’s looking at doing just that.
“I would say the same thing I told The Hill,” Bachmann spokesman Doug Sachtleben said, “Congresswoman Bachmann is focused on serving the people of Minnesota’s 6th district, and as for the future – nothing’s off the table.”
As The Hill noted Sunday, Bachmann was able to raise $13.2 million for her House race against Tarryl Clark, which she won by a larger-than-expected 13 point margin (by comparison, Klobuchar raised $9 million for her 2006 run). She was easily the top choice among Minnesota Republican voters in a recent survey with 36 percent saying she should run, while 20 percent picked Tim Pawlenty (whose eyes are on a White House run) and 14 percent chose former Sen. Norm Coleman.
There’s no doubt Bachmann could raise as much money as she’d ever need for this race, though it should be noted that Tarryl Clark had no trouble raising record-breaking amounts of cash against her.
Bachmann would start out as the underdog in a statewide race against Klobuchar. The same PPP poll showed her statewide approval ratings underwater (37-51), and in a hypothetical head-to-head, Klobuchar leads 56-39.