WASHINGTON — Rep. Michele Bachmann said today she’s focused on “repealing” President Obama in 2012, hours after staffers confirmed she was weighing a bid for president in 2012.
“We’re going to have a deep bench for 2012, I have no doubt, and I think what people are asking for is a bold, strong, constitutional conservative,” Bachmann told MinnPost this morning in her first interview since news of her interest was revealed. “And I think that we’re going to find out who that person is, but the main focus right now needs to be on the fact that we cannot afford a second term of Barack Obama and that’s what I’m going to focus on.”
Bachmann did not say directly that she was or wasn’t running, but multiple staffers, including Chief of Staff Andy Parrish and spokesman Doug Sachtleben confirmed on the record this morning that she’s interested, saying “nothing’s off the table.”
Asked what was prompting the interest, Bachmann replied: “What’s prompting this is the committment that I’ve had to make sure that America moves forward, and we repeal a lot of the agenda that between both Barack Obama and [former] Speaker Pelosi that they have put into place, and that’s what I want to repeal.”
Bachmann has already signaled her strong support for a bill coming next week to fully repeal the recently-passed health care law. Her first bill in the 112th Congress is expected to be a measure wholly repealing the recently-approved Wall Street reform law.
Bachmann, a Waterloo, Iowa, native, will visit Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 21 to speak at an Iowans for Tax Relief PAC fundraiser. It will be her first high-profile trip to Iowa in this presidential season.
“The focus [of that trip] isn’t on me as a nominee or anyone else as a nominee,” she said, “the focus is on making sure that we don’t have a second term of Barack Obama, so its that conversation that i want to continue, that narrative. I am committed to making sure that we are moving forward as a country; part of moving forward would be repealing ObamaCare, and that’s what I’ll be continuing to focus on.”
Bachmann began the conversation by saying that today she’s focused on the GOP’s new majority, and when I asked her if she’d called the other possible presidential contender from Minnesota, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, to let him know about her interest, that was her response again.
I’ve put in a call to Pawlenty’s folks, and will update if/when I hear anything from then. We’ll continue to report this story and update back when we hear more.