Michele Bachmann tells Iowa reporter she’s not considering a presidential run

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann chatted with a Sioux City, Iowa, reporter recently about the hard work of raising money for congressional campaigns.

She told Bret Hayworth of the Sioux City Journal that:

“Members of Congress have to work even harder now in these recessionary times to raise money, than they did in the past. Also, Republicans are in the minority, and that makes it very difficult to raise money. When a member of Congress is in the majority (party), it is far easier to raise money.”

And she noted that she “riles Democrats” and has become “one of the top targets for elimination by Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi,” and therefore has to “work that much harder on fundraising.”

Then, reporter Hayworth couldn’t resist asking Bachmann about her own presidential prospects:

Additionally, I asked Bachmann if she is being prodded to seek the 2012 presidency, given her growing national profile. She said she has no doubts the GOP will produce a good crop of presidential candidates, and threw out [Iowa 5th District Congressman Steve] King as a name of interest.

“Steve King is mentioned as a potential nominee. I have a very high opinion of Steve King and his ability, so I would encourage him to consider any position for higher office,” Bachmann said.

As for herself, Bachmann said, “Goodness, I’ve only been in the House for three years, so, no, I’m not considering anything like that.”

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by chuck holtman on 10/21/2009 - 11:22 am.

    President of which planet?

  2. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/21/2009 - 11:41 am.

    H1N1 appears to be under control, but here is incontrovertible proof that BDS (Bachmann Derangement Syndrome) is running rampant among the scary smart, reality based community.

    Was there mention of anything else Rep. Bachmann isn’t interested in? How’s she feel about Brussels sprouts?

  3. Submitted by Theo Kozel on 10/21/2009 - 12:03 pm.

    I totally agree with Tom, Bachman does suffer from some sort of derangement syndrome. I’m a little surprised she isn’t considering a run for president because such an attempt would be just the ticket for her nutty egomania. But yeah, Tom nailed her pretty dead-on.

  4. Submitted by Howard Miller on 10/21/2009 - 01:08 pm.

    For a target in the minority party, Mrs. Bachmann seems quite adept and successful raising campaign cash from outside Minnesota.

    She is not the victim of some underdog fundraising situation here, her protests notwithstanding

  5. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 10/21/2009 - 08:09 pm.

    Tom offers up his definition of Congresswoman Bachmann and hits it out of the park. “tip of the hat” sir.

    Although the Congresswoman resonates very well with the voters in the sixth. The numbers for a statewide office, much less a national office simply are not there. Though it does make for a few good headlines and perhaps some fund raising opportunities.

    The evangelicals are her true base of support in the sixth. Without them, I am not convinced that she could win if in fact there was a credible candidate opposing her.

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