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ABC News: Michele Bachmann considering presidential bid
http://www.startribune.com ^ | January 5, 2011 | STAFF REPORT

Posted on 01/05/2011 9:09:05 AM PST by Maelstorm

ABC News says U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann is considering running for president and will confer this month with GOP officials in Iowa about her prospects in that early caucus state.

Citing an unnamed "source close to the three-term congresswoman," the network said in a report Wednesday that Bachmann will hold "multiple meetings to seek advice from political forces there and party elders close to the caucus process before coming to a final decision regarding a potential presidential run."

Bachmann, a Republican who represents Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District, has roots in Iowa, having been born in Waterloo, Iowa.

Bachmann also is the headliner at an Iowans for Tax Relief PAC fundraiser Jan. 21 in Des Moines, ABC noted.

Her trip to Iowa will be her third in eight months. Last week, she attended a GOP fundraiser in Michigan.

Asked about Bachmann's presidential intentions, her chief of staff, Andy Parrish, told ABC News: "Nothing is off the table. The congresswoman is excited about her first trip to Iowa this year."

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Now this is a woman I could vote for!


1 posted on 01/05/2011 9:09:10 AM PST by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm

I like her. She’s on my short list.


2 posted on 01/05/2011 9:19:52 AM PST by marron
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To: Maelstorm

She just became my front runner...


3 posted on 01/05/2011 9:25:12 AM PST by DwFry (Baby Boomers Killed Western Civilization!)
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To: Maelstorm

Excellent. I may have to change my tag line.


4 posted on 01/05/2011 9:28:11 AM PST by Trick or Treat (Palin/Bachmann 2012!)
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To: marron

My dream ticket would be her and Sarah. Win or lose it would be an awesome ride.


5 posted on 01/05/2011 9:29:23 AM PST by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: Maelstorm

I’d take her over any of them.


6 posted on 01/05/2011 9:38:45 AM PST by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: marron

Mine too!!!

Awesome (and I routinely quote her in my taggy!)


7 posted on 01/05/2011 9:40:59 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom ('We are coming out of our trance, we are coming out of our nightmare...' <3Michele Bachmann)
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To: Maelstorm

She’s a Tax Attorney, right? That’s the ONLY kind of attorney I’d want in that job these days....she’s seen business from the right side!


8 posted on 01/05/2011 9:43:07 AM PST by goodnesswins (You deciding how to spend your health care $, that’s freedom. Govt deciding, thats a death panel)
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To: Maelstorm

Palin/Bachman 2012

UNBEATABLE TICKET!!!!

Palin has the name recognition and star power. Bachman has the intelligence and would be able to do more as VP then Pres. (as unconstrained as Cheney was)

AND Then....

Bachman/Limbaugh 2020

(i CAN DREAM, CAN’T i?)


9 posted on 01/05/2011 9:43:53 AM PST by Mr. K
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To: Maelstorm

I will not only vote but volunteer for this womans campaign.

She is another whole level above Palin.

She is a woman of substance and can think on her feet and cool as cat burglar.


10 posted on 01/05/2011 9:45:11 AM PST by TShaunK
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To: Maelstorm

Finally an adult in the room. I would vote for her over broken glass for sure. If this is true, she is my first and only choice. Yes God is answering our prayers and sees we need her right now. Go Michele!!!!! I will vote for her in the Primary and the general!!!!! President Bachmann 2012!!!


11 posted on 01/05/2011 9:46:23 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Maelstorm

She’s have my vote. I always hoped she would run. A Bachmann/Palin ticket or vise versa would be AMAZING..Just imagine the liberal heads exploding..I adore Michele, she runs, she has my full support


12 posted on 01/05/2011 9:47:07 AM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: TShaunK

She has paid her dues. I would be overjoyed for her to run for President. Bachmann that is.


13 posted on 01/05/2011 9:48:06 AM PST by mel (since progressive is code word for anti- i am a progressive progressive)
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To: Maelstorm
I have heard both women speak, and would prefer Bachmann to Palin, although I would certainly support Palin if she were the nominee.

What kind of "foreign" experience does Bachmann have?

14 posted on 01/05/2011 9:48:13 AM PST by Jess Kitting
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To: Maelstorm

Michele is actually one Sarah could back!


15 posted on 01/05/2011 9:49:00 AM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC BY DONATING NOW!)
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To: TShaunK

I agree wholeheartedly. Bachmann is in a whole other league than the shallow Palin. Unfortunately, members of the House almost never win their party’s nomination. Bachmann is very smart and knows this, so she’s probably running to be considered a vice presidential pick, which is ok by me.


16 posted on 01/05/2011 9:50:51 AM PST by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: goodnesswins
She’s a Tax Attorney, right? That’s the ONLY kind of attorney I’d want in that job these days....she’s seen business from the right side!

Unfortunately, she was on the wrong side of that imo. For 5 years she was a U.S. Treasury Dept Attorney, representing the IRS (in her words)"in hundreds of cases" (both civil and criminal) prosecuting people who underpaid or failed to pay their taxes.

Other than that, I like just about everything about her and hope she does throw her hat in the ring. She'd be on my short list.

17 posted on 01/05/2011 9:53:22 AM PST by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: Maelstorm
Now this is a woman I could vote for!

believe she ends up as V/P but she is a winner.

18 posted on 01/05/2011 9:58:16 AM PST by newfrpr04 (Don)
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To: Jess Kitting
What kind of "foreign" experience does Bachmann have?

She can see Canada from her back yard?

Don't care. Any President is as good as her appointees. I am fairly sure I would prefer her appointments to those of the pres__ent. Plus, at the inauguration, we can have her appear with Turner and Overdrive.

19 posted on 01/05/2011 10:00:13 AM PST by bIlluminati (Don't just hope for change, work for change in 2011-2012.)
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To: lonevoice

Well...at least she KNOWS the IRS! And, maybe could find a way to disempower them!


20 posted on 01/05/2011 10:03:50 AM PST by goodnesswins (You deciding how to spend your health care $, that’s freedom. Govt deciding, thats a death panel)
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To: Maelstorm

I will vote for Palin.

A Palin/Bachmann ticket would be wonderful.


21 posted on 01/05/2011 10:06:48 AM PST by Gator113 (I'm voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: Maelstorm

If Sarah doesn’t run...Michelle is my first choice.


22 posted on 01/05/2011 10:12:22 AM PST by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

What a lovely, unexpected surprise! Michele would sure make it to the top of my short list. If both she and Palin declare their intentions to run, it’s going to pull the debate back to the far right, where it belongs. What a great development this would be for our country.


23 posted on 01/05/2011 10:13:34 AM PST by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: All
OH YES!!! And if she runs, I guess Sarah will not because Michelle Bachmann is exactly the conservative we need (if Sarah does not run..snif...) and then Sarah will fight/campaign for her - now that would be an interesting race with Bachmann and Sarah in the arena...I don't think anyone can survive those 2 women! Oh Yes!!!
24 posted on 01/05/2011 10:15:22 AM PST by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: Gator113

I’m hoping Palin runs. Both of them on the ticket would be a delight. I can just imagine the reaction on the left.


25 posted on 01/05/2011 10:19:38 AM PST by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: Maelstorm
From what I've seen of Bachmann, she'll get my vote!
26 posted on 01/05/2011 10:21:54 AM PST by Savage Beast (Truth : Leftist :: Crucifix : Vampire)
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To: Maelstorm

Problem if they both run is that they will have to fight each other for the primaries...I am sure they will not like that. Of course the winner then can choose the other one as VP but I don’t know. I don’t want to see them fight each other for the primaries. Hmmm...tough thought.


27 posted on 01/05/2011 10:23:53 AM PST by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: newfrpr04

Maybe. But, she is definitely the best of the bunch so far.

I like her. I would vote for her.


28 posted on 01/05/2011 10:23:53 AM PST by SuzyQue (Remember to think.)
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To: Maelstorm

I don’t think Bachmann would consider it unless she had gotten the go ahead from Palin. Which means Palin will not throw her hat in the ring. When Palin said she would wait to see if her issues were being addressed, she may have been talking about a Bachmann candidacy. Best of both worlds for Palin; her issues are covered and she gets to keep the power she wields as a kingmaker.


29 posted on 01/05/2011 10:26:37 AM PST by Little Pharma
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To: Maelstorm

I’ll tell you another dream ticket: Bachmann/Herman Cain.


30 posted on 01/05/2011 10:29:27 AM PST by Savage Beast (Truth : Leftist :: Crucifix : Vampire)
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To: Savage Beast

I like Herman Cain and would consider him a good choice.


31 posted on 01/05/2011 10:31:55 AM PST by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: Little Pharma
When Palin said she would wait to see if her issues were being addressed, she may have been talking about a Bachmann candidacy

Sadly, yes, I think you are right. I dream of Sarah being our president but I also think that if Bachmann is running, she will have her perfect candidate and will fight for her. Sniff again though but I think she will probably be very happy to keep her way of life. Can't imagine Sarah stuck in the White House for months - without her freedom and her beloved Alaska and..all the hatred if she takes 2 days off in the year..I would not be happy for me even though I'd be full speed behind Bachmann but I surely be happy for Sarah and her family.
32 posted on 01/05/2011 10:35:27 AM PST by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: Savage Beast

As much as i like Bachmann i’ll stick with Palin thank you very much.


33 posted on 01/05/2011 10:36:54 AM PST by heshtesh
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To: Savage Beast
I’ll tell you another dream ticket: Bachmann/Herman Cain.

Sheeshhh will you stop with Herman Cain!!! Nobody knows the guy besides the fact that he is a good talker and talks conservative. Do you have any proof that he is going to walk the walk??? This is getting ridiculous. Everybody was suddenly saying Brown for President and see how Brown is voting now. PLEASE stop being behind anybody who talks well. We need PROOF - we need a resume and Bachmann and Sarah have all that.
34 posted on 01/05/2011 10:42:01 AM PST by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: Maelstorm

Local Story on this topic:

Bachman Planning Iowa Trip

http://www.globegazette.com/news/iowa/article_7d0fc53e-18f7-11e0-b250-001cc4c002e0.html


35 posted on 01/05/2011 10:44:46 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Maelstorm

The liberal crowd is trashing her already.


36 posted on 01/05/2011 10:46:50 AM PST by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: bIlluminati

President Obama’s experience consists of bowing and scraping.


37 posted on 01/05/2011 10:49:24 AM PST by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: bIlluminati

President Obama’s experience consists of bowing and scraping.


38 posted on 01/05/2011 10:49:25 AM PST by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: Maelstorm

Thank you, God!


39 posted on 01/05/2011 10:50:22 AM PST by reasonisfaith (Rules will never work for radicals (liberals) because they seek chaos. And don't even know it.)
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To: Maelstorm
Yesterday, I came out in favor of Cain/Palin.

I may have to amend that, now. Any combination of Michelle with either Herman Cain or Sarah Palin would be one I could easily support.

40 posted on 01/05/2011 11:03:57 AM PST by raisetheroof ("To become Red is to become dead --- gradually." Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
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To: reasonisfaith

Bachmann would be great. IMO she is better than palin.

I do see two potentially big problems with both Palin and Bachmann in 2012.

First: we would be coming off a big “First” for America. The first black president that is. Unfortunately this little experiment has been a complete disaster. I’m not sure that the “First Woman” president and the unknowns that go with it might be troublesome in the minds of many voters. Voters on both sides may not be in the mood to try something new again.

SECOND: What if the first woman president gets pregnant while in office? Think about it honestly. Would you be comfortable if the US were to come under attack or all out war if our president were pregnant and at the same time needing to make decisions that may determine the survival of our country?

Hillary ran but was on the Dem side so this issue never came up. Also Hillary was older or at least appears old enough that pregnancy would be unlikely. Don’t think for a second that the left wing media will not bring up this issue with young attractive females like Palin or Bachmann. It’s an issue that I doubt many voters have ever put much thought into but when it’s brought to light it will be a consideration and could mean a loss in 2012 if the Dem is a man.


41 posted on 01/05/2011 11:17:38 AM PST by precisionshootist
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To: Maelstorm

She is someone I could support with enthusiasm. The prospect of Pence not running had me a little down, but things are looking up.


42 posted on 01/05/2011 11:22:07 AM PST by rob777
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To: precisionshootist

“Would you be comfortable if the US were to come under attack or all out war if our president were pregnant and at the same time needing to make decisions that may determine the survival of our country?”

Does this mean you wouldn’t be comfortable? On what grounds?

Is it the idea that a woman carrying a new life inside of her might be more squeamish about giving orders that would end thousands, if not millions, of other lives? Hopefully any leader would take that sort of decision just as seriously as a pregnant woman might.

Or perhaps you are afraid that the hormones of pregnancy might affect her judgment? Do we get afraid that guys on a testosterone high might similarly make poor decisions about life and death matters?

Bachman is 54. Her ability to conceive, much less carry a pregnancy to even close to term, is probably almost nil. Perimenopause tends to do that to a woman.


43 posted on 01/05/2011 11:43:29 AM PST by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: Maelstorm

My dream ticket would be her and Sarah. Win or lose it would be an awesome ride.
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Exactly, we need someone calling Obama out vigorously at every turn this time, no RINO’s. Sarah and Michelle don;t fear him, the other wimps do though.


44 posted on 01/05/2011 11:51:37 AM PST by toddausauras
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To: precisionshootist

ROTFLMAO at the thought of Hillary being pregnant!

It would be easier to envision Barry preggers. He has all the proper whoremones.


45 posted on 01/05/2011 11:55:37 AM PST by dforest
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To: toddausauras

What about this dream ticket?

Bachmann as Presidential contender and General Petreaus for VP?


46 posted on 01/05/2011 11:56:13 AM PST by MrInvisible
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To: MrInvisible

I still want Palin in there, these military guys seem to fall in love with Obama.


47 posted on 01/05/2011 12:00:30 PM PST by toddausauras
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To: Maelstorm

Mine is she and Jim DeMint


48 posted on 01/05/2011 12:09:20 PM PST by I_be_tc
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To: worst-case scenario
“Does this mean you wouldn’t be comfortable? On what grounds?

Is it the idea that a woman carrying a new life inside of her might be more squeamish about giving orders that would end thousands, if not millions, of other lives? Hopefully any leader would take that sort of decision just as seriously as a pregnant woman might.

Or perhaps you are afraid that the hormones of pregnancy might affect her judgment? “

Yes all of the above and many others are serious considerations. Keep in mind many women who are pregnant have to leave work during pregnancy. You don't get to take off from work if you are president of the United States. The pressure and responsibility are there 24/7. Think of the pressure on a president during a time of war or in the case of an attack on the US like 911! The potential complications are extensive.

It makes no difference that Michelle is 54, pregnancy is still a very real possibility, even more so with Sarah.

I have kids and of course have seen first hand how drastic the effects are on a womans body and mind.

I'm really not taking any side here as I really just thought of this myself. After thinking about it for a few minutes I have to say my initial thoughts are that this is a frightening scenario. I definitely lean towards the “no way would I be comfortable with a pregnant president and the US under attack.

Like it our not, I think this is a potential deal breaker for any female candidate under the age of about 60. If Sarah or Michelle run it's only a matter of time before the lib media brings this up and the scary thing is that it will be a very legitimate concern for many voters, female or male.

49 posted on 01/05/2011 12:11:28 PM PST by precisionshootist
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To: Maelstorm

Mine is she and Jim DeMint


50 posted on 01/05/2011 12:14:00 PM PST by I_be_tc
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