MINNEAPOLIS (AP) --- Add U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to the list of potential Republican presidential hopefuls, as the tea party favorite plans a trip later this month to the early caucus state of Iowa --- and creates possible complications for fellow Minnesotan and maybe-candidate Tim Pawlenty.

"Nothing's off the table for her," Andy Parrish, Bachmann's chief of staff, said Wednesday. "She's looking forward to traveling to Iowa for the fundraiser, and you know, she's looking forward over the next year to traveling and sharing the story of why we can't re-elect Barack Obama as president."

Parrish wouldn't say when Bachmann would decide. But he said her own decision-making process won't be influenced by those of either Pawlenty or former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whom Bachmann has previously called a good 2012 prospect.

Bachmann did not immediately respond to a request for comment made to her office. In a telephone interview Wednesday, she told KSTP-TV of St. Paul: "I have taken nothing off the table, but my focus again is on the narrative for why the United States would be better off without a President Obama."

Bachmann, who has drawn a national following with frequent guest appearances on cable and network news shows, broke fundraising records with a $13 million haul en route to winning her third term in Minnesota's 6th District. She also founded the congressional tea party caucus.

The 54-year-old is a native of Waterloo, Iowa, but as a child moved with her family to Minnesota. On Jan. 21, she will deliver the keynote speech at the Iowans for Tax Relief PAC Taxpayers Watchdog Reception in Des Moines --- an event co-hosted by U.S. Rep. Steve King and other prominent Iowa Republicans.

"Our mission is to educate Iowans on tax and spending issues both in the state and around the country, and to bring in voices that help to show a bigger picture," said Katie Koberg, vice president of Iowans for Tax Relief. "Congresswoman Bachmann is an extremely good choice in that regard."

Koberg stressed that Iowans for Tax Relief is by no means endorsing Bachmann, and pointed out that Pawlenty and other potential candidates have participated in events sponsored by the group.

Parrish wouldn't say whether Bachmann would talk presidential politics with state GOP leaders. He said she made several trips to Iowa in 2010, and while he wouldn't reveal specific travel plans in the coming months, he said she could end up in other early caucus or primary states.

Bachmann has also been mentioned in recent weeks as a possible U.S. Senate candidate against Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012.

While popular with party activists, Bachmann has struggled to parlay that into Capitol influence: Last month, she abandoned a bid for a top post in the House Republican conference after Speaker John Boehner and other prominent colleagues backed her opponent.

Bachmann and Palin, who also hasn't hinted at a timetable for her presidential decision, presented themselves as ideological allies at a Minneapolis rally last April. At the time, Bachmann suggested Palin would be a strong 2012 contender while Palin similarly lavished praise on Bachmann.

Pawlenty, whose two-term stint as Minnesota governor ended earlier this week, has laid the groundwork for a presidential campaign and made frequent trips to Iowa and other key states in recent months.

He has promised a decision in the next few months, and probably stands to lose the most if Bachmann jumps in. They share the same geographical base and the fiery Bachmann has generally inspired a more fervent following among both religious and fiscal conservatives than the low-key Pawlenty.

Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant declined to comment on a possible Bachmann candidacy.

Though they've maintained a cordial public relationship as the state's two most prominent elected Republicans, Pawlenty and Bachmann have never been seen as close political allies.

In September, both pulled their names from a Values Voters Summit straw poll of potential 2012 GOP contenders. Pawlenty cited his inability to attend because of an Asia trade mission. Bachmann spoke at the event, but dropped from the poll after her then-opponent suggested she had bigger goals on her mind than her congressional seat.

Asked if the GOP presidential race would have room for two Minnesota Republicans, Parrish deferred: "I can't answer that because the decision hasn't been made."

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reojoe
reojoe

See may avatar, folks!

Heck, yes, I'm flexible: Palin or Bachmann! Either would be EXCELLENT choices for the GOP nomernation!

You go, girl!

reojoe
reojoe

Loyalty oaths for all!

Miles Rocks
Miles Rocks

rejoe...you crack me up.

"Bat-s*** Crazy and Dumb as the day is long." Can be there campaign slogan.

romesfxst
romesfxst

She is a nutjob !! She will not get the following of the mindless sheep that follow Sarah Palin.

I Scream In The Sun
I Scream In The Sun

Rojo- but which one gets to be president and which one gets to be vice president? There's only one way to decide that, and it involves a kiddie pool and several gallons of baby oil. This SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY tune in to the pay per view event of the century: Catfight baby oil wrestling for the position of President of the United States of the USA!

reojoe
reojoe

[quote]I Scream In The Sun said: "Rojo- but which one gets to be president and which one gets to be vice president? There's only one way to decide that, and it involves a kiddie pool and several gallons of baby oil. This SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY tune in to the pay per view event of the century: Catfight baby oil wrestling for the position of President of the United States of the USA!"[/quote]

Considering the people that vote for the GOP today, I'm guessing that they would find that a good way to determine who is President.

TRinIA
TRinIA

She's like Sarah Palin's crazy cousin. I hope they both decide to run, it will make for an entertaining primary season. Get out your popcorn folks and be prepared for the show -- a never ending series of debate rhetoric, and other wacky moments that will make intelligent people cringe and supply late night hosts with an endless stream of jokes.

xdfred
xdfred

Liberal fear is a wonderful thing. All the Obama worshippers shaking at the thought of the first woman president being a conservative. Gotta love it.

Wally
Wally

Let's see.... conservative, well spoken, attractive.... no wonder you guys broke out the name calling --- it's all you have.
Oh yeah, her and her husband have also taken in 23 foster children.....is that another strike against her?

I Scream In The Sun
I Scream In The Sun

[quote]Wally said: "Let's see.... conservative, well spoken, attractive.... no wonder you guys broke out the name calling --- it's all you have. Oh yeah, her and her husband have also taken in 23 foster children.....is that another strike against her?"[/quote]

Well, the founders of this country also took in alot of "foster children". Except they called them "Slaves".

reojoe
reojoe

I know, fellow Bachmann supporters! It's all fear! Us supporters KNOW that she or Palin will blow Commander in Chief of the U.S. military Obama out of the water, and that IS why the haters are afraid.

The main reason why we should be supporting and defending her is for her stance on loyalty oaths. In a war on terrorism, we should be conducting loyalty oaths in the U.S. We ALL love the Constertution and need to preserve it at all costs. That's why loyalty oaths make perfect sense.

Kernel
Kernel

reojoe, i'm right there with you. Palin/Bachmann 2012!

first amendment
first amendment

So is the Tea Party's plan to put cougars on their tickets hoping that the typical marketing of the U.S. will work?

tallman
tallman

xdfred said on: January 5, 2011, 4:20 pm
Liberal fear is a wonderful thing. All the Obama worshippers shaking at the thought of the first woman president being a conservative. Gotta love it.


Ya, fear is good. Even as a conservative, I (along with Barbara Bush and Bush 1)cringe at the thought of Palin holding the title as the most powerful person in the world. Any sane person should feel the same way. Ol Barbara even said Palin should just stay in Alaska. The thought of a Bachman/Palin ticket is a true nightmare. Most conservatives agree on this except for the few who can't be weened off the Limbaugh koolaid.

tangledweb
tangledweb

I don't recall that all the founders had slaves, which history book did you read that in? The ones I read said that a comprise was reached to get all thirteen on board with splitting off from Great Britain with the idea it would be fixed later. I can't believe the lefties that are all attacking the founding fathers nowadays. I guess you all would happy if we were all still part of that socialist utopia that is England, something it seems the far left is trying to turn this country into anyway. Progressives always go around blowing their horn about how accepting they are have all different people unless it's a conservative woman, then she a kook and should stay home with the kids or another race then their Uncle Tom's. You all just keep up with the name calling, it just keeps pushing more and more people towards the Tea Party.

tangledweb
tangledweb

Then there are the ones who post about how intelligent liberals are. Yea, real smart, give the highest post in the land to a guy that's only claim of leadership was that he was a community organizer. A one term state senator that almost always just voted present and didn't even go one term as a U.S. Senator. That's smart, he wasn't even a successful lawyer and never did release his grades from college. BRILLIANT! The only thing he does do well is read a teleprompter, get off the script and he'll stick his foot in his mouth every time.

timbrackett
timbrackett

While I disagree severely with most of Bachmann's political positions I would feel much more secure with her as my President than I would with Palin.
The whole us v. them, either/or crowd from the right side of the aisle always assumes my criticisms of Palin have to be motivated by political ideology even though none of my criticisms actually addressed her ideology. From the start, when McCain chose Palin as his V.P. nominee, my criticisms of Palin have gone to her ability to actually lead a nation. I find myself unable to make the same criticisms of Bachmann. Not to say that I agree with the majority of Bachmann's ideology because I don't, but my argument the entire time is that there are much more capable Republican, Conservative women in our nation than Sarah Palin.

timbrackett
timbrackett

[quote]I Scream In The Sun said: "Rojo- but which one gets to be president and which one gets to be vice president? There's only one way to decide that, and it involves a kiddie pool and several gallons of baby oil. This SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY tune in to the pay per view event of the century: Catfight baby oil wrestling for the position of President of the United States of the USA!"[/quote]

Not even funny...while my criticisms of Sarah Palin are well-known and I disagree with the vast majority of Bachmann's political positions, this is 2011 not 1911.
But then again your avatar, which I am still surprised the Courier allows, explains your views towards women.

Bears2010
Bears2010

Why not Bachmann. She has just as much/more experience than the community organizer we have in office now. Oh wait he is a liberal so experience doesn't matter. Well at least he has done a fine job since getting in office. Deficit is down, unemployment is down, we are finally out of these wars, and Gitmo is closed. Mission accomplished Mr. President.

Bears2010
Bears2010

I Scream In The Sun said: "Well, the founders of this country also took in alot of "foster children". Except they called them "Slaves". "


Ah yes those horrible founders of this country. Let me help you out..the U.S. did not invent slavery. That was your left leaning European nations. Guess what though we ended slavery.

dfrank5775
dfrank5775

[quote]Kernel said: "reojoe, i'm right there with you. Palin/Bachmann 2012!"[/quote]

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Not so fast, it could be Bachmann/Palin. Wait till we see the results of the kiddypool/oil match.

reojoe
reojoe

[quote]tangledweb said: "Then there are the ones who post about how intelligent liberals are. Yea, real smart, give the highest post in the land to a guy that's only claim of leadership was that he was a community organizer. A one term state senator that almost always just voted present and didn't even go one term as a U.S. Senator. That's smart, he wasn't even a successful lawyer and never did release his grades from college. BRILLIANT! The only thing he does do well is read a teleprompter, get off the script and he'll stick his foot in his mouth every time. "[/quote]

WOW!!!

And we wonder why the justices were voted out?

I mean: WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wally
Wally

Judging from the two "WOW's" out of reojoe, the truth must really be shocking to him.

Americanzi
Americanzi

[quote]timbrackett said: "While I disagree severely with most of Bachmann's political positions I would feel much more secure with her as my President than I would with Palin.The whole us v. them, either/or crowd from the right side of the aisle always assumes my criticisms of Palin have to be motivated by political ideology even though none of my criticisms actually addressed her ideology. From the start, when McCain chose Palin as his V.P. nominee, my criticisms of Palin have gone to her ability to actually lead a nation. I find myself unable to make the same criticisms of Bachmann. Not to say that I agree with the majority of Bachmann's ideology because I don't, but my argument the entire time is that there are much more capable Republican, Conservative women in our nation than Sarah Palin."[/quote]

Agreed. I wouldn't want her in charge anymore than I want a socialist in charge. Problem is, we already know what a mistake Obama has been for the non-socialist American voter. It's a tough call, but I don't want anymore Obama. He's been a disaster. I want a do-over.

Americanzi
Americanzi

[quote]Bears2010 said: "Why not Bachmann. She has just as much/more experience than the community organizer we have in office now. Oh wait he is a liberal so experience doesn't matter. Well at least he has done a fine job since getting in office. Deficit is down, unemployment is down, we are finally out of these wars, and Gitmo is closed. Mission accomplished Mr. President."[/quote]

Don't bring up Gitmo, wire tapping or groping. It pisses off the libs, because they can't blame Bush, only thank him. Clearly Obama believes in these Bush policies, otherwise he would repeal them.

Bears2010
Bears2010

I guess when you use big words like WOW and follow it up with !!!!! it means you are highly intelligent. Or it could mean that you have no valid answer so you stoop to crack pot statements such as WOW!!!! or You go, girl!
Again show me what Obama has done to make your life in the government paid bomb shelter you live in any better than it was 3 years ago?

reojoe
reojoe

[quote]Wally said: "Judging from the two "WOW's" out of reojoe, the truth must really be shocking to him."[/quote]

No, quite frankly, it's the ignorance and lack of any sort of original thought.

Everything sounds exactly from the mouth of comedian/part boss Rush Koresh Limbaugh, and the weirdos who hate America.

reojoe
reojoe

[quote]Bears2010 said: "I guess when you use big words like WOW and follow it up with !!!!! it means you are highly intelligent. Or it could mean that you have no valid answer so you stoop to crack pot statements such as WOW!!!! or You go, girl! Again show me what Obama has done to make your life in the government paid bomb shelter you live in any better than it was 3 years ago?"[/quote]

I'll tell you one big one: My taxes are lower, as are yours, unless you don't work.

timbrackett
timbrackett

[quote]Americanzi said: "Agreed. I wouldn't want her in charge anymore than I want a socialist in charge. Problem is, we already know what a mistake Obama has been for the non-socialist American voter. It's a tough call, but I don't want anymore Obama. He's been a disaster. I want a do-over. "[/quote]

See, and you immediately go to ideology when my argument has absolutely nothing to do with ideology. You are one of those whose ideological blinders force every issue through an ideological lens.
Again, my comments had nothing to do with ideology!!!

timbrackett
timbrackett

[quote]Bears2010 said: "I Scream In The Sun said: "Well, the founders of this country also took in alot of "foster children". Except they called them "Slaves". "Ah yes those horrible founders of this country. Let me help you out..the U.S. did not invent slavery. That was your left leaning European nations. Guess what though we ended slavery. "[/quote]

Really? Europe invented slavery? Interesting...

Wally
Wally

reojoe,
I just don't see where you get "ignorance", "lack of any sort of original thought", Rush Limbaugh, and "the weirdos who hate America" out of tangledweb's post.

Regarding the "lack of any sort of original thought" comment, think of it this way. You know how the media constantly repeats outright lies to make conservatives look bad because if you repeat something often enough, people will believe it?
It's just like that, only true.

reojoe
reojoe

[quote]Wally said: "reojoe,I just don't see where you get "ignorance", "lack of any sort of original thought", Rush Limbaugh, and "the weirdos who hate America" out of tangledweb's post.Regarding the "lack of any sort of original thought" comment, think of it this way. You know how the media constantly repeats outright lies to make conservatives look bad because if you repeat something often enough, people will believe it?It's just like that, only true. "[/quote]

I didn't think you'd get it. Par for the course.

I've got a repeated "lie" for you about conservatives: death panels. Read 'em and weep.

I hope you're proud to be affiliated with these good "Christian" folks. http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2010/12/09/20101209Montini1209.html

Wally
Wally

reojoe,
I by no means want to give the impression that I give a rip about what you say, but one more time:

What did your reply to tangledweb's post have to do with his post? Or maybe you'll understand it this way. What did he say that was so ignorant?

Americanzi
Americanzi

[quote]timbrackett said: "While I disagree severely with most of Bachmann's political positions I would feel much more secure with her as my President than I would with Palin.The whole us v. them, either/or crowd from the right side of the aisle always assumes my criticisms of Palin have to be motivated by political ideology even though none of my criticisms actually addressed her ideology. From the start, when McCain chose Palin as his V.P. nominee, my criticisms of Palin have gone to her ability to actually lead a nation. I find myself unable to make the same criticisms of Bachmann. Not to say that I agree with the majority of Bachmann's ideology because I don't, but my argument the entire time is that there are much more capable Republican, Conservative women in our nation than Sarah Palin."[/quote]

Tim, are you serious? You're post had absolutely nothing to do with ideology? Give me a break. If you don't want comments about ideology, then don't make references to your ideology. It's that simple. The fact that you brought up Bachman's and Palin's politics, and that you are not a fan, makes it germane to the topic, does it not?

tangledweb
tangledweb

By your comments Joe should I assume you have no defense for what I said? Your response is the typical liberal smugness we've all come to expect, no issues, just look how stupid they are and how smart we are. I'll give you a little news flash, I didn't vote to remove the judges. Libertarian, I don't care what other people do as long as it doesn't interfere with my life. You want to marry another man, have fun. I'm not here to defend Bachman or Palin, I haven't decided who I want for President yet, I just know I don't want the current socialist. I just got a little sick of pompous remarks that were being posted. Don't think so? Better go back and look at home many remarks were directed at their politics and how many were personal. I'm surprised you haven't attacked any of Mrs Palin's kids yet. One last thing, just give me one thing that proves the President is qualified. Was he a CEO? A mayor or governor? Any leadership post in the senate? What were his grades in college? Give me something other than a smart a$$ remark.

timbrackett
timbrackett

[quote]Americanzi said: "Tim, are you serious? You're post had absolutely nothing to do with ideology? Give me a break. If you don't want comments about ideology, then don't make references to your ideology. It's that simple. The fact that you brought up Bachman's and Palin's politics, and that you are not a fan, makes it germane to the topic, does it not?"[/quote]

Take a reading comprehension course, then reply again...

Bears2010
Bears2010

reojoe said: "I'll tell you one big one: My taxes are lower, as are yours, unless you don't work. "


Rjoe I know your taxes are lower. You are a liberal so you are either on welfare or just choose not to pay your fair share. Isn't that the Liberal way?

Americanzi
Americanzi

[quote]timbrackett said: "Take a reading comprehension course, then reply again..."[/quote]

No, not comprehension, assertion. You assert it has nothing to do with ideology, but I say you're full of it.

timbrackett
timbrackett

[quote]Americanzi said: "No, not comprehension, assertion. You assert it has nothing to do with ideology, but I say you're full of it. "[/quote]

Again, take a reading comprehension course...

BIL
BIL

[quote]Bears2010 said: "reojoe said: "I'll tell you one big one: My taxes are lower, as are yours, unless you don't work. "Rjoe I know your taxes are lower. You are a liberal so you are either on welfare or just choose not to pay your fair share. Isn't that the Liberal way?"[/quote]

You are a conservative, so you hate minorities and women, believe the Earth is only 6,000 years old and think Obama is a Martian. Isn't that the conservative way?

Aren't stereotypes fun?

PS - reojoe is right, but I see you'd rather make shallow digs than face facts.

Bears2010
Bears2010

BIL said: "You are a conservative, so you hate minorities and women, believe the Earth is only 6,000 years old and think Obama is a Martian. Isn't that the conservative way? Aren't stereotypes fun? PS - reojoe is right, but I see you'd rather make shallow digs than face facts. "


First off BIL you are wrong right from the start. I am not conservative but an independent. That means I look at both sides of the fence equally and make decisions based on intelligence. I do not vote the party line..such as reojoe, cross, yourself. Since one of my best friends is a minority I guess I don't really hate them. I love women unlike reojoe and the rest of the left who continuosly denegrade women such as Palin and Bachmann. I have a minor in geology so that assumption of yours about the Earth is incorrect. So it appears you only got one of five correct.

Kind of like the POTUS and his policies.

BIL
BIL

[quote]Bears2010 said: "First off BIL you are wrong right from the start."[/quote]

Hmm, just like you were wrong that "the liberal way" is to be tax cheats and/or on welfare.

Like I said, aren't stereotypes fun?

BIL
BIL

[quote]Bears2010 said: "I love women unlike reojoe and the rest of the left who continuosly denegrade women such as Palin and Bachmann."[/quote]

Oh, and this was pretty funny. Liberals diss Palin and Bachmann because of the words that come out of their mouths - it has nothing to do with them being women or not. I'd say the left gives those two about the same treatment as they give Steve King or Michael Steele. Republicans, on the other hand, now there's folks who really, truly, deeply respect women. Here's a fine example of their classiness: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/19/post_495_n_686587.html

timbrackett
timbrackett

[quote]Bears2010 said: "BIL said: "You are a conservative, so you hate minorities and women, believe the Earth is only 6,000 years old and think Obama is a Martian. Isn't that the conservative way? Aren't stereotypes fun? PS - reojoe is right, but I see you'd rather make shallow digs than face facts. "First off BIL you are wrong right from the start. I am not conservative but an independent. That means I look at both sides of the fence equally and make decisions based on intelligence. I do not vote the party line..such as reojoe, cross, yourself. Since one of my best friends is a minority I guess I don't really hate them. I love women unlike reojoe and the rest of the left who continuosly denegrade women such as Palin and Bachmann. I have a minor in geology so that assumption of yours about the Earth is incorrect. So it appears you only got one of five correct.Kind of like the POTUS and his policies."[/quote]

Wow! Gov. Wallace, I'm glad you have a friend who is a minority. Totally proves you are not racist at all! As for being an "independent" you sure seem to lean a lot further to the right than most independents, moderate republicans, libertarians and even some conservative republicans.
Refresh my memory, because I do not recall reading one comment from you that embraced an "independent" mindset. Not one...

xdfred
xdfred

"BIL said on: January 7, 2011, 4:06 pm
Bears2010 said: "I love women unlike reojoe and the rest of the left who continuosly denegrade women such as Palin and Bachmann."

Oh, and this was pretty funny. Liberals diss Palin and Bachmann because of the words that come out of their mouths -..."
Pure bull. They 'diss' them for any and no reason whatsover. case in point, has anyone on this blog pulled a Bachman quote and used it to justify any 'dissing'? Same deal with Palin. Afraid of real women.

cubbies08
cubbies08

timbrackett said: "Wow! Gov. Wallace, I'm glad you have a friend who is a minority. Totally proves you are not racist at all!


So tim exactly what do you do that qualifies you as not being racist. Oh let me guess you vote Democratic.

timbrackett
timbrackett

[quote]cubbies08 said: "timbrackett said: "Wow! Gov. Wallace, I'm glad you have a friend who is a minority. Totally proves you are not racist at all! So tim exactly what do you do that qualifies you as not being racist. Oh let me guess you vote Democratic. "[/quote]

I don't judge people based on their race/ethnicity. That is what qualifies me as not being racist.

Americanzi
Americanzi

[quote]timbrackett said: "I don't judge people based on their race/ethnicity. That is what qualifies me as not being racist."[/quote]

Everyone is a racist, it just depends on what kind of racist you are. If you support Affirmative Action, you are a racist. If you are against Affirmative Action, you are a racist. Just depends on how you want to look at it.

timbrackett
timbrackett

[quote]Americanzi said: "Everyone is a racist, it just depends on what kind of racist you are. If you support Affirmative Action, you are a racist. If you are against Affirmative Action, you are a racist. Just depends on how you want to look at it. "[/quote]

Crazy...

Americanzi
Americanzi

[quote]timbrackett said: "Crazy..."[/quote]

Logical...

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