Politics

Michele Bachmann refuses to rule out 2012 presidential run

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter

Rep. Michele Bachmann did not rule out the possibility of a 2012 presidential run on Wednesday, but called discussions of candidacy premature at this point.

“Can you imagine two years of speculating about who the nominee will be?” Bachmann asked Greta VanSusteren. “It’s boring.”

Speculation arose earlier in the day when it was announced that the Minnesota Republican and Tea Party darling would headline a fundraiser in Iowa later this month held by Iowans for Tax Reform.

Deflecting the question, Bachmann explained that her speech would be about ensuring that President Obama does not serve a second term in office.

“I’m planning to talk about why we need to make sure we repeal President Obama in 2012,” she said, “like today: we had a repeal of Speaker Pelosi in the House.”

“The next year shouldn’t be about necessarily who is the person,” Bachmann said. “That’s why it is not about my personal ambition. It is about making sure the people know what the issues are, what the principles are.”