Ready for Michele: Bachmann Won’t Rule Out Another Run for President
DES MOINES, Iowa–Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann can say she has done something no other woman has ever done: she won the Republican Party of Iowa’s Straw Poll. Bachmann, who is retiring from congress, hasn’t said she will run for president again in 2016. But she wouldn’t rule it out, according to a story from the Associated Press.
“I occupy a very unique space,” Bachmann told the Associated Press. “I am the only woman who has been in presidential debates on the Republican ticket.”
Bachmann, an Iowa native, tried to use her home state roots during her run for president in 2012. Winning the straw poll in August in Ames made her the first woman to accomplish that. But that victory offered just a fleeting moment of fame, as her campaign got lost among higher-profile efforts of Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and others.
Bachmann’s misstatements helped doom her campaign. She claimed Perry’s decision to have Texas sixth-grade girls get the HPV shot to ward of sexually-transmitted diseases could cause mental retardation. That claim got her widely mocked.
Bachmann is particularly close to fellow social conservative, Iowa Congressman Steve King. The two recently went to the Texas-Mexico border to address continued concerns of undocumented immigrants coming into the U.S. Despite that closeness, King declined to endorse his good friend in her 2012 campaign, instead choosing to remain neutral.
Bachmann finished a distant sixth in the caucuses and dropped her presidential campaign the next morning.