ABC News, citing a source close to the congresswoman, first reported Wednesday morning that [Minnesota Rep. Michele] Bachmann is seriously weighing a presidential bid. Bachmann confirmed she is planning to visit Iowa on Jan. 21—and that visit is aimed at making sure that after 2010 Republican victories, “step two will be repealing President Obama…in 2012.” Her appearance at a fundraiser for the Iowans for Tax Relief PAC will be her third visit to Iowa in the past eight months, and she has also spent time in the early primary state of Michigan.
A look at some of Bachmann’s nuttier statements:
- “I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America?” -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, calling for a new McCarthyism, Oct. 2008
- “I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.” -Rep. Michele Bachmann, on the 1976 Swine Flu outbreak that happened when Gerald Ford, a Republican, was president, April 28, 2009
- “Take this into consideration. If we look at American history, between 1942 and 1947, the data that was collected by the Census Bureau was handed over to the FBI and other organizations at the request of President Roosevelt, and that’s how the Japanese were rounded up and put into the internment camps. I’m not saying that that’s what the Administration is planning to do, but I am saying that private personal information that was given to the Census Bureau in the 1940s was used against Americans to round them up, in a violation of their constitutional rights, and put the Japanese in internment camps.” -Rep. Michele Bachmann, June 2009
- “Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, April, 2009
That she has “credibility with tea party conservatives” speaks volumes about the tea party.