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Bachmann Again Hints at Run for President

Bachmann Again Hints at Run for President

By Adam O'Neal - October 2, 2014

Michele Bachmann, the retiring Minnesota congresswoman and former presidential candidate, is again hinting that she may be interested in another run for the Oval Office. 

“I don’t know how you’ll see me, but I would like to be in a situation where I can offer an opposing viewpoint to Hillary Clinton,” Bachmann told Politico in describing her post-congressional plans. 

It’s possible that the four-term congresswoman meant she might remain a Republican surrogate in 2016, but earlier this year she alluded to a possible bid of her own. 

“The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running,” she told RCP. “They haven’t speculated, for instance, that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run.”

Bachmann gained momentum in the summer of 2011 and was briefly a top contender for the GOP presidential nomination. But she fared poorly in the Iowa caucuses and dropped out of the race early in the primary. 

In discussing her plans, Bachmann cited a desire to speak to broader audiences than traditional Republican constituency groups -- as likely 2016 candidates Rand Paul and Chris Christie have done. “I absolutely love the 18-to-35 set. Absolutely love them, and that’s a crowd I would like to talk to.” 

Additionally, Politico reported that Bachmann “is fiercely courting media and speaking opportunities, likely in Washington, New York or Los Angeles, and looking to burnish her credentials as a foreign policy expert ahead of the 2016 presidential election.”

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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