WASHINGTON, D.C., March 24, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Rumors that pro-life Tea-Party leader Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) may throw her hat in the presidential ring have more bite than bark, according to insider information obtained by CNN.
CNN reports they have exclusively learned Bachmann, who was the keynote speaker at the Rose Dinner after this year’s March for Life in Washington, will form a presidential exploratory committee by June or “early summer.” This could allow her to participate in the first three GOP primary debates, which start May 5.
Bachmann has been making her rounds to the first three critical GOP battlegrounds in the primary season: she is currently in Iowa, home to the famous Iowa “First in the Nation” caucuses, and has also visited New Hampshire, which holds the first GOP presidential primary, and South Carolina, the first GOP primary in the South. All three contests are critical bellwethers for GOP presidential hopefuls who want to distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack before heading into the Super Tuesday primaries held in February.
So far, Bachmann is still staying mum, but she did post the CNN story on her Facebook page, with the teaser, “Read a little something on CNN…”
The pro-life three-term congresswoman also posts that she is holding a town-hall meeting on her Facebook page between 5-6 p.m. CT (6-7 p.m. ET) “live from Iowa, where I’ll answer questions live on video from Facebook, Twitter, text message, and YouTube.”
In Iowa, Bachmann praised voters who ejected three of their Supreme Court justices, including Chief Justice Marsha Ternus, for legalizing same-sex “marriage.” Politico reports Bachmann described the people of Iowa as “fighters” who would not let their judges be their “black-robed masters.” She highlighted her own Iowa roots: she born in the state, where she lived until her father took a job in Minnesota.
Bachmann was speaking with U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) and GOP presidential hopeful and former Godfather’s pizza CEO Herman Cain at an Iowa Statehouse rally in support of homeschooling.
“The family has a level of authority that the government may have trampled on,” said Bachmann, according to the Associated Press. “We need to make sure that families enjoy their untrammeled right without state interference.”
“What I love about Iowa is you are fighters, you don’t take ‘no’ for an answer,” she stated. “If you have judges who thwart the will of the people, you send them packing. Thank you, Iowa, for what you have done to uphold the Constitution.”
Pro-life issues are core components of Bachmann’s principles. In her keynote address at the March for Life Rose Dinner on January 24, Bachmann explained that the “life of the unborn is not a sidebar issue … It is the issue that impacts more than any other how you view other issues.”
Bachmann has also established herself as a leading fiscal conservative voice in Congress.