Not a single Republican has officially announced that they will enter the 2012 presidential race yet, but the ranks of people who are thinking about it, mulling it over, praying about it, or "keeping all options on the table" seem to grow every day. The newest member of the club is Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann. You may know her as the woman who warned that filling out the Census could get you thrown in an internment camp, or who claimed that homosexuality is a "dysfunction" and that gay people are "specifically targeting our children," or who accused President Obama of turning America into a "nation of slaves," or who called on the media to investigate which congressmen were "anti-America." Not surprisingly, given the aforementioned career highlights, she's also a revered figure among tea partiers she founded the Tea Party Caucus in the House and is reportedly exploring whether the tea party could take her all the way to the White House next year.
ABC News has learned that Bachmann, R-Minn., also is seriously weighing whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.
A source close to the three-term congresswoman said Bachmann will travel to Iowa this month for multiple meetings to seek advice from political forces there and party elders close to the caucus process before coming to a final decision regarding a potential presidential run. Bachmann, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, also is set to deliver a keynote speech at an Iowans for Tax Relief PAC fundraiser Jan. 21 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Obviously, this would be amazing if it happened. But we wouldn't bet on it. Bachmann loves the spotlight, and she knows that in this pre-campaign period, any politician who steps foot in an early-voting state like Iowa can raise his or her profile and invite extra media attention upon themselves. We're doing it right now! Well played, Bachmann ... well played.
Exclusive: President Michele Bachmann? [ABC News]