Her formal announcement about whether she’ll run for president isn’t expected for a few weeks, but Rep. Michele Bachmann already has her sights set on President Barack Obama.
Asked Monday night why she’d run for president rather than challenging Democrat Al Franken for his Senate seat, the Minnesota Republican’s answer focused where she’s put much of her energy in recent months: “Because we need a person who is going to stand up to Obamacare,” she said, according to The Washington Post.
“You’ve got to be willing to take on our party, the other party and then explain it to the people,” she told Republicans in New Hampshire. “I know I can make the case to the American people and win them over to our side.”
“Obama has to go and has to be replaced, but not just by anyone,” Bachmann said. “We need someone who is committed to taking that thing out,” she continued, referring to Obama’s health care law, “because it is the crown jewel of socialism, and if it’s allowed to stand we will never get our country back.”
Bachmann said last week that she plans to announce whether she’ll run for the Republican presidential nomination in her childhood hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, in June.
In an interview taped on Friday, she said she has a “calling” to make the “momentous decision” to run. “I think people want something new and different. They don’t want anything that reflects the status quo or the establishment,” she said. “I think the tea party movement has made that very clear, that they don’t want Washington as usual.”
Earlier in the day Monday, at another campaign stop, Bachmann also turned her attention to Obama, in response to a question about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. “The person that I compare myself to is Barack Obama and I think that’s a very favorable comparison,’’ she said, the Boston Globe reported.
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