Michele Bachmann Tells Iowans She “Has A Calling” To Run For POTUS

It wasn’t a formal announcement, but Michele Bachmann seemed to pretty much confirm that she’ll be running for President in a speech to Iowa Republicans:

Michele Bachmann told Iowa voters she’s had a “calling” to go ahead with the “momentous decision” to run for president.

Bachmann made the comments Friday during a taping of an Iowa Public Television program.

“Every decision that I make, I pray about, as does my husband,” said the Minnesota congresswoman, according to radio broadcaster O. Kay Henderson. “And I can tell, yes, I’ve had that calling and that tugging on my heart that this is the right thing to do.”

The Iowa-born Bachmann is expected to appeal to evangelical Christians, who have a heavy presence in the Republican primary process. Bachmann told Iowa voters on Thursday that she will announce her candidacy in her childhood hometown of Waterloo.

But she also stressed her tea party credentials.

“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.”

Sounds to me like she’s in.


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  1. Grandpa lou says:

    For all the republicans that pray about their political decisions and get a tugging on their heart or a fire in their belly…they need some Tums calcium tablets or Pepto, because it’s more likely indigestion or heart burn than an answer from God…otherwise I think we’d have better governance, wiser decisions and at the least better educated leadership, history wise.

  2. anjin-san says:

    I always get nervous when people confuse their personal ambitions with the will of God. Bachmann is essentially a non-entity who rode the tea party boom to a certain level of prominence. She had the good fortune to ride a wave driven by people who actually seem to glorify ignorance and stupidity.

    More than anything, it’s a brand building exercise. She can probably parlay this into years of well paying speaking engagements and TV gigs. Nice work if you can get it.

  3. Tsar Nicholas II says:

    If Bachmann and Palin both run it’s a sign of the apocalypse. Seriously.

  4. sam says:

    Call of the wild, she means.

  5. Jamaican Bacon says:

    If you like Michele Bachmann, you MUST read this