Minnesota's Bachmann Pondering White House Run

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By: From CNN
WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 15: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN-R) participates in the launching of the

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 15: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN-R) participates in the launching of the "The Fire Pelosi" bus tour on September 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. The RNC announced that the Fire Pelosi bus will soon depart for targeted districts, and rural communities to spread the message that it is time for Republicans to retake the House of Representatives and fire House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

MINNESOTA (From CNN) -- When Congresswoman Michele Bachmann heads to Iowa later this month, she just might have a potential presidential campaign on her mind.

"She's not taking anything off the table, her focus remains on serving Minnesota's 6th District, but she hasn't ruled anything out," Doug Sachtleben, Bachmann's communications director, told CNN.

Bachmann, who is beginning her third term, will head to the Hawkeye State on January 21 to deliver a keynote address in Des Moines at an event sponsored by the Iowans for Tax Relief. It's also expected the Tea Party darling will meet privately with Iowa political operatives to discuss a potential presidential bid.

The outspoken congresswoman was among the first conservatives to embrace the Tea Party movement and has remained one of its staunchest allies in Congress. Last year she formed the House Tea Party Caucus and is usually a staple at Tea Party-backed events throughout the country. Bachmann is also a political ally of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, herself a Tea Party favorite who is mulling a presidential bid.

While little known to the broader electorate, Bachmann would enter the presidential race as a relatively familiar face to the Republican base. Her constant presence at conservative conferences in Washington and her at-times eyebrow-raising comments have all but made her a national figure among many Republican stalwarts - as well as a constant target of Democrats.

Most recently, Bachmann took heat for falsely claiming on CNN that President Obama's India trip in November was costing taxpayers $200 million a day. In another controversial comment, she called on the media in 2008 to investigate congressmen to "find out if they are pro-America or anti-America."

It's previously been speculated that Bachmann is mulling a 2012 Senate bid in Minnesota to challenge the incumbent Democrat, Amy Klobuchar. Either way, a trip to Iowa is a surefire way to raise any politician's profile – whatever the ambitions may be.


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