WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Michelle Bachmann says she may not be done with politics. The Minnesota Republican is set to retire from the House when her term expires next year.
But she told Real Clear Politics she is considering making another run for the White House. Bachmann was asked if she thought any GOP women might throw their hat in the ring for 2016.
“The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running,” she said. “They haven’t speculated, for instance, that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run.”
Though plagued by gaffes and campaign staff turmoil that ended her presidential run in 2011, Bachmann says the experience would make her a better candidate a second time around.
“Like with anything else, practice makes perfect,” she said. “And I think if a person has gone through the process, for instance, I had gone through 15 presidential debates, it’s easy to see a person’s improvement going through that.”
She told the political blog that her ill-fated presidential campaign connected with many American voters.
“And it’s because people saw that I had an authentic voice, and I was fighting for them,” she said. “I wasn’t speaking to them like a politician. I was speaking like a real person who was fighting for what they believed in.”
If she runs, Bachmann expects to have a smoother time in what is predicted to be an even more crowded field.
“I haven’t made a decision one way or another if I’m going to run again, but I think the organization is probably the key,” she said. “To have an organization and people who surround you who are loyal, who are highly competent, who know how to be able to run the ball down the field in state after state, because now I think the primary process will be very different this time. It will tighten up; it will be a much shorter run than it was before.”
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