The congressional representative for Minnesota’s 6th District announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination during the second GOP debate on June 13th. A founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, she has drawn some comparisons to another Tea Party favorite and possible competitor, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
She is perhaps most well-known for her accusations against Barack Obama for holding anti-American views, during the 2008 presidential election, concerning his apparent association with "domestic terrorist" Bill Ayers. Appearing on Hardball with Chris Matthews October 17th, she said, “I am very concerned that he [Barack Obama] may have anti-American views.” When asked by Matthews, “How many people in the Congress of the United States do you think are anti-American? You've already suspected Barack Obama, is he alone or are there others?” Bachmann responded: “I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out are they pro-America, or anti-America?”
Her interview was cited as a reason why prominent Republicans, including Colin Powell and fellow Minnesotan Arne Carlson, decided to endorse, then Illinois junior Senator Barack Obama for president. On October 21st she seemed to backtrack saying, “I made a misstatement. I said a comment that I would take back. I did not, nor do I, question Barack Obama's patriotism...I did not say that Barack Obama is anti-American nor do I believe that Barack Obama is anti-American.”
A former Minnesota state senator, she holds favour with both the fiscally and socially conservative grassroots factions of the Republican party. She backs the idea of a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages and legal equivalents. However her view on abortion is more nuanced; in the past, she has advocated the limited practice of abortion in instances of rape and incest.
The former Internal Revenue Service attorney is also a protagonist for the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as well as being one of many Republicans to lampoon it as Obamacare. She attempted to introduce a bill with fellow Republican Rep. Steve King, repealing the bill, as well as claiming in the national media that the Obama administration had hidden $105 billion in spending by fiddling the numbers contained in the healthcare bill.
Bachmann has been a long-standing critic of the Environmental Protection Agency, going so far as to suggest it be renamed “the job-killing organisation of America” in the June GOP debate. Similarly, she supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to reduce the USA’s dependency on foreign oil as well as being a loud skeptic of global warming. On the floor of the House in 2009 she asserted, “Carbon dioxide is not a harmful gas, it is a harmless gas.”