Appearing on a Christian television program last week, former presidential candidate and co-founder of the Tea Party Caucus Michele Bachman said: “I’ve had people contact me and urge me to run for that Senate seat… But there’s also a price you pay. And the price is bigger than ever because the swamp is so toxic.”
The Daily News reports,
Bachmann, who was a representative of Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District for eight years, told the televangelist Jim Bakker she’s been praying about the decision since Franken announced last month he would be stepping down amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Democrat officially resigned on Tuesday, and Minnesota’s governor chose Democratic Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace him until the special election in November.
Bachmann appeared on Bakker’s TV show on Dec. 27, which at one point advertised a year of food for $650 to prepare for the impending Rapture.
She told him, “I’ve had people contact me and urge me to run for that Senate seat … The question is, should it be me? Should it be now?”
Bachmann said she trusts in God to provide an answer after a higher power led to her 2012 presidential run.
Bachmann added, “It is really tough if you are going against the tide in D.C. — if you are trying to stand for biblical principles in D.C. and you stick your head up out of the hole, the blades come whirring and they come to chop you off.”
Bachmann, a conservative who served on President Trump’s evangelical advisory council during his campaign, added that she and her husband are not “money people” or billionaires who can defend themselves against “frivolous lawsuits.”
Bachmann, whose presidential bid petered out after a sixth-place finish in the early Iowa caucuses, was later investigated for alleged campaign finance violations.
Bachmann served in the state senate before she became the first Republican woman to represent Minnesota in the U.S. House after she won the 2006 elections.
She falsely claimed in 2011 that HPV vaccines might cause mental retardation. In 2012, she and a group of fellow Republican lawmakers suggested the federal government was being penetrated by the Muslim Brotherhood and specifically referenced then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin.
She decided against running for re-election in 2014, after nearly being defeated by a Democratic challenger two years earlier.