Saturday, August 15, 2009

Is Michele Bachmann Considering a White House Run?

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Michele Bachmann (R-MN), a woman often described as a rising star of the Republican Party. In a political world plagued with Democrats on the fast track of socializing our economy and Republicans who provide the weakest of criticisms, Bachman certainly stands out. She is very vocal about her convictions and is willing to take Democrats and Republicans to task.

Bachmann has not been on the political scene long, first getting elected to Congress in 2006, but there is significant buzz that surrounds her among the rank and file of the GOP. She took Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner to task for what appears to be his complete lack of understanding of the United State Constitution. It was actually very riveting television. In spite of her short sprint in the House, her overall political experience is as long or longer than President Obama, having served in the Minnesota Senate since 2000.

What makes Bachmann interesting is her honesty about the obligations she made to defend the US Constitution. Frankly, most members of Congress in the GOP act simply too sophisticated to take the Constitution seriously and the Democrats simply don't seem to care. Bachman is quick to remind people that they have sworn to defend that document and that commitment requires more than lip service.

Drew Zahn of WorldNetDaily is reporting that Bachmann is now hinting on a possible Presidential run. No, she has not put together an exploratory committee, but she has already stuck her neck out by modern political standards. Zahn discussed the possibility of a run for the White House with Bachmann. The Congresswoman stated that "If I felt that's what the Lord was calling me to do, I would do it." Furthermore she noted that "When I have sensed that the Lord is calling me to do something, I've said yes to it. But I will not seek a higher office if God is not calling me to do it. That's really my standard. If I am called to serve in that realm I would serve," she concluded, 'but if I am not called, I wouldn't do it." Meanwhile most of the other candidates who are ran in 2008 and consider likely contenders in 2012 seem to dismiss this possibility without hesitation.

Bachmann would have a serious challenge running for the nation's highest office. She is a female facing a media that doesn't seem that interested in having a woman for President. Just remember the ridiculous "stay at home mom" questions Hillary Clinton faced. Furthermore, she is a conservative woman. This is almost a crime by media standards since the press seems to believe women and minorities should all be liberal. Finally, she comes from the politically impotent US House of Representatives, which has not been able to produce a President in over 120 years. In the end she will be interesting to watch. She has already caught the imagination of many in the conservative movement at at time when it is looking for serious leadership.

Kevin Price is Host of the Price of Business, the longest running show on AM 650 (M-F at 11 am) in Houston, Texas and on AOL Radio. His articles often appear in Chicago Sun Times, Reuters, USA Today, and other national media. Steve Moore of the Wall Street Journal calls Price the “best business talk show host in the country.” Find out why and visit his blog at www.BizPlusBlog.com and his show site at www.PriceofBusiness.com. You can also find Price on Strategy Room at FoxNews.com.

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