'Am I Being Called to Do This?' Bachmann Hints at Possible Bid for Franken's Senate Seat
Former Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R) said she's considering a run for Al Franken's now-former senate seat.
Franken, whose resignation took effect Tuesday, is being replaced by the state's lieutenant governor, Tina Smith (D).
Bachmann said God may be calling her to run: "So the question is, am I being called to do this now?”
Bachmann told televangelist Jim Bakker that she is considering running against Smith in the special election scheduled the same day as the November 2018 midterms.
She said people have already been calling her and urging her to run.
"The only reason I would run is the ability to take these [conservative] principles into the U.S. Senate," she said.
I've counted 16 lib journos so far tweeting snide mockery of Michele Bachmann for asking God's help in deciding whether to run for Senate.
Keep openly mocking people who lean on their faith when making momentous life decisions, geniuses.
Marginalize yourselves into oblivion.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) January 2, 2018
However Bachmann said the personal "price" of running for office as a conservative Republican because "the swamp is so toxic."
The 61-year-old said she and her husband Marcus are "normal people and not money people," adding that wealthier potential candidates have more financial protection against smears and "frivolous lawsuits."
"This is not an easy place to be," Bachmann said. "But I trust in a big God."
Bakker said he agreed with Bachmann's point: "the [politics] and the press - it's dirty - it's a fight to the death... [Some people] want to kill the president of the United States."
Bachmann said that when she ran for president in 2012, she did not do so because she thought she would win, but that she felt compelled to put her message out before the American people.
By the time she bowed out of the contest, Bachmann said "all seven men on the stage were forced to take my position of repeal [of ObamaCare]."
She said that because of her decision to run and how her conservative message resonated with people, the Republican Party and ultimately the majority of voters demanded a repeal of ObamaCare.
Minnesota's other senator, Amy Klobuchar (D) is also up for reelection in 2018.