Bachmann Makes Case for GOP Conference Chair Post


The conference chairman drives the GOP's public message, holding regular news conferences with the Capitol press corps and helps arrange appearances on network television.

Bachmann told ABC News that she believes she deserves a seat at the GOP leadership table because she's been an effective advocate on the national and local levels while "pointing out the deficiencies with President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi's policies."

"If you look at the wrong track, right track numbers, the American people don't feel like they were heard and that was evident at the ballot box," Bachmann said. "I've spent a lot of time in these last really four years, making the case on a national level against their policies but also in turn offering our positive solutions."

Bachmann Makes Case to be GOP Conference Chair

Bachmann says she raised more than $650,000 through her political action committee, Michele PAC, and has also donated $400,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee to help elect a Repubican majority. A Bachmann spokesman tells ABC News that Bachmann now has more than $2 million left over in the bank.

Meanwhile, Hensarling contributed $2,393,306 for House Republicans across the country, including $1,769,383 for the NRCC. He was the top fundraiser in the GOP conference outside of elected leadership and the third overall contributor among House Republicans. Only the next presumptive speaker of the House, John Boehner, R-Ohio, and NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, gave more to House Republicans among elected representatives.

Bachmann says her strengths are led by her energetic personality and a hard-working mentality. She pointed to her lead role in helping to bring tens of thousands of people into Washington for Tea Party rallies opposing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama's health care reform.

Responding to criticism that she is a right-wing conservative who is too extreme for a seat at the GOP's leadership table, Bachmann said it's important have "diversity of ideas and diversity of opinions" in the leadership, and pointed to her opposition to the $700 billion TARP legislation, No Child Left Behind and President George W. Bush's immigration reform proposals.

"Mine is an independent voice. I'm not necessarily in lockstep [with the Republican leadership]. I think that is healthy and positive to have diversity of opinion at the leadership table. It's important to have women, it's important to have I think leadership reflect the results of the election last Tuesday evening," Bachmann said.

As GOP conference chairwoman, Bachmann said she would work to reach out to the GOP conference to find new forms of communication to reach constituents across the country.

"I have I think a little over 140,000 Facebook friends right now. That's one thing I'd like to do is be able to encourage and equip the members of our conference to have more two-way communications with their constituents because, imagine the ability to influence people in our districts if we have that level of a unfiltered communication tool," Bachmann said.

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