My colleague Jonathan Karl interviewed Rep. Michelle Bachmann in Iowa this week. They rode the D Line trolley in Des Moines as part of Jon’s ongoing “Subway Series.”
The Minnesota Republican and Tea Party favorite is flirting with a run for President and has been making appearances in the important early caucus state of Iowa. She told Karl, “I’m in!”
But there is an important caveat.
“"I'm in for 2012 in that I want to be a part of the conversation in making sure that President Obama only serves one term, not two, because I want to make sure that we get someone who's going to be making the country work again. That's what I'm in for," Bachmann said.
She'll make a final decision and announce her plans by June.
Her platform would include a much smaller government and repealing the new health reform law. But Bachmann said she wants to avoid a government shutdown, or “government slowdown” as she calls it, next month.
Congress has yet to agree on how to fund the federal government for the rest of the year.
Their interview covered everything from Bachmann's pledge to produce her birth certificate before a Presidential run – “I do have a sense of humor” – to the possibility of a run by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.