ABC News’ Rick Klein (@rickklein) reports:
Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth is rooting for Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann to win the GOP presidential nomination.
On ABC’s “Top Line” today, Yarmuth, D-Ky., said he thinks the Republican Party “is much too sensible” to hand the nomination to Bachmann, R-Minn., a tea party favorite who’s quickly positioned herself in the top tier of presidential contenders.
But if Bachmann does win, Yarmuth asserted, expect President Obama to be reelected in an unprecedented landslide.
“Michele Bachmann is not equipped to be president of the United States. She is totally out of the mainstream. Her ideas are extremely radical and reckless,” Yarmuth told us.
“Just saying that she’s not going to vote against the debt ceiling under any circumstances indicates to me she’s obviously not equipped to be president of the United States. She would bring this economy to its knees, just for some philosophical ideology that she has. But that’s the way she is.”
“She’s a very talented marketer. She knows her assets and she markets them well. But if she were fully exposed to the scrutiny of a presidential campaign, I’m very confident President Obama would win all 50 states.”
Yarmuth made similar comments about the impact of a Bachmann candidacy last week in an interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal.