Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told the Sioux City Journal this week that she is not pursuing a presidential run in 2012.
Disappointing some, the Minnesota Congresswoman said, "Goodness, I've only been in the House for three years, so, no, I'm not considering anything like that."
Who would she like to see vie for her party's presidential candidacy? Bachmann said that she would suggest that Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) seek the White House:
Steve King is mentioned as a potential nominee. I have a very high opinion of Steve King and his ability, so I would encourage him to consider any position for higher office.
Like Bachmann, King has a controversial reputation. The congressman's past actions that have grabbed headlines and sparked contention include:
- Being the lone vote against acknowledging slave labor construction of the U.S. Capitol.
- Describing gay marriage as a "purely socialist concept."
- Slamming a hate crimes bill for "protecting sexual idiosyncrasies."
While Bachmann stated that her political ambitions do not include a presidential run in 2012, it is worth noting that she told WorldNetDaily in August:
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... But if I am not called, I wouldn't do it.