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Michele Bachmann Not Willing To Commit To John Boehner For Speaker

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) recently appeared to express some trepidation about supporting her colleague, John Boehner (R-Ohio), for Speaker of the House should the GOP take back majority control of Congress on Tuesday.

"Right now, we don't know exactly who the candidates will be. It may be John Boehner," Bachmann said during a debate between the candidates of Minnesota's 6th Congressional District last week. "If John Boehner's the only candidate running, I'll be voting for John Boehner."

Bachmann said she'd want to wait and see who else might be running.

"I will look at all the candidates and weigh it accordingly," she said. She also said that she thinks lawmakers need to attend Constitution school.

Rep. Bachmann, mother of the House Tea Party caucus, is the latest in a list of conservative legislators and political hopefuls who have displayed reluctance in promising outright support for Boehner's hope of attaining the top position in the House.

Kristi Noem, a GOP candidate for Congress in South Dakota, gave a very similar response about voting for Boehner should she get elected and the Republicans retake control of the House, saying she'd be willing consider other candidates.

Scott Rigell, a Republican House candidate in Virginia, also appeared cold on Boehner, saying that while the minority leader would be a "good" candidate, Minority Whip Eric Cantor, also from Virginia, would a be an "outstanding" one.

In Texas, Bill Flores, who is vying for a Texas Congressional seat, simply wouldn't answer the question, refusing to say whether he'd support Boehner, or anyone else for that matter.

While some seemed surprised that such a high-profile elected representative who is likely to win reelection wouldn't back Boehner, Bachmann's spokesman, Sergio Gor, said last week that the response was a much ado about nothing.

"Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has been clear in her support for John Boehner," Gor said. "The Congresswoman stated earlier today that as far as she knows John Boehner is the only one running for Speaker, and won't speculate on other candidates."

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