Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Bachmann to make presidential decision in "early summer"

CNN's Kiran Chetry pries a timeline from Michele Bachmann this morning.

CHETRY: We're under a year now until the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. Are you going to run for president in 2012?

BACHMANN: I haven't made a decision, either way. I haven't made a decision to jump in, and I haven't made a decision to get out.

And I've gone to some of the primary states for the reason, really, to go and talk about the bigger issues that we have to focus on.

Our nominee will be chosen, probably, in about four states...

CHETRY: [interrupting] Are you happy with some of the other candidates out there on the GOP side?

BACHMANN: I think we have a very good contest and a very good field of candidates that are running, but I think that it's important that people keep in mind with all of the issues that we have in front of us that we need nominee that really understands the times we live in, who knows what to do in response to that, who has the political courage to do what has to be done. Very tough decisions will be made, and I think our nominee needs to be willing to be a one-term president, if that's necessary, in order to get the job done.


CHETRY: When are you going to make your call? Is there a time-frame?

BACHMANN: I think a natural time frame and I think, probably, by about early summer a decision should be made. I think that's kind of a natural time-frame, and so I think a decision will be made by then.

Vid via CNN. Exchange comes in last part of i/view.

[Hat tip: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger]