President Obama’s presidential term is halfway over and Republicans are trying to get a jump on the Democrats as prospective Republican candidates begin campaigning in key primary states like Iowa. One of the up-and-coming possible candidates is Michelle Bachmann.
Bachmann, a Tea Party favorite, has expressed interest in running for the presidency in the 2012 elections, stating that she may form a presidential exploratory committee within weeks.
Bachmann gained notoriety during the rise of the Tea Party Movement and during the 2010 congressional elections, during which she raised $13.5 million dollars in campaign funds, according to The Washington Post.
A U.S. representative from Minnesota, Bachmann considers her political success during the past election as an opportunity to make a presidential run, going against well-known Republican candidates such as Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
But does Bachmann have the credentials for the presidency? Sure, her success in the past election could demonstrate some potential as a viable presidential candidate.
However, her Tea Party roots might be the demise of her political campaign.
The Tea Party’s extremely conservative views might turn off moderate or nonpartisan voters considering voting red in the upcoming election. Additionally, Bachmann has had some controversy in the past.
After Obama gave his annual State of the Union address, Bachmann released her own response to openly oppose his message, going beyond the official Republican State of the Union response, according to The Washington Post.
Moreover, Bachmann has only served three terms in government positions, along with tenure as a tax attorney for the Treasury Department. She just might not have enough political experience to deal with the pressures and requirements the presidency entails.
However, Bachmann has also done some things that might aid her in pursuing the presidency.
She organized the Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives, which may prove imperative in gaining support from the ever-growing Tea Party Movement.
Additionally, her time as a tax attorney may have provided her with enough expertise and experience to approach economic policy and attempt to deal with the immense national debt.
Bachmann has also exemplified eloquent public speaking abilities, which may be a major factor in gaining support for angry Republicans and swing voters during the next election campaign.
According to CNN, Bachmann demonstrated her charismatic speaking skills by rallying the audience during a conference in Iowa this weekend.
“America has decided they’re in for 2012,” she said. “So, that’s my question for you today in Iowa. Are you in? Are you in for 2012? Are we going to make it happen? Are we going to take our country back?”
As for now, it is uncertain how well Bachmann will fare in the upcoming election.
But one thing’s for sure: Although Bachmann has a few characteristics that might inhibit her run for the presidency, she definitely has the ability to be a strong Republican contender in the primaries.