(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Michele Bachmann is considering a run for president in 2012.
Asked by ABC News on Friday whether she’s thinking about running for president, Bachmann immediately pointed to her upcoming travel to Iowa, and said she wants to be “part of the conversation” over the next year, as the GOP presidential nomination fight takes shape.
“I am going to Iowa, said Bachmann, R-Minn., the founder of the congressional Tea Party Caucus on Capitol Hill. “There's your answer.”
Bachmann said her traveling to Iowa, for a speech to an anti-tax group in Des Moines, is designed to bring a focus on issues, instead of potential candidates’ personalities, in the run-up to 2012.
While most candidates are expected to jump into the race early this year, Bachmann said she thinks she can wait another year to make a final announcement, even if that means announcing her candidacy just weeks before the Iowa caucuses.
“I think that the next year should be focused on setting the table for this national narrative. I think about, 12 months from now, when we're about a year out or so from the presidential [general election] -- at that point, I think our nominee will just naturally bubble up to the surface,” Bachmann said.
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