While talking about another presidential run in 2016, Michelle Bachmann says “practice makes perfect.”
Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who will reture from the U.S. House when her term expires this year, said in an interview with Real Clear Politics that she may not be ready to step away from politics for good.
“The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running,” she said. “They haven’t speculated, for instance, that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run.”
Her last presidential run, which began in June 2011, saw her shoot up from long-shot contender to moving toward the front of the pack after winning the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa in August 2011.
But then things quickly derailed, thanks to comments about how the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine causes mental retardation and subsequent staff defections.
Less than five months after winning the Ames Straw Poll, she captured only 5 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses and dropped out the next day.
Bachmann says her past experience from that failed campaign will help her.
Like with anything else, practice makes perfect, she said. And I think if a person has gone through the process — for instance, I had gone through 15 presidential debates — it’s easy to see a person’s improvement going through that.
She says if she does run, “organization is probably the key.”
As far as campaign fundraising is concerned, she has no worries, buecause she says she is “one of the top — if not the top — fundraisers in the history of the United States Congress.”