Fresh off winning re-election and proving she can raise massive amounts of campaign cash, Rep. Michele Bachmann is beginning to consider a presidential run, according to close congressional aides.
As part of that effort, the Minnesota Republican is traveling to the early caucus state of Iowa on Jan. 21 to confer with state GOP leaders and address a group of conservative tax activists.
That will put her in Iowa a week before former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has spent nearly two years laying the groundwork and building credentials for a possible presidential campaign. He heads to New York next week to roll out a book tour.
While Bachmann has made no firm decision about a White House bid in 2012, “nothing is off the table,” press aide Sergio Gor told the Star Tribune Wednesday, confirming an earlier ABC News report that quoted Bachmann chief of staff Andy Parrish.