Bachmann plays favorites in Florida, takes a pass on Arizona GOP primary

Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) picked her favorite in one Senate primary race keenly eyed by the conservative movement, but refused to make a pick in another heated contest.

When asked on "Fox News Sunday" whether she would pick Gov. Charlie Crist or former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, Bachmann picked the man who opened the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.

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"I have my personal favorite," Bachmann said. "I'm a Minnesotan so I'm not able to cast a vote, but my favorite would be Marco Rubio.

"Right now he is surging in the polls and I think that he has identified with Floridians probably more than either of the two candidates," she added.

But when asked to pick between Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, Bachmann wouldn't pick sides -- at least outright.

"Both of those candidates are making a strong case," Bachmann said. "As I understand, J.D. Hayworth is closing in on Senator McCain right now. And it will be up to the voters in Arizona to make their choice."

When asked whether she was dodging the question, Bachmann said, "Well, I know both gentleman, and they're both honorable men."