Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannJuan Williams: The GOP has divided America Bachmann praises Trump as man of faith Tom Petty dies at 66 MORE (R-Minn.) expressed sympathy on Monday for Tea Party groups' dissatisfaction with House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery MORE's (R-Ohio) leadership on the debt ceiling.

Bachmann, founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, gave her blessings to representatives of Tea Party groups who, at a Monday event, questioned whether the Speaker had done enough to address spending or shown enough fight in negotiations over raising the U.S. debt limit.

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The Minnesota congresswoman didn't show at the event, and she didn't mention BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery MORE or any other Republican leader by name in the statement she released supporting Tea Party efforts. But she openly encouraged the Tea Party to "keep up the fight," a move that, while possibly complicating her relationship with leadership, could play into her posturing for a potential run for president.

"Thank you to the Tea Party for not giving up the fight. Your stubborn determination to return our country to its founding principles gives me great hope for conservative accomplishments in the current House of Representatives and for even greater victories in 2012," she said.

Bachmann insisted that any vote to raise the debt ceiling must be attached to a measure to fully defund President Obama's healthcare reform law — a long-shot provision, since the Senate remains in Democratic control.

In an additional swipe at Boehner, she said that the opportunity to cut 2011 spending had been "squandered" in the deal the Speaker negotiated with Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama MORE (D-Nev.).

Several Tea Party leaders gathered at the National Press Club on Monday to "attack Boehner's leadership." The Speaker is slated to deliver a highly anticipated speech on economic policy this evening in New York City.

In addition to the pressure from conservatives, Democrats in the Senate have pushed Boehner at the same time to commit to raising the debt ceiling in a timely manner or risk a default, or at minimum damage to U.S. financial markets because of a delay in addressing the volatile issue.