Rep. Bachmann: 'I'm serious, not a flake'

On Fox News Sunday, 2012 Republican presidential contender Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannBachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' Billboard from ‘God’ tells Michele Bachmann not to run for Senate Pawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota MORE (R-Minn.) denied that she was a "flake" candidate and argued that the results of the first Des Moines Register Iowa poll, showing her with 22 percent support, was proof voters took her presidential bid seriously.

"People recognize that I am serious," Bachmann said. She made the claim after the show's host, Chris Wallace, mentioned her history of controversial statements and questioned her readiness to be a national candidate.

"I don't have to tell you that you have — the rap on you here in Washington is that you have a history of questionable statements, some would say gaffes, ranging from — talking about anti-America members of Congress — on this show — a couple of months ago, when you suggested that NATO airstrikes had killed up to 30,000 civilians. Are you a flake?" Wallace asked.

Bachmann responded that it would be "insulting to say something like that."

She added, "Well, I would say is that I am 55 years old. I've been married 33 years. I'm not only a lawyer, I have a post doctorate degree in federal tax law from William and Mary. I work in serious scholarship and work in the United States federal tax court." She also noted her prior political experience: "I've also been a state senator and a member of United States Congress for five years."

In regards to her history of controversial statements, Bachmann said "a person has to be careful what statements that they make. I think that's true. And I think now, there will be an opportunity to be able to speak fully on the issues. I look forward to that."