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

On Fox News Sunday, 2012 Republican presidential contender Rep. Michele Bachmann (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.

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"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."