By Jonathan Easley - 01/25/12 02:30 PM EST
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) said she would run for a fourth term, but then quickly qualified her response in an interview Wednesday.
Speaking on Fox News, Bachmann seemed caught off guard when asked directly if she’d be running for a fourth term.
“I, very — yes,” she said.
“I believe I’ll be looking at that, very seriously looking at coming back for a fourth term.”
After a brief surge early in the GOP presidential race capped by her win in the Ames Straw Poll, Bachmann pulled out earlier this month following a sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.
The contentious nature of the primary season, coupled with some high-profile missteps, sent her back to Minnesota with a low favorability rating in her home state.
According to a statewide Public Policy Polling survey released on Tuesday, only 34 percent of those polled have a positive view of her, while 57 percent have an unfavorable view.
Only 37 percent said she should run for reelection.
“It’s very important right now that we have a Congress and a president who understands the depth of the spending trouble that we have, the debt problem that we have,” Bachmann continued. “We need people who are committed to repealing ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank, and that’s what I’ve been talking about on the presidential campaign trail, but we need that strong voice here in Washington to remain.”