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Put Bachmann on the non-answer list to the U.S. Senate question

Posted by: under Minnesota U.S. senators, Minnesota campaigns, Minnesota governor, Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota legislature, National campaigns, Democrats, Republicans Updated: March 18, 2013 - 12:09 PM

After she talked about transportation needs in her district, Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann on Monday showed a mastery of giving non-answers to questions about her future political ambitions.

Asked whether she would run for re-election next year, she said: "Right now I've been focused since January 1st on the meetings (in her district.)...It's really transportation, that's what we're hearing about, so that's the focus. Thank God that the election is over and now we're moving on to what we do best and that's govern."

Asked again, she dodged: "I'll be announcing, I suppose at some point, but it's a little early for that. Probably not before the crocuses come so..."

Asked whether she would run for U.S. Senate next year, she said: "I'm not even thinking about what I am going to do in 2014, right now."

Bachmann joins the other two Republican members of the U.S. House in giving no definitive answer to whether they will run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken next year. Both U.S. Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen have left a possible Senate -- or gubernatorial run -- on the table.

Although Bachmann had a suprisingly close re-election last year, she is still a favorite among Republicans as a possible U.S. Senate candidate.

The congresswoman, who rose to national prominence as a state senator for her support of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, on Monday also avoided criticizing Republicans who support same-sex marriage.

"I've been very strong and consistent, since I first introduced the marriage amendment to define marriage as a man and a woman. That's where I stand on the issue," she said. Asked specifically about  decisions from state Sen. Branden Peterson, R-Andover, and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, to support same-sex marriage, Bachmann said:" I can't comment on that. That's their decision."

After a few more questions and standing for a series of photographs with local officials, gathered to talk about transportation needs, Minnesota press members tried again to get Bachmann to say something about her political future And, again, she demurred.

But she did have a sense of humor about it. After giving another non-answer, she said: "Good try! Good try! You guys are great!"



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