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Watch: Michele Bachmann Says It's Up to God if She Runs for Al Franken's Senate Seat

Wednesday Jan 3, 2018
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Former congresswoman Michele Bachmann appeared on televangelist Jim Bakker's TV show Dec. 27 and said she's mulling over a run for Al Franken's Senate seat in Minnesota but that the decision is up to God.

Bachmann, who represented the state's 6th Congressional District for eight years and was the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House from Minnesota, told Bakker she's been thinking about running for Franken's seat after he resigned due to sexual misconduct allegations.

"The only reason I would run is for the ability to take these principles into the United States Senate and advocate for these these principles," Bachmann said. "The question is, should it be me? Should it be now?"

The failed 2012 GOP presidential candidate then compared D.C. to a toxic swamp, saying she'd be persecuted for "going against the tide in D.C."

"If you're trying to stand for biblical principles in D.C. and you stick your head up out of the hole, the blades come whirring and they come to chop you off," added Bachmann, who served on President Donald Trump's evangelical advisory council during his campaign.

She then reflected on her 2012 presidential campaign, where she was one of the final six GOP candidates (she was later investigated by congressional committees over allegations of campaign fiance violations by her presidential campaign). Speaking with Bakker, Bachmann explained God had a calling for her to run for president in 2012 but she's not so sure about a run for Franken's empty seat.

"I trust in a big God. He got us over all those finish lines but I also believe I was supposed to run for president," she said. "I didn't even run because I thought I was going to win.

"I ran to put the whole issue of Obamacare front and center before the American people," she continued. "I feel like I was wildly successful because by the time I left the presidential race, all seven men on the stage were forced to take my position of repeal."

She later added: "I didn't shed a tear when I left the contest because I felt like I fulfilled the calling God gave me. The question is am I being called to do this now? I don't know."

Bachmann is a stanch conservative when it comes to social issues and stands firmly against marriage equality and LGBTQ rights.

Below, watch Bachmann's interview on Bakker's show, which at one point advertises a year of food for $650 to prepare for an upcoming rapture.

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