WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is giving every sign of running for president -- so much so that some say she could be the Sarah Palin of the 2012 campaign.
Her bold talk and faithful fan base are likely to make her a serious player in the 2012 presidential race.
Tea Party Favorite
Simply put, when it comes to Bachmann, there are plenty of evangelicals and Tea Partiers who say she has what is known as the "it" factor, whether its connecting with a crowd or speaking out on cable TV regularly against President Obama.
"I think the people that Barack Obama has been associating with are anti-American by and large," Bachmann said.
Bachmann doesn't shy away from a political fight. It's why she's beloved within the Tea Party movement.
"I am the chairman of the Tea Party caucus, but I'm not queen of the Tea Party," she noted.
But her rise is directly related to the elevation of the Tea Party. She's planning to form a presidential exploratory committee, though a final decision hasn't been made yet.
A Woman of Faith
"What's going to determine whether or not you're going to run for president in 2012?" CBN News asked Bachmann during a recent interview.
"I think it will be an inner assurance more than anything of what I am supposed to do," she responded.
"That's where prayer comes in," Bachmann added. "We're strong people of faith. My husband and I gave our lives to the Lord when we were 16 years of age."
Bachmann could play strong in Iowa, the first state to vote and a place where evangelicals and the Tea Party are major factors. Being from neighboring Minnesota she is also spending plenty of time there as well. Political activists have expressed major interest and she is known for raising money -- lots of it.
Her platform is pure Tea Party -- but with a twist. She's for stopping Obamacare and making serious budget cuts, but social issues are just as important.
"The most important unit of government in this nation is the American family and if there's anything I could change right now it would be to see more babies in this country born to a married mom and dad in a secure home," she told CBN News.
Pot Shots from the Media
Bachmann knows a thing or two about that subject, having taken 23 foster care children into her home. She also knows a thing or two about taking hits from the media.
"Our all-American psycho talker tonight and our favorite Minnesota wack job Michele Bachmann," one talk show host said.
For sure, Bachmann has had a few missteps along the way where she's gotten some historical facts wrong. But her supporters say it's a double standard since the media gives liberals like Obama a pass if he gets something wrong. Bachmann says it's something conservative woman like her and Palin have to deal with.
"She has been unfairly criticized and I think we've seen that with other conservative woman as well across the country whether they're political commentators or whether they're in public service," Bachmann said.
More media criticism is certain to come her way if she gets into the presidential race, but Bachmann is definitely ready to mix it up.
March Gladness -- This Week's The Brody File
You can find out more about Bachmann and a host of other possible Republican presidential candidates on this week's The Brody File on the CBN News Channel.
The theme of this week's show is March Gladness - a bracket-by-bracket breakdown of who might be in it to win the Republican presidential nomination.
David Brody, CBN News Political Correspondent, hosts some of the top political writers in the country in an all-star panel talking about the candidates.
Don't miss The Brody File show online at the CBN News Channel and CBNNews.com.