Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has drawn significant attention lately because of her travels to places like South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire that will presumably play important roles in deciding who the Republican presidential nominee will be. (That New Hampshire trip didn't turn out so well, as you'll recall.)
Anyway, it's been reported Thursday that Bachmann, who heads the House Tea Party Caucus, may be close to forming an exploratory committee which would allow her to raise money as she continues to test the presidential waters.
Back in Iowa Thursday, Bachmannn was asked by Des Moines Register political writer Kathie Obradovich if she really is nearing a decision.
I asked Bachmann about the report on CNN that she plans to open a presidential exploratory committee in June. She didn't dispute the timeline but said that's when she'll make a decision.
"Well, we'll be making a decision by this summer if we will or not. We haven't made a decision that we actually will. But our national timeline that we're following will be this summer because I believe it's important to be part of the Iowa Straw Poll going forward, so I think a decision would have to be made by then."
The Iowa Straw Poll, by the way, is scheduled for Aug. 13, 2011.