• BACHMANN: I was screaming in editorials, town hall meetings, various newspaper accounts where I wrote articles. That's what we need to do to let the people what is going on. Because we were so effective, speaking out, people were educated, they showed up at the polls and the Tea Party smoke loud and clear. You talked about it on your show the level of spending that has gone on in Washington is not paid for.

    VAN SUSTEREN: But spending is one issue, nobody is talking about waste. The waste issue gets ignored.

    BACHMANN: It won't under oversight. You made the right statement, and that's what we have to do with oversight. Oversight will look backwards, but it also needs to look currently at what we are spending as well.

    Again, I believe whether it is a Republican administration or Democrat, we have to look carefully. The Tea Party is not Republican or Democrat. It is really people who want the country to work. They are practical people and they want the country to work.

    VAN SUSTEREN: A little thorn in the side of the establishment GOP.

    BACHMANN: That's OK. I think that's a good thing. We have to keep them honest. I consider the Tea Party the "keep them honest" crowd. We all could do well with that.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Now Congressman Michele Bachmann, behind the scenes everyone is saying you are running for the United States Senate. Yes or no?

    BACHMANN: Not so. I'm here doing my work.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Is that no, maybe? People are asking and wondering.

    BACHMANN: They are asking. I just flew into Washington, D.C. and I was told that is the number within question coming into the office today. It is nothing I've thought about. I had a tough race winning this time. All I'm focused on now is committee assignments. I just found out I was put on the intelligence committee, I'm thrilled about that. Hopefully I'll be on the oversight committee. We have enough work to do and I want to focus on that.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Brett Favre, your Minnesota Vikings quarterback, got hurt.

    BACHMANN: He did, and that was sad. It has changed the season for us. We were thrilled he was our quarterback. Here's a quarterback in a lot of ways, one, on the field but also behind the scenes. He's a great captain, if you will of the whole team. He's done a good job trying to hold us all together.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Come back another year?

    BACHMANN: That I don't know but we'll see.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Congresswoman Bachmann, thank you very much for joining us.

    BACHMANN: Greta, thank you.

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