Published June 26, 2011
Calling her a "flake" would be "insulting," Rep. Michele Bachmann said Sunday when asked whether the "rap" on her in Washington is accurate.
The question on "Fox News Sunday" arose in response to Bachmann uttering a couple of remarks that some have suggested are "gaffes," including talking about anti-America members of Congress and suggesting that NATO airstrikes had killed up to 30,000 civilians.
"Well, I think that would be insulting, to say something like that, because I'm a serious person," Bachmann, R-Minn., said in response to the question, "Are you a flake?"
Bachmann said that she has been married 33 years, is a lawyer, has a post-doctorate degree in federal tax law, worked in the U.S. federal tax court, has five children, raised 23 foster children and opened a charter school for at-risk youth.
"I've also been a state senator and a member of United States Congress for five years. I've been very active in our business. As a job creator, I understand job creation. But also I've been leading actively the movement in Washington, D.C., with those who are affiliated with fiscal reform," Bachmann said.
Bachmann said she agrees people have to be careful about what they say. But now that she's in the spotlight -- announcing her presidential bid Monday in Iowa after coming in a close second to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a Des Moines Register poll over the weekend-- she said she looks forward to having "an opportunity to be able to speak fully on the issues."