MICHELE BACHMANN, the three-term Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, is looking to run against Barack Obama in the 2012 Presidential Election, reports Abc News. Despite Sarah Palin cementing herself as the favourite to take on America's first black President next year, Bachmann has emerged as a surprising new candidate.
The 54-year-old is notorious for her highly conservative views concerning homosexuality, and she has aroused anger within liberal circles for claiming Obama is turning the US into a "nation of slaves". However, the founder of the 'House Tea Party Caucus' is set to travel to Iowa this month in order to "seek advice from political forces there and party elders close to the caucus process before coming to a final decision". Palin has on numerous occasions refused to rule out the prospect of running for Presidency in 2012, particularly on her reality television show 'Sarah Palin's Alaska', but it now looks as though she may have competition. The news comes after former star Arnold Schwarzenegger left office on Monday (3rd January 2011) having being ousted as Governor of California by Jerry Brown.
In an announcement perhaps more surprising than Bachmann's, the Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin this week signalled his intentions to move into the political arena. In an interview with Cnn, the 52-year-old said, "It's something that I'm very, very interested in. I do believe that people want to believe that someone who deeply cares about the middle class".