Michele Bachmann eyes Franken's Senate seat

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith speaks as Gov. Mark Dayton listens during a news conference in St. Paul Minn. as Smith was named to replace fellow Democrat Al Franken in the U.S. Senate. Franken announc

Senator Al Franken to Officially Resign from Office

Former congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican, said she is considering a run for the Senate seat that Democrat Al Franken vacated after admitting to sexual misconduct, CNN reports.

"I've had people contact me and urge me to run for that Senate seat", Bachmann said during Bakker's TV show on December 27.

"So the question is am I being called to do this now?" she added. "Should it be now?"

In an episode of "The Jim Bakker Show" that aired last week, Bachmann told the televangelist that she has been encouraged to consider a 2018 campaign. Bachmann said during a recent interview.

"My husband and I aren't money people", she said, "If you're a billionaire, maybe you can defend yourself".

Bachmann served five terms in Congress and ran for president in 2012, a race that ended with a defeat in the Iowa caucus. "So I didn't shed a tear when I left the contest because I felt like, you know, I fulfilled the calling that God gave me".

His departure sets the stage for current Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to be sworn in on Wednesday to take over his seat. Also announcing she will run this year is Sen.

Bachmann resigned from Congress in 2015 after serving for almost ten years.

Bachmann has always been a polarizing figure both in Minnesota and nationally. She said Trump has brought some biblical principles to Washington and she continues to "pray for an imperfect man".

"I'm not saying he didn't do some bad boy things".

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