Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), the national Tea Party star who is considering a run for president, appeared Monday night on Sean Hannity's TV show to clarify something: If elected, she is not ruling out a second term.
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Earlier in the day, the Des Moines Register reported Bachmann as saying: "I'm a principled reformer, and my goal is to see the country turn around. I'm also committed to being a one-term president if that's what it takes in order to turn things around, because this is not about a personal ambition." This was widely interpreted as a one-term pledge.
"Why would you say just one term?" Hannity asked.
"Well, I didn't say -- what I said is that if it would mean only serving one," said Bachmann. "I didn't close the door on two, but I think it's important to be serious enough about the issues that if it meant not being able to run for a second term, I think dealing -- we need to get serious now. We can't be about anyone's political career. We have to get serious quickly, now, and turn the country around, get it back on track."