February 2018 Church & State - February 2018

Bachmann May Seek Seat In U.S. Senate 

  Rokia Hassanein

Former Minnesota congresswoman and failed presiden­tial candidate Michele Bachmann may run for a U.S. Senate seat – if God tells her to, she says. 

Bachmann, a Religious Right favorite who calls herself a “Pastor to the United Nations,” told televangelist Jim Bakker that she’s had people “urge” her to run for the seat, so she’s asking God if she should.

“If you’re going against the tide in D.C., if you’re trying to stand for biblical principles and you stick your head up, the blades come whirring and they try to chop you off,” Bachmann said. “We’re trying to be wise. Should we do this? Shouldn’t we do this?”

This isn’t the first time Bachmann has drafted the Al­mighty into one of her political campaigns. When she ran for president in 2012, she claimed it was because God was “calling” her to do so.

If Bachmann decides to run in Minnesota’s special Senate election, her likely opponent will be U.S. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.), the former lieutenant governor of the state who was appointed to Al Franken’s seat after he resigned in January.


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