Michele Bachmann says she's considering running for Al Franken's Senate seat

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said over the weekend that she is considering running for Senate. 

Bachmann, who represented Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District for eight years, said in an interview with “The Jim Bakker Show” that people had urged her to run in 2018 to replace outgoing Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.). She said she is asking God if she should enter the race.

“The question is: Should it be me, should it be now?“ Bachmann said. “But there’s also a price you pay. And the price is bigger than ever because the swamp is so toxic.”

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Bachmann retired from Congress in 2014 amid investigations into alleged violations of campaign finance law during her short-lived presidential run in 2012. The former tea party darling was briefly regarded as a serious presidential contender in 2011 after winning the Iowa straw poll, but she quickly flamed out amid low polling numbers and the unexpected victory of former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) in the Iowa caucuses.

In Congress, Bachmann was best known for her crusades against former President Barack Obama, the Affordable Care Act and the IRS. Last year, she served on Donald Trump’s 2016 evangelical campaign advisory board and said God had sent him as a “reprieve” from transgender rights.  

“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 during the Bakker interview. “We’re trying to be wise. Should we do this? Shouldn’t we do this?”

If she decides to run, Bachmann will most likely face Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (D) in a special Senate election scheduled for November. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) appointed Smith to the Senate seat being left vacant by Franken, who resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Smith is set to be sworn in Wednesday.

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Former U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks at a rally for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump prior to his arrival in a cargo hangar at Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks to the press about the need "To Defund the President's Executive, Unconstitutional Amnesty" on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 3, 2014. King, Bachmann and Cruz say that President Obama has violated the U.S. Constitution by moving to shield some 4.7 million undocumented residents from deportation. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION)
Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Maryland, March 8, 2014. CPAC closes after 3 days where thousands of conservative activists, Republicans and Tea Party Patriots gathered to hear politicians, presidential hopefuls, and business leaders speak, lobby and network for a conservative agenda, looking to Congressional gains in 2014 and a Republican president in 2016. REUTERS/Mike Theiler (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks at a press conference with Tea Party leaders on Capitol Hill in Washington May 16, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) gestures at the second day at the 5th annual Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" Policy Conference in Washington, June 20, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) (R) greets Tea Party leaders before a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington May 16, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Congressman Michele Bachmann speaks next to U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney during a rally at Crofton Industries in Portsmouth, Virginia May 3, 2012. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) addresses the American Conservative Union's annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, February 9, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann hugs her mother Jean after she announced she is dropping out of the race in West Des Moines, Iowa January 4, 2012. U.S. congresswoman Bachmann on Wednesday ended her campaign to become the 2012 Republican U.S. presidential candidate and called on supporters to rally behind the party's eventual nominee. The announcement came a day after she received only 5 percent of the vote in the Iowa nominating caucuses, dealing what many saw as a fatal blow to her presidential ambitions. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 27: Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks during the Tea Party Patriots 5-year anniversary event at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
US Republican Representative from Minnesota and former presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann speaks at a Tea Party Unity Rally at The River at Tampa Bay Church in Tampa, Florida, on August 26, 2012 ahead of the Republican National Convention. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 7: At her Washington DC campaign office, Republican presidential hopeful, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), stands for a portrait, Wednesday, December 7, 2011. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21: Michele Bachmann visits 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on November 21, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/NBCUniversal/Getty Images)
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