Former Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann stepped back into the media spotlight Friday to urge the party to coalesce around a GOP candidate – but demurred on who she thought that nominee should be.
“I feel there is kind of a fatigue among our party with the fighting,” the Minnesota congresswoman told TODAY’s Ann Curry. “We’ve got to unify. We’ve got to come together.”
Bachmann has kept a low profile after finishing sixth in the Iowa caucuses in January and dropping out of the presidential race. On Friday she sidestepped Curry’s repeated questions about making an endorsement. “The math is going to dictate which way we go,” she said.
However, Bachmann also stressed that she sees her role as one that will help end the infighting: “I want my voice to be a unifying force.” Later in the interview, she reminded Curry: “I’m the only presidential candidate who hasn’t endorsed yet.”
Bachmann is up for re-election in a district that has shrunk due to redistricting. But on Friday the congresswoman avoided talking about her own political challenges and instead focused on challenges to health care reform.
Friday marks the two-year anniversary of the Obama administration’s signature health care reform law. On Thursday, the House voted to negate part of the provision that would have a panel recommend congressional changes to Medicare.
The measure passed 223 to 181, with most Republicans, including Bachmann, uniting behind the proposal. Bachmann also spent time earlier in the week with colleagues in front of the U.S. Capitol calling for repeal of the health care reform law.
Next week the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a multistate challenge to the law. The court will consider the constitutionality of mandating that people buy health insurance or pay a fine.
On Thursday, Bachmann tweeted: “So grateful to learn that I’ll be in the courtroom on 3/28 for the SCOTUS #Obamacare arguments. #REPEAL.” On Friday she explained to Curry: “I just got a ticket to be in the audience for the Supreme Court on health care legislation.”
TODAY.com political contributor Halimah Abdullah is the site’s woman in Washington.