Michele Bachmann may run for president in '16

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Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who ran for president in 2012, says she is considering doing it again.

Bachmann, who represents Minnesota's 6th Congressional District, told RealClearPolitics in an interview Tuesday it's one of several options she's considering after she retires from Congress. She is not running for re-election this fall.

During the interview, Bachmann was asked whether she thought any Republican women might join the 2016 race for president.

“The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running,” she said. “They haven’t speculated, for instance, that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run.”

Bachmann told Real Clear Politics she learned a great deal from her 2012 campaign and will "certainly" draw upon those lessons if she runs again.

"Like with anything else, practice makes perfect," she said. "And I think if a person has gone through the process -- for instance, I had gone through 15 presidential debates -- it's easy to see a person's improvement going through that."

Bachmann entered the race for the White House last time in June 2011. She was considered a long shot, but her campaign picked up momentum fairly briefly after she won the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa in August 2011.

But after a series of gaffes, recounted by USA Today, and turmoil within her campaign staff, Bachmann finished sixth in the Iowa caucuses in January 2012 and dropped out of the race shortly after.

She also had an unexpectedly close race for re-election against Democrat Jim Graves in November 2012. She announced in May 2013 that she wasn't going to run for a fifth term.

If she were to run again, Bachmann could struggle to be seen as a credible candidate in what is expected to be a stronger Republican field in 2016 than the one that she competed in four years earlier, according to Real Clear Politics.

Democratic Party leaders would welcome her candidacy, according to USA Today.

"Given her record as an anti-immigration reform, anti-marriage equality, pro-shutdown and pro-ending Medicare as we know it Republican, Bachmann will have a hard time differentiating herself from the rest of the nascent GOP field," Democratic National Committee spokesman Michael Czin said, USA Today reports.

A spokesman for the Republican National Committee declined comment to the newspaper, citing a policy of not commenting on candidates.

Bachmann said she won't decide whether to enter the race until after she finishes her congressional term at the end of the year.

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