Former U.S. representative Michele Bachmann recently announced on a televangelist's show that she is mulling a run for Al Franken's U.S. Senate seat.
Last week, Bachmann told televangelist Jim Bakker that she fears she will be unfairly attacked by Washington insiders because "the swamp is so toxic."
Bakker said that right now, the political process and the media are "dirty," adding, "They want to kill the president of the United States, and if they could put a contract [out on Donald Trump] ... -- which they probably already have -- they would do so."
Bachmann, who served Minnesota's 6th Congressional District from 2007 to 2015, became the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House from Minnesota. She was one of the final six Republican candidates in the 2012 presidential election.
She was investigated by congressional committees over allegations of campaign finance violations by her presidential campaign and did not seek reelection in 2014.
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will sit in Franken's seat until a special election in November for someone to serve out the final two years of his term. State Sen. Karin Housley, a Republican, is already in the race. Former governor
Tim Pawlenty, an outspoken evangelical and a Republican, is seen as another potential contender.
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