Debates were the kryptonite for Rick Perry’s presidential bid and brought Newt Gingrich’s campaign back from the dead. As former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said on Wednesday, debates matter.
Speaking on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the Minnesota congresswoman said Republican voters have clearly not made up their minds and are feeling “whiplash” at the moment. One event that can help speed up this process she said is the next Republican debate, which will be in Arizona on Feb. 22.
“That can change the dynamic like we saw in the debate before South Carolina,” Bachmann said. “If there is anything we learned in this race is that the debate matters. I think clearly that next debate will be very important.”
Arizona, along with Michigan, is hosting its presidential primary on Feb. 28 — just one week before Super Tuesday.
Since leaving the presidential race, Bachmann has chosen not to endorse a candidate until after the party has chosen a nominee. Although no candidate has made “the final sale,” her one concern is defeating President Obama in the fall. She said she will not tear down individual candidates but will allow the nomination process to play out.
“At this point, we are early in the process just like four years ago with the Democrats,” she said, alluding to the drawn-out contest between Obama and Hillary Clinton. “We will lock arms and be all in together.”