Would Michele Bachmann Challenge Sarah Palin?

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl ( @jonkarl ) reports:

It would be an epic match-up, pitting two dynamic conservative women who appeal directly to evangelicals and the Tea Party faithful: Sarah Palin vs. Michele Bachmann in the race for the Republican Presidential nomination.

In an Iowa edition of the Subway Series in March – shot on the Des Moines D-Line trolley – I asked Bachmann about the prospect of running against Palin.

Here’s the exchange:

Jon Karl - Would you run against Sarah Palin?

Michele Bachmann –I love Sarah Palin. I love her. She is a wonderful individual. I'm privileged to get to know her and she is a lovely individual. My decision will be based on whether or not I think I need to run. I wouldn't see myself as running against a Republican competitor. What I would see myself as running as the nominee against President Obama. That's where I see the matchup. My quarrel is not with other republicans.

Jon Karl - If Palin runs, does that make it any less likely for you to run? A lot of people say you occupy the same space --

Michele Bachmann - My decision would be based upon what I believe is the right thing to do. If I think that I'm the one who should be the person to match up against President Obama, that's what the decision would be based on.

Watch that moment at 4:50 into this clip:

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