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.