Potential Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann told ABC's George Stephanopoulos Tuesday that the GOP race was big enough for both her Fox News employee Sarah Palin.
"Let me ask you about Sarah Palin," Stephanopoulos said. "She's being much more coy than you are about this campaign. And I know you might resist the comparison -- some might think it's sexist -- but is there enough room in this race for both of you, both tea party favorites?"
"Oh, sure," Bachmann replied. "I think there's enough room for a lot of contenders."
"What's the one thing that sets you apart from Sarah Palin?" the ABC News host asked.
"Again, I compare myself to Barack Obama. Not to any of the other Republican candidates. First of all, I want to say I like Sarah Palin a lot. We're friends and I don't consider her a competitor. I consider her a friend. But my comparison ultimately is to Barack Obama," Bachmann explained.
Palin predicted Monday that the Republican field was "going to change up a lot."
"I believe that there are many more out there who have much more to add," she added. "Competition breeds success. I hope there is going to be vigorous debate and a lot of good aggressive competition even in the primary so our voters have a good choice."