Rep. Michele Bachmann called herself a "real person," not a politician, before a crowd in Iowa Wednesday, proclaiming her willingness to break with her party if necessary.

The Minnesota congresswoman and Republican presidential hopeful stated that she doesn't need to be President, but vowed that if she gets the job she will stick to her principles, which "are more important than party labels," the Associated Press reported.

Bachmann said in a statement that Washington needs leadership willing to undertake "tough but necessary action."

Bachmann has endured much public scrutiny lately, including a cover photo in Newsweek that some criticized as sexist and unflattering.