Former president Bill Clinton hasn’t been shy about discussing the 2012 presidential field recently, and he has some surprisingly positive things to say about the GOP contenders.

He praised Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) ability to connect with voters on ABC’s “Good Morning America” last week, saying he wasn’t surprised the dark horse candidate had become a serious contender. “I’ve been watching her speak. She comes across as a real person,” Clinton said.