Bachmann 2012 announcement, sooner rather than later?
May 17th, 2011
05:08 PM ET
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Bachmann 2012 announcement, sooner rather than later?

(CNN) - Potential presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann may expedite an announcement about her presidential intentions.

"The recent response from people, in terms of Facebook activity and donations, has been amazing," Bachmann said in a statement Tuesday. "And it is forcing us to probably speed up our timing. We were looking at June, but we may make a decision in May."

Bachmann previously said she would make a decision by June, or possibly earlier.

The Minnesota Republican and Tea Party favorite has traveled to early presidential primary and caucus states including Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

In a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, Bachmann received support from 7 percent of Republicans and independents who lean Republican when pitted against other possible and declared GOP candidates.

She ranked fifth behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney who received 23 percent support, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with 17 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 13 percent and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas with 12 percent.

- CNN's Gabriella Schwarz, Paul Steinhauser and Shannon Travis contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Bob

    We most certainly are in silly season when someone such as Ms. Bachmann is actually considering running for President!!

    May 17, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    Reminds me of a song from the 70s "the freaks come out at night", except now they come out for every GOP primary.

    May 17, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Rick in AZ

    This shrill harpy will never run. Only her red-neck trailer trash district is stupid enough to vote for her.

    May 17, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. The Clear Thinking Independent Voter

    I would be embarassed as an American, to have this woman be my President.

    Can't we just have the Tea Party members give her $10M and skip a step? Afterall, she is only running so that she can garner a future deal on Fox, sell a book and some tapes like $arah Palin.

    She has to know that she can't win, right?

    May 17, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    @NVa Native – More like, "Who let the DOGS OUT!!!" LOL

    ["The recent response from people, in terms of Facebook activity and donations, has been amazing," Bachmann said]

    But not every American is a follower – Is that another prerequisite to be President – Facebook followers???

    May 17, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Jake

    FINALLY! something to look forward to from the GOP...this is going to get GOOD! Obama has GOT TO BE SMILING today!

    May 17, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Stocking up on popcorn and beer for the debates. ha ha ha ha ha

    May 17, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. crooked bridge

    Is this the only job in the world where there are no qualifications required in order to apply? Used to be only legitimate candidates were recognized and Pat Paulson was the only punchline. Lord help us.

    May 17, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Larry

    Can you believe there is a political party in the 21st century where 7% of the members support this whacko?

    May 17, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Larry

    You mean there are some dods out there who still have money left they haven't given to sarah palin?

    May 17, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. Papasan

    WOW! Right Wing Loonies / Tea Baggers are dreaming if they think the GOP will let this nut job run for President!

    May 17, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Joe M

    Palin isn't going to run. That means Ron Paul is in third place, and gaining.

    May 17, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. Sean Russell

    Oh pleeeeease, let her run; if just for the sheer entertainment aspect.

    May 17, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Clwyd

    The only announcement I want to hear is that they put this woman in a "Straight Jacket!" A real Wacko! A perfect choice for the republican candidate for President!

    May 17, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. lac

    since they are letting ANYBODY run, maybe i should run, donations any one. lmao

    May 17, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. C. Howe Yulikit

    I hope she runs. It will make the GOP debates must see TV.

    May 17, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. Tam

    It's been so nice and quiet without her and Falin' Palin spouting...... Yet, did miss the comedy relief.

    May 17, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Gilbert

    Finally, a serious candidate jumps in! The GOP must be very happy

    May 17, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Blue19

    Please, oh please, oh please run. We're running low on laughable comments from twits since Caribou Barbie seems to have gotten the message her 5 minutes of fame was over.

    May 17, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Grand Oil (and Tea) Partiers

    Fingers crossed that she runs....pleeeeeeeeaaaaaaaasssse. Still laughing AT the GOTP.

    May 17, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. Rick in Phx

    I was looking forward to watching Romney and Gingrich debate but if this crazy lady decides to run then the republican debates will be better than any comedy show.

    May 17, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. greyhackles

    I'm looking forward to the entertainment value of the entire clown-car of Republican candidates "debating" each other. Should be better than anything SNL can come up with! 😉

    May 17, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    When is Bachmann going to answer to the little high school student to debate her on the Constiution or is she running away from her while the little girl is still waiting for answer which she so deserves.

    May 17, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. Davis Todd

    How'bout never rather than ever?

    May 17, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. How do you keep them in MN when they have seen DC

    Please let her run. I cannot wait for her to assail Romney on Romneycare and his Mormon faith, Gingrich on his lack of marital fidelity, Pawlenty on his false conservative values and Santorum on God knows what! This should be soooo much fun to watch. The first debate will be must watch TV.

    May 17, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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