Washington (CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann is looking to a campaign veteran to run her likely bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
CNN has confirmed that the congresswoman from Minnesota has signed GOP strategist Ed Rollins to run her campaign, if as expected, she announces her candidacy later this month.
"If she runs, I'll help her," Rollins tells CNN, adding that it's "one more round for the old war horse."
Rollins was campaign manager for President Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election landslide over former Vice President Walter Mondale. Rollins, a guest on numerous CNN programs over the years, is also more recently known for running former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's bid for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. Huckabee went from being a longshot candidate to winning the Iowa caucuses before ultimately losing to eventual nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
"We'll try and duplicate what Huckabee did in Iowa. It's a good act to follow," says Rollins.
Bachmann has all but declared her candidacy. She recently told reporters and supporters in Iowa that "when we make that all-important announcement – which will happen in the month of June – that announcement. I am pleased to tell you tonight, will be made in Iowa. And I will also tell you that announcement will be made in the city where I was born, in Waterloo."
Bachmann is also taking part in next Monday's CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire.
Word of Rollins role in a Bachmann campaign was first reported by CBS.
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