(CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota will formally announce her candidacy for president Monday in Waterloo, Iowa, where she was born.
A GOP source confirms to CNN the date of the announcement, which was first reported Tuesday evening by the Huffington Post. The Bachmann campaign has not confirmed the report, but tells CNN details of the announcement will be released Wednesday morning.
Neither the date nor the timing is a huge surprise. Bachmann made news at a CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader GOP presidential debate on June 13, saying that “I filed my paperwork to seek the office of the presidency of the United States today. And I’ll soon be making my formal announcement.”
And a few days earlier, Bachmann told reporters and supporters in Iowa that she would make an announcement regarding her candidacy later in June, and that she would make that announcement in Waterloo, her birthplace.
The three term congresswoman is considered a darling of tea party activists, thanks to her often outspoken criticism of President Barack Obama. But her performance at last week’s debate also won her rave reviews from some more establishment Republicans. And her speech Friday at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans was also very well received by the audience and by political pundits.
The location of the announcement is also no surprise. A strong showing in Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state, is crucial for Bachmann’s hopes of winning the GOP nomination.