Bachmann makes official 2012 presidential announcement
June 27th, 2011
01:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann makes official 2012 presidential announcement

(CNN) – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann formally announced her candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination Monday during an appearance in Waterloo, Iowa - the city where she was born.

Bachmann, a Tea Party favorite currently serving her third term in the House, told a crowd of supporters that Barack Obama's presidency has been a failure. She promised to lead a new conservative revolution characterized by smaller government and a lower federal debt.

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  1. facepalming

    I live in Iowa, and I apologize for this.

    June 27, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Congressman Anthony Weiner

    Just a revamped palin clone.....a woman president? NOT LIKELY!

    June 27, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Thankfully Independent

    I hafta say it ... Michelle Bachmann is NOT my cup of tea.

    June 27, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. RS, CA

    Great choice - and other great ones will emerge to run and WIN. We are sick and tired of the two current narcissists in the White House. So tired !!!!!!!

    June 27, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Adam

    If Bachmann does manage to win the presidency it will just go to show that the Mayans were right about 2012!

    June 27, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Al

    the GOP is a joke, all they are pushing for is STOP OBAMA. They don't get it, when election comes around all those people that are supporting the jokers are going to say "SO WHAT hve you done since you took control?" There response.. ummmm. Also, this is a global economy now and the GOPs way of backing big business, shutting down needed programs for the lower and middle class while giving stupid breaks for the rich has failed. The bailouts are proof of that. Also, what the GOP ding dongs fail to understand that we live in a Global economy, the conservatism the push MAY have worked 40+years ago but not today. IF the GOP would open their eyes and see that every since Obama took control,,,OMG we have made progress with other countries that normally hate our guts because the GOP is on the moronic crusade to push our way of living on other countries. OH, did I mention because of the GOP and the support of big business and rich, our life like is now in the hands of 3rd world countries we use as SLAVE labor. Right now, there is not a single GOP person that can stand up to Obama. They are all stiff colored rich people who TRY to act "as one of us". Conservatism is dead, at least on how they are pushing it. You want more grief between nations and us.. let one of these dorks go in. As of now I am not worried, the GOP has failed to do anything since they gained control and their WITCH HUNT campaign just torks me off.

    June 27, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. hucares

    the neos, con and -lib (no difference there, all wall street hos), are trying very hard to divide the people on main street into the two "extremist" groups, the ron-paul-bachman-right and the michael-moore-nader-kucihich-left.

    do not fall for this divide and conquer ploy CNN (the mouthpiece for the neos) has been perpetrating.

    June 27, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Michelle Bachman

    This is wonderful news! Her ruthless ambition should cause considerable damage to the republican party, the other republican candidates, and Minnesota. We can expect her to lie, cheat, mislead, and use absolutely any disgusting tactics available.

    The only downside is the impact to republican women. With Palin before her, its looking recently like the only women who run for president are buffoons, and even worse, it looks like most of the people tolerating these mouthpieces for hate are...republican women.

    June 27, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Cassie

    Geez, people. She's just making her official announcement for the Presidency. It's waaaay too early to know who's going up against Obama so stop naming him the victor. A lot of people will vote for whoever the Republicans throw out just to get Obama out of office.

    June 27, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. XWngLady

    She's setting herself up for a VP slot folks. She knows that she isn't going to win the nomination outright. But she is trying to position herself as a strong VP candidate to Romney, Huntsman or Pawlenty to a) satisfy/energize the far right and b) to try to capture the still bitter Hillary voters that have jumped on the bash Obama bandwagon and maybe some women who just want to see a woman in the White House no matter what party they belong to. Let's see if it works....God forbid.

    June 27, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. rickalv

    The Bachman candidacy is one of the signs of the apocalypse.

    June 27, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Pat

    Ok. Michelle Bachman is jumping in to run for President. I watched her on TV yesterday am. She dodged two issues. One being farm subsidies. If she wants my vote she cannot dodge any issues. Anyone who wants my vote HAS to answer all questions honestly and in detail. No answers. No vote. I don't want another "trained" politician in the White House.

    June 27, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. mejazzbo

    I could have sworn I heard her announce her candidacy at the first republican debate.

    June 27, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. lynn

    Intelligent and smart? Her primary attribute is her facade and clothes. Anything else is pure baloney, playing to the far right edge of fanaticism. Her backers only see what they want to, pretending they really understand her message which is empty of facts.

    June 27, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. hucares

    if bachmann pledges to end all crimes against humanity commited in my name and on my dime by the neo-con and neo-lib hos for wall street vampires,

    I'm all for her! and most people i know are, too!

    June 27, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Fox Phoney News doesn't get many things correct, but they were correct in calling Bachman a Flake. The only problem is, almost all of their hired candidates are flakes.

    June 27, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. Bianca

    It's about time we get a women's percpective in The White House, but I don't think Bachman is the right choice. But I do 100% agree we should have a woman president.

    June 27, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Jon

    Chris Wallace of the Republican News Network (AKA Fox News) had to immediately apologize to Bachmann for asking her if she is a flake. Wallace didn't realize that this was too tough of a question for Bachmann. He stepped over that line: the questions are supposed to give the appearance of toughness and fairness; they are not supposed to actually BE tough or fair.

    June 27, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. annie s

    She scares me to death. Americans, please wake up! Conservative Christians will take us back to the dark ages and the America we know and love will be buried.

    June 27, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Marc

    Republican's, please nominate her, pretty please!

    June 27, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Historcally, she is going to have a real hard time winning. When was the last time a member of the House won the presidency? Obama was a Senator; George W. Bush was a governor like Clinton before him. George H.W. Bush was VP under Reagan who was a governor like Carter.

    With her politics the way they are, it seems less likely that she would win on those points. I don't see the American public voting for someone who would cut off social support systems that help people. One of the reasons would be that there is no other person or charity that can spread out support like the federal (to a lesser extent the states) government.

    June 27, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. L. A. Bellows

    After listening to her on Face The Nation yesterday I wasn't very impressed. Surprised to hear someone from Texas refer to the South as backward. Didn't he/she listen to our last President fail miserably whenever he opened his mouth?

    June 27, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. dan

    how many more times can she say "secure the promise of the future"

    June 27, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Betsy

    Bachman reminds me of a neighbor who thinks she is the only one who can put a certain color flower in her yard.

    June 27, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Annie, Atlanta

    Good God, help us. What have we become?

    June 27, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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