Bachmann back to Iowa in March
January 26th, 2011
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Bachmann back to Iowa in March

Washington (CNN) - Michele Bachmann's heading back to Iowa.

The Republican congresswoman from neighboring Minnesota, who says she's considering a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, will attend the March 23 Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators home-school day at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines.

A Bachmann spokesman confirms to CNN that Bachmann will appear at the event.

"As a mother of 5 and foster mother to 23, as well as someone who homeschooled her children, Congresswoman Bachmann is a strong supporter of homeschooling and is looking forward to speaking to the group in Iowa," says Bachmann spokesman Doug Sachtleben.

The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators is a well organized evangelical group in Iowa. The organization's website says their mission is "to provide Christ-centered events, communications and resources to better equip, inform and encourage Iowa home educators to the glory of God."

Word of the visit, first reported by Tom Beaumont of the Des Moines Register, came as Bachmann gave the first ever Tea Party response to the president's State of the Union address. It also came just four days after Bachmann made her first visit to Iowa since saying she is considering a run for the White House. The three-term conservative representative, a co-founder of the House Tea Party coalition, spoke to the fiscally conservative Iowans for Tax Relief on Friday, as well as meeting with the state's Republican governor and head of the state GOP.

The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators website says Rep. Steve King of Iowa and Bob Vander Plaats, president of the Iowa social conservative group The Family Leader, are also scheduled to attend the home-school event.

Iowa, of course, plays a prominent role in the race for the White House, as its caucuses kick of the presidential primary season.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Margie

    Us Minnesotans sure as heck wish she would move to Iowa. Folks the rest of Minnesota are not as bat crap crazy as the area around Minnesota in her district that keeps voting for her. And wonders of wonders the both times Phewlenty won? the governorship the votes (really) to overcome a commanding DFL lead miracleously came from that area. AND in the uproar about Franken winning, well when Coleman demanded recount after recount and filed all those lawsuits well the all the erroroneous votes for Coleman came from that area also.

    January 26, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    I'd be interested to know what level of success her children and foster children have experienced in post-secondary education. Home-schooling is effective for some, but I have my doubts as to whether someone who is so nakedly ambitious as her had the real patience to work with her children. As the parent of a child with a learning disability, I would like to know more about her experiences with teaching her kids. It might make her look a little less like the ego-maniac she seems to be.

    January 26, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. pastafaria

    Let's not jump to any conclusions about Bachmann's trips to Iowa being some sort of indication that she is considering a bid to the White House. In fact, assuming that her understanding of the presidential primaries is as shoddy as her understanding of U.S. history, then we don't really need to worry until she starts making visits to Idaho.

    January 26, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. Joan

    Sarah Palin must be really steaming. She has been replaced as the pretty face of the Tea Party movement already. Bachmann not only has taken the spotlight off of Palin, but she overshadowed Ryan last night in what was supposed to be his night to shine as the opposition reaction to the State of the Union speech. The Republican primaries are shaping up to be really fun and interesting to watch.

    January 26, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Silence Dogood

    For those not local to IA politics: Vander Plaats ran repeatedly for the GOP governor's nomination and was defeated. He then received out of state funding support in a successful effort to discharge three IA supreme court justices last Nov for the sole crime of unanimously ruling you cannot deny right to same-sex couples as other couples. Emboldened by this, he issued a proclamation saying the remaining justices should resign because the people had spoken. Currently the newly GOP IA house is putting together a plan to make a constitutional amendment to prohibit gay marriage, to be taken to the state population in 2014.

    January 26, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. DIANA

    I hope she wins the Republican nomination, though her numbers make Sarah Palin look good, (by the way I've noticed CNN seemed to have replaced Palin with Bachmann; is the romance over?). If she does win, I hope she has Palin as her vice president running mate. We all know how well that went for McCain.

    January 26, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. Video Guy

    Maybe she should go back to MN to her old grade school and retake American History.

    January 26, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. needNewGov

    I feel so sorry for Bachmann's kids. To be homeschooled by an airhead. This woman is sooooooo Palin it scares me. What kind of history do you think her kids must believe. It's sooooooo sad.

    January 26, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    "...Congresswoman Bachmann is a strong supporter of homeschooling..." LMAO – Did they past their history exams?? She keeps stating that she wants to go back to the "founding fathers" era and can't even get straight what the era entails!!

    Also, last night she looked like a fool by NOT looking in the right camera. It was obvious she was ONLY concerned about the Tea Party because that is the camera she was staring in... What a joke!!!

    January 26, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Mrs. Hatred

    I wonder how much government money Bachmann received for raising and educating her 23 foster children. Wouldn't it have been cheaper to help out they're real parents. I guess that would have been unacceptable to waste Government money like that. Bachmann receiving government money = good . Anybody else receiving government money = bad. BTW don't forget about the farm subsidies.

    January 26, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Go Michelle! You are number 1. If you don't get the nomination for president for the GOP, it is because republicans are fascist.

    January 26, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. trex

    Home schooled all 23 "children", hummm. OK, everyone just go out and read Frank Schaeffer's ...."Crazy for God"...., and that will explain the inner workings of home schooling based on religious beliefs written by a child that's been home schooled. Dare ya, ...go ahead,.... yes that's right , a book........."Crazy for God",..... by Frank Schaeffer.

    January 26, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Michael in Houston

    You republicans really have a great sense of humor. Palin, O'Donnell, and now Bachmann whoever she is. Its like watching someone reach into a slimey barrel and pull out some gross looking toad and dangling it by one leg for all of us to see. Your really making most of us want to hurl.

    January 26, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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