Bachmann acknowledges CNN story with Facebook supporters
March 24th, 2011
01:01 PM ET
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Bachmann acknowledges CNN story with Facebook supporters

Washington (CNN) -Rep. Michele Bachmann is acknowledging with her supporters a CNN story about her presidential ambitions.

The Minnesota Republican has posted, on her Facebook page, the exclusive story that she plans to form a presidential exploratory committee in June, possible earlier.

"Read a little something on CNN…" Bachmann told her "friends" in a post on her page.

Though she has not officially made any announcement, the Facebook posting appears to be a tacit admission by the three-term congresswoman that she, in fact, will officially test the presidential waters in June, if not before.

Bachmann, a favorite of the Tea Party movement, is currently touring Iowa, home to the first big GOP presidential contest: the Iowa caucuses. She has also toured New Hampshire, home to the first-in-the-nation GOP presidential primary, and South Carolina – host of the first primary in the South.

It remains to be seen how a Bachmann bid would fare under the hot lights of a presidential primary. She recently received attention for a series of missteps and mishaps.

During her first swing through New Hampshire of the 2012 presidential season, the Minnesota Republican flubbed a historical fact: saying that the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775 were fought in New Hampshire, instead of their actual location in neighboring Massachusetts. Bachmann later acknowledged the mistake, but blamed media bias for its widespread reporting.

During that same trip, protesters crashed a carefully choreographed event that Bachmann headlined. And after President Obama's State of the Union address, Bachmann was mocked for appearing to look off camera as she delivered a Tea Party response.

Still, the Republican lawmakers could be a force in a GOP presidential primary. She enjoys a wealth of support among grassroots, conservative activists, is a sought-after speaker for many Republican events and has done much work to build staffs – and relationships – in key, early primary states.

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. V in Chicago

    What a joke this woman is. She and her like ($ Palin) are giving us so much fodder to laugh at.

    Michelle – no one takes you as a serious candidate except those that surround you. The rest of the Country is laughing and know you will NEVER be President of this great nation. . .

    March 24, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. Ann

    The Republican Party has nothing but a cast of circus characters who want to run for President. What in the world is going to happen the United States if any of these scary GOP candidates were to become President ? The American people should wake up and take 2012 seriously.

    March 24, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    What comic relief when the too numerous to name egomaniacs appear side by side on stage ready to debate amongst themselves - or as will most likely be the case, continue their barrage against President Obama, his voting block, and the liberal media . . . which is ALL that seems to be holding GOPers together these days. Oh for the days when Republicans actually had . . . platforms . . . ideas . . . solutions . . . with which to court voters, and not just their empty rhetoric and broken down innuendo and lies.

    March 24, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Jonboy

    All we need now is palin to run and it's a guaranteed Obama '12 victory!

    March 24, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Ralph Smith

    I tried to think of something nice to say but everything kept bringing me back to one simple word....NO!

    March 24, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Bob C

    Is her purpose in forming a "presidential exploratory committee" to explore what a president is or does, because Bachmann certainly doesn't have a clue.

    March 24, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bachmann like Palin have alienated voters outside the Tea Party which isn't smart when those voters are just a tiny portion of voters needed and there is no way to change that. Just more proof these women aren't very bright so they can just stop using the excuse "just because I'm a woman the media treats me different", you did it to yourself. So that finger they keep pointing at the media, points right back at them.

    March 24, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Dave

    Please dear God, let her run. As they say about Louisiana politics: People in Louisiana don't expect good politicians but they do expect good comedy. Bachmann running will be great comedy. I cannot wait to see her in the first Republican debate. She will be calling out every one of her opponents with outlandish statements that don't have any truth to them (of course they will be doing the same). I actually don't think Obama is doing that great a job and wish Hilary would run against him but I would not consider voting for any of the Republican fools that have or are considering declaring themselves running for president. They couldn't lead a pack of wild dogs to a piece of raw meat.

    March 24, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Harry

    I hope she runs and debates Palin. That would be the epic showdown of stupid vs. stupid.

    March 24, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Tuco Ramirez

    I suppose even the stupid and the insane have a right to explore running.

    March 24, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Boytjie

    Soon it will be news as to which Republics are NOT running for president.

    March 24, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Another clueless republican with visions of grandeur. It is appearing that Newt Gingrich may be the smartest of a lousy field of fanatical nut cases. Makes me proud to be an Independent voter, who will more than likely vote for whoever the Democratic candidate is!

    March 24, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Not getting my vote, that's for sure.

    March 24, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Michelle may be dumb as a stick, but she is a lot smarter than your average tea bagger.

    March 24, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Pat

    Watch out, Sarah! Michele is coming.

    March 24, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. ross jones

    It seems the Republicans are getting their presidential candidates from the Fox news nut factory.

    March 24, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. James

    Her chances of being elected President is just about even with Sara Palin. Zero. Her caustic mouth will catch up to her when she throws her hat into the brass ring.These two gals have more of a trench mouth than any man I have ever seen run for the White House. It must be a gender thing. But, then again I am married so I know the answer to that one.

    March 24, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. mike

    could you see this wacko being the president of this country every country around the world would be saying is this daughter of one of the bush families another I couldn't make it thru collage if it wasn't for my daddies influence and money but thank the bible thumping uneducated anti labor racist people out there called the tea party I wouldn't be were I am at

    March 24, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. aradayon

    President? serious? Calling all idiots of America, unite!!!!

    March 24, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Cindy

    I hope she runs. That's what I call ENTERTAINMENT! Too bad that the U.S. will look so stupid abroad though.

    March 24, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. rusty155

    Don't waste your money you don't have a chance In Hell I n winning. We don't need another Saran Palin and any body back by the Tea Party. Michele Bachmann own and operated buy the Koch Brother.And she UNQUALIFIED to run for President.

    March 24, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. kayla

    send in the clowns

    March 24, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. james Miller

    A real Wingnut case.---

    March 24, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. BC

    Should the President thank her now or after he's re-elected? Rep. Bachmann running for the Presidency will only split the GOP vote and provide a strong base for the Barack Obama to be re-elected. Watch and believe!

    March 24, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    I wonder how she feels about "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder. It might depend upon Obama's opinion of it first.

    March 24, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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