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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  1. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Gee, Michele, if you are going to make your job running for President instead of representing your District in Congress, you should do your constituents a favor and resign your seat. That way you can move to Iowa or New Hampshire or South Carolina or whatever early primary state of your choice so you can spend time to meet every Republican voter in one of those states as they expect.

    Of course, after you lose all three of those primaries by such large margins that the Koch brothers drop you like a hot rock, then you will have to get a real job because I don't think whoever takes your place will be willing to step down so you can return to the House!

    March 24, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. The Greedy Old Pigs are nuttier than a peanut farm

    Time to fire up the Bachmann/Palin Overdrive tour bus and crank the crazy up to eleven!

    March 24, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Vic of New York

    So what will we call her? President Bimbo? WE can't call her "President Brain-dead", that's reserved for George Bush Jr. Maybe should should start her own party and call themselves TPB Party ("The Pea-Brain Party") .

    ...who knows, American seems to be filling up with pea brains. Not the Chinese though. They are eating our lunch!

    March 24, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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