CNN Exclusive: Bachmann to form exploratory committee in June, possibly earlier
March 24th, 2011
09:47 AM ET
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CNN Exclusive: Bachmann to form exploratory committee in June, possibly earlier

Washington (CNN) - CNN has exclusively learned that Rep. Michele Bachmann will form a presidential exploratory committee. The Minnesota Republican plans to file papers for the committee in early June, with an announcement likely around that same time.

But a source close to the congresswoman said that Bachmann could form the exploratory committee even earlier than June so that she could participate in early Republican presidential debates.

"She's been telling everyone early summer," the source told CNN regarding Bachmann's planned June filing and announcement. But the source said that nothing is static.

"If you [debate sponsors] come to us and say, 'To be in our debates, you have to have an exploratory committee,' then we'll say, 'Okay, fine...I'll go file the forms.'"

Three GOP presidential primary debates are planned before and during early June: The first one on May 2 at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California and another on May 5 in South Carolina. CNN plans a GOP presidential primary debate in New Hampshire in early June.

Meanwhile, CNN has also learned that Iowa Republican state Sen. Kent Sorenson will likely be hired to be Bachmann's political director for the state - and that Bachmann aides hope to have a complete team together for Iowa by this weekend.

Sorenson is a prominent Tea Party figure in Iowa and holds sway with evangelicals in the state. He has publicly said he will support Bachmann if she mounts a presidential bid.

The three-term congresswoman and Tea Party favorite hopes to also have political teams in place - very soon - in New Hampshire, home to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, and South Carolina, host of the first presidential primary in the South.

"I could have state directors in all those states within a week," Bachmann Chief of Staff Andy Parrish said.

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soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. BradinOkla

    I read that Bachmann has charged that global warming is a hoax and has been a vocal skeptic of global warming. She has asserted that since carbon dioxide is "a natural byproduct of nature", it is a beneficial gas required by plant life. She stated that because life requires CO2 and it is part of the planet's life cycle, it cannot be harmful. In a statement she made on the House floor on Earth Day, April 22, 2009.

    By that rationale, water is essential, too much cannot be bad for us, can we PLEASE hold her head under it for about an hour and see if she still holds this belief?

    March 24, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. misslapresents

    She is definitely presidential material. We should be so lucky as to have this honest to God conservative in the White House. She would blow Barry out of the water in a debate. She is no nonsense, unlike all the career RINOs.

    March 24, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. maine liberal

    bachmann another teapartier exploring for votes. team up with the wassllly Hillbilly sure to be a total losing team.
    Note to those that like the bobsie twins. this is criticism not hate. I kinow that you have a problem telling the difference.

    the act of passing judgment as to the merits of anything. 2. the act of passing severe judgment; censure; faultfinding.

    Liberals do not fear them

    March 24, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. andrewstl

    let the comedy beign!!

    thank you you half wit. you are the gift that keeps giving


    March 24, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. some guy in New Hampshire

    I feel so much better now.

    March 24, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. TruckerMatt

    Finally a potential candidate that will do all she can regarding drilling oil, cuttting taxes, cutting spending, reducing and eliminating govt agencies, return states rights. Amen.

    March 24, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Boatnmaniac

    Finally, a presidential candidate that will give Palin a fighting chance of winning the GOP nomination. Doesn't matter much though because if either one of these people get the GOP nomination it will be a windfall for Obama and the Dems.

    March 24, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Gary Cardinale

    Go Michelle! Tea Party for republicans means a cakewalk for the dems.

    March 24, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Keith

    Woohoo!!! With Sister Sarah still constantly announcing how she hasn't decided to run yet, Bachmann's the next best candidate for liberals! Com'on Bachmann, run!! If Sister Sarah's not in the game, you'll get the full support of all liberals all the way through the entire primaries!

    March 24, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. celador2

    This Bachman run for WH 2012 means Huckabee, Palin, Gingrich all may lose supporters.

    March 24, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Federalist No.10

    Oh my god. Say it isn't so.

    March 24, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    She should start an exploratory committee to check on her IQ since she has NO CHANCE of even getting close to the nomination but if she wants to waste her time and $ on nothing more than an expose tour on how stupid she is, go ahead

    March 24, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Alex

    Well, the Republican side of the election just got a lot funnier.

    March 24, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Neil C Denver

    Every looney, no matter how competent, can attract people to them. Unfortunately, America has too many looneys who have sufficient egos to believe that they are ordained by God to run our country.

    March 24, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. changedhope

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Thank you Michele for stepping up to the plate. She's a true patriot who has the guts to vote for what she believes in.. Don't think she'll be voting 'present".

    March 24, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. DRTSAT

    I'm quite sure her qualifictions are right down there with Sarah Palin. Having another hard right winger running for President is nuts. What happened to being moderate? I used to vote straight party on the ballot but I haven't done it in a while because these clowns now (I include politicians on both sides) are filled with rabid stupidity about their point of view. I'm a Republican but I'd vote for a blue dog Democrat before this nut job.

    March 24, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Who opened the gate? The Idiot's have walked In !

    Bachmann is crazier than Palin ! The republican's are digging a bigger hole for themselves everyday with these crazy candidates ! That's it , the teaparty candidates have to be stopped now ! They will complete destroy America ! We have seen the chaos that they have inflicted upon their unsuspecting constituent's and it need's to be stopped ! Their war on the middle class end's now ! Everybody please get out and vote to stop this pestilence in the next election and send these teahadist's a message that our Democracy is no longer going to be corrupted by your vile nonsense !

    March 24, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    I shudder at the thought, of this person running for President.

    March 24, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. informed voter

    Are there any serious GOP candidates? I am a life long democrat, but it is disconcerting that there are not any sane, moderate leaders in the opposing party, who can have an intelligent debate regarding solutions for the serious problems that face our nation. It is truly sad, the current GOP contenders are such extreme losers. We need opposing ideas to fully represent our diverse population. On the bright side, if the Republicans can't find a viable candidate, it will guarantee that we will have 4 more years of intelligent, thoughtful leadership from Obama and Biden.

    March 24, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Dan D

    Oh please run. It will be so much fun to watch. Mrs. Palin please run as well.

    March 24, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. SteveR

    Toss in Caribou Barbie and we'll have a whole lotta crazy going on in 2012

    March 24, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. bryant amper

    Yes ! Please run so we can all laugh at the train wreck of you getting torn apart in the debates! HAHAHHAHAHAHAAAaaaaa

    March 24, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. Rich

    There are no sane people left in the Republican party.

    March 24, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Alex

    This woman is a danger – she is a member of a CULT that holds a foreign country (one that has attacked us, no less) as more important than the US. Look up her name with "Israel."

    March 24, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. AK Sean

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Next, someone will actually suggest she is qualified for the job. I really needed a good laugh this morning. Oh wait, she's not kidding? That's an even bigger laugh.

    March 24, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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