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. d

    She makes Palin seem smart!

    March 24, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Bob Dog

    With Palin, Barbour, Trump, and Bachman, things are really tightening up for the MORON vote.

    March 24, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. BornFreeAmerican

    Woo Hoo!! Go Michele Go!! Woo Hoo!!!!!!

    March 24, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Joseph Dooley

    It's almost April. These Republicans need to get their rears in gear.

    March 24, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Greg

    I am a conservative Minnesotan who lives in Bachmann's 6th district and am embarrassed to admit it. She's a flake, at best, with the narrowest possible world view. Her thoughts, actions, and comments are all "shoot from the hip" and to "heck" with facts or accuracy. She and her followers are driven by emotion rather than clear thinking. The Republican Party uses her for her ability to pull a crowd of donors together but doesn't seriously consider her a leader or even good for the country. However, the average American voter isn't necessarily the brightest bulb in the pack so Bachmann is ignored at our peril.

    March 24, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Al

    I hope she runs so President Obama wins a second term.

    March 24, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Guitar

    Here we go again, another greed driven Ego-Maniac, who knows she doesn't have a snowballs chance of winning, ready to suck millions and millions of dollars out of ignorant and naive people's pockets just to feed her own delusions of self grandeur. How this woman would get one vote is beyond the pale. She is totally anti-middle class and simply another member of the new 'feudal' system in America – thinking everyone is here just to make her rich. Very sad that folks allow themselves to be taken in by her vitriol and rhetoric.

    March 24, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. BTR

    Thank God! Finally a little LEVITY in the news.

    March 24, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. edpeters

    This just makes it so easy to be a comedian. They don't have to do any research at all for jokes!

    March 24, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Mimie

    Michele please run, there is no need to explore the idea! You will definitely be the headliner!
    This will be funny. I can’t wait for this one woman political circus to start.

    March 24, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. GrouchoMarxist

    Normally I and the rest of the electorate do not consider mere congresspeople to be seasoned enough for presidential level consideration. Usually we want governors or high level military. But... Bachmann has shown a lot of leadership qualities. I certainly want to take a better look at her, but, I must say, she has been better and more clear on the issues than most of what is out there. A very fine person as far as I can see. I saw her speak at CPAC and she energized the room.

    March 24, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Joe

    Why doesn't Bachmann go back to making toy trains or pretzels LOL

    March 24, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. candy23

    Well I dont really think MB is presidental material. I would not vote for her or SP neither one has no idea on what is going on in this world. President Obama is the best to run this country. But some people think if he goes to the bathroom it is wrong. I dont understand that at all

    March 24, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. darryl

    Please, please, please do not let this anti-intellectual nut job run for President.

    March 24, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. kelsey's grammar

    Oh good gravy, the embarassment of riches for Minnesota just keeps on growing. Michele Bachmann is delusional. How can you tell? She thinks she could be President!

    March 24, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Raffly

    Palin should run too, so those 2 CrackPots will argeu who is prettier ......huahuahuahaua

    March 24, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. phoenix

    The world is truly coming to an end. What a joke. So sorry for the USA.

    March 24, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. A. Goodwin

    Oh, Bachmann, please do run. Not only will it give us Independents and Democrats some comical humor during the election season – you'll also be securing another 4 years for our President.

    March 24, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. jim

    i just wish she was more truthful. check politifact's website ... you'll find she rarely says anything remotely truthful.

    March 24, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. jim

    The endorsement of the Tea Party is the kiss of death to any presidential ambitions!

    March 24, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. JJ

    You will not find a television commercial of Michelle Bachmann sitting on a park bench with her arm around the wicked witch of the West, Nancy Pelosi, like you can find with Newt Gingrich. Thank our lucky stars that at least one real conservative has thrown his, or in this case, her hat in the ring.

    March 24, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. David, CA

    Michelle- I'll save you ALOT of other people's money. You are in NO WAY qualified personally OR professionally to be president of The USA. You, your mouth, and your ego need to sit down and realize this. Totally unelectable.

    March 24, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Robb

    Great, all the idiots are being let out of their cages. Maybe we'll be lucky enough to have a Bachmann/Palin ticket. The end of democracy as we know it – Thomas Jefferson must be rolling over in his grave right now.

    March 24, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Ken Andrews

    There is not much else that would solidify President Obama's re-election , than to have an opponent as totally unqualified as the empty vessel!

    March 24, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Gene

    Awesome,finally a true Repub.not some RINO trying to convince us their a true conservative.Mrs Bachman you have my vote please run our country needs a real leader.

    March 24, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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