Rollins to steer likely Bachmann White House bid
June 6th, 2011
04:31 PM ET
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Rollins to steer likely Bachmann White House bid

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Michele Bachmann is looking to a campaign veteran to run her likely bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

CNN has confirmed that the congresswoman from Minnesota has signed GOP strategist Ed Rollins to run her campaign, if as expected, she announces her candidacy later this month.

"If she runs, I'll help her," Rollins tells CNN, adding that it's "one more round for the old war horse."

Rollins was campaign manager for President Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election landslide over former Vice President Walter Mondale. Rollins, a guest on numerous CNN programs over the years, is also more recently known for running former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's bid for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. Huckabee went from being a longshot candidate to winning the Iowa caucuses before ultimately losing to eventual nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

"We'll try and duplicate what Huckabee did in Iowa. It's a good act to follow," says Rollins.

Bachmann has all but declared her candidacy. She recently told reporters and supporters in Iowa that "when we make that all-important announcement – which will happen in the month of June – that announcement. I am pleased to tell you tonight, will be made in Iowa. And I will also tell you that announcement will be made in the city where I was born, in Waterloo."

Bachmann is also taking part in next Monday's CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire.

Word of Rollins role in a Bachmann campaign was first reported by CBS.

- CNN's Executive Director, Contributors and Audience, Lucy Spiegel contributed to this report

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- On Monday, June 13, CNN will host the first New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate, live from Manchester, NH at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. jim nagle

    ed rollins is evidently feeling the beginnings of dementia. michelle bachmann stands as much chance of being elected president as does sarah palin, ie none.

    June 6, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    That's really smart rollin. Giving up a real job to help somebody who hasn't got a chance in hell!

    June 6, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. C. Howe Yulikit

    Wow and I used to have a modicum of respect for Ed Rollins. He must have some serious gambling debts to be taking that political/career suicide mission.

    June 6, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. excitizen

    Wow! talk about prostituting yourself.

    June 6, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. John

    Michele Bachmann has as much chance of winning that Saran Palin does and that Is NONE. Most American People don't want anything to do with the TEA PARTY or any body they back. We seen what happen In Wisconsin ,Ohio ,Mich and Florida and we don't want that to happen all over the Place.

    June 6, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Me

    I have to say, I'm very disappointed in Ed Rollins. Could he possibly stoop any lower? Oh, yeah, forgot about Palin there for a second. I expected better of you, Ed.

    June 6, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Bruce

    Ed Rollins is no Bernard Hopkins...he'll get KO'd. If he were of any consequence, then why didn't any of the real candidates ask him to join their camp?

    June 6, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. bb

    The tired and obsolete steering the crazy and obsolete. What could go wrong?

    June 6, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. sammieb51

    The debate between her and Palin should be a stitch rife with comic relief. Bachman: "Abraham Lincoln said the torch has been passed to a new generation" (NOT) and Palin: "Paul Revere was warning the British and protecting our gun rights" (NOT). Morons. Can we force our elected officials to take AT LEAST the citizenship test and if they don't pass it, they can't run? Really, we're still recovering from the last "C" student we had in office, we don't need to drop down the "D" students do we?

    June 6, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. GOP = Greed Over People

    Manic Michelle hires a campaign leader that has not had a winning candidate in 27 years?

    You go girl!

    Bachmann/Palin 2012!

    June 6, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ed Rollins is a good choice for Bachmann because she'll need him to put a spin on everything she says thats wrong, he's a master at that and I give him props. With that said, I have no intention of voting Republican under any circumstances regardless of whose running what and for whom.

    June 6, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. sue

    I never liked him on CNN when he gave his opinions and would turn the channel when he was on......I knew he didn't have much of he has proven it to support a loser.....she has the same chance as Palin at winning.......

    June 6, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. soundBitten

    I thought for a moment that Rollins was created by intelligent design, but based on this latest selection of candidate I'm wrong.

    June 6, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. A Kickin' Donkey

    OMG. I'm a staunch Democrat but I had developed much respect for Ed Rollins as a smart and reasonable person.

    I don't know how he is going to say nice things about Michele Bachmann – things he is SUPPOSE to believe - and do so with a straightface. I guess every Republican has their price. It's really a shame.

    June 6, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. TomNPitt

    Ed's still got that fire in the belly. Everybody seems to have theat now. There's some real bad food going around thats making everybody on the right feel invincible. And just like eating bad food – they don't know when to quit!

    June 6, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. Indy

    Thats too bad I really like Ed Rollins, he was even keeled on most issues and his comments were respectful. I will not be able to listen to him while he is working for one of the biggest loons in the country, and will have to hit the mute when he speaks about Bachmann. Shiver me timbers she is crazier then a cat on a hot tin roof.

    June 6, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. lynn

    Bachmann has a desire to subsurvient American women. She has her soap box, but would keep the rest of us in the realm of women belong in the home and kitchen, all the while bragging about the kids she raised. Really, how did that cookie baking go Michele?

    June 6, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. Ken_In_ATL

    Oh Ed, how far from grace have we fallen.

    June 6, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. Em in Minnesota

    I really expected better of him than this! Any respect I had for him jsut went down the drain. He must really be desperate to stay in the political arena if he's stooping to the level of Michele Bachmann!

    June 6, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. Fred

    Bachmann and Palin are the two biggest setbacks to equal rights for women since keep-'em-in-the-kitchen mentality.

    June 6, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. Al-NY,NY

    the car that Rollins is steering is speeding towards a mountain ledge and the brakes don't work. She will get canned (quit) early and blame him, just like the other wannabe "victim" always does. It's always someone else's fault

    June 6, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. Rickster

    Whoever wins the republican nomination will be the next President of the United States. The price the country is paying for electing the most unqualified person to ever run for president will ensure that the republican candidate will win the next election.

    June 6, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    The people in Minnesota really got a bum deal voting for Bachmann, who does nothing for their interests.

    June 6, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I can only assume that Mr. Rollins will soon be a member of the FoxNews team after this decision.

    June 6, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. Republican Robber Baron

    Please enough of the wing-nut extremism. The GOP has been officially hi-jacked by uneducated fruitloops.

    June 6, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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