Rep. Michele Bachmann makes presidential run official
June 13th, 2011
08:18 PM ET
11 years ago

Rep. Michele Bachmann makes presidential run official

(CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said Monday at the CNN debate that she had filed paperwork to enter the presidential race and said she plans to make a formal announcement of her candidacy "soon."

Bachmann is the only participant at Monday's debate who has not formally declared her candidacy.

The three-term congresswoman is a darling of the tea party movement and a founding member of the 50-member House Tea Party Caucus. She flirted with a bid for the White House for much of the Spring and now plans to make an official announcement in her home state of Iowa this month.

Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, are born-again Christians, and it was God, she says, who encouraged her to run for higher office. She has since become a champion of conservative values, particularly the vision that government should be limited to only what is in the Constitution.

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Robert

    I see that candidates continue to stress lowering corporate tax rates to stimulate job growth; however, how does that work when many large corporations (ones that we should expect to hire large numbers of people) don't even pay corporate taxes? This issue seems like a red herring. I think it's clear that there needs to be some tax reform; however, let's please deal with the issues honestly and fairly. Folks cannot be blinded by partisanship or problems will not get solved.

    June 13, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. Pam Smith

    I have 3 tough questions for the canidates?
    If you could would you investigate all these bailout companies and seek criminal charges? Do you believe in term limits for Congress? What would you change about FEMA?

    June 13, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  3. Gary

    They all say cut tax, cut tax, but when the tax season is over we all find out most big company and millionaires pay little tax??????????

    June 13, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. Gary

    The answer to everything is cut tax, but no one but middle class that pay tax.

    June 13, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. Jon Bezerra

    Please talk about education,they are cutting jobs in California ,if you want people to VOTE you need to EDUCATE them.

    June 13, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. Jon Bezerra

    Why not limit the amount of money that a candidate can spend on the campaign ?? You dant have to spend millions to tell how good you are . Just keep promises within the budge not fake and unrealistic promises prove to us and back it up with the budge

    June 13, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. Jon Bezerra

    Where do the money from the campaign is coming from why not to use that money to pay teachers and feed the hungry and save peoples home

    June 13, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  8. Brian Combs

    Do you think that in order to restore our economy we should require US Based business that recieve Tax Credits to relocate their factories back in the US.

    June 13, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. RobertCal

    Cut tax? Big corporations are not paying taxes with Bush's generous tax break. How can you cut something which does not exist?

    June 13, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. Jon Bezerra

    We need to hear your goals and plans, not how bad Obama is doing, sell yourself open your life and financies keep it real

    June 13, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Corporate and individual tax rates are the lowest in over 75 years – and yet, the wealthy continue to whine they need more before they'll "create jobs."

    Time to cut these losers off. If American corporations can't create jobs here at home with all the tax breaks, incentives and outright give-aways, then maybe they don't deserve to be in business!

    June 13, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. unretired05

    Oh no, another announcement about an announcement.

    June 13, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  13. Jasmine

    What if senators didn't take a salary or heath care at all? They are all wealthy in their own right? What if YOU all realized that we have a political system of checks and balances and that the president sets the course for the county, the agenda and CONGRESS and the SENATE create the terms of the laws and vote their agreement. After their bill is passed by both the house and senate by majority vote does it go to the president to be signed. Presidents do not make laws, if they did, then there would be no need for senate and republicans would not have been able to being the process to a grinding halt. The party of no has succeeded in stalemating the entire country and holding peoples social security and unemployment benefits hostage to propel their own agenda. Willing to throw the weakest of us to the dogs to get their way..

    June 13, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  14. Glenc

    She has less national experience than Obama in 2008. And from the House instead of the Senate no less.

    June 13, 2011 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  15. Nadine

    Corporations need to be blocked again from giving all the money they want – they would make it look like the President was a purchased item People need to know the issues. Schools need to be fully funded so our people can actually know what is going on. You cannot keep cutting things when the only things left to cut are absolute essentials. You have to raise taxes now, and reduce them later..

    June 13, 2011 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  16. truth


    June 13, 2011 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  17. Andy Lau

    Please don't tell me Michele Bachmann is another Sarah Palin. She also sounded like it when she said she wants to defeat Obamacare. Is that all you are going to do during your presidency? What about other major issues?

    June 13, 2011 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  18. David

    Please explain to me how cutting taxes and deregulation will help the economy. We had eight years of this from Bush...

    June 13, 2011 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  19. Coby

    If I recall correctly, George W. Bush also credited god's advice for many of his decisions and look how well that worked out.

    June 13, 2011 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  20. BBoyDone

    I thought her entrance into the campaign was official when he entered the PRESIDENTIAL debate...

    June 13, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  21. Nodack

    She is my least favorite candidate of all. Her campaign is all about talking about how much she hates Democrats and Obama. Her only idea was to lower taxes on corporations. That's her campaign in a nutshell.

    June 13, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  22. kate

    I do not feel the candidates answered any of the issues facing America. If all they can do is criticize Pres. Obama then they have nothing to offer. Pres. Obama HAS created jobs and saved jobs. How about the jobs in Michigan that were saved. I have voted Rep. and Democrat in my life time, but these candidates have nothing to offer. It took 8 years to get into all this mess and it will take 8 years or longer to get out of it, no matter who is Pres. You can't create jobs or get the jobs back by snapping your fingers. It appears the republicans don't understand how jobs can be created.

    June 13, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  23. ScottC

    Call me crazy, but it sounds like she just made a formal announcement of her candidacy.

    June 13, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  24. icedawg

    The truth is that the American people really do not have a choice. The Republicans and Democrats have been ruling together for 100+ years. The complexity of governing has exceeded most politician's abilities. And it is clearly evident in the decisions that have been made in the past decades and the situation in which the country now finds itself. The issues of today are not the same as they were when this nation was founded. None of the candidates can "save" the country like they claim.

    June 13, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  25. Hayley Sansing

    When will a candidate push for a consumption tax? Everyone would pay proportionally- maybe this would be too fair?

    June 13, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
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