Bachmann to announce Monday
June 21st, 2011
09:05 PM ET
9 years ago

Bachmann to announce Monday

(CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota will formally announce her candidacy for president Monday in Waterloo, Iowa, where she was born.

A GOP source confirms to CNN the date of the announcement, which was first reported Tuesday evening by the Huffington Post. The Bachmann campaign has not confirmed the report, but tells CNN details of the announcement will be released Wednesday morning.

Neither the date nor the timing is a huge surprise. Bachmann made news at a CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader GOP presidential debate on June 13, saying that “I filed my paperwork to seek the office of the presidency of the United States today. And I’ll soon be making my formal announcement.”

And a few days earlier, Bachmann told reporters and supporters in Iowa that she would make an announcement regarding her candidacy later in June, and that she would make that announcement in Waterloo, her birthplace.

The three term congresswoman is considered a darling of tea party activists, thanks to her often outspoken criticism of President Barack Obama. But her performance at last week’s debate also won her rave reviews from some more establishment Republicans. And her speech Friday at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans was also very well received by the audience and by political pundits.

The location of the announcement is also no surprise. A strong showing in Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state, is crucial for Bachmann’s hopes of winning the GOP nomination.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    How many jobs has she created for the people of Minnesota since being reelected?

    June 21, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. SecedingfromTexas

    "Waterloo" ? Is this joke just too obvious?

    June 21, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  3. thomas

    Bachmann / Perry 2012


    June 21, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    I thought people from Iowa were better prepared mentally. I guess there's always that one lunatic in the bunch and this MN nobody is certainly the one.
    Oh yes, that sea of white faces (with the one shot of the one token black woman) laughing at racist jokes about the President but booing the weeper of the house, the paw man and romney having one too many wives. It just goes to show you what kind of out of touch audience they had because the man who caused most of the problems we are having today got the biggest applause . . . . . the shrub and one woman tried to get the crowd up out of their seat for this botoxed woman but nobody else followed.

    June 21, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. maikl

    Anybody ,but Obama.

    June 21, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. Kenny

    And after making her announcement, she can go back home to Minnesota and watch the elections on FOX.

    June 21, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. B

    This is truly a good indicator of how far out this country has allowed itself to go !

    This woman is more loony than Palin. God help us all.

    June 21, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  8. Dreamer96

    I hope she shows us one of her intelligent design school histroy books that tell how Noah did not load any Dinosaurs on to the Ark..

    June 21, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Huntsman will take the high road in the primary and refrain from personal attacks. Bachmann will take the low road, make personal attacks, and say outrageous and absurd things.

    June 21, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  10. Discernment

    If Mitt Romney is just an empty suit (and he is) . . .

    . . . than Michele Bachmann is a religious wing-nut that still believes the earth is flat. Michele is clueless about real world complexities and she cannot be trusted to put her head around the problems and finding successful solutions.

    June 21, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  11. Tired of the nonsense

    Aw, I read the title of the piece and thought that she'd be announcing how long she'd been off her meds which is why she sounds like she's from another planet.

    June 21, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  12. Indy

    Hopefully she wont use that childish rant of hers that "Obama is a one term President" as it makes her look like she is in grade five.

    June 21, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. Strategic Bob

    Just another delusional, logic and fact-impaired Republicanwanna-be. MB is so stupid that she actually makes Romney and Huntsman look good by comparison.

    June 21, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. ABM

    She should resign from office. If her focus is on the White House she should give up her office. She can't have it both ways.

    June 21, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  15. JB

    You won't take us back to Sunday 18 June 1815? do you?

    June 21, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  16. fernace

    Last week I read that Bachman wants to add "intelligent design" to the public school curriculum. She feels it should be taught alongside evolution, to give "both sides" of the scientific theories. I'm pretty certain that intelligent design has not been accepted as a scientific theory, & if we're going to teach Christian views in the classroom, I think it's only fair to teach all religions. My concern with Bachman & many of the GOP candidates, is that they seem very lackadaisical about the separation of church & state. To me this is a crucial quality for a politician to have. By all means, practice your religion, but know where the boundaries are.

    June 21, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  17. Moe NY

    LOL...would wish you luck, but unlike the teabags I do not lie. Hope you fail miserably...just like you hope our POTUS will does it feel bimbo?

    June 21, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  18. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Another fanatical neo-con enters the race. This is news???

    June 21, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Bachmann is a nutjob, plain and simple. She thinks the world was created 6,000 years and ago and that humans and dinosaurs lived at the same time, for Pete's sake!

    We need a leader who actually has a grip on reality – not some loon who wants to turn our nation into some kind of third-world theocracy!

    June 21, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  20. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Why bother? She did it at the debate. There is no good reason to do it now. She is just doing it to raise money and to hear herself speak. I hope not to hear it.

    June 21, 2011 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  21. Bill in Florida

    I hope she wins the nomination. She has absolutely no chance of defeating the President in the general election.

    June 21, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  22. Squigman

    And the jackels from all of the news agencies are foaming at the mouth to get the story. If this woman looked like Janet Reno, no one would pay any attention. What a sick society we've created.

    June 21, 2011 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  23. Bradley

    I thought she'd already announced that decision...?

    June 22, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  24. We have Cowards in Congress

    Blah blah blah, same old speech, Obama is the worse president we had, everything is Obama fault, I am a tax lawyer, my husband and I adopted twenty six Kids, We have your resume, all I am going to hear for the next six months is how bad Obama is for our country, and not give us new ideas.

    June 22, 2011 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  25. Brian Dodge

    Maybe she'll take the opportunity to explain why she and the Republican House majority haven't introduced any jobs bills?

    June 22, 2011 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
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