Bachmann makes official 2012 presidential announcement
June 27th, 2011
01:05 PM ET
9 years ago

Bachmann makes official 2012 presidential announcement

(CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann formally announced her candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination Monday during an appearance in Waterloo, Iowa - the city where she was born.

Bachmann, a Tea Party favorite currently serving her third term in the House, told a crowd of supporters that Barack Obama's presidency has been a failure. She promised to lead a new conservative revolution characterized by smaller government and a lower federal debt.


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soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. What

    "Together we can *reign* in all the corruption and waste that has become Washington... " Ummm, wrong word, missy. But funny.

    June 27, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. awkuhn

    Mrs. Bachmann is all that the degenerated portion of America represents.

    June 27, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. manngrey

    Funny, She talks about being an Iowan and how wonderful Iowa is and she represents Minnesota! Do you think many Iowans will have an issue with that? For that matter, will Minnesotans feel abandoned? Or that they are second to Iowans on her list?

    June 27, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Walt

    How many official announcements does a candidiate get? This is the 3rd week running where the media is heralding her official announcement to run for Predisint. If she comes up with a plan for middle class job creation that's news. Pushing ever more cuture war garbage hasn't been news since Anita Bryant did it (with far more style I might add). As for her 'ground-breaking' debate performance, where she officially announced her run, that amounted to taking 2nd place in a tallest pygmy contest. Call me unimpressed.

    June 27, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. REB

    As a Proud Minnesotan, I find it interesting in a positive way, that she is proud and happy to be from Iowa. 🙂

    June 27, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. bob

    Bachman , the candidate for those who think that Palin is too intellectual

    June 27, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. ray

    Nice lady?...maybe. Just as far right as Obama is left. Not what we need.

    June 27, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. tcaros

    She's a looney with absolutely no chance.

    Look into the crystal ball and see her future: She'll garner 3.5 % of the vote, quit, and become a Fox News shill for the grumpy old hebe.

    June 27, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. AC

    Bachmann for President, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. I cannot wait for the debates, uh? hmmmm, new slogan with a southern twist, "Can't wait for the debates"

    June 27, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bashing the Government while working and being paid by the Government makes it clear to me Bachmann doesn't understand Government and it wasn't 5 decades ago she and her husband received Federal aid from the Government.

    June 27, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. Faux Palin

    Dream on Miss Bachman, dream on.

    June 27, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. thomas

    She is so real and refreshing. The right woman, at the right time, from the far right .
    Michele Bachmann will lead us back to the great times of the 1960s , she is like June Cleaver or Donna Reed with the love and kindness of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a titanium spine .

    Bachmann / Perry 2012

    June 27, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Mark

    She should be easily defeated, but that's what I thought about George W. in 2000. I'm afraid that most American voters have become too emotional and have become obsessed with sensationalized image. Instead of a competent leader we want a political messiah.

    June 27, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. W

    Shocker, another republican with a lot to say bad about president Obama and what he's doing but nothing to say about actually helping the country. We get it rightsiders, yall are over the top with disliking President Obama and that's fine, Where are yalls ideas for helping the country? Where are those jobs ya'll hyped up back in November? Enough of showing us how much you dont like President Obama, ya'll have driven that point well into the ground. Lets move past that already so we can fix the country.

    June 27, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. ObamaMustGo

    You absolutely know she's a great candidate when all the leftist whackos are on here trashing her. It wouldn't matter who was running, they only savior is Obama himself for these loons. Go Michelle!

    June 27, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Venita Le--US CITIZEN mind you

    This from a lady who publicly stated in 2006 Republican Debate here in MN that "not all cultures are created equal"? Apparently, she ignored the constitution that she so proudly speaks of. She does not have one intelligent thing to say. When I asked persons who would be supporting her "What platforms does she {Bachmann} stand on that you agree with?" people answer with vague questions like "Well, she's a Christian. She's patriotic. She stands for America". Obviously there are two things I notice. 1) Her followers don't even understand a question I'm proposing and 2) Standing for "America" is Vague. If you look on a map, there's North America, Central America, South America. Hmpf

    I'm in support of every American citizen earning their right to vote; everyone should take the citizenship test to verify that they are capable enough to vote. When people vote in terms of vague virtuous characteristics–instead of a solid action plan that promotes a good economy, social justice, and better international affairs–I get worried.

    June 27, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Four and The Door

    She puts together a compelling combination of ideas about the current situation in America. These are ideas that will work well for Michelle Backmann heading into 2012.

    June 27, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Venita Le--US CITIZEN mind you

    sorry **vague answers**

    June 27, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. American

    There is hope for this great country.
    Go Michelle!

    June 27, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. Bella

    YEs Bachmann for president and Sara Palin for vice president .Kiss America good bye.

    June 27, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Joe in Pittsburgh

    One good thing about that campaign is that their music is pretty much all set up:

    "Takin' Care of Business"
    "Roll On Down the Highway"
    "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet"

    ...wait! You mean she wasn't part of Bachman-Turner Overdrive? 🙂

    June 27, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. christtardkiller4000

    The moment the word 'God' came out of her mouth was the moment she proved she cannot manage a country.

    See GWB for Citation

    June 27, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. A disgusted former Republican

    Whoopie! The Minnesota "flake" just joined the republican nomination circus. Is Caribou Barbie going to join the circus and be her running mate?

    June 27, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Inciteful

    I'm waiting for the candidate with the courage and support of the majority in Congress to do one of two things to "dis-incent," if not stop, U.S. corporations from sending jobs overseas: 1. remove unnecessary regulatory requirement and the minimum wage that put U.S. workers at a competitive disadvantage; or 2. if Congress believes that all the regulatory requirements and the minimum wage are the "right" things to do, then require that U.S. corporations may only import from those factories that are in total compliance with U.S. laws. It is absurd that U.S. companies are permitted without consequence to circumvent the intent of U.S.-legislated regulatory requirements and the minimum wage, not to mention the "contribution" U.S. workers are required to make to payroll, income and social security taxes. I'll vote for those who are committed to leveling the economic playing field.

    June 27, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    If only Palin would jump in and run for president, a battle royal in the debates between two "flaky" religious social conservative Tea Party wingnuts. It would be a contest to see who is more insidious and ridiculous, both suffering from foot in the mouth disease.

    June 27, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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