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Mar 24, 5:44 PM EDT

Adviser: Bachmann likely to enter WH race

Associated Press

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FILE - In a March 23, 2011 photo, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks at a rally by home school advocates, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Bachmann is likely to begin a White House bid as early as May, one of her top advisers said Thursday, March 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, FILE)


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Tea party favorite and Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann is feeling pressure from the political calendar to rush a decision on a White House bid and may announce her intentions as early as May, one of her top advisers said Thursday.

Bachmann, a third-term congresswoman from Minnesota, could form a presidential exploratory committee before two televised Republican debates scheduled the first week of May, said Ed Brookover, a Bachmann adviser.

"I'm not sure the debate is what's going to make our final decision," he said. "Is it a factor? Yes."

Other Republicans familiar with Bachmann's thinking said all signs point to a White House run. They insisted on

anonymity to discuss private conversations with Bachmann and her advisers.

For her part, Bachmann played coy.

"I'm in for 2012 in that I want to be a part of the conversation in making sure that President (Barack) Obama only serves one term, not two, because I want to make sure that we get someone who's going to be making the country work again. That's what I'm in for," Bachmann told ABC News.

"But I haven't made a decision yet to announce, obviously, if I'm a candidate or not, but I'm in for the conversation."

Bachmann spokesman Doug Sachtleben would only say the congresswoman would make a decision about a White House run by summer.

Bachmann was in Iowa on Wednesday courting evangelical home-school advocates, and was being escorted around the state by state Sen. Kent Sorenson, who told The Associated Press he would run her political operation in the state if she enters the race. Bachmann's allies have been visiting office space around Des Moines for a potential headquarters and have consulted with veterans of past caucuses about operatives and consultants who are still available.

Bachmann is a strong fundraiser; she collected a whopping $13 million for a re-election bid she won handily by 13 percentage points. She helped candidates and committees in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina - the traditional early nominating states - raise cash.

While she has no formal organization in any of those states, her appearances have generated enthusiasm among the party's conservative base. She has twice met with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and is scheduled to appear at an Iowa conference for conservatives this weekend, organized by Republican Rep. Steve King.

The Republican presidential field has been slow to form compared to past election cycles as familiar names such as Sarah Palin mull bids and other potential hopefuls like Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich work behind the scenes on their candidacies. The harsh media spotlight and the expense of a full-scale campaign operation deterred Republicans from early announcements in the expected race against Obama, who is certain to raise hundreds of millions of dollars.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty took an initial step this week, creating an exploratory committee.

In an interview with the AP on Thursday, freshman Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he would consider a presidential run only if his father, 2008 candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, doesn't. Rand Paul, a tea party sensation, said he has not made a decision but is being urged to make a White House run.

Bachmann's sudden rise has grown out of frequent appearances on cable TV shows and a propensity to make provocative statements that cut through the political clutter, even if they're not always on the mark. She helped found a House Tea Party Caucus last summer, which strengthened her ties to the day's hottest political movement of activists who rail against spending, regulations and taxes.

This month, she flubbed basic history, telling New Hampshire activists they were from the "the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord." The Revolutionary War's first shots came next door in Massachusetts.

Earlier this year, she also mistakenly praised the nation's founding fathers, who she said "worked tirelessly until slavery was no more."

In January, she gave a Tea Party Express response to Obama's State of the Union address. Complete with charts and a stern message about spending excesses, the televised speech was remembered mostly for a technical glitch that had Bachmann looking into a different camera. "Saturday Night Live" mocked it; Bachmann made joked about it during her next big speech.

Bachmann, 54, has five children with husband Marcus, a therapist. On top of raising her own children, Bachmann has also parented 23 foster children.


Elliott reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Mike Glover contributed from Des Moines, Iowa.

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I don't think that was Tim Russert.

We very well may need a woman president. However, I am not sure this is the time for that. We need a very stong individual whom the independents, libertarians, republicans, and democrats respect and agree upon. We cannot pick apart every social and fiscal idea. Right now, we need to get our" fiscal house" in order. We need to agree to AGREE, not just argue and fight about everything. We need a leader who can bring all factions together and fight to get our country back!!!! This should be our goal and our leader's goal. If anyone gets offended at our choice of a candidate, we could very well get an independent candidate. That would guarantee a win for "what's his name." NOT GOOD!!

I agree with you 100% but not because she wouldn't do an excellent job. She would be perfect, but I have to be realistic on this issue as well. I would like to see LTC Allan West for Pres & Michelle Bachmann for VP. The reason is simple & that is Obama is going to get at least 80% of the Black vote, that is a given. That said, LTC Alan West is a Black man (much blacker than OB) & very well might take most of those votes away from OB. You also know Libs/Progressives are not going to vote for a woman (maybe a Lib woman) & you can pretty well take that to the bank. Since Allan West is Black & Libs usually don't research candidates &  would probably vote for Allan West because they are also getting frustrated with OB. There is a group trying to convince LTC Allan West to run for POTUS in 2012, even though he said he wasn't. He is far more qualified than OB & although he hasn't been in Politics very long, is savvy in handling people & issues. Do your own research & check out his qualifications. With his & Michelle's smarts they could get us out of this Progressive mess. Obama is going to be very hard for a White man or woman to beat, so let's get a Black man with Patriotic Beliefs such as ours. He could very well be our next George Washington & save our Constitution. He put his Military Career in jeopardy to protect soldiers under his command & made a statement that he would walk through hell with a gas can if it would keep his men alive. I have no doubts he would do the same for us. 

You are absolutly correct, it was Chris Matthews.  My mistake.  But they all sound alike to me.

i think you mean Chris Matthews

tim russert is a dead liberal

Tim Russert passed away some time ago.  You are referring to Chris Matthews.
Clearly, just as God called Moses to 'set my people free', God has called Michelle Bachmann to 'set my people free' in the White House. If she can just get the endorsement of the godless male chauvenists in the Republican Party in order to run.
If she is the nominee ,Dems have a sure win.
That will happen ONLY with the millions of illegal mexicans who will vote for Ovomit.The pres is buying all of them!
If you call voting to continue the Patriot Act, which takes away American freedoms, setting my people free, then I guess she's your gal.  And no, I AM DEFINITELY NOT AN OBAMA SUPPORTER!!!! I am a Ron Paul supporter, a supporter of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
We citizens of the USA have one goal ahead of us - to win the 2012 election and remove BH Obama from the Oval office. That job is going to be difficult. We must pick the candidate who has the best chances of winning.
We have one good chance here. We to get a lot of concervitivs on the ballot. Then we pick the best one. It is that easy.
No Rinos.


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