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Tea Party Favorite Bachmann Enters Republican Presidential Race

June 14, 2011

June 14 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican known for her uncompromising views and firebrand style, said she plans to run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

“I filed my paperwork to seek the office of the presidency today,” Bachmann, 55, a favorite of Tea Party and anti-abortion activists, said yesterday during a Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN.

Her filing with the Federal Election Commission allows Bachmann to begin fundraising and other organizational efforts for a presidential bid. Bachmann said she would “very soon” formally announce her candidacy.

A knack for grabbing the spotlight catapulted Bachmann, who won her House seat in 2006, into a frequent guest on cable television news program, a fundraising dynamo and a Tea Party heroine.

During the first three months of 2011, Bachmann raised $1.7 million, second only to Speaker John Boehner of Ohio among House members, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group. Most of that money -- $12.8 million -- came in donations of less than $200. She took in $13.6 million for her 2010 re-election, more than any other House candidate.

Bachmann had $2.9 million in the bank as of March 31, all of which could be used for a presidential run.

She has used her platform to advocate for conservative positions on social and fiscal issues, prodding Republican leaders not to cooperate with President Barack Obama’s administration.

“I am willing to fight for what I believe in, and that’s one thing that people see,” she said an April 29 interview with Bloomberg News in Manchester, New Hampshire. “I’m not just there to go along and get along.”

Bachmann had been measuring support for a run during visits this year to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, states with early contests in the nomination process.

--With assistance from Jonathan D. Salant in Washington. Editors: Robin Meszoly, Laurie Asseo.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lisa Lerer in Washington at llerer@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva34@bloomberg.net.


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