DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rep. Michele Bachmann plans to participate in a presidential debate in New Hampshire this month, a move that further signals the Minnesota Republican expects to be a candidate for the 2012 nomination.

Bachmann will be on stage for the June 13 debate in Manchester, N.H., sponsored by WMUR and CNN, a Bachmann adviser, Andy Parrish, told The Associated Press.

Bachmann has said she will announce her plans this month in Iowa, the state that hosts the leadoff nominating caucuses. She has been laying campaign groundwork in Iowa by hiring senior political staff and scouting campaign office space. She also has traveled to New Hampshire and South Carolina, states scheduled to hold the first two primary elections.

Bachmann has traveled to Iowa four times this year and met with Gov. Terry Branstad, other GOP officials and influential Republican activists such as pastors and home-school advocates. Freshman state Sen. Kent Sorenson is advising Bachmann and is expected to run her caucus campaign.

In another telling sign, Parrish stepped down as Bachmann’s congressional chief of staff this week for what he described in an email to staff as “an exciting new position with the congresswoman.”

“I’m focusing more now on political things,” Parrish told the AP.

Parrish has been a political adviser to Bachmann since 2005, in the early stages of her 2006 election to Congress from the suburban Twin Cities district she represents. But Parrish and Bachmann go back further, to her time in the Minnesota Senate when Parrish was a Republican legislative aide.

Bachmann is among seven Republicans expected to participate in the debate in the leadoff presidential primary state. The others, according to WMUR, are former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

CNN and WMUR plan to announce the debate lineup Friday.

Bachmann appeared to be eying the latter part of June for an announcement in Waterloo, Iowa. She has said she intends to wait until after her youngest child graduates from high school this weekend.

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Comments (56)
  1. BB says:

    She can join the other tea party extremist nut jobs that are running for President . It will open the door for moderates to win this upcoming election. Moderates and independents are tired of the extremists on both sides, voters will send home these extremists and vote for moderates in both parties. Some sanity has to show it’s head in the Republican ticket, honestly I am tired of the Republican rants and inability to compromise and do what is needed, raise taxes on the top 5 percent of wage earners, it is only commonsense. The rich should share the pain with the rest of the American Public.

    1. James2 says:

      That’s the point BB, is to make the Party of NO look moderate even though they aren’t and haven’t been for a long time.

    2. Bill says:

      Raising taxes on the top 5 percent is not sharing the pain because it is RAISING the pain on them. I have no idea what you do for a living but I am a doctor and pay obscene amounts of insurance and other fees that you most likely do not pay. Increasing taxes on certain people is not the problem. The problem is uncontrolled spending. I worked very hard to get where I am and do not appreciate being labeled as “evil” because I can provide a good life for my family (7 children).

      I am in agreement that this predicament will likely be solved by more taxes, but can we learn from this? I hope so. Thank you.

  2. d says:


    Palin/Bachmann 2012!!

    SNL is Back b*tches

    1. Victim Du Jour says:

      SNL is boring, it’s like a headache.

      It’s a bad show because GE gets TARP, Federal Reserve Loans, and billion dollar subsidies from Democrats.

      The very definition of Fascism.

      1. Victim Du Simple says:

        Victim, you have nothing intelligent to add to any conversation in here……blah blah blah blah democrats, fascism, blah blah blah……..Assuming you have a job do you annoy people there also? It’s an honest question..

        1. Victim Du Jour says:

          I must have hit close to the mark to get you to respond to my post.

          I’ve made comments on this news site from Europe, and I don’t have a PC at all.

          Sorry if I make you feel like a loser.

          1. Mike says:

            1. An authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government.
            2. (in general use) Extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice

            1. Victim Du Jour

            1. Citizen says:

              @Mike. Fascism–sounds like the GOP to me!

      2. Regal Beagle says:

        Ah, victim, your re-education still needs to continue. TARP was George W. Bush.

    2. Mr. M says:

      OMG … LOVE it when they do the spoofs on Palin as the true idiot that she is.

    3. Joe says:

      “I hope the lamestream media doesn’t using my words against me by repeating them verbatim!”

  3. Dave Campbell says:

    I read where her chief of staff has a new position! I’m betting it’s doggie style!

  4. jeff says:

    ahhhh the great wh0re of babylon!

  5. Max says:

    Does participation in the debate mean she will have to articulate a cogent position on issues? That ought to be fun to watch. LOL

  6. kieron says:

    Lots of MN politicians spending money and time down in Iowa, kinda like the way US politicians spend a lot of time in a certain country to the east of us.. Might as well move there and stay there for all the good these politicos do for their own constituents.

  7. Brian says:

    I still find this hilarious. Pawlenty and Bachmann are going to be the laughing stock of the election; just as Palin was in ’08. Pawlenty bowed out of his next governor’s race because he knew he’d get smoked. Now this windbag is riding out her 15 minutes making some noise. Going to be laughing when we hear the “thud” of Pawlenty & Bachmann.

    1. Ines Beag says:

      I was going to say that!

      1. ChillyFrank says:

        Brian and Ines a match maid in Liberal heaven (which is hell of course.) T-paw would have beat silver-spoon-Dayton 75% to 25%. The laughing stock will be the liberals crying AGAIN…no chance of a repeat for husain barker obma

        1. Brian says:

          If t-paw would have won in such a landslide, ChillyFrank, the smart thing would have been to run and win. Doesn’t a presidential nomination come much easier if you’re actually holding an elected office? Or doesn’t it matter? Lets ask Mitt Romney how that worked out. He was ousted from his state’s office and the GOP wouldn’t touch him. T-paw will suffer the same fate, even though he wasn’t actually voted out of office. After 8 years of running the state into the ground, people are smart enough to see through his B.S.

  8. Bachmann is a Nut says:

    I’m sure Barak is extremely concerned with this nut job gettig in the race. The Republicans have nobody to offer….just skip the election & give Barak four more years even if he hasn’t done a whole lot yet

    1. Mr. M says:

      TOTALLY AGREED !!! Bachmann, the same woman who said America should appologize for the BP oil spill. What a wackjob.

  9. Ines Beag says:

    Best breast since Sarah Palin, hope SA is still open, out of KY

  10. VoteMiddle says:

    Bachmann is a is husien obama. Both are extremest politicians! Earlier commenter is correct…it will open the door for a 3rd party moderate…finally sanity in the white houst.

    1. estleford says:

      While I tend to agree, neither of the big parties will nominate a moderate candidate. And nobody without a GOP or DFL nomination will likely win the Oval Office. Unfortunately, people vote along party lines, not with their gut instinct. Someone more moderate with some common sense is what’s needed. At this point, every election is about picking the lesser of two evils. I fear it’s always going to be that way.

  11. Murph says:

    If she makes a stop in Salem,things could get a little hot for her there!

  12. factdealer says:

    I will cover her face in dna, but don’t expect my vote

    1. Good Ol Boy says:


      Hand over your straight man’s club card. You’ve been outed.

  13. Michelle Government Subsidies Are Ok for You? says:

    If Michelle Bachmann was half as good looking as republican men think she is, it would make her half as good looking as Hillary

    1. Ugly says:

      Have you seen Hilary lately???

  14. humdy says:

    I like fruit roll ups

  15. Dale111 says:

    It will be an interesting debate to watch, if the moderators can keep control of the rhetoric. WE the voters deserve better than just the same old party line talking points. They (the candidates) need to explain to US (the voters) how any one of them is different from the others. They are, as Republican candidates, obligated to vote the same party line, or risk being punished by their peers. Having an original thought, or different opinion (unless approved by the party first) has become difficult for Republican politicians. So how can any of them be any better or worse than the others? It seems that the only difference is the level of their convictions (political not punitative).Should we just vote for the better looking candidate, or maybe the most educated, or maybe the most experienced, or maybe WE should expect more than just the same political speeches at a debate.

    1. dan says:

      We voted for all the above last election, 2008, except experience and look where that got us!

  16. humdy says:

    Great, all of Minnesota’s sports teams suck and are an embarrassment to the state. Now on top of this, both Timmy and this nut job are going to represent Minnesota in another forum.

  17. Mark from says:

    WCCO, Please watch the news, Bachmann has already said she was going to run, but just has not officially said it!
    Palin / Bachmann 2012!!!!

    1. Mike says:

      Mark from la la land.

      First of all, Palin is not going to run and never will be endorsed.
      Bachmann is half as smart as Bush Jr. which makes her a complete imbecile.
      The fact that you would actually be behind both of them makes you a fool and an idiot.
      President Obama will be re-elected, without a doubt.

      1. Mark from says:

        @Mike Thats all you have? Just some simple attacks, keep drinking the koolaid

      2. reality check says:

        Not so sure Obama will be reelected even tho America is thriving lol, what a joke statement that is, I believe the whites that don’t normally vote will not make that mistake again and they will hit the polls, I plan to vote for the 1st time ever and it won’t be for Obama.

        1. Superchik1017 says:

          They made the mistake with Bush, Jr. – TWICE!

      3. Mr. M says:

        Totally agreed. Might as well just give O-man another four years. OBAMA ROCKS!

      4. Bart says:

        Yes he will be re-elected. We have far too many ignorant people in the US that only listen to words and never follow up to see if they are ever put into action. There is not 1 single example of anything good Obama has done for this nation in the past 3 years.

        1. Joe says:

          Preventing Great Depression II, killing Osama Bin Laden, saving the American auto industry….

    2. v says:

      YES! Palin/Bachman 2012. TWO BOOBS WITH FOUR IN 12!
      Every time I hear one of these two morons talk it reminds me of the aliens in Mars Attacks! Yap yap yap yap yap yap YAP yap. Then some nut job dressed like Uncle Sam looses his mind. If we dropped a bomb on a Bachmann rally, the median I.Q. of this state would jump significantly.

  18. Thomas Schneider says:

    I hope Michele runs with Sarah as a running mate. We need to get the moslum out of office. This is a Christian country, we don’t nedd moslums in office to raise gas, food and clothing countries. Read the labels on clothes when you go to the store, they come from moslum countries and the moslum in office has allowed the prices of their junk to rise 280%. Minnesota liiberals are complete idiots. We need a conservative Christian in office.

    1. Mark from says:

      well said Thomas

    2. James2 says:

      learn to spell Thomas, it’s Muslim. And it’s a country of many faiths. Yes, let’s create a theocracy so we don’t get tornados. earthquakes, hurricanes,etc.

    3. jeff says:

      this is not a christian country. this is a secular country. the only reason it appears that way is because of conservative republicans.

      1. Bart says:

        Founded on christian values. Sorry to ruin your day Jeff. Democrats have been apologizing for years, but facts are facts.

    4. Wow says:

      You people who call Obama a muslim seem like such morons. Same with the birthers. You realize the rest of society looks at you people, who are mostly middle aged or over, as uneducated relics from a time long past.

  19. v says:

    The nut-house called. Your bed is ready.

  20. Sick of GOP says:


    Take your meds.

    Your Psychiatrist

  21. James2 says:

    Minnesota is missing two village idiots. Actually, hope they never come back.

  22. Wow says:

    Please let it be so. I could really use the laughs over the course of the next year.

  23. Carl says:

    Give Michele a microphone, make her comfortable and ask her where dinosaur fossils come from. If she’s honest she’ll horrify the electorate. I assure you her handlers are working overtime to prevent candid comments from the candidate. Come on journalists, do your jobs!

    Praise Jebus, God hates science education, Amen.

  24. Obama Country says:

    Hey michelle, somewhere in Pakistan a village is missing an idiot.

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