Michele Bachmann Aiming to Become Republican Presidential Candidate

US Republican Michele Bachmann, a favourite of Christian conservatives and Tea Party activists, has launched her presidential campaign.

Michele Bachmann, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota, officially declared on Monday she is a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Tea Party favourite Michele Bachmann, who has who has recently politically surged, announces candidacy in Iowa as poll places her just behind Mitt Romney, her party’s perceived frontrunner. Michele, a three-term congresswoman from Minnesota, announced Monday her candidacy in neighbouring Iowa (the state where she was born).

Bachmann hopes home advantage will be a factor in the state, usually the first in the US to choose a presidential nominee. Michele faces the same problem that many other female candidates have also had to face: how to be taken seriously.

As all public people, Bachmann has had her gaffes. For example, she has recently told New Hampshire voters: “You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord.” That 1775 battle was fought inMassachusetts.

There were a confrontation between Michele Bachmann and Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday. “Are you a flake?” asked Wallace. Bachmann answered:“I think that would be insulting to say something like that because I’m a serious person.”

“I’m 55 years old. I’ve been married 33 years,” Bachmann said. “I’m not only a lawyer, I have a post-doctorate degree in federal tax law from William and Mary. I’ve worked in serious scholarship. My husband and I have raised five kids, we’ve raised 23 foster children. We’ve applied ourselves to education reform.

In her speach to voters she said:”Must make a bold choice if we are to secure the promise of the future,” and spoke of her early days in Iowa. According to the poll Bachmann one point behind perceived Republican frontrunner, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. The Des Moines Register poll showed Romney with 23% support and Bachmann with 22% among those likely to vote in the nation’s first Republican nomination contest.

In a Sunday interview, Bachmann staked out positions certain to appeal to the Tea Party movement, which supports big cuts in government spending and opposes tax increases.Bachmann said that “scare tactics” were being used by those warning of an economic calamity unless Congress raises the government’s borrowing limit by a 2 August deadline. In the interview she also disapproved of Obama’s policymaking. She said: “I don’t have anything personal about our president. But he’s just wrong … his policy prescriptions have been wrong.”

According to a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey released Monday, voters say they are more willing than ever to elect a woman president, and most think there’s a good chance a woman will win the White House in the next 10 years. 82% of likely U.S. voters said they would vote for a woman for president and 9% said they would not. [via The Guardian (UK), Los Angeles Times and USA Today]

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