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Bachmann gets first presidential forum invite; commits to return trip to Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Rep. Michele Bachmann this week received her first invitation to an Iowa presidential forum, MinnPost has learned, though it’s unclear if she’ll accept. However, before her plane touched down in Des Moines, she’d already agreed to come back to the state a second time.

The Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, formerly the Iowa Christian Alliance, is one of many Iowa groups that will be hosting presidential forums, debates or cattle calls. Coalition President Steve Scheffler is one of Iowa’s RNC two national committeemembers.

Their presidential forum will be March 7 in Des Moines. It’s not a debate, rather each candidate would get 10 minutes to “make a pitch” to the audience.

IFFC invited 12 possible presidential candidates to its forum on New Year’s Eve, a list of almost everyone seriously being mentioned in the context of a run, including Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee and Tim Pawlenty. The coalition later invited former UN Ambassador John Bolton, who has said he’s considering a run.

On January 11, shortly after Bachmann’s camp admitted her interest, she got sent one too. It arrived earlier this week, but Team Bachmann hasn’t yet committed one way or the other.

In addition, several Iowa media outlets reported today that Bachmann had committed to a return trip to speak as part of a presidential candidate series that will also include Tim Pawlenty.

Pawlenty will speak on February 7th to kick off The Family Leader’s “presidential lecture series”, which runs once a month before the Ames Straw Poll in August in Sioux City and Pella. Bachmann has committed to speak at one of the later ones, though the date and time was not immediately available. The three other potential candidates who have confirmed are Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Herman Cain, CEO of Godfather Pizza.

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