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Bachmann’s office confirms she’s interested in running for president

WASHINGTON — Rep. Michele Bachmann’s office confirmed to MinnPost this morning that she is interested in a potential presidential bid.
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Rep. Michele Bachmann

WASHINGTON — Rep. Michele Bachmann’s office confirmed to MinnPost this morning that she is interested in a potential presidential bid.

Bachmnan spokesman Doug Sachtleben said “nothing is off the table.”

Sachtleben said the interest is a reflection of the congresswoman’s belief that the United States “cannot afford” another four years with President Obama in the White House.

“She’s been looked to by the Tea Party movement as someone who’s a leader,” Sachtleben said. “The Tea Party movement sees her in a significant role of speaking up.”

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Bachmann will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 21 to speak at an Iowans for Tax Relief PAC fundraiser. It will be her first high-profile trip to Iowa in this presidential season.

Bachmann, a native of Waterloo, has many friends in the state. She is also close to Iowa U.S. Rep. Steve King, a founding member of Bachmann’s Tea Party Caucus in Congress and whose name was included on the invitation to Bachmann’s speaking event.

Of course, fellow Minnesota Republican Tim Pawlenty is also preparing to run for president and is expected to announce his candidacy later this year.

I’ll continue to report on this story, which ABC News first reported, and will have updates later in the day.