WASHINGTON — In addition to her already-scheduled Iowa trip, Michele Bachmann will also be in New Hampshire later this month as speculation she’ll announce a presidential run continues to swirl.
Bachmann will headline a Memorial Day picnic in Dover, according to an invitation from the Dover and Strafford County Republicans obtained by MinnPost. Tickets are $10, but free for veterans. Organizers said they expect a crowd of at least 200 for the event.
Bachmann has said she’d announce her presidential intentions by June, but told Fox News that she’s now considering bumping that announcement up to later this month.
“Our phones are ringing off the hook, our Facebook has been lit up, the donations are pouring in, and people are saying ‘Michele, jump in, we want you to run,’” Bachmann said Tuesday. “We had announced earlier that we would be looking at a June entry date for a decision one way or another about this race; possibly we may move that up.”
Sources close to the Minnesota congresswoman told CBS and Fox News reporters that Bachmann was “very likely” to run for president, which is the same thing I’m hearing from them as well.
Update: WKXL Radio in Concord says Bachmann will be at their Road to the White House event the next day, on May 31, with Ovide Lamontagne, the conservative 2010 GOP Senate candidate whose endorsement has become one of the most sought-after in the New Hampshire primary. This will be Bachmann’s first public meeting with Lamontagne this presidential cycle.
Tim Pawlenty is among the presidential candidates who have spoken at Lamontagne’s house in Manchester. Our report from that event is here.