Bachmann to speak after Obama address

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will give a rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s jobs speech to Congress on Thursday evening. She’s scheduled to speak to the press from a House media studio around 8:30 ET.

Bachmann gave a tea party rebuttal to the president’s State of the Union address in January, before she announced her presidential bid. Her office billed tonight’s event as a press conference, instead of just a speech.

Republicans, meanwhile, have not planned a formal response to the Obama address.

As a presidential candidate, Bachmann rocketed to victory in the Iowa straw poll last month, but she’s seen her support dwindle since. Much of the attention at last night’s Republican presidential debate was focused on the back-and-forth between front-runners Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. During previous debates, Bachmann’s performance was a top story.

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  1. Submitted by will lynott on 09/08/2011 - 06:24 pm.

    Um, I suppose she can speak if she wants to. But will anybody be listening?

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