WASHINGTON — Michele Bachmann’s campaign for president will officially kick off in Iowa on Monday, a campaign spokeswoman said. Formal plans for the announcement will be released today.
Bachmann has long said she will announce the campaign in Iowa, her home state and the one that holds the first presidential caucuses of the 2012 election. She announced her presidential bid during a nationally televised debate on June 13.
Bachmann has already made a handful of visits to the state and has picked up a few endorsements from state lawmakers there. But as the Des Moines Register reports, she remains a latecomer, lacking, for now, even office space.
For comparison, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has a 12,000-square-foot office, a team of “A-list strategists” on his campaign staff and has made 25 trips there since April 2010. His campaign will also run the first television ads of the election there, starting this week.
The two Minnesotans are among the favorites to win the Ames Straw Poll in August.
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