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NY Times: Bachmann’s expectations grow

The New York Times story on Michele Bachmann’s presidential announcement ran on page A14 today in the New York edition, and says her candidacy “creates one of the biggest tests yet for the breadth of the Tea Party movement’s appeal.”

The story covers the nuts and bolts of the announcement and Bachmann’s background, and notes:

The expectations for Mrs. Bachmann, who ascended from little-known member of Congress from Minnesota to nationally revered figure among social conservatives and Tea Party activists, have increased significantly since she first hinted at the idea of running for president only a few months ago.

On the eve of her announcement, she was locked in a statistical tie with Mitt Romney in The Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll, the first survey of voters who say they plan to attend the Republican caucuses that open the presidential nominating contest early next year. Her name recognition and high visibility contributed to her rapid rise, advisers said, and her challenge now is to build a campaign structure that can capture the grass-roots enthusiasm surrounding her.

And the story ends with Bachmann’s apparent confusion over the actor John Wayne, born elsewhere in Iowa, and the serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who committed crimes in Bachmann’s hometown of Waterloo.

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