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MinnPOTUS focused on Minnesota’s presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, and former candidate Tim Pawlenty. MinnPOTUS has the latest news and insights about the Bachmann and Pawlenty campaign activities, as well as reports on what their competitors are doing and saying. MinnPost political reporters — including Eric Black, Devin Henry, Doug Grow and Joe Kimball — will contribute to MinnPOTUS.

Bachmann highlights economic plan in new video

Michele Bachmann appears in a new video released by her campaign Thursday describing her economic plan.
Bachmann’s 11-point plan is an unabashedly conservative one, based around lowering taxes, cutting government spending, repealing Barack Obama’s

Bachmann announces South Carolina team

Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign announced the make-up of its seven-person South Carolina staff on Wednesday.
The team consists of South Carolina political veterans, including its senior adviser, Ron Thomas, the former political director of

Would Pawlenty have had a shot?

Some pundits have decided to play the “What If?” game with Tim Pawlenty — had he been able to stay in the presidental race, could he have proven to be the best alternative to Mitt Romney in the long run after more conservative candidates flame out?

‘No surprises’ from GOP nominee, Bachmann says

Michele Bachmann took her first veiled shot at the recent sexual harassment allegations made against Herman Cain on Tuesday, telling voters the GOP should not nominate a candidate with “surprises” in his or her record.
Speaking to a group of voters

Rollins knocks Bachmann again

The falling out between Michele Bachmann and her former campaign manager Ed Rollins continues — he told ABC News on Monday that Bachmann is “running out of money and ideas” and doesn’t have enough of either to win in Iowa.
Rollins, who left Bachman

Iowa Poll: Pawlenty would be at 5 percent in Iowa

The Des Moines Register headline says it all: “Tim Pawlenty need not second guess his decision to drop out.”
The Register asked respondents to its Iowa Poll whether they would support Pawlenty if he had stayed in the presidential race and not dropp

Iowa poll puts Bachmann in fourth

Eight percent of potential Iowa caucus-goers support Michele Bachmann’s presidential bid, according to a poll released today by the Des Moines Register.
In June, Bachmann was at 22 percent and tied for the lead in the state.

Minnesota legislative leaders endorse Bachmann

The Republican leaders of the Minnesota House and Senate have endorsed the hometown hero in the 2012 presidential race.
The Michele Bachmann campaign announced the endorsements from Sen. Amy Koch of Buffalo, and Rep.

Bachmann names Huckabee veteran her Iowa manager

Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign, struggling in the polls and looking to regain the excitement that led to victory in August’s Iowa straw poll, has named Eric Woolson state campaign manager.
Woolson led Mike Huckabee’s efforts during his su

Bachmann mails in New Hampshire primary papers

The sudden departure of Michele Bachmann’s disgruntled New Hampshire staff last week apparently made filing for the state’s January primary more difficult than it needed to be: Bachmann mailed in the paperwork needed to get on the ballot instead of

‘Cyber-squatters’ focus in on Bachmann’s web presence

When trying to find Michele Bachmann’s campaign website, remember that her name is spelled with one “L” and two “Ns”.
Some Internet “cyber-squatters” are directing dozens of misspelling web users away from the official campaign website every day wi

Bachmann’s New Hampshire staff quits

WMUR in New Hampshire, via Politico, is reporting that Michele Bachmann’s entire campaign staff in New Hampshire has quit.
According to Politico, half a dozen staffers quit out of frustration with the national campaign.
Bachmann has not made New H

Fox News adding two more presidential debates

Fox News will sponsor two more Republican presidential debates, the network said Thursday, one each before the Iowa caucuses and South Carolina primary.
Via the New York Times:
The network will join with the Republican Party of Iowa for a debat