Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) "is set to formally kick off her presidential campaign Monday at 9:00 a.m. from her birthplace of Waterloo, Iowa," Minnesota Public Radio reports.
"After Bachmann makes her announcement, she heads to the early primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina."
Mark Halperin: "Bachmann is for real. The Des Moines Registerpoll and her very polished Sunday show appearances tee up her announcement tour in a special way. The left will say she is whitewashing her record, but it won't matter for most of her supporters. She is clearly taking the advice of her advisers to heart, and building on her strong New Hampshire debate and RLC performances by stressing the economy and those parts of her record that are mainstream. She is counting on her base being with her, even as she pulls her punches on past controversial statements; her almost sole focus now is on reaching out to the middle. Pending the entry of Rick Perry and/or Sarah Palin, the case can be made that Bachmann has a better chance than anyone else to knock off Mitt Romney. It is a slam-dunk that the Waterloo native will get a rousing reception on Monday. Watch more closely how she does on her New Hampshire and (especially) her South Carolina stops. If she lights up the board in those places, watch out."
Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire, one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You
Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political
management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from
both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public
policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country,
including the Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco
Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Christian Science
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
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