Michele Bachmann

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Michele Bachmann


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 6th district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 2007
Preceded by Mark Kennedy
Personal details
Born Michele Marie Amble
April 6, 1956 (1956-04-06) (age 61)
Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marcus Bachmann
Residence Stillwater, Minnesota
Alma mater Winona State University (B.A.)
Oral Roberts University (J.D.)
College of William & Mary Law School (L.L.M.)
Occupation Attorney
Religion Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Michele Marie Bachmann is a member of the United States House of Representatives. She represents Minnesota's 6th congressional district. Michele Bachmann announced that she is running for the office at the United States Presidential Election, 2012. Bachmann previously serve in the Minnesota State Senate and is the first Republican woman to represent the state in Congress.

Michele Bachmann Timeline

October 2011

October 7: Michele Bachmann says the President is offering only bad medicine--higher taxes, more spending, more dubious 'green jobs' boondoggles, and more tactical blame-gaming. Click here to read her response about the September 2011 jobs report.

Michele Bachmann addressed the Values Values Voter Summit hosted by the Family Research Council in Washington D.C. Read the excerpts from the speech.

September 2011

September 7: Michele Bachmann believes the United States has an energy reliance problem that threatens our national security, and that as one of the most energy-rich countries in the world, the United States should be pursuing a comprehensive energy policy that features all viable and market-sustaining sources of energy.

Bachmann showcases leadership at GOP Presidential Debate in Simi Valley, California.

August 2011

August 22: Michele Bachmann issues the following statement in response to the current situation in Libya:

"I opposed U.S. military involvement in Libya and I am hopeful that our intervention there is about to end. I also hope the progress of events in Libya will ultimately lead to a government that honors the rule of law, respects the people of Libya and their yearning for freedom, and one that will be a good partner to the United States and the international community.”

August 17: Bachmann responds to President Obama's new jobs plan

August 14: Michele Bachmann tells CNN's Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that she won't compromise on her values on big issues.

Won't compromise on her values on big issues

"I stand on a core set of principles but you want to continue to move in a positive direction. I’ve done that throughout my legislative career. On big issues, I don’t compromise my core set of values."

Says people doesn’t favor a compromise between spending cuts and raising revenue through tax increases

“I haven’t gone one place in Iowa or South Carolina or New Hampshire where anyone said, ‘Please raise my taxes,’ Never happened. People are not saying yes, raise the debt ceiling, we want you to borrow more money - it doesn’t happen…people are very upset and nervous about where the economy’s at right now.”

On her win in the Ames Straw Poll

“People sent a message to President Obama. They said, ‘We are done with your policies, we want something very different.’”

“People want job creation, They want the economy to turn around and work. I have that background.”

On whether she would reinstate the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy if she becomes the President

“The ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy has worked very well. I would be in consultation with our commanders but yes, I probably will.”

Michele Bachmann says Tim Pawlenty was a very good competitor. Pawlenty dropped out of the presidential race after finishing third in the Ames Straw Poll.

“I wish him well. I have great respect for the governor. We’ve known each other for a long, long time, and he brought a really important voice to the race, and I’m grateful that he was in. He was really a very good competitor.”

August 13: Michele Bachmann won the Ames Straw Poll receiving 4,823 votes or 28.5% of the total votes. Bachmann who has been campaigning extensively in Iowa for the past week received 152 votes more than the second placed Ron Paul. Speaking in front of her campaign bus after the results, Bachmann said "Now it's on to all 50 states, God bless you, everyone." She became the first woman ever to win the Ames Straw Poll.

Bachmann thanks after her victory in Ames Straw Poll

"I want to thank all of the wonderful people of Iowa. Thank you everyone, we did this together. What we saw happen today was this is the very first step towards taking back the White House in 2012 and you have just sent a message that Barack Obama will be a one-term president. This was a wonderful downpayment on taking the country back and it started in Iowa. You've done it Iowa, thank you."

Tim Pawlenty congratulates Michele Bachmann on her victory in Iowa straw poll

"I want to congratulate Congresswoman Bachmann on her victory in today's straw poll. I'm also very proud of the work my campaign has done, and I appreciate their hard work. As I've said all along, we needed to show progress to do well, and we did just that. This is a long process to restore America -- we are just beginning, and I'm eager for the campaign."

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July 2011

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July 28: Michele Bachmann says that President Obama would be a 'dictator' if he raises the debt ceiling using the 14th amendment of the Constitution. Speaking on CNN's 'American Morning' show, Bachmann said that it would be unconstitutional if he uses his executive order to raise the debt ceiling.

"It's Congress that does the spending. The president is prohibited to do that. If he had the power to do that he would effectively be a dictator. There would be no reason for Congress to even come to Washington, D.C. He would be making the spending decisions … Clearly that's unconstitutional."

Bachmann declined to address questions relating to her husband's Christian counseling clinic. In a question-and-answer session after a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Bachmann said:

“I’m extremely proud of my husband. I have tremendous respect and admiration for him. I am running for the presidency of the United States. My husband is not running for the presidency, neither are my children, neither is our business, neither is our foster children. And I am more than happy to stand for questions on running for presidency of the United States."

Bachmann admitted that running for presidency will bring intense and unwanted scrutiny in her life. “I have no doubt that every jot and tittle of my life will be fully looked at and inspected,” she said.

Debt impasse not an emergency

Michele Bachmann who is against hike in debt ceiling has reiterated that she doesn't believe of disastrous consequences if the debt ceiling is not raised. She also said that she is planning to vote against the latest proposal from House Speaker John Boehner that would raise the debt limit.

"I do not believe for one moment that we will lose the full faith and credit of the United States,"
"There may be times when we do need to increase the debt, particularly in emergencies, but this is not the situation we are in right now,"


Bachmann to participate in CPAC Florida

American Conservative Union president Al Cardenas confirms that Michele Bachmann will participate in the regional CPAC gathering in Florida in September. "Since 2006, Michele Bachmann has been a courageous voice in Congress for constitutional conservatism, fighting against wasteful big-government spending and liberal domestic policies such as ObamaCare. We look forward to hosting Congresswoman Bachmann in the Sunshine State for our inaugural regional CPAC, and hearing more about her vision for the future of our nation," Cardenas said.

July 27: Bachmann Announces Entertainment for 2011 Ames Straw Poll

July 26: GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann opposes House Speaker John Boehner's debt plan. Speaking to reporters outside a restaurant in Ankeny, Iowa, Bachmann reconfirmed that she refuses to vote to raise the debt ceiling. “The premise is wrong. This Republican will not vote to raise the debt ceiling. My colleagues will have to come to their own conclusion.” Jon Boehner's plan would tie $1.2 trillion in spending cuts to an increase of $1 trillion in debt ceiling.

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July 23: Michele Bachmann speaks to a small crowd at a public library in Marshalltown, Iowa. She spoke about what kind of secretaries she would pick and blasted President Barack Obama for his economic policies. She even used a board to explain to the crowd about government spending, borrowing and debt.

"As the nominee of the Republican Party, I will make it my goal to elect another 13 senators who are like minded. I will campaign for them, raise money for them. This isn't about me and vanity and I want to be president of the United States. This is about making the country better."
On how she would pick her secretaries if she were elected in 2012

"Number one will be competence on the issues. And experience on the issues. And I will have a preference for people in the private sector. They are there ...to let me know what their advice is,"

Speaking about her record in Washington

“Well I’ve been very proud of the record I that I’ve had in Washington, D.C. And also during my time in Minnesota. What I have focused on is going against the agenda of growing big government in Washington. I’ve been very effective. I’ve brought the voice of the people that I serve in Minnesota to the halls of Congress.”

“I know how to deal with turning the economy around because I’ve dealt with that as a federal tax lawyer. I understand the devastation of high taxes on employers. And I also, from the point of view, of being a small business employer myself, I’ve created jobs.”

July 22: Michele Bachmann comes third in the 2011 Ohio Republican Party Presidential Straw Poll receiving 15% of the votes.

July 21: Michele Bachmann announces that Bill Hemrick of Franklin will serve as the campaign’s Finance Chairman for the Volunteer State.

July 20: Michele Bachmann releases her second ad in Iowa in which she says that she won't vote for the debt ceiling to be increased. The 30-second ad will be run statewide Wednesday onwards.

See Also: Bachmann Launches New Statewide Television Ad in Iowa

Congresswoman Bachmann releases doctor's note on her migraines. Click here to view the letter.

Speaking about budgets, Michele Bachmann said that she will submit only balanced budgets if voted to power in the 2012 Election.

Michele Bachmann accepts an invitation to be a keynote speaker for a Iowa county fund raiser on August 12, the night before the Ames Straw Poll. The Dallas County Republican Party chairman's dinner is scheduled between the GOP presidential debate on August 11 and the Ames Straw Poll on August 13. The fundraiser proceeds go toward the opening of a physical office for the Dallas County Republican Party.

July 19: Bachmann confirms reporters in Aiken, South Carolina that she suffers from migraine headaches but they were controlled by medication. She insists that her condition will not affect her ability to serve as the president of US.

"I've maintained a full schedule between my duties as a Congresswoman and a presidential candidate traveling across this nation. I have prescribed medication I take on occasion whenever symptoms arise and they keep my migraines under control. But I'd like to make it abundantly clear, my ability to function effectively will not affect my ability to serve as Commander in Chief."

See Also: Bachmann Responds to Migraine Reports

Reports emerge that bodyguards of Michele Bachmann manhandled ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross who was trying to question Bachmann. Bachmann press secretary Alice Stewart tells CNN: "It didn't happen the way Brian is describing it. He was repeatedly asked by our security people to stay off the stage and he jumped up on there anyway."

July 18: Michele Bachmann who earlier vowed not to sign the 'Cut, Cap and Balance' pledge, has today signed onto the agreement, but with a condition that candidates agree to repeal and defunct health care reform legislation passed over one year ago and signed into law by President Obama.

July 16: Michele Bachmann will sign the 'Cut, Cap and Balance' on Monday in South Carolina. Her camp has announced that Bachmann will make a two-day trip to South Carolina and will sign the pledge. The 'Cut, Cap and Balance' is a pledge to slash the government spending dramatically and to pass the budget amendment before a deal on the debt ceiling could be made.

July 15: Bachmann responds to President Obama's comments.

Michele Bachmann announces that her 2012 presidential campaign has raised more than $4.2 million at the end of the second quarter of 2011. She has received more than 88,000 donations, with an average contribution of roughly $48.

Michele Bachmann's husband Marcus Bachmann defending his clinic saying that it is not anti-gay. A secret camera footage was recently aired on ABC News showing a therapist telling a gay man that god could cure and make him attracted to women. In an interview with 'Star Tribune', Marcus said that his clinic doesn't offer 'reparative' therapy, but would provide similar services if a patient asks.

July 14: Michele Bachmann announces the senior advisers of her 2012 presidential campaign.

TV reports say that Bachmann has raised nearly $2 million in just three weeks after she announced her presidential campaign. That brings Bachmann's presidential campaign to $4 million as per unconfirmed reports.

July 13: Bachmann accuses President Obama of holding the full faith and credit of the country hostage over the debt limit increase. She said:

“President Obama is holding the full faith and credit of the United States hostage so that he can continue his spending spree. We’re saying, ‘President Obama, is your spending spree really that important to you that you would put at risk the full faith and credit of the United States?’ We’re unwilling to do that.”

Speaking to the media, Bachmann said she is busy meeting real Americans rather than spending time campaigning presidential primary and caucus states.

“The economy is tanking. This is Washington. We’re all in a bubble here. I’m spending my time in Iowa, and South Carolina, and New Hampshire, and where the real world is. The real world is telling all of the politicians, ‘Get your act together, stop being political, stop playing with us. We’re not pawns in your game.’”

July 12: Michele Bachmann received endorsement from liberal comedian and political commentator Bill Maher over Sarah Palin. In the CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight", he said that he would pick Michele Bachmann over Sarah Palin.

"She's not someone who just sits there and reads the prayers on her Blackberry like Sarah Palin." "At least she's somebody who can read, You know she has a job. She was a lawyer. She's in Congress."

July 11:
On Debt ceiling negotiations:
Michele Bachmann speaks to Fox's Bill O'Reilly on the negotiations of debt ceiling. She says, “The government hasn’t gone on a diet, it’s private business that has gone on a diet and it’s time to have tough love and just do the opposite. It’s federal government that needs to go on a diet,”

She also says that Treasure Secretary Timothy Geithner is wrong that US will face catastrophic consequences if a deal is not reached between Democrats and Republicans. She says, “He’s wrong because all you have to do is look at the books. We have sufficient revenue coming in, Everybody needs to get their feathers down and not ruffled.”

July 10: Michele Bachmann reacts to Tim Pawlenty's comments that she hasn't achieved much in Congress by issuing a statement.

Michele Bachmann leads a new poll that was administered among 500 Iowa caucus goers. Bachmann received 25% of the support, with Mitt Romney in second place at 21%.

July 9: Michele Bachmann tells crowd at her new headquarters in Iowa not to believe the Washington's messages that any default on debt by the United States will lead to disastrous consequences.

“And don’t let them scare you by telling you that the country’s going to fall apart and that we’re going to default on our debt. The fact is we aren’t, because revenue continues to come into Washington, D.C.,” “It’s a very small percentage that we have to end up paying on that interest so that we don’t fall into default.”
“Now you want to talk about a dysfunctional family, take a look at the United States Congress and what they’re doing on the debt ceiling,” “In our family, my husband and I would’ve taken that credit card, we would have chopped that baby up and we would have said sorry, kids, there’s no going out to eat. Sorry, no new clothes. We’re going to live within our means.”

July 8: Michele Bachmann comments on the Obama Administration’s Rising Unemployment Numbers.

Bachmann shrugs off Vin Weber’s "sex appeal" comment saying its good news. Speaking on the Scott Hennen’s radio show, Bachmann said "Well, listen, I’m 55 years old. I’ve given birth to five kids and I’ve raised 23 foster kids, so that sounds like good news to me."

Michele Bachmann releases a statement on the passing of former first lady Betty Ford.

July 7: Bachmann's first television commercial of her presidential campaign airs in Iowa. The 30-second spot is titled "Waterloo".

Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth, in an interview with ABC’s “Top Line” said that if Michele Bachmann wins the Republican nomination for the 2012 presidential election, President Barack Obama will win all the 50 states in the general election.

“Michele Bachmann is not equipped to be president of the United States. She is totally out of the mainstream. Her ideas are extremely radical and reckless,”
“Just saying that she's not going to vote against the debt ceiling under any circumstances indicates to me she's obviously not equipped to be president of the United States. She would bring this economy to its knees, just for some philosophical ideology that she has. But that's the way she is.”
“She's a very talented marketer. She knows her assets and she markets them well. But if she were fully exposed to the scrutiny of a presidential campaign, I'm very confident President Obama would win all 50 states.”

Bachmann signs pro-marriage pledge promising personal fidelity.

July 6: Republican Senator Jim DeMint says that he is disappointed with Michele Bachmann for not signing the "cut, cap, balance" pledge to slash spending and balance the budget. He appears on CNN's "American Morning" programme.

Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign will start airing television commercials in Iowa beginning tomorow. Campaign spokeswoman Alice Stewart confirmed saying "We are going up tomorrow. It is a significant ad buy,"

July 4: Bachmann gives speeches at two separate worship services at the evangelical church in Waukee. She shares several personal stories.

July 2: Michele Bachmann begins her six-city and four day trip through Iowa. Bachmann considers Iowa very important for her presidential campaign.

"I think Iowa's very important. We want to do very well here, so we're going to be working towards the caucuses that are coming up in August, and on to January and February, and beyond,"
"Iowa is the first in the nation. It's very important to be here and have a presence here, because the values and the opinions that people have in Iowa count,"
"This is the bread basket of the world, for a reason. It's important to come and listen to what people have to say here in Iowa and then take that message back to Washington, D.C."

Michele Bachmann intensifies the political attacks on President Barack Obama. She blasts "Obamacare" saying it would cost American jobs. In one such jab on Obama, Bachmann said that she would help Obama find a job after she becomes the President. "I want you to know, as president of the United States, I look forward to creating real jobs for both the Treasury secretary and the president of the United States," Bachmann said. She said that the nation's health care law should be repealed.

June 2011

Michele Bachmann

June 30: Michele Bachmann has raised off attack on Barack Obama in a new email titled "The Democrats are on the attack".

June 29: Bachmann's camp responds to a report by NBC which says that her husband has collected Medicaid payments totaling over $137,000 through his mental health clinic, while she criticizes the program. Bachmann's spokesperson Alice Stewart says "Medicaid is a valuable form of insurance for many Americans and it would be discriminatory not to accept Medicaid as a form of payment. As a state-sponsored counseling service, Bachmann and Associates has a responsibility to provide Medicaid and medical assistance, regardless of a patients financial situation."

Michele Bachmann reveals to a town hall audience in Rock Hill, South Carolina about her miscarriage.

“After our second was born, we became pregnant with a third baby. It was an unexpected baby, but of course we were delighted to have this child. The child was coming along and we ended up losing our child. And it was devastating to both of us, as you can imagine if any of you have lost a child.”

Her miscarriage led her to raise 23 foster children. She also says that she is 100% pro-life from conception until natural death.

“At that moment, we didn’t think of ourselves as overly career-minded or overly materialistic but when we lost that child, it changed us, and it changed us forever. We made a commitment that no matter how many children were brought into our life, we would receive them because we are committed to life.”

About her presidential camp's rising fortunes, Bachmann said "People see that there’s a lot of national interest in our race now and we’re doing well. They feel like now they found their candidate." "They feel like they can trust me because I was very strong when I was in Congress and now the message is, I’m taking that same voice — I’m not changing it — I’m taking it to the White House. They want a person who is going to stick to her guns. That’s what people know about me, that I say what I mean and I mean what I say."

June 28: Michele Bachmann spoke in ABC's Good Morning America where she praised the efforts of the founding fathers for working tirelessly to end slavery. When the anchor George Stephanopoulos asked her to defend her comments, she pointed to John Quincy Adams who was nine years old when the Declaration of Independence was signed. She said that John Quincy Adams, though nine years old, served as his father's secretary. The fact is that the US founding founders helped enshrine slavery in the Constitution and allowed it to continue as an institution until the Civil War.

"If you look at one of our founding fathers, John Quincy Adams, that's absolutely true. He was a very young boy, but he was with his father, serving essentially as his father's secretary. He tirelessly worked throughout his life to make sure that we did, in fact, one day eradicate slavery from our nation, and I'm so grateful for that work."

"Well John Quincy Adams most certainly was part of the Revolutionary War era. He was a young boy but he was actively involved."

Bachmann spoke on CNN's "American Morning" and defended her gaffes Tuesday saying that she is a successful attorney and small business owner.

“People can make mistakes and I wish I could be perfect every time I say something, but I can’t. But one thing people know about me is that I’m a substantive, serious person and I have a strong background.”

About her slipup saying that movie star John Wayne was born in Waterloo, Iowa, Bachmann explained her point saying:

“John Wayne’s parents first home was in Waterloo, Iowa and he was from Iowa and of course the main point I was making are the sensibilities of John Wayne, which is patriotism, love of country, standing up for our nation, that positive enthusiasm is what America’s all about. And that’s of course my main point.”

“I'm introducing myself now to the American people so that they can know that I have a strong academic scholarly background, more important I have a real life background,”

Michele Bachmann kept the doors open for cutting of minimum wages, saying that if it helps create jobs then it should be reviewed. When asked if she defends the idea that she proposed in 2005, Bachmann said "What I'm saying is that I think we need to look at all regulations. Whatever ones are inhibiting job growth."

Michele Bachmann speaks in South Carolina for the first time as a Presidential candidate. Addressing a crowd of more than 400 people, she spoke about the Boeing issue saying “Wouldn’t you think bringing Boeing to South Carolina would make a lot of sense? That’s what I’m all about!”. Speaking to a reporter after the speech, she was asked on what she would do if she were in that position. To which Bachmann replied, “I think the National Labor Relations Board is way out of hand, way out of bounds with what they’ve done,” she said. “My appointees would be free-market conservatives who believe in job growth.”

June 27: Michele Bachmann formally launches her presidential campaign in Waterloo, Iowa.

In an interview with CBN in Iowa, Bachmann insisted that she is friends with Sarah Palin.

“I like her a lot. We’re friends. I have great admiration for her, great respect for her, and we’ve never had a cross word between us. We are friends. And I think that you’re right, I think that’s a fiction from the media. I doubt that the Governor feels that way, it certainly doesn’t reflect my view, and I only wish her well in what she’s doing right now.”

June 26: Michele Bachmann points to the latest polls to show that the voters can see her as a serious candidate for the 2012 election.

“I am very serious about what I want to do. People recognize that I’m serious.”

Bachmann also said that she is disappointed with Mitt Romney for not signing on the anti-abortion pledge.

“Gov. Romney has a history of changing his position. It’s up to Mitt Romney to say what he is.”

Bachmann deflected the allegations that she and her husband benefited from government assistance programs and through their family farm. Speaking about the issue on "Fox News Sunday", Bachmann said:

"First of all, the money that went to the clinic was actually training money for employees. The clinic did not get the money. And my husband and I did not get the money either. That's mental health training money that went to employees."

She said that the farm belongs to her father-in-law. "It's not my husband and my farm, And my husband and I have never gotten a penny of money from the farm." However, it is interesting to note that, between 2006 and 2009, in the financial disclosure forms, Bachmann reported receiving between $32,503 and $105,000 in income from the farm, at minimum.

Bachmann also credits her Christian religion for her political course.

"When I pray, I pray believing that God will speak to me and give me an answer to that prayer. That's what a calling is. If I pray, a calling means that I feel like I have a sense from God."

Repeal of unspecified environmental regulations: “Look, I love the environment. I love clean air, clean water. I’m a sportswoman. I love the outdoors. We will keep that. But the EPA has been an expansion department,”

About President Obama: "I don’t have anything personal about our president. But he’s just wrong. But his policy prescriptions have been wrong."

June 24: Representative Michele Bachmann tries to distinguish herself from Republican 2012 Presidential nomination front-runner Mitt Romeny. She tells the National Right to Life convention in Florida.

“This is not the time for the Republican Party to put up a candidate who is weak on the pro-life issue or has a history of flip-flopping over it,”

On the Anti-Abortion pledge, though admitting that economy is a much bigger problem in the country.

"There are indeed major problems in our country, that goes without saying. The importance of these issues does not for a moment mean the life issues should take a back seat.”

June 23: In a Public Policy Poll, Michele Bachmann gained 10 points since the last poll in March to move to a joint second spot with Sarah Palin on the favorable GOP candidates for the 2012 election. She received 17% of votes, while Mitt Romney leads the table with 27%.

Bachmann announces that she is planning to participate in the Iowa GOP's Straw Poll in August.

Bachmann who is in Iowa describe herself as an Iowan who wants to take an Iowa voice to the White House.

“This is an Iowan who wants to take an Iowa voice to the White House. It’s historic, and I would like Iowa to be a part of this and come along with me on this journey.”

Michelle Bachmann released a statement on June 19 criticizing GOP's Mitt Romney for refusing to sign on Susan B. Anthony List's anti-abortion pledge. The statement reads "It is distressing that Governor Romney refuses to sign the SBA Pledge, even while claiming to be pro-life. The excuses for not signing clearly continue the doubts about his leadership and commitment to ending the practice of abortion – particularly for a candidate who ran as pro-choice for the Senate and Governorship of Massachusetts. Any Presidential candidate seeking our party's nomination should sign the SBA Pledge and vow to protect life from conception to natural death. Governor Romney should reconsider his decision not to sign the Pledge just as he reconsidered his position on the life issue during the last campaign."

On June 18, Michele Bachmann spoke at the RightOnline conference in Minneapolis. She spoke about President Barack Obama's failure in handling the country's economy an even gave a "F" grade. "We're now approaching the Obama trench of a double-dip recession, Mr. President, it’s the Grand Canyon. It is not a bump in the road.", she said. When she was leaving, a gay rights activist who is a Minneapolis lawyer threw glitter at her but it didn't stick to her dress. The incident happened because Bachmann's opposition to gay rights and her support for a ministry that also opposes them.

Michele Bachmann announces her intention to run for the US Presidential Office on June 13, 2011.

Bachmann Calendar

Date Time Event Location
October 15, 2011 11:30 am CT Bachmann Takes it to Perry Rally Perry, Iowa
October 14, 2011 12:00 pm CT Sioux Center Town Hall Sioux Center, Iowa
October 14, 2011 2:30 pm CT Rock Rapids Town Hall Rock Rapids, Iowa
October 14, 2011 6:00 pm CT Estherville Town Hall Estherville, Iowa
October 13, 2011 4:30 pm CT Denison Town Hall Denison, Iowa
October 13, 2011 7:30 pm CT Woodbury County GOP Fundraiser Sioux City, Iowa


October 10, 2011 10:00 am Hosting a Contoocook GOP town hall event at New England College Henniker, New Hampshire
October 10, 2011 10:00 am Speaking at the Contoocook GOP Town Hall Henniker, New Hampshire
October 9, 2011 12:00 pm Mount Washington Valley Republican Committee town hall event North Conway, New Hampshire
October 9, 2011 2:00 pm Touring Zeb's General Store North Conway, New Hampshire
October 9, 2011 3:30 pm Speaking at the Lakes Region Tea Party town hall event Moultonborough, New Hampshire
October 7, 2011 7:30 pm ET Values Voter Summit Washington, DC
October 6, 2011 6:00 pm Fox News's "Special Report with Bret Baier" Television appearance
September 23, 2011 CPAC Florida Orlando, Florida
August 28, 2011 11:00 am ET Idlewild Baptist Church Service Lutz, Florida
August 28, 2011 4:00 pm ET Sarasota County GOP Rally Sarasota, Florida
August 27, 2011 10:00 am ET Poinciana Town Hall Poinciana, Florida
August 27, 2011 7:00 pm ET Florida Family Policy Council – Policy Awards Dinner Address Orlando, Florida
August 26, 2011 3:30 pm ET Angie's Sub Shop Visit Jacksonville Beach, Florida
August 19, 2011 12:00 pm ET Myrtle Beach Town Hall Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
August 19, 2011 3:30 pm ET "Join Team Bachmann!" Mt. Pleasant Rally Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
August 18, 2011 Meeting with local pastors at a private event hosted by Florence County Republican Party and the Florence County Tea Party Florence, South Carolina
August 18, 2011 12:00 pm ET "Join Team Bachmann!" Columbia Rally Columbia, South Carolina
August 18, 2011 4:00 pm ET "Join Team Bachmann!" Florence Rally Florence, South Carolina
August 16, 2011 12:30 pm ET "Join Team Bachmann!" Spartanburg Rally Spartanburg, South Carolina
August 16, 2011 3:00 pm ET Greenville Town Hall Greenville, South Carolina
August 14, 2011 6:15 pm CT Bachmann addresses crowd at Black Hawk County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner Waterloo, Iowa
August 13, 2011 10:00 am CT 2011 Iowa Straw Poll Commences Ames, Iowa
August 13, 2011 12:00 pm CT Richie McDonald & Tim Rushlow Performance Ames, Iowa
August 13, 2011 1:00 pm CT Charles Billingsley Performance Ames, Iowa
August 13, 2011 2:10 pm CT Bachmann 2011 Iowa Straw Poll Address Ames, Iowa
August 13, 2011 2:30 pm CT Randy Travis Performance Ames, Iowa
August 13, 2011 3:20 pm CT Bachmann addresses Supporters Ames, Iowa
August 12, 2011 11:45 am CT Indianola Town Hall Indianola, Iowa
August 12, 2011 2:15 pm CT "Join me in Ames Tomorrow!" Rally Pella, Iowa
August 12, 2011 4:00 pm CT Des Moines Register Soap Box Des Moines, Iowa
August 12, 2011 4:45 pm CT Welcome Home Reception Urbandale, Iowa
August 12, 2011 8:30 pm CT Straw Poll Tailgate Party Ames, Iowa
August 11, 2011 GOP Presidential Debate Iowa State University, Iowa
August 1, 2011 11:45 am CT "Join Me in Ames!" Sign Up Event Newton, Iowa
August 1, 2011 4:45 pm CT Dexter Backyard Chat Dexter, Iowa
July 31, 2011 9:30 am CT Living Word Outreach Ministries Address Spencer, Iowa
July 31, 2011 12:45 pm CT "Join Me in Ames!" Sign Up Event Spencer, Iowa
July 31, 2011 2:45 pm CT "Join Me in Ames!" Sign Up Event Storm Lake, Iowa
July 31, 2011 5:45 pm CT Fort Dodge Town Hall Fort Dodge, Iowa
July 30, 2011 11:30 am CT "Join Me in Ames!" Sign Up Event Sioux City, Iowa
July 30, 2011 3:00 pm CT Sioux Center Town Hall Sioux City, Iowa
July 30, 2011 6:30 pm CT "Join Me in Ames!" Rally Arnolds Park, Iowa
July 26, 2011 12:00 pm CT Lunchtime Chat with Ankeny Voters Ankeny, Iowa
July 26, 2011 12:20 pm CT Media Availability on Debt Limit Crisis Ankeny, Iowa
July 25, 2011 1:00 pm CT "Join Me in Ames!" Countdown Rally Manchester, Iowa
July 25, 2011 5:00 pm CT Maquoketa Town Hall Maquoketa, Iowa
July 24, 2011 10:00 am CT New Life Community Church Congregation Address Marion, Iowa
July 24, 2011 2:00 pm CT Muscatine Town Hall Muscatine, Iowa
July 24, 2011 5:00 pm CT "Join Me in Ames!" Countdown Rally Davenport, Iowa
July 24, 2011 8:00 pm ET Fox News Channel’s “Huckabee” Television appearance
July 24, 2011 11:00 pm ET Fox News Channel’s “Huckabee” Television appearance
July 23, 2011 1:15 pm CT Marshalltown Town Hall Marshalltown, Iowa
July 23, 2011 3:00 pm CT "Join Me in Ames!" Sign-up Event Nevada, Iowa
July 23, 2011 5:30 pm CT Mahaska County GOP Dinner Oskaloosa, Iowa
July 23, 2011 8:00 pm ET Fox News Channel’s “Huckabee” Television appearance
July 20, 2011 9:00 am CT Norwalk Backyard Chat Norwalk, Iowa
July 20, 2011 12:20 pm CT Palmer's Deli and Market Lunchtime Chat West Des Moines, Iowa
July 20, 2011 2:00 pm CT Presidential Twitter Debate on Twitter.com
July 19, 2011 8:30 am ET S.C. Christian Chamber of Commerce Event Columbia, South Carolina
July 19, 2011 1:00 pm ET Rally in the Ally Columbia, South Carolina
July 18, 2011 9:15 am ET Rep. Michele Bachmann and Rep. Steve King Press Availability Concerning Iowa Flooding Omaha, Nebraska
July 13, 2011 10:00 pm ET "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" with host Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Channel Television appearance
July 12, 2011 9:00 pm ET –"Hannity" with host Sean Hannity on Fox News Channel Television appearance
July 11, 2011 7:00 pm ET "The Kudlow Report" with host Larry Kudlow on CNBC Television appearance
July 11, 2011 8:00 pm ET "The O'Reilly Factor" with host Bill O'Reilly on Fox News Channel Television appearance
July 11, 2011 12:45 pm CT Cemen Tech Tour and Employee Address 1700 North 14th St., Indianola, Iowa
July 9, 2011 1:30 pm CT Official Opening of Team Bachmann Iowa Headquarters 2775 86th St., Urbandale, Iowa
July 9, 2011 7:00 pm CT Iowa Barnstormers Game Principal Park, Des Moines, Iowa
July 4, 2011 10:00 am Participating in the Clear Lake July 4th Parade Crystal Lake, Iowa
July 3, 2011 9:00 am Speaking at two service for the Point of Grace Church 305 NE Dartmoor Dr., Waukee, Iowa
July 3, 2011 12:30 pm Hosting a Carroll Lunch Chat at Pizza Ranch 425 US Highway 30 West, Carroll, Iowa
July 3, 2011 4:00 pm Le Mars Meet-and-Greet Wells Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor & Museum, 115 Central Ave. NW
July 2, 2011 8:00 am Hosting an Iowa City Breakfast Chat 330 E. Market St., Iowa City, Iowa
July 2, 2011 1:00 pm Hosting a Marshalltown Lunch Chat at Taylor’s Maid Rite 106 South 3rd Ave., Marshalltown, Iowa
July 2, 2011 5:00 pm Speaking to the Iowa Tea Party Bus Tour West Lawn of Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines, Iowa
July 1, 2011 Meeting with supporters Portsmouth, New Hampshire
June 29, 2011 Speaking at Winthrop University Rock Hill, S.C.
June 29, 2011 8:00 pm ET National Townhall Meeting Rock Hill, S.C.
June 29, 2011 3:30 pm ET Supporter Meet & Greet Greenville, S.C.
June 29, 2011 1:00 pm ET Supporter Meet & Greet Lexington, S.C.
June 29, 2011 9:00 am ET Backyard Chat Charleston, S.C.
June 28, 2011 5:30 pm ET Meet-and-Greet at the home of Tom and Tracy Myrtle Beach, S.C.
June 28, 2011 9:00 am ET Backyard Chat at a private residence Manchester, N.H
June 27, 2011 9:00 am CT Campaign Announcement The Snowden House, Waterloo, Iowa

Launch of 2012 Presidential Campaign

Michele Bachmann chose Waterloo in Iowa to formally launch her 2012 presidential campaign. On June 27, 2011 Michele Bachmann, who is a three-term congresswoman from Minnesota officially announced that she is running for the President's office in the 2012 election addressing more than 200 people.

Bachmann tried to woo the democratic audience as well saying that she is an ancestral Democrat but has rose above party lines. Bachmann was born and raised in Waterloo before moving to Minnesota at the age of 12. The tea party favorite is drawing close to frontrunner Mitt Romney. In a Des Moines Register poll released on Saturday, she came a near second to Romney, 22-23.

“Our problems don’t have an identity of party, they are problems that were created by both parties. Americans agree that our country is in peril today and we have to act with urgency to save it because Americans aren’t interested in affiliation. They’re interested in solutions. They’re interested in leadership that will tell the truth.”
“We can win in 2012 and we will win. It may have started small, but our voice is growing louder. Our voice is growing stronger. And it is made up of Americans from all walks of life like a three-legged stool. It’s the peace-through-strength Republicans, and I’m one of those, it’s fiscal conservatives, and I’m one of those, and it’s social conservatives, and I’m one of those. And it’s made up of the Tea Party movement, and I am one of those.”

“We can’t afford four more years of Barack Obama... We can’t afford four more years of a foreign policy that leads from behind and doesn’t stand up for our friends, like Israel, and [that] too often fails to stand up to our enemies,”

“We are people who simply want to get America on the right track again. This is a powerful coalition the left fears, and they should because, make no mistake about it, Barack Obama will be a one-term president.”

Click here for full text of her announcement.

Milestones

Michele Bachmann

2010: Bachmann is one of the founders of the Tea Party Caucus and becomes its Chairman.

2006: Bachmann gets elected to the United States House of Representatives from Minnesota's 6th congressional district. She becomes the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House from Minnesota.

2005: In July, Bachmann is removed from her leadership position by Republican Caucus. She blames it on the disagreements with Dick Day over her anti-tax stance.

2004: Bachmann becomes Assistant Minority Leader in charge of Policy for the Senate Republican Caucus.

2003: On November 20, Michele Bachmann and Representative Mary Liz Holberg proposes constitutional amendment that would bar Minnesota from legally recognizing same-sex marriage.

2002: Bachmann defeats incumbent Jane Krentz of Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party to win the State Senate District 52.

2000: Bachmann defeats Gary Laidig, who is an 18-year incumbent for the Republican nomination for State Senator for Minnesota District 56. She defeats Ted Thompson of Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and Lyno Sullivan of Minnesota Independece Party to win the Minnesota Senate seat.

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