Rep. Michele Bachmann announced her 2012 Republican Presidential candidacy on June 13, 2011 during the CNN Republican Debate in New Hampshire, of which she was one of seven contenders participating. The Minnesota congresswoman also appeared the next day, June 14, on Good Morning America. Video and more details are below after the jump.
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In the midst of the GOP Presidential debate in New Hampshire which aired live on CNN, Rep. Bachmann said: “I just want to make an announcement here for you, John, on CNN tonight. I filed today my paperwork to seek the office of the presidency of the United States today. And I’ll very soon be making my formal announcement.So I wanted you to be the first to know.”
Rep. Michele Bachmann is founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, and gave the Tea Party response to the 2011 State of the Union Address.
During the debate she was critical of the Obama administration’s policies, notably health care, saying “I was the very first member of Congress to introduce the full-scale repeal of Obamacare. And I want to make a promise to everyone watching tonight: As president of the United States, I will not rest until I repeal Obamacare. It’s a promise. Take it to the bank, cash the check. I’ll make sure that that happens.”
Watch a video report below on her announcement.
During her appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America she said of making the announcement, “I’m extremely grateful for the debate…It was just terrific, the welcome we had from the people of New Hampshire.” She also discussed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s health care plan and how it compares with President Obama’s — which she calls a “job killer” — as well as her position on gay marriage and laws states have enacted making it legal.
The GMA video is below.
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