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Presidential hopeful Bachmann's Cedar Valley family proud

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One of the 2012 presidential hopefuls, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, grew up in Waterloo and Cedar Falls.  She has already announced she's running for president, but is expect to make a more formal announcement in the Cedar Valley sometime soon.  We talked with some of her relatives still living in the area, about their ties to a woman that could be our country's next president.

Bachmann has quickly risen to political fame.  She's known as a champion of the conservative "Tea Party" movement.  Back in her old stomping grounds in Waterloo, family members couldn't be more proud of her accomplishments.

"As kids a long time ago, family reunions and get-together's, going to her grandma's house and having dinner--that's how it all started.  And now to see her progress through these processes is really exciting," said Karen Metcalf, Michele Bachmann's cousin.

Metcalf says Bachmann has always been very personable and feels that she's kept true to her Midwestern roots, by valuing her faith and family.

"I think that she knows there's got to be a difference out there.  She's very driven.  She's respected.  Her values, her integrity, her nucleus--those are her family, the shoulder-to-shoulder with her husband Marcus.  I think those are great attributes," said Metcalf.

Bachmann faces some stiff competition in the race for president.  On the Republican side, a recent Rasmussen Poll puts her in second place behind former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.  And Democrats believe whoever ultimately wins the GOP nomination will have a tough race for the White House, by facing off against President Barack Obama.

But for Republican hopeful Michele Bachmann's family, they're glad to see someone with Iowa roots making her voice heard on the national political stage.

"In order to be a good candidate, you've got to follow through. If she told you what she was going to do, she'll do it because I have just that much confidence in her, knowing her background," said Wayne Natvig, Bachmann's cousin.

Ultimately, her family thinks support from Bachmann's birthplace could be what keeps her in the race, by running a strong campaign in Iowa ahead of next year's caucus.

Bachmann's relatives say they're excited to see how her presidential race takes off, and they may even get involved in volunteering with her campaign.

Iowa has a history of famous political connections.  The 31st president, Herbert Hoover, was from West Branch.  His wife, Lou Henry was also born in Waterloo. Henry Wallace, from Orient in Adair County, was the Democratic vice president under Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1941-1945.  And First Lady Mamie Doud Eisenhower, who married Dwight, is a native of Boone.

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