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Bachmann holds "Welcome Home" event in Waterloo

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann held a "Welcome Home" event in Waterloo Sunday evening. 

She greeted potential caucus goers at the Electric Park Ballroom at the National Cattle Congress. 

Monday morning, she said she will formally announce her campaign for President in front of the Snowden House in Waterloo. 

The Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows her neck and neck with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in the lead with likely GOP caucus goers.

"Welcome home," Bachmann said in her opening words to the hundreds gathered at Waterloo's Electric Park Ballroom.

Folks came from all over: Waterloo, Oelwein, Des Moines, even Sedona, Ariz.

Some people in attendance, such as Sherry David, were supporters.

"I'm excited that we have a woman candidate with such charisma," she said.

Other folks were still seekers.

"You know, it's a Midwestern candidate, but I wanted to see how she'd appeal to Arizona voters," Sedona, Ariz. man David Varnell said. He was in town visiting Iowa family.

Regardless of their feelings about Bachmann, everybody there heard the congresswoman, in no uncertain terms, declare her intentions.

"My name is Michele Bachmann, and tomorrow I am going to announce that I'm running for the presidency of the United States of America," she said.

"We're very proud to have Michele Bachmann as a native Waterloo individual, who is running for president," Mac McDonald, chair of the Black Hawk County Republicans, said.

Bachmann made it clear she grew up in Waterloo.

"We think it's exciting that, you know, maybe the hometown girl can do good," Waterloo man David Alderman said.

"She was born in Waterloo, and that's pretty good, because so was I," Oelwein woman Roberta Mahoney said.

Many Iowans said they appreciate the national spotlight shining on the state.

"It seems like we only exist every four years, when this process happens," Alderman said, "so we have to take advantage of the opportunity for people to know who we are."

Bachmann urged those in attendance to vote at the August 13 straw poll in Ames.

She also said she plans on taking a bus tour across the state July 2-4.

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