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Michele Bachmann officially announces Presidential bid


Representative Michele Bachmann formally announced her bid for the presidency at the Snowden House in Waterloo just a few blocks from her childhood home. It wasn't a surprise - Bachmann announced she was running in a New Hampshire debate earlier this month - but the Iowa backdrop officially kicked off her campaign.

Michelle Bachmann kicked off her presidential campaign in Waterloo saying the values she learned here, she'll take to the White House.

"My name is Michele Bachmann and I'm running for the President of the United States," said Bachmann.

Under a bright sun, Michele Bachmann stepped into the presidential spotlight in her birthplace of Waterloo.

"We can't have 4 more years of failed leadership," said Bachmann.

With the historic Snowden House behind her, she told Iowans and the nation her campaign is about less government, tackling problems now, and preserving and protecting family.

"I believe in the founding fathers visions of a limited government that trusts in and perceives the unlimited potential of you, the American people. I don't believe the solutions to our problems are Washington-centric, I believe they are with every American-centric," said Bachmann.

Local Republican women say holding the announcement in Waterloo could influence undecided voters.

"I think it's a big boost for Black Hawk Co. Republicans and I think she has some very good points to bring out. I think a lot of people have the wrong idea about the Tea Party. I think she has a very good way of expressing what the Tea Party is," said Iann Veldhuizen of the Black Hawk Co. Republican Women.

Judd Saul is a tea party supporter.

"The tea party is not a party and we're not all Republicans. We are a mindset. We're not happy with Republicans and we're not happy with Democrats," said Saul.

"Liberals say the Tea Party is the right wing fringe of the GOP. That's not true. We just want America back on the right track again," said Bachmann.

Bachmann will return to Iowa over the weekend as part of a bus tour.


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