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Supporters moved by Bachmann announcement


By most accounts, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann should do very well in her bid for the Republican Presidential nomination. It's all going her way right now; in Iowa, anyway.

The 55-five year-old Waterloo native, a wife and mother of five, has been basking in the national media spotlight of late. To date, many of the country's best known national political reporters have gone fairly easy on the often outspoken conservative Christian, who represents Minnesota's 6th Congressional District. Maybe you can call it a political honeymoon, destined to abruptly end at some undetermined moment during the long campaign.

Bachmann shined the national political spotlight on Waterloo and the Cedar Valley with her Welcome Home event Sunday at the Electric Park Ballroom and Monday with her formal candidacy announcement outside the Grout Museum's historic Snowden House in downtown Waterloo. She was born at Waterloo's Allen Hospital in 1956 and lived in the Cedar Valley until she was twelve.  

Bachmann, a Tea Party favorite, has pulled to within one point of Republican frontrunner, Mitt Romney, in the most recent Des Moines Register Iowa Poll. She can look forward to perhaps a victory in the August Republican Straw Poll, especially since Romney has already said he won't participate in the event he won four years ago. Yes. Michele Bachmann is Iowa's current political darling.     

It's outside Iowa where question marks stack high against a backdrop of uncertainty over her legitimacy as a candidate for President of the United States. Cedar Valley Republican supporters loved having Bachmann make her announcement in Waterloo. Says Iann Veldhuizen of the Black Hawk County Republican Women, "I think it's a big boost for Black Hawk County Republicans, and 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."

Cedar Valley Tea Party organizer, Judd Saul of Cedar Falls, hopes the nation will hear her message about the movement. Saul says, "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."

Michele Bachmann weighed in on the Tea Party discussion during her Monday event. She told the crowd, "Liberals wants you to believe that the Tea Party movement is the right wing fringe of the Republican Party. Nothing could be further from the truth."

She added, "I believe in the Founding Fathers' visions of a limited government which trusts in and perceives the unlimited potential of you, the American people."




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