Michele Bachmann makes it official today: she is seeking the Republican nomination for President. The third-term Minnesota member of Congress made her announcement in Waterloo, Iowa.
Noting that is where she was born and raised, Bachmann told the crowd, “Everything I needed to know I learned in Iowa.”
Bachmann said she is a fiscal policy conservative, foreign policy conservative, social conservative, and member of the Tea Party.
Bachmann rose to prominence with the rise of the Tea Party, a movement she embraced.
She told the crowd of supporters: “We cannot continue to kick the can of our problems down the road, because they are problems of today and not tomorrow…. We can't afford four more years of Barack Obama.”
Bachmann heads to New Hampshire next and will then travel to numerous towns in South Carolina – both key early primary states.
Bachmann joins a Republican field that includes former Governors Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman, Buddy Roemer, and Gary Johnson, along with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul, former Sen. Rick Santorum, and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain.