Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has yet to officially launch an increasingly expected presidential campaign — but she is now set to take part in a Republican candidates’ debate in New Hampshire, the surest sign yet that she is getting in.
Bachmann aide Andy Parrish, who is leaving as her Capitol Hill chief of staff to take an unspecified new position with her (it is believed that he will be her campaign manager) told the Associated Press that Bachmann will be on stage at the June 13 debate in Manchester, New Hampshire.
This debate would be Bachmann’s first presidential debate — and also put her on stage alongside her fellow Minnesotan, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, among the other candidates.
Bachmann has said she will announce her plans this month in Waterloo, Iowa, the town where she was born. It is hard to imagine a politician putting together a big rally in Iowa, only to deliver a speech announcing that they were not running.