Republican presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 17, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 2011 Republican Leadership Conference will feature keynote addresses from most of the major Republican candidates for president as well as numerous Republican leaders from across the country. Michelle Bachmann is a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Minnesota's 6th congressional district, and a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. She previously served in the Minnesota State Senate and is the first Republican woman to represent the state in Congress. Bachmann is a supporter of the Tea Party movement and a founder of the House Tea Party Caucus. Bachmann formally announced her candidacy for the 2012 Republican GOP presidential nomination on June 27th, 2011 during an appearance in Waterloo, Iowa.
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