Michele Bachmann: Yes, I’m running for president

By Joe Kovacs

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann announced this evening she’s officially running for president of the United States, joining businessman Herman Cain as the second Republican contender to have virtually announced their candidacies previously in WND.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

“We’re gonna win. I’m announcing it tonight. President Obama is a one-term president,” the tea-party favorite from Minnesota said to cheers during a debate with six other GOP candidates in Manchester, N.H.

Bachmann indicated she filed her election papers today, and said during the debate one of her top priorities was to eliminate Obama’s new health-care mandates.

“I will not rest until I repeal Obamacare,” Bachmann said.

She also discussed financial matters, explaining, “This election will be about economics. It will be about how will we create jobs. … President Obama can’t tell that story. His report card has a big failing grade on it right now.”

On a lighter note, when asked by CNN’s John King if she prefers Elvis or Johnny Cash, she responded it was a tough choice and said, “Both. I’ve got ‘Christmas with Elvis’ on my iPod.”

In an interview with WND in August 2009, Bachmann hinted she was interested in the presidency.

“If I felt that’s what the Lord was calling me to do, I would do it,” she answered. “When I have sensed that the Lord is calling me to do something, I’ve said yes to it. But I will not seek a higher office if God is not calling me to do it. That’s really my standard.”

Talk-radio host and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain also made his virtual announcement for president in WND on May 19 of this year, saying, “I feel God’s hand in this decision that I’m going to announce on Saturday, May 21, in Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park at high noon.”

Cain explained, “Americans will do a double take when they hear me talk about my common-sense solutions – they are going to say what thousands of people have said over the past several months: He makes sense. He makes it clear. He gives solutions, and he’s not afraid to lead. That’s what people want to see.”

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