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U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, third-term Republican congresswoman from Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, announced at tonight’s CNN-hosted GOP presidential debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., that she had filed papers to seek the office of President of the United States.

With the filing, Bachmann suspended her congressional campaign and is no longer actively seeking re-election as U.S. Representative in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District.

Bachmann’s announcement simultaneously went up on her revamped “Bachmann for PresidentFacebook page.

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Bachmann Announces Presidential Candidacy Filing

By Michele Bachmann on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 7:19pm

Manchester, N.H. — Minnesota Congresswoman, and conservative leader, Michele Bachmann announced today she has filed the official paperwork to run for President of the United States. Rep. Bachmann made the announcement during the first major 2012 Republican Presidential Debate in New Hampshire at Saint Anselm College.

“Our country needs a leader who understands the hardships that people across America have been facing over the past few years, and who will do what it takes to renew the American dream. We must become a strong and proud America again, and I see clearly a better path to a brighter future,” said Rep. Bachmann.

“For these reasons, earlier this evening I instructed my team to file the necessary paperwork to allow me to seek the office of President of the United States.”

The Bachmann for President campaign filed official candidacy paperwork Monday afternoon, and are gearing up for a campaign announcement tour in the coming weeks in Iowa.

With the filing, Rep. Bachmann suspended her Congressional campaign and is no longer actively seeking re-election in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District.

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Related report

Bachmann Announcement Includes Suspension of Congressional Campaign

By Mark Sommerhauser
St. Cloud Times
June 13, 2011

The news regarding Bachmann’s congressional re-election plans came from a post at her political Facebook page.

The post went up shortly after Bachmann, R-Stillwater, announced she’d filed papers to seek the presidency during tonight’s debate of Republican presidential contenders in New Hampshire.

Following her presidential announcement, Bachmann “is no longer actively seeking re-election in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District,” according to the Facebook post. …

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Related reports on this site

Take Michele Bachmann Seriously (June 11, 2011)

Michele Bachmann for President 2012 (June 1, 2011)

Michele Bachmann’s Political Résumé (May 17, 2011)

Michele Bachmann: Eyes on the Prez (May 16, 2011)

Michele Bachmann Running for President (March 24, 2011)

Michele Bachmann Eyes ‘Madam President’ (Sept. 9, 2009)

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Coming soon . . . .

Provisional psychological profile of 2012 presidential candidate
Michele Bachmann

Provisional Personality Profile -- Michele Bachmann (May 2011)
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Preliminary analysis indicates that Michele Bachmann has an “ambitious competitor” personality type, with a mixed Dominant /controlling and Ambitious /self-confident primary personality pattern and secondary features of the Dauntless /adventurous and Outgoing /congenial personality styles.

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8/2/2011 Update

The psychological profile of 2012 presidential candidate
Michele Bachmann

Updated Personality Profile -- Michele Bachmann (July 2011)
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Supplementary analysis indicates that Michele Bachmann has a “congenial competitor” (happy warrior) personality type, with a mixed Dominant /controlling and Outgoing /congenial primary personality pattern and secondary features of the Ambitious /confident personality style.

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Related video

The extremism of Rep. Bachmann (MSNBC “The Last Word,” June 15, 2011) – The Daily Beast’s Michelle Goldberg joins The Last Word to discuss her new profile on the Republican hopeful’s core values and beliefs. (06:21)

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6/15/2011 Update

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Bachmann puts campaign into overdrive (NBC Nightly News, June 14, 2011) – Michelle Bachmann has been a Tea Party leader in Congress, but now she’s shaking up the field in this year’s Republican Presidential contest. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports. (02:39)

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Has the GOP found its ‘anti-Romney?’ (MSNBC, June 14, 2011) – Democratic strategist Bob Shrum and former Bush advisor Mark McKinnon offer their perspectives on Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and the first GOP debate. (12:08)

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Bachmann emerges in GOP debate (MSNBC, “Hardball,” June 14, 2011) – The Huffington Post’s Jennifer Donahue and former RNC Chairman Michael Steele discuss whether Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., will be a formidable candidate in the 2012 GOP race. (09:19)

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: One Year Ago — June 13, 2010

Pakistan’s Taliban ‘Double Game’

One year ago today, I reported that a paper by Harvard University fellow Matt Waldman, published by the London School of Economics, asserted that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) not only funds and trains Taliban fighters in Afghanistan but is officially represented on the movement’s leadership council, giving it significant influence over operations.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Two Years Ago — June 13, 2009

Afghanistan Security Incidents

Image: Departure of Ashton Lynn Marie Goodman
An Air Force transfer team carries a transfer case containing the remains of Senior Airman Ashton Lynn Marie Goodman early Thursday, May 28, 2009 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Goodman, of Indianapolis, Ind., was killed by a bomb near the Bagram airfield in Afghanistan. (Photo credit: Steve Ruark / AP)

Two years ago today, on June 13, 2009, I featured the daily summary of security developments in Afghanistan, as reported by Reuters.

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